Management Studies and Economics

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you are fascinated by markets and the economic structures behind them, as well as the way society is organised and the ways human beings relate to one another.

Course Description

This combined degree enables you to study management with a particular focus on economic issues. This combination is a particularly interesting one because there are many practical and academic links between management and economics.

Any organisation is part of a market and the study of economics helps us to understand how markets are structured and shaped. If you go on to be a manager, you will need to be able to understand the global economic climate and the impact of micro and macroeconomic factors on your marketplace. This course will give you an excellent grounding for roles of this kind.

During your degree you will acquire a wide range of critical and analytical skills, along with a range of communication and team working skills, which will be directly transferable to the workplace whatever career you choose to follow.

We are known for the ‘Leicester Model’ of management studies – an approach that challenges the status quo and seeks to give voice to those individuals, groups and societies who are traditionally overlooked in global management and organisational processes. With our distinctive approach to the study of management, you can be certain that we will provide you with a wealth of exciting learning experiences. Our unique, multi-disciplinary approach draws on anthropology, cultural studies, economics, sociology, politics and psychology, as well as traditional management and economic theories.

Our courses will provide you with an in-depth understanding of contemporary management techniques, and will allow you to develop the skills to become an effective and socially responsible manager in local and global arenas, whether in public, private or third sector organisations and enterprises.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017
School of Business

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Why Leicester?

We are ranked in the top 10 for Business and Management Studies by the Guardian University Guide 2014.

Our 'Reel Management' film club, lets you study issues of management, finance and marketing as portrayed on the silver screen in movies as such as Glengarry Glen Ross, The Wolf of Wall Street and American Psycho!

Our small group teaching means you will have a greater opportunity to participate in debates and receive more personal feedback on your progress.

We run a popular seminar programme delivered by our staff and guest speakers from prestigious institutions around the world. Gain valuable insights and debate current economics topics with these leading scholars.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

The first year of the course introduces the foundations of management alongside the ideas, techniques and principles of modern economic analysis. You will gain an understanding of the importance of the business environment for managers. The modules that you study in your first year will lay the conceptual and analytical framework for your studies in second and third year.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will build upon your knowledge of micro and macroeconomics whilst gaining a good understanding of how organisations and consumers behave. You will also undertake your first option module allowing you to start extending your knowledge in a particular area of your interest.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Practice
  • Crisis Management
  • Global Branding: Theory and Practice
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing Communication
  • Operations Management
  • Stock Market Analysis and Equity Valuation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managing Diversity

Work placement

If you choose the final year option module, 'Critical Management in Practice', you will undertake a six-week work placement in the summer between your second and third years. This placement gives you the opportunity to critique management practice by grounding arguments in your own observations of professional management practice.

Previous students have been placed in a variety of sectors including marketing, finance, accounting, operations, procurement, sales, or even shadowing directors. Recent host employers have included DHL, Enterprise and Argos.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Placement Year (optional)

Placement Year (optional)

You have the option of spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years. 

Placement Year

A placement year is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment within the sector of your choice.  It is normally a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of your extra year.

Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. If you are accepted onto the programme you will be responsible for securing your own placement, with support from the School. Please note that being accepted onto the programme does not guarantee you a placement. 

During your placement year you will be supported by the School of Business Placement Team. This will include communication with you and your manager and a visit to your place of work. You will also undertake written work to capture your learning from the placement experience which will include reflection on your personal and professional development and your academic understanding.  This work will be assessed to allow you to gain recognition for your placement year.

Your placement effectively begins in Year 1 when you will be introduced to various opportunities to develop your skills, your understanding and experience.  In Year 2 you will be supported through guided sessions, such as:

  • Introduction to the placement year scheme
  • Researching placement opportunities
  • Making successful applications
  • Effective interview techniques
  • Preparing for my placement

A placement year is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the types of professions you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you on the path to your chosen career.

Year Abroad

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The School of Business has links with European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In your final year you will look at key debates and issues around strategy alongside looking at business from an international context. Your final year will offer you even more flexibility to shape the course of you degree with the opportunity to choose three option modules - two from the management subject areas and one from economics.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two management option modules from:

  • Doing Qualitative Research: Analysing Qualitative Data
  • Analysing Quantitative Data for Management and Research
  • Business Ethics
  • Doing Qualitative Research: Collecting Qualitative Data
  • Consumer Culture: Globalisation, Materialism and Resistance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Critical Management in Practice
  • Cultural Producers of Taste
  • Cyberpsychology at Work
  • Derivative Pricing 1
  • Derivative Pricing 2
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Critical Analysis for Management
  • Managing Knowledge in Organisations
  • Organisations in Economic Context
  • Survey Research for Management Studies

Plus a further one economics option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor options allow you to create your own degree. You can concentrate on one subject as your Major (75% of your course) while broadening your knowledge with a Minor subject (25% of your course).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

Find out more

Teaching and Assessment

During your first year you will have 9-10 hours each week of timetables sessions. These typically consist of 6 hours of lectures and 3-4 hours of seminars/small group work.

A variety of teaching methods are used with the aim of creating a stimulating environment in which you are encouraged to develop your learning skills and to actively participate in the learning process.

Assessment varies from one module to another and ranges between a mixture of coursework and examination in some modules, to others that are 100% coursework or project-based.

We are a vibrant and reflective School and the enthusiasm you will find in the lecture theatre and seminar room comes from our commitment to our subject and our attempts to develop and energise it.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • GCSE: Maths at Grade B and English Language at grade C.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with some credits at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, with grade 5 in SL Maths.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM, plus GCSE requirements as above.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Business.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £9,000 per year
    • The fee for a year abroad is £1,250, rather than £9,000.
    • The fee for a placement year is £1,000 rather than £9,000.

    Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.
    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

  • Starting in 2016

    • £14,630 per year

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed
    • If you take a Year Abroad or Year in Industry, your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

Career Opportunities

Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important that you gain experience and develop your skills.

The final year option module Critical Management in Practice offers you the chance to take a six-week summer placement. The module is designed to encourage students to critique management practice by grounding arguments in their own observations of professional management practice. Placements take place between the second and third year of study. Students have been placed in a variety of sectors ranging from marketing, finance, accounting, operations, procurement, sales or even shadowing directors and learning to become a valued team member. Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important that you gain experience and develop your skills. The School’s dedicated in-house Career Development Manager works closely with the University’s Career Development Service to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

Whether you want to make a difference in the voluntary sector, start your own business or reach the top in an organisation, there are specially designed programmes and activities here at Leicester that can support you in the getting the right skills, experiences and exposure you need.

Careers that our graduates have pursued include roles within management, consultancy, HR, research, finance and accounting and higher education.

Read about some of our recent graduates.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Management Studies and Economics BA 3 years full-time NL21 Apply Now
Management Studies and Economics
3 years full-time

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