This programme will equip you with the intellectual skills you need to work in the dynamic, fast-changing financial services sector. Upon graduation you will be in high demand from employers in diverse institutions and firms, such as the Bank of England, the Treasury, banks, insurance companies, pensions and investment funds, unit trusts, firms associated with the stock exchange, accountancy partnerships and many more.
- This programme combines the analytical rigour of an economics degree with practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance
- Designed to provide you with the intellectual skills to work in the financial services sector and should further enable you to gain exemptions from relevant professional examinations such as the ICAEW
- 93% student satisfaction i.e. students satisfied with the overall quality of this course (NSS 2015)
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Be a bright light in the big City: our BSc Money, Banking and Finance (MBF) programme combines the analytical rigour of an economics degree with practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance.
The MBF programme combines the analytical rigour of an Economics degree with a practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance. You will be effectively prepared for a career in the financial services sector, but thanks to the wide range of transferable skills developed throughout the course, our graduates also go onto rewarding careers in teaching, the civil service and general management.
The MBF should enable you to gain further exemptions from relevant professional examinations, such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). You may also choose to pursue your studies through a taught Masters programme or research programme.
- 93% student satisfaction i.e. students satisfied with the overall quality of this course (NSS 2015)
In your first year, you study core compulsory modules in Accounting, Economics, Law and Quantitative Methods.
Year 2 allows you to build on this foundation with more advanced compulsory modules in Economics, Finance, Quantitative Methods, Banking and Banking Law, together with a wide range of options that enable you to specialise in your preferred areas such as economics, accounting, or banking and finance.
In your final year, you will continue with your advanced compulsory modules as well as your preferred specialised areas. If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the chance to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.
At the end of the programme you should have a good appreciation of economic analysis related to financial markets and institutions; the effects of government policy on the financial sector; quantitative techniques for empirical analysis of economic and financial data; accounting concepts relevant to financial market analysis; and the legal aspects of financial services.
Students with A-Level Mathematics grades A, B,C or equivalent must choose this linked module:
Students without A-Level Mathematics must choose this linked module:
Choose 10 credits from below or a 10 credit Module Outside the Main Discipline:
Choose 30 credits from the following. If the modules are linked both elements must be chosen.
- Economic Development A, 10 credits
- Economic Development B, 10 credits
- Environmental Economics A, 10 credits
- Environmental Economics B, 10 credits
- Microfoundations of Macroeconomics, 10 credits
- Financial Accounting Theory, 10 credits
- Financial Reporting, 10 credits
- China and the World Economy, 10 credits
- Contemporary Issues in the UK Economy, 20 credits
- Decision Theory and Games, 10 credits
- Econometric Methods, 10 credits
- Management Accounting, 10 credits
- Optimization for Economists, 10 credits
- Statistics for Economists, 10 credits
- The Economics of Public Expenditure and Infrastructure, 10 credits
If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a professional development module as part of your optional module choices.
Choose 60 credits from the following. 20 credits of theses may be Modules Outside the Main Discipline, if you wish. Where modules are linked both elements must be taken:
- Applied Economics of the European Community A, 10 credits
- Applied Economics of the European Community B, 10 credits
- History of Economic Thought A, 10 credits
- History of Economic Thought B, 10 credits
- International Trade Policy, 10 credits
- The Russian Economy: From Plan to Market A, 10 credits
- The Russian Economy: From Plan to Market B, 10 credits
- Topics in Economic Theory and Practice A, 10 credits
- Topics in Economic Theory and Practice B, 10 credits
- Advanced Financial Accounting, 20 credits
- Advanced Management Accounting, 20 credits
- Applied Econometrics, 10 credits
- Behavioural and Experimental Economics, 10 credits
- Econometric Theory, 10 credits
- Economic Policy and Political Economy, 10 credits
- Economics of Financial Markets, 10 credits
- Game Theory, 10 credits
- General Equilibrium and Welfare, 10 credits
- Health Economics, 10 credits
- International Trade Theory, 10 credits
- International and European Monetary Issues, 10 credits
- Labour Economics, 20 credits
- Open Economy Macroeconomics, 10 credits
- Professional Development, 20 credits
- The Economics of Uncertainty and Information, 10 credits
- The Theory of Industrial Organisation, 10 credits
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Standard fees apply.
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Fee Band (Undergraduate)
Band D (Classroom)
At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.
The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.
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- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- GCSE Mathematics grade A minimum if not offered at AS or A2 level
- General Studies:
- not accepted
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 32 points
International Baccalaureate update: Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
Standard English language requirements apply
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Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.
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Economics is a department within Birmingham Business School, which has many strong links with industry. As well as exploring theoretical aspects, you’ll find that your degree has a strong practical focus, and this is reflected in the way you’ll be taught. Learning from experts in their field, you will be encouraged to think for yourself and will experience a number of different learning settings, including lectures, tutorials and even the opportunity to be involved in our Economics Laboratory.
Our aim is to equip you with specific skills in economics, but also generic skills that can be applied right across the job spectrum, such as analytical and data analysis. As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
How will I be taught?
During your time at the Business School you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Self study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject and allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.
As well as time with your lecturers and personal tutor, academic and professional services staff (like our dedicated Careers Network team) will be available to offer individual and group support throughout your time here at Birmingham.
Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).
You’ll find our Economics department staff here at Birmingham located in a building at the heart of our world famous main campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham. The main Edgbaston campus is close to the city centre but has all the amenities of a small town, as well as its own railway station.
In 2012, Birmingham Business School founded and invested in The Birmingham Experimental Economics Laboratory (BEEL) which enables economics experiments to take place on campus. The laboratory focuses on research into individual and strategic decision making and students are actively encouraged to participate in these experiments.
To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues, and a formal transition review during your first year to check on your progress and offer you help for any particular areas where you need support.
Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
Virtual and enquiry based learning
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an excellent tool for supporting our academic courses, allowing you to share thoughts on assignments with other students via the discussion group facilities, and even submit your work electronically.
Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.
Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.
You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations and formal exams.
During your first year you will undergo a formal ‘transition’ review to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.
At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.
Our business degrees have long been recognised by major employers across all sectors of the economy. Our students find employment in areas as diverse as retail management, financial services, accountancy, motor manufacturing, management consultancy and pharmaceuticals; some become self employed.
100% students believe that they have improved career prospects as a result of this course, with average starting salaries for our graduates of £21,000.
Your Birmingham degree
Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.
Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are 'Investing in your future'.