BSc Economics (Dubai)

with Integrated Foundation Year

Start date
September 2020
Duration
4 years
Campus
Dubai
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation, Single Honours
Fees

For 2020, the foundation year of your programme is AED 85,164

Following successful completion of your foundation year the tuition fee is AED 88,266 per year of study and can be paid in instalments.

Discover more about our Scholarship Awards

The Integrated BSc Economics Foundation Course in Dubai is an exciting chance to explore some of the increasingly prominent economics issues affecting 21st-century political and current affairs.

Why study this course?

Economics is an intellectually engaging subject that builds important skills in maths and statistical data, which will make you a highly sought-after graduate with a significant advantage in the jobs market. 

  • We are one of a handful of business schools in the UK that holds the prestigious ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • Our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities for our students.
  • The University of Birmingham is amongst the top three in the United Kingdom for being most frequently targeted by the country’s top employers.

Your programme of study

Foundation year

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, our the foundation year  is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system. We will ensure you're fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the university environment and giving you dedicated support in your first year in Dubai.

Successful completion of the foundation year will also guarantee you progression onto the Economics BSc (Hons) programme.  *You will need 100 credits, an average of at least 60%, at least 60% in Academic English and Study Skills and at least 65% in Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics.

The BSc Economics programme

In your first two years of study you will focus on core theory, applied economics and quantitative techniques. This provides you with the key skills needed to be an economist. In your final year you will have the chance to focus on areas that reflect your interests and take advantage of the specialist research conducted by our staff.   

Economics is the course most suited for pursuing a career in Finance and every module has helped prepare me in one way or another. Whether it be microeconomic theory in relation to how firms and industries operate to Excel and computer skills I developed across the three years.

Jordan O'Donoghue, Economics Student

Modules

Foundation year

Core modules

  • A Critical Introduction to Law and Legal Skills
  • Business and the Market
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
  • Introduction to Psychology 1

You must also take one of the following

  • Academic English and Study Skills
  • Advanced Academic English and Study Skills

First year

All modules listed below are compulsory and worth 20 credits.

  • Principles of Economics
  • Applied Economics and Statistics
  • The Global Economy
  • Introduction to Mathematics for Economics
  • The UK Economy
  • Contemporary Economic Challenges

Second Year

All modules listed below are compulsory and worth 20 credits.

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • China and the World Economy
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics

Third Year

All modules listed below are compulsory.

  • Economics Extended Essay
  • International Trade Theory and Policy
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Financial Markets and Institutions

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

For 2020, the foundation year of your programme is AED 85,164

Following successful completion of your foundation year the tuition fee is AED 88,266 per year of study and can be paid in instalments.

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available for 2020 entry. Find out more.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

Typical offer:
BBC

Foundation Pathway entry requirements 

Nigeria

Students studying the WAEC or NECO would be required to study a four year integrated foundation and degree programme.   

  • WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
  • NECO Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can also be accepted with at least 5 subjects at grade B3 or the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300+ points and at least 5 subjects at grade C4 to include grade B in Maths for our EPS pathway.

Middle East (Thaneweya)

Applicants to the Foundation pathway will require an average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

Pakistan

The University will consider students with a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (also called Intermediate Certificate), with at least grade B or 70%, to include grade B or 70% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

American System

High School Graduation Diploma with 'good'/grade B/GPA 3.0 average, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

International Students

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.

How you'll learn

You’ll be taught by an international faculty who research across all major areas of economics, using a combination of lectures and tutorials. We have staff working on Environmental Economics, Economic Theory, Development and International Economics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Banking and Financial Economics. 

Contact hours

Modules will be taught in blocks over 30 hours per week. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules.

How you'll be assessed

Your modules will be assessed using a combination of coursework, exams and tests, the mix of which will be dependent upon the modules you choose. All work on the Economics BSc integrated foundation course will be assessed via unseen written examinations, coursework and problem sets.

A degree in Economics provides the skills required for a very wide range of careers. These skills are useful in the financial sector, general commerce, public sector, journalism and education to name but a few. Many employers will value the training that an Economics degree provides. The University of Birmingham is known to produce high quality graduates, therefore students are in high demand when they have completed their study.

Sami Mouneimne"UoB business school continues to improve in global rankings through better teaching, improved career prospects and more connections to industry. Economics at UoB has been, and will continue to be, a sought after degree by employers for years to come."

Sami Mouneimne, BSc Economics, Morgan Stanley

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