Economics BSc with Integrated Foundation Course

Our Economics BSc with integrated Foundation Course combines the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.

The Integrated BSc Economics Foundation Course is an exciting chance to explore some of the increasingly prominent economics issues affecting 21st-century political and current affairs. Economics is an intellectually challenging discipline that builds important skills and techniques in using maths and applying statistical data, as well as wider transferable skills, all of which will make you a highly sought-after graduate with a significant advantage in the employment market. On our integrated economics foundation course, you will be taught by leading economists combining first-class theory and practical teaching.

Jordan O'Donoghue

Economics Student

“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.”

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, our BSc economics integrated foundation course is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

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.

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.

Our Integrated BSc Economics Foundation Course combines the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.

This BSc Economics integrated Foundation Course provides students with an understanding of economic concepts, principles and tools, and their application. The integrated foundation course aims to stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts. Students should receive a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of economic systems and develop the relevant skills for the constructive use of that knowledge in a range of settings.     

The initial foundation year of our BSc economics integrated foundation course provides an introduction to the programme. The first year develops the main quantitative tools required through the programme. The second year develops a core of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, alongside more specialised policy-based and theoretical modules. In the final year of the four year BSc Economic integrated foundation course, students specialise in a number of theoretical and policy-oriented fields.       

On graduating from our BSc Economics integrated foundation course, students will be well prepared to work in a range of graduate careers, for example in banking, finance or general management careers, or to progress to Masters-level study in Economics.


Foundation year

Core modules

  • Business and the market (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and the Market (20 credits)
  • Academic English & Study Skills (40 credits)

Optional modules (Choose two from)

  • Law (20 credits)
  • Psychology (‘social’) (20 credits)
  • Biology (20 credits)

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 and worth 20 credits.

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

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 2018. 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 and funding

The foundation year of your programme will be charged at 82,030 AED for 2018/19 entry.

Following successful completion of your foundation year we charge an annual tuition fee which is set at 82,030 AED per year of study.


We have a number of scholarships available for 2019 entry. Find out more.

Entry requirements

Foundation Pathway entry requirements 


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.


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 to apply

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

Learning and teaching methods during this Integrated BSc Economics foundation course, will take the form of lectures, small-group classes, computer based learning, independent learning and research.

All work on the Economics BSc integrated foundation course will be assessed via unseen written examinations, coursework and problem sets.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job.

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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