Economics BSc

This programme 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.

90% of our Economics BSc students would recommend us as a great place to study (NSS 2017)Economics is the study of problems that arise because resources are scarce. If there weren’t any scarce resources we would all be able to have as much of everything that we desired. Unfortunately, we do not live in such a world and hence questions about resource allocation become paramount to understanding the way we live and how societies are organised. 
As you progress through this programme you’ll begin to understand why prices go up and down, the reason for economic growth and how it’s related to individual well-being, why trading between economies can make everyone better off, and why policy-makers need to intervene to make sure that markets do not give undesirable solutions, such as polluting the environment or giving producers the opportunity to exploit market power.


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BSc Economics

“‘One of the most formative experiences I had at the University was founding and running the UoB Investment Fund; a student run society which supported members pursuing careers in finance and consulting. We met weekly and encouraged students to form their own evidenced opinions on current affairs. The result was that over 90% of our members secured roles in their chosen industries and the fund still meets today!’”


The BSc Economics degree is a solid foundation and gateway to many career options and our extensive range of module choices enables you to develop a degree shaped by your interests and skills.

This flexibility means that on completion of your degree, you'll be in high demand by employers in diverse sectors, such as financial management and accountancy, government services, investment and retail banking, teaching, insurance, general management, personnel and journalism.

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Your programme of study

In each of 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 opportunity to specialise in areas that reflect the research interests of the academic staff of the department.

In every year you will need to take modules worth 120 credits, some compulsory and some options. You will take 60 credits in your first semester starting in the autumn term and 60 in the second semester starting in the spring term.


Exclusive to Birmingham - the Capgemini Challenge

Global consultancy firm Capgemini works exclusively with Birmingham Business School every year to create and deliver a second-to-none consultancy training experience that you won’t find at any other UK university. Our undergraduates have the opportunity to apply to take part in the unique Capgemini Community Challenge in their first or second year. This takes place over one week at Capgemini’s world-renowned client-solutions facilities, with students carrying out tangible solutions-based consultancy projects for actual third-sector clients. Participation will enhance your CV, professional development and work experience. It’s also an amazing opportunity to make a real difference to the charitable organisation you’re assigned to help.

Learn more about the challenge here

Why study this course

Our BSc Economics course at Birmingham has an excellent reputation for producing graduates that are much in demand, giving you an immediate competitive edge in the jobs market. As well as first-class theory and practical teaching from experts in their field, from day one we will give you all the support and guidance you need to prepare for your career. This includes providing you with lots of opportunities to develop skills employers value, both within your degree programme and outside.

  • If you don’t already have a placement element in your degree our Professional Development Module (in final year) is a placement-based module providing a learning experience that will help bridge the gap between your current academic life at Birmingham and your future professional life.
  • Birmingham Business School is consistently found in international ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group. 
  • 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.

Modules

First year


Core modules

Students without A-Level Mathematics or with A-Level Mathematics grade C or below or equivalent must choose the following module:

Students with A-Level Mathematics grades A*,A and B or equivalent must choose the following module:

Optional modules

Choose 20 credits from the following modules and 20 credits from Modules Outside the Main Discipline:

Second year


Core modules

Optional modules

Choose 60 credits from the following. Where modules are linked both elements must be taken:

Third year


Core modules

Optional modules

Choose 80 credits from the following modules. Where modules are linked, both parts must be chosen.


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

Home/EU students

Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2018-19
Fee Band Full-time
Undergraduate £9,250

Overseas students entering in 2018-19

Overseas students entering in 2018-19
Fee Band (Undergraduate) Full-time
Band 2 £15,720

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

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.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAA
Required subjects and grades:
GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A
General Studies:
not accepted

Additional information:

BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are all considered on a case by case basis - contact us for further guidance

International students:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,6 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.

Standard English language requirements apply.

Learn more about international entry requirements

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

Apply through the UCAS website using code L100.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View further advice on 'How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Key Information Set (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.

The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.

The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

How you'll learn

Throughout your time with us you’ll be taught by an international faculty who research across all major areas of economics. For example we have staff working on Environmental Economics, Economic Theory, Development and International Economics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Banking and Financial Economics. 

You’ll be taught using a combination of lectures and tutorials with lecturers using innovative teaching techniques where possible.

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How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed using a combination of exams, tests and coursework, the mix of which will be dependent upon the modules you select.

Your personal tutor

From the moment you begin your studies, you’ll be allocated a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff. He or she will take an interest in your general wellbeing and academic progress, meeting you on a regular basis either individually or in a small group throughout the year.

Contact hours

Undergraduate students can expect around 15 contact hours per week, depending on year of study and optional module choices made. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules.

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Professional Development Module

This is an optional 20-credit final-year module which includes a work placement and aims to bridge the gap between your academic studies and your future professional life. It is an excellent opportunity to learn in a professional setting related to your interests and/or degree programme, supporting your professional and personal skills development, and consolidating your learning through reflection on your placement experiences. 

The placement must be of at least 40 hours’ duration and can be taken during the summer vacation or in the Autumn Term. Your placement could take place at a wide variety of organisations, such as a summer internship with a major employer or an unpaid voluntary project at a charity. You will have access to support from our dedicated Placements Team, to help you to identify the most appropriate opportunity for you.

Resources and facilities

The Business School has a number of PC clusters with wireless connectivity and data projection. We also use a virtual learning environment to support our teaching, which can be accessed from any internet-connected computer and is used to provide electronic copies of lecture materials, links to online resources, multiple choice quizzes and discussion areas. It’s also used for a range of administrative tasks such as online submission of assignments and the provision of programme news.

The University Library houses over 2.5 million volumes and boasts extensive data retrieval services. The Library offers a range of valuable services to help you during your degree programme, including library-training sessions, subject guides and database skills. You’ll also have access to e-Library, a vast online collection of text books that can be accessed free of charge from other libraries.

Assessment methods

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, laboratory-based work (depending on your chosen degree) and formal exams.

Throughout the degree, you will receive timely, constructive feedback on your work to help you progress and address any areas that may require attention. This will include written feedback on your assessments, class feedback sessions and discussions with your tutor.

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.

Your work will be assessed both through your end-of-year exams and coursework, and of course in your final year you will also produce an extended essay to demonstrate your communication skills.

We feel proud and privileged that our students have chosen to put their fledgling careers in the hands of Birmingham Business School. So we want to make sure you achieve your full potential throughout your studies and gain the best career opportunities to fulfil your ambitions. We pride ourselves on our graduates high levels of employability and will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you the competitive edge when it’s time to start job hunting.

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A degree in Economics will provide the skills required for a very wide range of careers and we are renowned for producing high-calibre graduates. With course satisfaction ratings of 93% and competitive starting salaries for our graduates, our students go on to be in high demand by employers in diverse sectors, such as financial management and accounting, government services, investment and retail banking, teaching, insurance, general management, personnel and journalism. In fact, 91% of our graduates go on to careers in professional or managerial jobs.

Careers Network

The University offers advice through our award-winning Careers Network. They have specialists who can advise you on what the possibilities are on graduating. Joining one of the Department’s student societies is also a good way of finding out about future careers. Local firms often sponsor events for our students (such as business games, seminars on interview techniques and how to write a CV, and, of course, more social events) so that they can get to know you and vice versa. This is a further indication of the attractiveness of our students to prospective employers. 

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

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Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.

Clubs and societies

The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.

Shape your academic experience

Choose to study here and you will have a Student Representative, who works with the University and Students' Union on issues that directly affect students. You could even become one yourself. Not only would you be making a difference to the academic student experience, but you would also be developing transferable skills for the future. Find out more on the Guild of Students website

Accommodation

Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.

The City of Birmingham

One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.

Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.