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BA (Hons)Business Economics with a Year in Industry

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The BA Business Economics programme gives you a firm foundation of knowledge in business economics, as well as a complementary training in a focused business pathway: Accounting and Finance or International Business.

While less demanding in terms of quantitative skills than the BSc Economics, the programme includes a much greater concentration of economics (50% of modules) than our BA Business Management/BA Business Management with a Year in Industry programmes. The Business Economics programme is a member of the family of economics programmes as recognised by the Government Economic Service.

On the Year in Industry programme you spend Year Three on placement in industry.

With modules covering the main principles of business you will also take compulsory economic modules such as macroeconomics, microeconomics, mathematics, statistics, competition and regulation. Complementing your solid business and economic base you will be able to select remaining modules in your final year related to your pathway and based on the expertise of staff in areas such as health economics, game theory and economics of the arts.

By developing specific quantitative and analytical skills as well as broader business knowledge from studying both business and economics, our graduates are highly employable finding careers in a variety of specialist and general business related roles in companies such as Bank of America, PwC, Sky, PepsiCo, Deloitte as well as smaller specialist firms.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

The first year aims to introduce students to the subjects that provide the foundation for an economic study of business. Students must take five compulsory modules, including ULMS170, a careers-oriented module which will prepare them for their business placement. The remaining three modules are selected from the business-related pathways that the student has elected to follow (Accounting and Finance or International Business)

Programme Year Two

Year Two’s six compulsory modules build upon the first year modules in Economics and introduce students to International Business, which is a key area for anybody working in modern business. Students continue to pursue their specialist area of study by taking two optional modules in the area that they selected in their first year.

Programme Year Three

The third year of the programme is spent on placement. Students will complete a year-long graduate-level placement, which will provide them with valuable work experience and an opportunity to further enhance the skills and attributes sought after by top employers. Students may apply for UK-based placements, or seek overseas placements or a role at Suzhou Business Park, China. Students will be visited at least twice by University staff whilst on placement and will complete placement-related assessments in May.

Programme Year Four

Final year students take two compulsory modules. In addition, they must take at least two applied economics modules which will enable them to consider economic theory in relation to a range of relevant contemporary areas. The list of options currently available includes:

International Political Economy
International Trade
Economics of Developing Countries
Financial Economics
Health Economics
At least two modules must be selected from the business specialist pathway that has been followed since the first year.

Career opportunities

Our former students enjoy careers in many professions, including Trainee Accountant (Financial, Management and Chartered); Administration Manager; Recruitment Consultant; Tax Assistant; Trainee Investment Manager; Data Analyst; Mortgage Adviser; Banker; Fundraising Manager; Human Resources Officer; Advertising Executive; Marketing Coordinator; Strategic Development Analyst; Social Media Graduate; Graduate Trainee (including retail organisations, financial organisations, the Civil Service and other blue chip companies); Sales Executive.

Some graduates have pursued self-employment in areas including marketing and business consultancy, export and events promotion.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States