Economics and Finance BSc (Hons)
Our Economics and Finance BSc (Hons) focuses on developing applied skills and knowledge. We look at solving economic and financial problems at local and international levels. The skills you gain on this course are in high demand. They will allow you to work in a diverse range of professions from banking and insurance to analysis, market research and economics.
- UCAS Code – L2N2 | With placement year L1N6
- Duration – 3 years full-time
- Start date – September 2020, September 2021
- School – York Business School
Minimum Entry Requirements
96 UCAS Tariff points
3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics
UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year
International 2020-21 £12,750 per year
Economic decisions affect every day of our lives. In this course, we study these decisions. You learn to understand how your economic decisions and the decisions of institutions affect everyone.
Study in an engaging and supportive environment. Gain the analytical, quantitative and transferable skills required by employers in many sectors.
Why choose this course:
- Gain an in-depth knowledge of financial markets and economy.
- To enhance your CV, we fund your membership of the Royal Economic Society during your study. Membership enables you to access competitions, grants, conferences, job market and symposiums. It also increases your professional profile as a future economist.
- We invite a range of high profile guest speakers. Our partnerships provide a great opportunity for networking, internships and work related experiences.
- Field trips and real-life economic projects and live experiments embedded in the programme.
- Opportunity to compete in economics competitions both within the University further afield.
- Opportunity to qualify as a Microsoft Office Specialist
- Access to specialist resources including the Financial Information Database (FAME) and Financial Times Interactive.
- Opportunity to take a placement year, giving you chance to gain experience while studying.
Year in industry
All of our business students have the option of adding in a year in industry and / or a semester of studying abroad with one of our partners to their course. A year in industry gives students fantastic experience and is attractive to potential employers. This normally takes place after the second year of the course and extends the course duration by one year (15% of the standard tuition fee is chargeable). Study Abroad normally takes place for a semester of the second year of the course and doesn’t extend the course duration as credits achieved abroad count towards your degree.
You don’t need to decide whether you would like to take either of these options until after you have started the course with us.
- Principles of Applied Economics
Develop your understanding of economic principles and learn to apply standard economic techniques. You will explore microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and how they affect business decisions.
- Economic Policy and Practice
Explore the fundamental concepts and techniques of macroeconomic analysis in more depth. Learn how the Central Bank and Government affect inflation, consumption, economic growth and unemployment.
- Perspectives on Economic Growth and Development
Learn key economic theories and discuss their application. Understand economic growth factors such as labour, capital and technological changes.
- Bond and Equity Markets
An introduction to the essential concepts of finance and capital markets. Use the London Stock Exchange trading platform that to create your own investment portfolio and compete in live trading.
- Developing Analysis Techniques
This module introduces essential quantitative methods for modelling and analysing financial data. Analyse practical situations and problem solve.
- Practising Responsible Business Behaviours
This module considers ideas including stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organizations.
- International Finance
Analyse theoretical and practical aspects of international financial markets. Analyse the development and current state of the international monetary system.
- Corporate Finance
Understand the financial decisions that made by corporations. Test stakeholder theory and its relationship to a business’s objectives.
- Labour Market Economics
This module explores factors that affect distribution of income, work, opportunities and inequality. We examine changes in the labour market and the effectiveness of government policy. There is a focus on data rather than theoretical models.
- Industrial Economics
This module covers issues in everyday news. This includes anti-competitive practices and the effect of market power on consumer welfare. Also, incentives for product innovation, and the private and public effects of mergers.
- Econometrics Modelling
Discuss and apply econometric techniques to answer research questions with real data. You will discover methods for finding and overcoming estimation problems.
- Research Methods
This module allows you to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of data.
- Professional Placement
Begin your transition from university into the workplace. It develops skills, knowledge and understanding in personal and professional areas.
- Business, Creativity and Opportunism Skills for the Workplace of Today
Explore the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. You will establish what makes an entrepreneur, define creativity and innovation. You will learn how to recognise enterprise opportunities.
- Corporate Reporting and Analysis
This module will develop your understanding of the financial and corporate reporting environment. It looks at some of the key issues affecting UK corporate reporting.
- Contemporary Business Economics:
This module has a contemporary focus. The international business economics topics delivered chosen to address current issues of importance.
- Strategic Corporate Finance
Examine the theory of business finance and its contribution to strategic corporate finance decision making. Consider the importance of capital markets in meeting the needs of finance managers.
- Managerial Economics
Gain a critical understanding of how to use economic concepts to solve business problems.
- Beyond Economics: Understanding the Changing Global Economy
Analyse and evaluate the bridge between politics and economics on an international level.
- Research Investigation
This module provides you with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research. Choose between a traditional dissertation, an organisation based project, a business research project or a business creation project.
Teaching & assessment
This course including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities.
As a university student, there is an expectation that you will develop from a dependent learner to an independent one. This means you will undertake self-study and group learning.
You can expect to write reports, produce individual and group presentations, and have exams or tests.
You will have chance for feedback before submission and will receive detailed feedback to help you improve.
You will have access to study support including academic writing and research skills. This is to enhance your employability and career development.
The minimum entry requirements for this course are:
96 UCAS Tariff points
3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equiavalent) including English Language and Mathematics
This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.
Considering transferring to join us in year 2 or 3 of our Business Courses?
Please see our Advanced Entry page for information on the courses available and how to apply.
As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying an economics related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.
Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:
- Career plans
- Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
- Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
- Experience of work
Canditates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD.
Terms and conditions
Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.
Fees and funding
To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.
Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation
Home / EU students
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
Additional costs and financial support
Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.
For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.