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Undergraduate course

Economics and Finance BSc (Hons)

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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.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – L2N2 | With placement year L1N6
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 4 years with a placement or foundation year
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

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Course overview

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.

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Compulsory modules:

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 organisations.

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.

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.

Developing Analysis Techniques

This module introduces essential quantitative methods for modelling and analysing financial data. Analyse practical situations and problem solve.

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.

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.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

Level 2

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Econometrics Modelling

The skills of analysing economic and financial data are paramount for proper Financial and Investment Management. This module will give students the ability to discuss and apply econometric techniques to answer research questions using real world data. Emphasis will be placed on what econometric methods to use in different circumstances and how to interpret and evaluate the results of empirical analysis.

International Finance

The impact of international financial markets on business organisations is very significant. This module will give students the ability to analyse the theoretical and practical aspects of international financial markets. The development and current state of the international monetary system will be analysed.

Research Methods

This module allows you to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of data.

Corporate Finance

Understand the financial decisions that made by corporations. Test stakeholder theory and its relationship to a business’s objectives.

Optional modules:

Labour 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.

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.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

Level 3

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Research Investigation (40 credits) 

The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice. You will be able to choose between a traditional dissertation, an organisation-based project, a business research project and a business creation project.

Students have the opportunity to complete the investigation in the form of:

  • Traditional dissertation
  • Research report
  • Consultancy project
  • Business creation project

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.

Critical Economic Policy

This module builds on and applies previous learning in the Programme to critically examine economic policy issues of contemporary importance. In accordance with the rationale of the Programme this module takes an applied approach and makes use of both macroeconomic and microeconomic modelling as needed.

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.

Optional modules:

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.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

 

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

104 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equiavalent) including English Language and Mathematics 

Calculate your tariff points.

Foundation Year

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.

Foundation courses

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Personal statements

Essential criteria

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.

Valued criteria

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.

Advanced Entry

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.

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 depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While 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.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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