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Economics

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: L100
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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Overview

Our 3-year BSc (Hons) in Economics will give you the skills you need for a career in the financial sector, or to pursue a managerial career.

You’ll develop a strong working knowledge of:

  • microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • qualitative and mathematical research methods
  • financial markets and banking
  • economic trends, institutions and policies – both national and international

You’ll study core Economics modules in each year, and choose optional modules from other complementary subject disciplines within the School of Management, ensuring you emerge as a well-rounded, commercially aware professional.

The programme focuses on the application of theory to real-world commercial situations. It is also oriented towards research-led teaching from academic staff with research interests in fields such as:

  • international trade
  • European economic integration
  • dynamic macroeconomics and international finance
  • financial economics
  • emerging markets and transitional economics

You'll have a wide range of career opportunities open to you on graduation, in both the public and private sectors, along with the foundations for further study in finance, economics and business management.

We also offer a 4-year version of the programme, which includes a sandwich placement year in business.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Our degrees provide you with vocationally relevant knowledge and understanding, and, depending on modules taken, you may qualify for partial exemption from Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations.

“After graduating I joined the Royal Bank of Scotland, where I am currently an operations manager looking after around 150 people.

My responsibilities include performance management, to drive change within the centre, collaboration with other departments in order to improve customer experience, managing talent and developing staff.

After finishing the graduate programme, my short-term goal is to secure a senior manager role within RBS, whilst my ambition for the next 4 years is to become Head of Business.”

Alexandru Carp
BSc (Hons) Economics (2010) & MSc Financial Economics (2015)

Why Bradford?

The School of Management has been an international leader in education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years, and has the coveted triple-crown of accreditations.

We offer excellent facilities, a highly trained, professional staff, and comprehensive support services - both in the Faculty of Management and Law and in the wider University.

We utilise the latest computer packages to support your study, including the Blackboard virtual learning environment, while MyEconLab is embedded across our core first and second year teaching.

Our flexible course structure allows you to tailor your studies to emerging interests or career aspirations, through optional modules from complementary disciplines of Management, Business, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

You will be taught by staff who are pushing the boundaries of subject knowledge and application through research. This means that the teaching you receive reflects the latest thinking in the subject.

With an intake of around 50 undergraduates per year, you can be sure of a close-knit group and an atmosphere conducive to serious but enjoyable study.

Should you have any problems, you'll have a Personal Academic Tutor to offer support and guidance. You can also get involved with the student-run Economics Society, which organises talks and social activities.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 122 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

The BSc (Hons) Economics programme is designed to:

  • provide you with a thorough grounding in economic principles
  • give you strong foundations for further studies in economics and allied disciplines
  • equip you with employability skills and commercial insight
  • give you an appreciation and understanding of the wider international economic context
  • give you an understanding of the factors that shape sustainable economic and financial decision-making and developments in government policy that impact on the regulatory environment

The first year consists of core modules which provide the essential foundation for your further study. By the end of this year you will have gained knowledge and understanding of the basic ideas in economics, finance, and quantitative methods.

In your second year you will take core modules in economics, finance and investment at an intermediate level, and further enhance your knowledge of the relevant research and statistical methods used in economics. By the end of the second year you will have a critical awareness of the tools and principles of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis and their applicability to policy issues, and an understanding of statistical techniques and mathematical analysis relevant to economic enquiry. You will also have an awareness of the skills necessary to identify, frame and research a dissertation topic in your chosen area of economics, as well as an understanding of how you can develop your career and set appropriate personal goals. You will be able to choose from a wide range of options within the School of Management, subject to timetabling constraints and the study of prerequisite modules.

In your final year you will research and write-up your chosen dissertation, with guidance from your supervisor in a topic chosen by you. By the end of the programme you will have developed an understanding of advanced economic analysis, and expanded your knowledge of econometric methods. You will develop a deeper, more specialised knowledge and understanding of the application of economic principles to specialised areas and contemporary policy issues.

Module name Type
Year 1
Critical Thinking and Presentation Skills for Economistscore
Economic Thought & Economic Developmentcore
Introduction to Financial Markets & Bankingcore
Principles of Economic Theorycore
Quantitative Methods for Economistscore
Year 2
Financial Markets core
Further Mathematics for Economistscore
Intermediate Economic Theorycore
Personal & Professional Skills Developmentcore
Research Skills & Econometrics core
Year 3
Advanced Economic Theorycore
Dissertation in Economicscore
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics core
Financial Economics & International Financecore
Business Economics & Industrial organisationoption
Economics of Labour & Leisure option
Trade, Regionalism and Globalisationoption
University Electiveoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Learning and teaching integrates applied and theoretical knowledge, taking into consideration the learning outcomes, progression through the levels of study, the nature of the mode of study and the need for you to take greater responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the programme.

Lectures are the main teaching method, and you'll experience a wide variety of other learning activities including supplementary reading, exercises, projects and workbooks, independent study and group work.

The final year dissertation is a substantial piece of work that gives you the opportunity not only to increase your specialist subject knowledge, but also to demonstrate your ability to undertake independent study.

All teaching is supported by information and activities provided through the University’s virtual learning environment.

In addition, the School offers an Effective Learning Service, which helps with the development of study skills both in group sessions and through individual coaching.

Methods of assessment vary according to the learning outcomes of particular modules and the stage of study.

Accordingly, a mixture of closed book examinations, essays and other written work, oral presentations, problem solving exercises and group work will be used in assessment of your work.

Classroom and mid-semester tests provide feedback on your progress.

Throughout the programme your learning will be supported using various methods of formative assessment and feedback. This is to help you progress your studies and support your continuing development.

Study Abroad

As a student at University of Bradford School of Management you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.

This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading business schools.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

96% of our 2015 graduates in Economics found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Our Economics programmes develop your powers of analysis and critical thought, and build skills in communication, expression and rational argument. These are valuable in any area of employment.

Evidence suggests economics degrees are particularly well rewarded in the labour market - research from the Complete University Guide puts Economics in the top five for average graduate salaries.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Economics graduates was £17,250.

Study Support

We offer an excellent student support system. On arrival you will be assigned to a member of the academic staff, who will be your Personal Academic Tutor.

You will have regular meetings with your tutor, who will help or advise if you have any general academic issues (e.g. in decisions about choosing modules, or even changing the subject of your degree).

In addition to designated office hours all staff operate an open door policy during working hours, so you don’t need to arrange an appointment.

Your Personal Academic Tutor is the first point of contact should you experience problems of any kind, whether directly related to your studies or not. They can also refer you to specialist agencies inside the University, if necessary, such as the Counselling Service, or Disability Service.

Alternatively, you can also use these office hours to see one of the module lecturers, or seminar tutors, if you are having problems understanding some of the ideas and concepts being taught.

This gives you the opportunity to benefit from one-to-one tuition to clarify your understanding.

Research

Research is central to the work of the Economics and Finance staff, and influences the core modules in final year such as Contemporary Issues in Economics and Risk Management and Derivatives, together with the supervision you will receive during your Dissertation in Financial Economics. Our research themes include international trade, economic integration, macroeconomic policy, finance, banking and labour markets. Outputs include books with major publishers (e.g. Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Ashgate, Elgar), articles in leading Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) journals and papers delivered at national and international conferences.

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,250

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.