Business Economics BA (Hons)

This course explores contemporary topics in business economics with issues of policy, international economics and sustainability embedded throughout the duration of the course. You will develop a wide range of skills for future employability. This includes software, data analysis and programming as well as teamwork, presentation and writing skills.

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Economics explains the problem of scarcity and human behaviour that shapes the world we live in, and that businesses operate in. From standards of living to the causes of market crashes, the impact of economics plays a critical role in all our lives.

In this course, you will develop proficiency in a variety of quantitative techniques as well as learn how to apply economic reasoning and tools to analyse real-world problems and policy. You will also gain analytical and critical evaluation skills to recognise how national and global issues affect the performance of a business.

You will have an opportunity to build real skills for future employability. This includes state-of-the-art knowledge of digital software and applications, as well as core skills in writing, presenting and teamwork.

You will study a range of modules, including Macroeconomics for Business, Data Modelling and Analytics and International Economics, Sustainability and Emerging Markets which are all taught by leading experts in their fields.

Your study will be supported by our modern facilities including our Trading Room, which will give you a simulated experience on the same information platform used by leading decision-makers in finance, business and government.

Key features

  • The Data Modelling and Analytics module will help you develop real-life data science and visualisation skills for future employability, while exploring a wide range of tools in MS Excel.
  • Our award-winning Careers Team will help you gain employment experience and put your skills and knowledge into practice. Students have gone on to do placements with global companies such as PwC and Caterpillar.
  • Benefit from doing your own research and developing ideas under the supervision of our expert academic community.
  • Learn to understand and evaluate the policies of various organisations and how these shape the wider business environment through modules such as Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy and Microeconomics: Ethics, Policy and Practice.
  • Learn through a variety of assessment methods including reports, portfolios, presentations, data visualisations, tests, reflective work and exams.
  • Our Trading Room will provide you with access to financial information software that is widely used in the industry to make decisions in areas of macro-economic policy-making.


  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.




DMU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you realise your academic ambitions.

International student scholarships

Find out about available international scholarships or visit our fees and funding page for more information.


  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L100

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding:

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £15,250.

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A Level or equivalent (e.g. BTEC)

T Levels

  • Merit


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE overall 112 UCAS tariff  with at least 30 L3 credits at Merit.
  • English and Maths GCSE required as separate qualification. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course. 
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English language

If English is not your first language, an IELTS core of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Contextual offer 

To make sure you get fair and equal access to higher education, when looking at your application, we consider more than just your grades. So if you are eligible, you may receive a contextual offer. Find our more about contextual offers.


Structure and assessment

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Read more about Education 2030

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Year 1

  • Block 1: Contemporary Issues in Microeconomics
  • Block 2: Quantitative Methods for Business Economics
  • Block 3: Macroeconomics for Business
  • Block 4: The History of Business and Economics

Year 2

  • Block 1: Macroeconomics Analysis and Policy
  • Block 2: Microeconomics: Ethics, Policy and Practice
  • Block 3: Data Modelling and Analytics
  • Block 4: Contemporary Issues in Global Business

Year 3

  • Block 1: Advanced Business Economics
  • Block 2: International Economics, Sustainability and Emerging Markets
  • Block 3 - choose one from the below:
    • Behavioural Economics
    • Economics Institutions and Policy
  • Block 4  choose one from the below:
    • Applied Business Project
    • Economics Dissertation

See detailed module information

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, lab sessions, online activities, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports), exams and tests. 

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 10 contact hours of teaching. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, online activities and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.

Other: In addition, each module provides a two-hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the academic leading the course. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 28 hours per week.

All years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work, and high-spec IT labs installed with professional software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Students benefit from The Trading Room, which can provide simulation of what it is like to work in the financial industry in roles such as trading, portfolio management, investment banking, corporate finance and financial or economic analysis.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including the Virtual Learning Environment, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Find the people who will open doors for you

DMU's award-winning careers service provides guaranteed work experience opportunities DMU Careers Team


During this course, you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress on to your chosen career.

Previous students have taken up placements in the private and public sectors, with leading companies such as PwC, the Government Economic Service, Caterpillar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Our Careers Team can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.

Lauren landed a job offer after a successful placement year with the Government Economic Service (GES).


DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

Our Business Management and Economics students have previously benefited from opportunities to visit Hong Kong, Berlin, San Diego and the financial district of New York, where they learned about the financial institutions in these locations and gained a global outlook on their studies, as well as enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Bloomberg headquarters in New York.


Graduate careers

Our Business Economics degree helps to open up a wide range of career opportunities for graduates in areas such business, finance and the civil service.

Economics has been at the centre stage of policy analysis in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, with sound economic skills and competencies being sought-after in many areas.

Recent graduates have progressed to professional roles such as business analyst, audit associate and financial analyst in globally renowned organisations, including Deutsche Bank, KPMG and PwC.

Hamza Zaheer landed a graduate job as a people and talent consultant while studying in his final year at DMU.

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