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Economics and Finance BSc (Hons)

Develop your analytical and problem-solving skills and prepare yourself for the fast-evolving world of finance though an understanding of real-world economics.

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Overview

The course will give you a strong grounding in mathematical and statistical theory for finance. You will also learn about the theoretical study of economics (micro and macro) and financial accounting in the context of contemporary events, and will be encouraged to progress your practical skills in the field.

In your second and third year you will have the opportunity to tailor your learning to your own area of interest by choosing from optional modules alongside the compulsory core modules.

Our Trading Room will give you a simulated experience on the same information platform used by leading decision-makers in finance, business and government. This real-world insight into markets and trading will sharpen your economic skills and can boost employability prospects. Students have access to both Bloomberg and Refinitiv/Eikon self-study certifications and their online training materials. These are available to students via campus and online.

Key features

  • Our alumni are employed by leading brands in graduate roles, with recent successes including a consultant at PA Consulting, tax processor at Grant Thornton and financial criminal analyst at Barclays.
  • Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global. Recent study-related trips offered through the scheme include New York, Berlin and Hong Kong. Students were able to visit the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to learn about dealing with shares and gained an insight into how it works differently in Asia compared to London.
  • Placements opportunities with local, national and global companies. Previous students have landed roles including audit intern at PKF Cooper Parry, business performance analyst at Volkswagen, assistant economist at the Government Economic Service and within the finance team at Leicestershire County Council.
  • Benefit from The Trading Room, where you can gain experience of a real-life trading floor environment on campus and online, with access to financial, company and economic data widely used in industry. Students have access to Refinitiv/Eikon self-study certifications and online training materials (available to students on campus and online), as well as access to Bloomberg self-study certifications and online training materials (on campus).
  • Specialise your learning to your specific areas of interest and career aspirations through optional modules in your second and final year. For example, the Financial Markets and Institutions module looks at how a central bank operates, as well as the global financial system, helping to equip you for a career in the financial world.

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: LN13

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

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

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

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: LN13

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

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one A or AS Level of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics or Statistics
  • Normally BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM in Mathematics, Physics or Statistics
  • Five GCSEs at grades A*–C including English Language plus Maths at grade B
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points including a quantitative subject at SL or HL level
  • QAA Access to Higher Education course not normally accepted as applicants will need to have studied a quantitative subject at A or AS Level equivalent in Maths, Physics or Statistics

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 changes

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

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Accreditations

 

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

  • Exam: 60%
  • Coursework: 40%

These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session. 

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. In the first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars 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 lecturer. 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 25 hours per week.

Subsequent 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.

Accreditations

  • Awarded the best possible result from the government's QAA review for the quality of our teaching and student support
  • This course has some modules accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). 

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.

Student 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 Blackboard, 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

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Placements

 

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 onto your chosen career.

Previous students have taken up placements in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts, with leading companies such as the NHS, Marks & Spencer, Siemens, Lidl, and Rugby Borough Council.

Our careers programme DMU Works 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.

DMU graduate Luke did a placement at EY, one of the top four Audit firms. They were so impressed, they offered him a graduate role after completing his degree. 

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

With DMU Global, students have previously visited New York, where they were able to learn about the city’s financial institutions and apply their studies to a global context, as well as enjoy an exclusive tour of the Bloomberg headquarters.

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Graduate careers

Our Economics and Finance course is an ideal opportunity to prepare for a career in business, finance and the civil service.

 

Since the global financial crisis of 2007/08, economics has been at the centre stage of policy analysis, with sound economic skills and competencies being sought-after in many areas.

 Our graduates have gone on to work for globally renowned organisations such as Red Bull, KPMG,  PepsiCo, Grant Thornton,  and Barclays in a variety of roles including commercial finance analyst, auditor, cost technician, tax processor and financial criminal analyst.

Find out how Economics student Adam Chopdat secured a placement at the Government Economic Service with the help of our placement team.


 

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