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Economics BA (Hons)

This degree will help prepare you for a career in financial services and many other related industries. You will study a range of areas, including the micro- and macro-economic environment, organisational strategy and politics.

Overview

Our Bloomberg Trading Room – one of the largest in a UK university – will give you a simulated experience on industry-standard software that is used by decision-makers in finance.

Develop practical skills that are in demand by employers, such as mathematical and statistical analysis, problem-solving and the ability to explain and analyse complex data.

There are a range of modules available to benefit from, including Applied Techniques for Economists, Econometrics, Intermediate Micro and Macroeconomics, Economic History and International Trade.

Our careers and placements team, #DMUworks, will help you gain the skills and qualities that today’s employers are looking for through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Students have secured work with the Government Economic Service, the UK's largest single employer of economists. 

Our graduates have gone on to careers in world-renowned organisations. Recent successes include Deutsche Bank, KPMG, PwC, TNT and many more.

Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal – on these trips you will visit sites like the Berlin Wall Memorial where you will gain an understanding of economics to explain current events, and to inform opinion on key European issues.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L100

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

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 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: L100

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

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,250

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

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels, or
  • BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma at DMM 

Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent), with English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade 4 or above

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.
International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

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

Teaching contact hours

 

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is undertaken through a healthy mix of both coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and exams or 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. 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 advice and feedback session 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.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will mainly be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Students benefit from The Bloomberg Trading Room Comprising of 21 Bloomberg terminals, the Trading Room will provide simulation of what it is like to work in the financial industry and provide experience of a real life trading floor environment.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

The Newarke café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments.

Library 

We have 1,600 study places and more than 700 computer workstations across all library locations on campus. These give access to more than 500,000 print publications, thousands of e-books and e-journals and a huge range of DVDs, plus a host of research databases.

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management.

There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

As part of this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year which offers invaluable professional experience.

Our exciting careers programme #DMUworks can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement. 

We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.

Our students have taken placements with companies including the Government Economic Service, Rolls Royce, Ernst & Young and TNT.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which 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.

Economics students have recently visited the financial district of New York where they learned about the financial institutions there and went on an exclusive tour of the Bloomberg headquarters.

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Graduate careers

An Economics degree is ideal preparation 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, and the need for sound economic skills and competencies will be high for the foreseeable future.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in globally renowned organisations. Such as business analyst at Deutsche Bank, audit associate at KPMG, and financial analyst at PwC.  

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Ryan Clarke, Economics BA  (Hons)

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