Econ BSc

Economics BSc (Hons)

This course delivers the fundamentals of contemporary economics, with an emphasis on quantitative and digital applications. You will develop and consolidate a wide range of skills, theories and policy perspectives that will help you to understand and analyse the world around us.

Overview

Economics is key to understanding some of the critical questions facing our world. This course will explore these questions while also examining some of the principles and theories that can help us to answer them. The programme will also put data-driven analysis at the heart of its approach, as emphasised by Contemporary Economics.

In this course you will learn to evaluate a variety of advanced quantitative and econometric techniques, and be able to effectively solve economic problems using data application tools. This includes applying knowledge to a range of specialised areas within economics using econometric techniques.

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

You will study a range of areas, including Applied Microeconomics, Data Management and Visualisation and Digital Economics and Artificial Intelligence 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 Global Financial Markets and Institutions module will help you develop evaluation skills by providing an understanding of the money market, capital market, derivatives markets and foreign exchange market, including the role of financial regulation.
  • Our award-winning careers service DMU Works will help you gain employment experience and put your skills and knowledge into practice. Students have gone on to do placements with companies such as the Government Economic Service (GES) and TSB Head Office.
  • You will have the chance to do your own research and develop your own ideas under the supervision of our academic community.
  • Data analysis is at the heart of this course, allowing you to understand and evaluate economic ideas and policies and their effects on the wider world.
  • This course uses 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.

 

Scholarships

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.

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L102

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

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

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

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L102

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

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

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

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

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: 24+ 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 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.

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.

Find out more information about Education 2030.

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching hours

 

 

Year 1

  • Block 1:  Applied Microeconomics
  • Block 2:  Maths and Statistics for Economics and Finance
  • Block 3:  Applied Macroeconomics
  • Block 4: Data Management and Visualisation

Year 2

  • Block 1: Microeconomics and Game Theory
  • Block 2: Econometrics and Data Analytics
  • Block 3: Global Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Block 4: Contemporary Macroeconomics: Policy and Practice

Year 3

  • Block 1 - choose one from the below:
    • Advanced Microeconomics: Theory and Application

 

    • Advanced Macroeconomics: Theory and Application
  • Block 2 - choose one from the below:
    • Industrial Economics
    • Behavioural Economics and Finance
  • Block 3 - choose one from the below:
    • Digital Economics and Artificial Intelligence
    • Global Trade and Development Economics
  • Block 4: Applied Economics Dissertation

 

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.

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

Find the people who will open doors for you

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

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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 on to your chosen career.

Previous students have taken up placements in the private and public sectors, with leading companies such as TSB Head Office and Government Economic Service (GES).

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.

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

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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.

 

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

Our 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 and data analysis skills and competencies being sought-after in many areas.

Our graduates have gone on to secure a range of professional roles at globally renowned organisations, including positions such as economic adviser and international finance manager. Some graduates have also forged successful careers working for major brands and companies such as the Government Economic Service (GES), KPMG, PwC, and Weetabix.

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

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