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BSc (Hons) Economics, Econometrics and Finance

Develop valuable analytical and quantitative skills

2018/19 entry

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3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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Designed for those with an interest in exploring modern financial systems and statistical analysis, this highly specialised degree offers a firm foundation in economic and financial theory and develops the valuable analytical and quantitative skills required by the financial services industry.

Studying real-life data you will gain an appreciation and understanding of the advanced statistical methods that professional economists use to model the economy and you will learn to test these theories against evidence, becoming fully competent in data-based research.


Leading alumni

Our alumni include the President of Portugal Professor Anibal Cavaco Silva, and former Prime Minister of South Korea Han Seung-Soo, as well as many leading figures in business, finance and academia.

Course content

This comprehensive degree provides you with an understanding of econometrics, allowing you to develop analytical and interpretative skills, within the broader study of economics and finance. Based in one of the largest Economics departments in the UK and with the majority of our economics staff research-active you will benefit from learning with those at the cutting-edge of their subjects.

Our economics courses share a common first year in which we introduce the key areas that underpin the rest of the course. In Years 2 and 3 you will consolidate and expand upon this knowledge via a series of core and optional study modules which have been developed to give you a thorough understanding of the subject and enable you to tailor the degree to fit your academic and career interests.

Study abroad

Our Study Abroad scheme gives you the opportunity to transfer to one of our overseas partner universities for the second year of the course. By adding an international perspective to your university experience, you can strengthen your CV and improve your standing with employers in a global industry. Current students have visited Hong Kong, Australia and the USA as part of their study abroad experience.

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some of the many opportunities you'll find here at the University:

Year 1

The first year provides a broad introduction to all areas of economics, from small scale economic decisions at an individual and local level through to issues that impact upon national and international economies.

Core modules

Microeconomics I introduces the concepts and tools of economic analysis and develops your understanding of the financial decision-making processes of individuals and organisations. (30 credits)

Macroeconomics I focuses on the issues that affect the economy as a whole, such as employment trends and inflation. (30 credits)

Mathematics I will introduce you to the main mathematical techniques used in economics. (10 credits)

Probability I provides the tools required to understand probability ideas and problems and a foundation for inferential statistics. (10 credits)

Statistics I introduces techniques of statistical inference that are used in economics, business, social sciences and problem solving. (10 credits)

Economic Data Analysis­­ I shows you how to find, use and interpret real economic and financial data. (10 credits)

Historical Perspectives provides an insight into the economic changes that have shaped the modern world. (20 credits)

More detailed module descriptors

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In second year you will be able to explore areas of interest in greater detail through a combination of core modules and options.

Core modules

Microeconomics II will introduce you to the most important concepts, methods, tools and techniques of economic analysis and provide a strong basis for advanced economic modules. (20 credits)

Macroeconomics II deepens your understanding of key issues in macroeconomics by introducing the latest models employed by policy makers around the world and developing your capacity for forming critical judgements. (20 credits)

Econometrics II provides an understanding of the analysis of economic models using statistical methods, and of applied economic articles and develops the skills needed to evaluate and interpret research findings. (20 credits)

Mathematics II introduces some of the most frequently used quantitative methods in economics, equipping you with the techniques and fluency that will be essential to analyse and solve a range of economic problems in the third year and beyond. (10 credits)

Econometric Theory I examines the methods and models integral to the understanding of econometrics, enabling you to grasp statistical theory and gain a comprehension of multivariate random variables. (10 credits)

Econometric Theory II builds upon the knowledge and skills that you have developed in Econometric Theory 1. (10 credits)

Introduction to Accountancy examines the main principles of company accounting and financial reporting and provides an overview of the activities of the accountancy profession in the UK and the main challenges which it faces. (10 credits)

Financial Economics and Capital Markets provides you with an understanding of the rapidly evolving theory of finance, what influences financial decisions and the importance of managing risks in financial markets and examines the key issues faced by capital markets. (20 credits)

More detailed module descriptors

Year 3

In third year you will take 80 core credit modules and choose 40 credits worth of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your personal interests and career goals.

Core modules

Principles of Corporate Finance and Derivative Securities fosters an understanding of the theory and practice of corporate finance, how to use financial theory to solve practical problems and provides an advanced analysis of the major issues affecting the financial policy of a modern corporation. (20 credits)

Structure and Regulation of Financial Markets develops your understanding of financial market failure and regulation, with particular reference to the British financial system, it also explains how problems can occur in the market when one party in a transaction has access to more information than the other. (20 credits)

Econometric Methods for Research provides you with an appreciation of the econometric techniques that are widely used in modern economic research, such as multiple linear regression, simultaneous equation models, non-linear models, generalised method of moments and some time series analysis. (20 credits)

Financial and Time Series Econometrics combines Financial Econometrics and Introduction to Time Series. (20 credits)

Option modules

More detailed module descriptors

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £16,620

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Nigel Thompson Memorial Scholarships

These scholarships are worth £3,000 each year to talented students from families of lower income.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

At York we place a strong focus on applying theory to real-life situations and we incorporate practical work into our teaching to improve your planning, teamwork and research.

Our academics have links with industry and are responsive to developments in the sector, so you can be sure you will gain a well-informed account of the current issues and challenges facing organisations. In addition, each module has its own area on the virtual learning environment that provides easy access to supporting learning materials.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars216 hours240 hours204 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Your teaching will take place in a variety of locations on Campus West.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies from module to module and includes a combination of exams, written essays and project work.

Your tutors will give feedback in a variety of forms depending on the specific needs of the module. This may consist of written feedback, in-class discussion, model answers, one-to-one discussions or online responses.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams96%95%100%
Practical exams4%0%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Economics, Econometrics and Finance
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Careers and skills

Career prospects for York graduates are excellent. This specialised course has been developed to meet the needs of the financial industries and government and provide you with the skills you need to succeed.

Career opportunities

We have one of the strongest graduate employment records in the sector with graduates going on to work in:

  • Management
  • Finance
  • Research
  • Central government
  • Information organisations
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Law

Transferable skills

Economics students graduate with a wide range of transferable skills. As well as developing your subject-specific knowledge, an economics degree will equip you with:

  • Logical thinking
  • Quantitative skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

AAB including Mathematics at grade B or equivalent. We will accept either Economics or Business Studies, but not both.

Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher. We strongly recommend some Level 3 units be taken in mathematical subjects.
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
European Baccalaureate An overall average of 80%
International Baccalaureate 35 points with a minimum grade of 6 points in three Higher level subjects
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB at Higher level and AB at Advanced Higher level

English language

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 169 each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Accepted applicants will be invited to visit between November and April. You'll meet our current students and staff, which may include a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff.

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