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BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance

Your springboard to a career in the financial world

Year of entry: 2020
Show year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

L112

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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This current and highly relevant degree gives you a broad understanding of economics and finance, focusing on the principles of macro- and microeconomics and econometrics and their impact on the world around us, from the individual to organisational level and on a global scale. The ongoing effects of the financial crisis means there has never been a more exciting time to be involved with this subject.

You will gain an extensive knowledge of economic and financial theory and will develop strong analytical, empirical and interpretive skills that are highly valued by employers and that will put you ahead of the game in terms of employability.

Taught by experts with significant industry and research experience, if you are interested in a future in the financial services industry – working in areas such as banking, accountancy, insurance and investment analysis or financial management – then this is the course for you.

We have a proven track record for the success of our economics graduates, in fact 95% of our graduates have gone on to careers in a relevant industry – one of the highest employment figures in the sector.

Leading alumni

Our alumni include the former 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.

Great propsects

95.3% of York Economics graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 (HESA) (Full-time UK students)

I'd advise economics students to apply for internships/work experience programmes. During my degree, I took part in the Deloitte Summer Vacation Scheme and as a result of this I secured a graduate job in the Mergers and Acquisitions tax department at Deloitte. I was recently head hunted through LinkedIn for a job at PwC.
Emily

Course content

This popular degree enables you to learn about the rapidly developing subject of finance, within the broader study of economics. Based in one of the largest Economics departments in the UK with one of the highest proportions of research-active staff, 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

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

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

Core modules

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

The second year will allow you to explore areas of interest in greater detail through a combination of core and option modules.

Core modules

Option modules

Options totalling 20 credits to be chosen from a list including:

Year 3

During third year you will take 40 core credit modules and have the opportunity to take 80 credits worth of option modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your personal interests and career goals.

Core modules

Option modules

Options totalling 80 credits to be chosen from a list including:

Please note that some combinations of modules are not permitted. 

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

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify issues and situations in society and business where economic or financial concepts and principles can provide insight, and confidently apply those concepts and principles as appropriate.
  • Apply flexibly the methods of logical and mathematical reasoning used by economists, including within formal models and especially in the analysis of risk, with an understanding of the purpose and scope of such models.
  • Independently locate, compile and present social, economic and financial data, with an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of such data.
  • Use proficiently statistical, econometric and computer-based techniques for analysing data, including in applying and testing economic and financial models.
  • Engage with, and draw on, academic and professional research in economics and finance, with an ability to distinguish different themes within it, and to synthesise ideas from it.
  • Recognise contemporary and historical economic and financial episodes and phenomena, confidently analyse their causes and significance, and understand the implications of future financial innovation.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate economic and financial policies, of government, companies and/or other institutions.
  • Clearly present, explain and communicate their analysis in a variety of modes including verbal/written and technical.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

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.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

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 additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“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 study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. 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 hours216 hours180 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 1,200 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.

About our campus

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%91%100%
Coursework0%9%0%
Practical exams4%0%0%

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

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Careers and skills

Career prospects for York graduates are excellent. This flexible course has been developed to meet the needs of the business world 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:

  • Banking
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Central government
  • 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:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Empirical and interpretive skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB including Mathematics

Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits at Distinction and 9 at Merit or higher plus Level 3 units in Mathematics or in conjunction with an alternative Level 3 Mathematics qualification
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD including Mathematics or in conjunction with an alternative Level 3 Mathematics qualification
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2 including Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 80% overall including Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 35 points with a minimum grade of 6 points in three Higher level subjects including Mathematics

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 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

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

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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