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BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance

Your springboard to a career in the financial world

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 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

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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 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.

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

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, 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.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,120

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

“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 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 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.

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 grade B (or higher) in Mathematics or ABB including grade B (or higher) in Mathematics and grade A in extended project qualification

Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher plus Level 3 units in Mathematics or in conjunction with an alternative Level 3 Mathematics qualification.
BTEC 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 An overall average of 80% including Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 35 points with a minimum grade of 6 points in three Higher level subjects including Mathematics
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3 including Mathematics
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB at Higher level and AB at Advanced Higher level, including Mathematics

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

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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