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Economics (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: L104
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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Our 4-year BSc (Hons) in Economics will give you the skills you need for a career in the financial sector, or to pursue a managerial career.

You’ll develop a strong working knowledge of:

  • microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • qualitative and mathematical research methods
  • financial markets and banking
  • economic trends, institutions and policies – both national and international

You’ll study core Economics modules and choose optional modules from other complementary subject disciplines within the School of Management, ensuring you emerge as a well-rounded, commercially aware professional.

The programme focuses on the application of theory to real-world commercial situations. It is also oriented towards research-led teaching from academic staff with research interests in fields such as:

  • international trade
  • European economic integration
  • dynamic macroeconomics and international finance
  • financial economics
  • emerging markets and transitional economics

A placement year, taken in year three of the programme, enables you to develop your skills and professional confidence and boost your employability on graduation.

You'll have a wide range of career opportunities open to you on graduation, in both the public and private sectors, along with the foundations for further study in finance, economics and business management.

We also offer a 3-year version of the programme, without the placement year.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Our degrees provide you with vocationally relevant knowledge and understanding, and, depending on modules taken, you may qualify for partial exemption from Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations.

“After graduating I joined the Royal Bank of Scotland, where I am currently an operations manager looking after around 150 people.

My responsibilities include performance management, to drive change within the centre, collaboration with other departments in order to improve customer experience, managing talent and developing staff.

After finishing the graduate programme, my short-term goal is to secure a senior manager role within RBS, whilst my ambition for the next 4 years is to become Head of Business.”

Alexandru Carp
BSc (Hons) Economics (2010) & MSc Financial Economics (2015)

Why Bradford?

The School of Management has been an international leader in education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years, and has the coveted triple-crown of accreditations.

We offer excellent facilities, a highly trained, professional staff, and comprehensive support services - both in the Faculty of Management and Law and in the wider University.

We utilise the latest computer packages to support your study, including the Blackboard virtual learning environment, while MyEconLab is embedded across our core first and second year teaching.

Our flexible course structure allows you to tailor your studies to emerging interests or career aspirations, through optional modules from complementary disciplines of Management, Business, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

You will be taught by staff who are pushing the boundaries of subject knowledge and application through research. This means that the teaching you receive reflects the latest thinking in the subject.

Our courses are shaped by the School of Management International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in industry who advise our management team on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is valued by employers. Members of our International Advisory Board include individuals from organisations such Google, the BBC, KPMG and Harvard Business School. Our visiting lecturers include directors from well-known companies who provide first-hand experience of management decision-making at a strategic level.

With an intake of around 50 undergraduates per year, you can be sure of a close-knit group and an atmosphere conducive to serious but enjoyable study. You can also get involved with the student-run Economics Society, which organises talks and social activities.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 122 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The BSc (Hons) in Economics aims to equip students with a thorough background to various aspects of economics, including microeconomics and macroeconomics, qualitative and mathematical research methods as well as to develop a deep knowledge of current global and national economic trends, institutions and policies, highlighting the link between theoretical aspects and real-world applications.

Year One: (all modules are core)

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Economists (20 credits)
  • Finance and Accounting for Managers (20 credits)
  • Development of Economic Ideas (20 credits)
  • Principles of Management (20 credits)

Year Two:

  • Employability and Enterprise Skills (20 credits) core
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (20 credits) core
  • Multinational Finance and Investment (20 credits) core
  • Research Methods for Economist (20 credits) core
  • Human Resource Management (20 credits) option
  • International Business Strategy (20 credits) option
  • Business Law and Ethics (20 credits) option
  • Organisational Design and Analysis (20 credits) option
  • Strategic Management (20 credits) option
  • Entrepreneurship Creativity and Innovation (20 credits) option
  • Management of Information Systems (20 credits) option
  • World Class Operations (20 credits) option

Year Four:

  • Dissertation in Economics (40 Credits) core
  • Econometrics (20 credits) core
  • Contemporary issues in Economics (20 credits) core
  • Advanced Economics (20 credits) core
  • Current Issues in International Business (20 credits) option
  • Leading and Managing People (20 credits) option
  • Product and Corporate Brand Management (20 credits) option
  • Project Management (20 credits) option
  • International Business Strategy (20 credits) option
  • Human Resource Management (20 credits) option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Learning and teaching integrates applied and theoretical knowledge, taking into consideration the learning outcomes, progression through the levels of study, the nature of the mode of study and the need for you to take greater responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the programme.

Lectures are the main teaching method, and you'll experience a wide variety of other learning activities including supplementary reading, exercises, projects and workbooks, independent study and group work.

The final year dissertation is a substantial piece of work that gives you the opportunity not only to increase your specialist subject knowledge, but also to demonstrate your ability to undertake independent study.

All teaching is supported by information and activities provided through the University’s virtual learning environment.

In addition, the School offers an Effective Learning Service, which helps with the development of study skills both in group sessions and through individual coaching.

Methods of assessment vary according to the learning outcomes of particular modules and the stage of study.

Accordingly, a mixture of closed book examinations, essays and other written work, oral presentations, problem solving exercises and group work will be used in assessment of your work.

Classroom and mid-semester tests provide feedback on your progress.

Throughout the programme your learning will be supported using various methods of formative assessment and feedback. This is to help you progress your studies and support your continuing development.


We provide access to high-quality internship opportunities at a variety of employers.

Our students are highly successful in securing both summer and year-long internships and placements with Government Economic Service placement scheme (e.g. the Treasury, Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Health, Office for National Statistics) and a range of private sector companies involved in marketing, finance and the voluntary sector. 

Support to secure a placement comes from both the University’s Career and Employability Services and our Economics team (particularly in relation to the Government Economic Service placement scheme).

In our experience the completion of a placement is a transformative process. It not only provides experience and improves employability – it boosts the performance and professionalism of returning students.

Study Abroad

As a student at University of Bradford School of Management you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.

This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading business schools.

Study Tours

Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).

These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.

Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities

Career support and prospects

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

92% of our 2016 graduates in Economics found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Our Economics programmes develop your powers of analysis and critical thought, and build skills in communication, expression and rational argument. These are valuable in any area of employment.

Evidence suggests economics degrees are particularly well rewarded in the labour market - research from the Complete University Guide puts Economics in the top five for average graduate salaries.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 School of Management graduates was £20,116.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

We offer an excellent student support system. On arrival you will be assigned to a member of the academic staff, who will be your Personal Academic Tutor.

You will have regular meetings with your tutor, who will help or advise if you have any general academic issues (e.g. in decisions about choosing modules, or even changing the subject of your degree).

In addition to designated office hours all staff operate an open door policy during working hours, so you don’t need to arrange an appointment.

Your Personal Academic Tutor is the first point of contact should you experience problems of any kind, whether directly related to your studies or not. They can also refer you to specialist agencies inside the University, if necessary, such as the Counselling Service, or Disability Service.

Alternatively, you can also use these office hours to see one of the module lecturers, or seminar tutors, if you are having problems understanding some of the ideas and concepts being taught.

This gives you the opportunity to benefit from one-to-one tuition to clarify your understanding.


Research is central to the work of the Economics and Finance staff, and influences the core modules in final year such as Contemporary Issues in Economics and Risk Management and Derivatives, together with the supervision you will receive during your Dissertation in Financial Economics. Our research themes include international trade, economic integration, macroeconomic policy, finance, banking and labour markets. Outputs include books with major publishers (e.g. Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Ashgate, Elgar), articles in leading Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) journals and papers delivered at national and international conferences.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,950
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,500

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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