Financial Economics - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years)
September 2017

Using a range of techniques and principles, our BA (Hons) Financial Economics programme provides you with the skills you’ll need to gain employment as an economist in governmental, business or financial institutions.

The programme will not just use economics to explain social, financial and business interactions, but will also draw understanding from these related areas, challenging and progressing your understanding of economic interactions in a wider context.

You’ll also gain a range of transferrable skills, helping improve and enhance your employability prospects. 

What's covered in the course?

Throughout the programme you’ll be developed into a work-ready graduate, equipped with a range of technical and employability skills suitable for a wide range of positions. 

Your course will foster your intellectual development and encourage your personal commitment with the purpose of preparing you for work as a financial economist, or contributing to the world of work in another way, utilising your knowledge of financial markets.  

Why Choose Us?

  • The course will prepare you to work as a financial economist, or in a related role which is concerned financial markets. 
  • You will have the opportunity to study modules from other finance disciplines, tailoring your course to your specific needs, relate economics to real world issues that affect financial markets and policy-making.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art Curzon Building, part of our flagship City Centre Campus, where you’ll have access to cutting-edge resources and facilities.
  • The Economics team at Birmingham City University have a range of experiences and these will be enhanced by the unique contributions which colleagues in strategy, finance and enterprise can offer.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake valuable placements and internships, building your employability skills.

Please note this course has changed name for 2017/18. The KIS data below relates to the previous course title.

This course is subject to approval

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Network Rail
  • Rocks and Co
  • RBS

And in jobs such as:

  • Capacity Planner
  • Mortgage processor
  • Data Analyst

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

A Level BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects


BTEC D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points


GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates Pass Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Intermediate 2 Only acceptable with Advanced Higher. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

The UCAS tariff has changed

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

Professional Development
20 credits

You will develop and practice the skills you need to make the transition to higher education. You’ll be encouraged to explore and embrace opportunities available within and across faculties, becoming a more independent learner.

Business Foundations
20 credits

Within this multi-disciplinary module, you’ll work with colleagues studying other programmes within the Business School, exploring how to run a business effectively through a business simulation. You’ll run a virtual business, and – with support and guidance – respond to business issues and challenges, rectifying them as you will when it comes to facing such situations in real life.

Principles of Economics
20 credits

This module will teach you the fundamental economic principles, theories and models. You’ll learn to evaluate the impact that external micro, macro and international environments have on the activities and performance of businesses. 

Business Analysis, Methods and Techniques
20 credits

Here you will learn to use data as an aid when it comes to making business-sensitive decisions, demonstrating a good understanding of good practice in the process. You’ll perform basis statistical and mathematical calculations, strengthening your data presentation skills.

Introduction to Management Accounting
20 credits

This module is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of management accounting techniques, and will introduce you to the use of these techniques to support management in their planning, controlling and decision making, both within industry and within the service sector.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Marketing Foundations
  • Applied Economics 

Year Two

20 credits

Here you will apply knowledge to specific economic situations, solving problems using mathematical and graphical methods. You’ll look at different evidence and arguments, and develop the skills you need to undertake further economic courses.

20 credits

Appropriate economic models will be selected in order for you to analyse macroeconomic problems. You’ll demonstrate knowledge and understanding of macroeconomic concepts, theories and models at an intermediate level. 

Corporate Finance
20 credits

This module is designed to broaden your understanding of the main issues in modern corporate finance. The module is well established to cover topics that include mergers and acquisitions, dividend policy, and capital structure and theory. It is intended for those students who are interested to pursue a career in finance.

Contemporary Business: Practice and Solutions
20 credits

You will choose and apply appropriate conceptual strategic management models and frameworks to analyse differing external environment and organisational scenarios.

20 credits

You will be given the opportunity to experience how econometrics can be used to empirically study and answer questions across a variety of disciplines. Moreover, this module introduces you to data extraction, data analysis and data interpretation using a statistical software, hereby offering a practice-led, knowledge-applied education experience.  

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Principles of Taxation
  • Strategic Development
  • Ethics, Corporate Governance and Law
  • Risk Management
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Study Abroad

Final Year

Real Estate, Economics and Financial Bubbles
20 credits

Over the last fifty years, investment in real estate has grown massively. The Real Estate Economics module will develop your ability to understand the functioning of the real estate market, to analyse the effects of various events on property prices and property yields, and to forecast future property trends. The module also seeks to develop key transferable skills for a successful career in the real estate sector and in other industries.

Money and Banking
20 credits

The module aims to provide understanding of issues in the role of money in the economy and the operation of the monetary and financial system and policy by the application of appropriate economic principles, frameworks and analytical techniques. It pursues excellence in aiming to develop a capacity for conceptualising problems, choosing appropriate frameworks and critically analysing relevant issues.  Its teaching and learning strategy seeks to encourage independent learning and development, reasoning and analysis.

Integrative Business Research Project
40 credits

This module gives you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of relevant research in an area that interests you. Once the topic has been agreed with the course team, you will conduct extensive research, form adequate conclusions and showcase the skills you have learnt so far. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Labour Economics
  • Industrial Economics
  • Business and Economic Forecasting
  • Corporate Financial Strategy
  • Project Management  

Course Structure

The BA (Hons) Financial Economics programme is designed to prepare you for a wide variety of activities, functions and professional skills, all of which are demanded by today’s finance and business sector.

The programme also focuses on the application of modern finance and business theories to modern financial issues, helping prepare you to reach conclusions and make appropriate recommendations. You’ll be able to develop a wide range of cognitive and intellectual skills, together with competences specific to business and enterprise.

The first year of your programme will provide a solid grounding in business functions, its operating environment, principles of economics and its importance in business.

During the second and later years of the programme, there will be flexible learning opportunities to specialise in the financial economics subject area, tailoring the programme to a specific career aim.

A wide variety of assessment methods are used, and throughout the programme you will be expected to deliver reports, presentations, exams and essays.

Trips and visits

You will have the opportunity to visit a number of leading businesses during your studies, both locally and across the country. Recently, students visited leading brewery company Sadler’s Ales, gaining an innovative insight into how a successful business runs.

Overseas Opportunities

During your second year, you have the option to undertake the Study Abroad module, where you can examine an interdisciplinary topic within an international setting. You’ll create a digital story suitable for a range of audiences, and self-reflect on the impact of an international experience.

You can also gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Further Study

As an economics graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to progress to one of our MSc Management courses. We’ll provide advice and support to help you to decide what path is right for you based on your interests and career goals.

Employment Opportunities

You will be supported throughout your studied by the University Careers and Employability team, with the aim of enhancing your employability prospects upon graduating.

Throughout the programme, you will receive assistance for your own development through co-curriculum activities, including our dedicated Employability Challenge Weeks and extended induction programmes. 


There will be opportunities to try out different graduate roles, with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to complement your studies.

Past students on this programme have undertaken placements in companies such as Bosch, Network Rail, the NHS and Emirates.  

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

This course as it gives you the flexibility to specialise in the area you want to work in during your third year. This means you can tailor your learning to meet your specific career aspirations.

Our graduates move into many different specialist and more general roles. For example, one recent graduate went to work for Network Rail as a capacity planner, while another went to gemstone specialist Rocks and co as a data analyst. You can even go into a career that you might not have thought of, for instance one graduate has gone to Royal Bank of Scotland as mortgage processor.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our visual communication course is most popular with international students from:

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Dr Domenico Moro

Senior Lecturer

Prior to joining Birmingham City University, Domenico Moro worked as a researcher at the Third Sector Research Centre, where he was involved on quantitative analysis, cutting across several research programmes. His focus is on the economic impact of third sector organisations in the UK.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295