BA (Hons) Economics for Business
Why choose this course?
- This is a modern degree with a focus on applying economics to the real world
- You’ll get the opportunity to work on consultancy projects solving real problems for real businesses, helping you to apply your learning to the real world
- You can meet experts at the forefront of the profession during your studies
- We will work with you to hone your employability skills, progressively developing a range of business and analytical skills for your future
- You’ll be ready for a career in a rapidly changing business environment.
UCAS code: L346
Start date: September
Course length: Full-time: three years (four years with a placement year). Part-time: up to six years
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus
College: College of Business
This course is available to international students
About this course
You’ll undertake economic research and analysis, handle economic information and data, and develop the professional skills expected of an applied business economist.
The course is your route to a career as an economist in business or organisational consultancy. You’ll also be well equipped to enter graduate management and financial training schemes and to progress to postgraduate studies in economics or business management.
Your studies will be stimulating and challenging. You’ll combine economic theory and skills with business, finance and leadership.
Go behind the headlines about austerity, inequality and corporate accountability. Apply micro and macro-economic theories to analyse individual businesses, markets, industries and countries. You’ll analyse current trends using professional data and information services, including Bloomberg and specialist software and take part in business panel debates, conferences and competitions.
Take part in competitions to challenge yourself and apply your learning. In December our students won two of the top prizes in the 2015 University Trading Challenge.
Tackle business problems
Economics underpins business - so close contacts with employers underpin this course. You’ll undertake consultancy projects solving real problems for real organisations. You’ll analyse current trends using professional data and information services, including Bloomberg and specialist software.
Work experience linked to applied research is a cornerstone of this degree. An optional year-long placement or summer internship offers insights into how economic analysis can affect organisational practice.
Experts at the forefront of the profession will motivate you to achieve at a high level. You’ll learn from visiting professors such as Lloyds Chief Economist Trevor Williams - offering unprecedented access to latest developments in the City.
Our teaching team is industry experienced and influential. Their research spans themes from behavioural economics to public policy, the green economy to the economics of innovation and technological change. They’ll bring exciting new perspectives to your studies.
What you will cover
You will study modules such as:
- Markets, Prices and Strategy
- Introductory Mathematics for Economics
- Academic Skills for Accounting and Economics
- Market Failure Analysis
- Introduction to Macroeconomic Concepts and Data
- Finance and Business Performance
You will study modules such as:
- Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Data Analysis
- Industrial Economics
- Public and Third Sector Economics
- Current Debates in Applied Economic Theory
- Marketing Communication
You can choose to take an optional placement year between stages two and three.
You will study modules such as:
- International Business Economics
- Economics of Sustainable Business Growth
- Applied Economics Project
- Financial Risk Management
- Marketing Across Cultures
- International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
- Investing and Financial Markets
- International Banking
September 2016 typical entry requirements UCAS points 280 (up to 40 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 104 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
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How to apply
- Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS
- Part-time students should apply directly to the University.
- Students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS.
Information for international applicants
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,000 per year
£1,125 per module
£11,500 per year
Fees for the academic year 2017/18 have not yet been confirmed for this course.
How you will learn
Real world learning is at the heart of the everything you study on this this programme. You will have the opportunity to focus on solving real business and organisational problems as part of your coursework.
You will meet experts at the forefront of the profession for example, our visiting Professor is Lloyds Chief Economist, Trevor Williams.
Each year we send a team of third year students to participate in a University Trading Challenge. In December 2015, our Business students won two top prizes.
You’ll learn through interactive lectures, problem solving seminars and assessments.
Modules are assessed in a number of ways, from computer-based assessments and business reports to applied economics projects showcasing the analytical and quantitative skills you will have developed throughout the programme.
Who you will meet
Dr Nicola Lynch is programme leader for this degree. She is an applied economist who researches on public policy issues. Nicola leads a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and believes in providing our students with a unique and invaluable learning experience. She believes in providing a learning environment where students can develop academically and personally as they progress through their studies here in the Derby Business School
Dr Eugene Michaels is Programme Leader for the MSc International Business suite of programmes in the Business School and leads a number of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is accredited with the Higher Education Academy and focuses his efforts on getting his students to apply economic reasoning, think critically and see the relevance to their own personal lives. Eugene’s key research interests lie in the implications of behavioural economics on individuals’ financial wellbeing and government policy.
Melanie Powell is the Programme Leader for the MSc International Business and Finance degree. She is the joint author of a leading European Economics textbook, is widely published and is accredited at high level with the Academy of Higher Education. She is passionate about inspirational and research backed education. Her research is focused on behavioural economics and financial market behaviour. Melanie wants every student that goes through her hands to be changed and have a new way of looking at the world that gives them confidence, decision making skills and a fascination for economic activity for life.
Dr Weiwei Yang is a committed lecturer with experience of teaching a wide range of subjects in Finance and Economics. Her teaching philosophy is to inspire and motivate students, changing from passive learning to active learning. Weiwei’s research interest lies in the area of banking efficiency, market competition, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.
Careers and employability
With its focus on problem solving and practical economic analysis, our degree offers maximum flexibility in the job market. You can realise your potential in a much broader range of careers than with a more traditional economics degree.
Your capacity to shape policy and drive change will be valued by employers across the public, private and third sectors - in the UK and overseas.
You’ll be ideally placed to work in government departments, development agencies, charities and voluntary organisations as well as in international business, consultancy, or finance, banking and trading.
Our students have gone on to a wide range of exciting roles including:
- Director Client Advisor at UBS
- Freelance Strategy Consultant
- Consultant at Stanton House
- Coordinator Customer Services Export at Koppert Biological Systems
- Buyer at Puleva Food
- Buyer at Rolls Royce Marine
- Financial Analyst at Norne Securities
- Digital Accounts Manager at UKlinkology
- Operations Analyst at Stanton Consultancy Limited
- Research Assistant at Weston Group
- Customer Insight Officer at Calico Homes.
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