Economics and Finance Undergraduate Courses

Economics is the foundation of modern business. We nurture bold, forward-thinking economists who can bring strategy, efficiency and change to any organisation, whether it’s an international business, a government department or a charity.

As a business economist, you’ll make decisions that count. A new product launch, a venture into overseas markets, the introduction of innovative technology – all benefit from the skills, vision and analytical thinking of the economist.

At Derby you’ll apply latest economic theory to solve real problems for real businesses. You’ll harness up-to-the-minute data and analytical tools in our Financial Markets Lab. You’ll be challenged by work placements, consultancy projects, business panel debates and trading competitions. With our friendly learning community and staff dedicated to your success, we offer the ideal start for your career.

Top10Economics ranked Top 10 for Student Satisfaction **Complete University Guide 2022
8thEconomics ranked 8th for Teaching Quality**Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022

New Derby Business School in the city centre

Opening in September 2024: a new Derby Business School, serving as an international centre of excellence. The superb new teaching facilities will build on our established reputation for inspirational teaching and research excellence, as we shape the next generation of qualified business leaders.

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Economics and Finance – your questions answered

Senior Lecturer Dr Weiwei Yang answers your frequently asked questions about Economics and Finance. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

Dr Weiwei Yang, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance

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University Trading Challenge winners

Proud Economics student becomes award-winner

Economics for Business student Jake Gonella won a number of awards during the University Trading Challenge and has been recognised for his exceptional trading skills.

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"Direction for my future career”

"The nature of this course, along with the innovative assessment structure ensures that I have been able to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired into practice within the real world."

"Choosing to study Economics for Business at the University of Derby has developed my skills, my knowledge and me as an individual exactly in the direction I wanted for my future career." 

Why you should study Economics at the University of Derby

Financial Markets Lab

Our students can gain hands-on experience using the same information and technology relied on by financial professionals all over the world, in our Financial Markets Lab.

We are one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of financial data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it’s like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.

Our Financial Markets Lab highlights our commitment to delivering the very best experience for our students, giving them an edge in a competitive global jobs market once they graduate – demonstrating that they can quickly contribute to any employer’s business.

Virtual tour of the Financial Markets Lab at Kedleston Road

What our Economics and Finance graduates do

Economics graduates are always in demand, so there is lots of potential for you to achieve your ambitions.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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Make it Real
at Derby

We want you to realise your vision for your future. The University of Derby is a place where you can take your passion and talent and use them to create a better world.

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