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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

72 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Interested in studying Economics and Finance but don’t have the formal qualifications to join our honours degree right now? If you choose to start at Foundation Year stage, you can still achieve the full BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance and build all the skills you need for a high-flying career.

If you have potential and ambition – but lack the formal entry requirements – to study Economics and Finance at Derby, this topical and highly relevant course is your ideal starting point.

Fulfil your ambitions with a Foundation Year

We have designed the Foundation Year route especially for able students who don’t have the qualifications to embark on our BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance directly.

By starting with the Foundation Year, you’ll gain an invaluable introduction to your subject, building your skills, knowledge and confidence so that you can complete the full honours degree in four years.

From day one, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student and you won’t need to apply again to complete your full BSc (Hons) degree. Once you pass the Foundation Year, you will be able to progress directly to stage one of the degree.

A toolkit for success

The BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance fosters your skills in applying economic and financial theory, perspectives and approaches to real-world problems. It features strong engagement with employers and live practical projects with businesses.

You will become proficient in undertaking economic research and analysis, handling complex financial data sources, diagnosing problems and taking the high-level decisions expected of an applied economist.

We cover a broad range of microeconomic and macroeconomic issues, quantitative methods, computing techniques and business performance concepts. You will also gain a sound knowledge of the workings of economic systems, the impact of government policies and the performance of different economies worldwide.

Real-time data to enrich your learning

We are proud to work in partnership with Bloomberg, the global business and financial information leader, to provide you with learning resources at the cutting edge of economics.  Using the outstanding facilities in our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, you will be trained to use the same information and technology harnessed by leading financial professionals across the globe.

You will benefit from vital insights into trading floor activities, analysis of current affairs from Bloomberg Intelligence and access to a wealth of data, including company and director profiles from around the world. In addition, you can make the most of the Bloomberg helpdesk and can even work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate to bolster your CV.

Valuable opportunities to go on placement

A placement or internship helps you to appreciate the importance of effective economic and financial analysis in the workplace. Between stages two and three of the BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance, we encourage you to undertake a placement or internship, either in the UK or abroad.

Opportunities range from three-month summer internships to year-long placements. We offer full support and guidance to help you find the right opportunity to match your career aspirations and interests. Thanks to our strong employer and professional links, you could compete for international placement experiences with major names such as PwC, DHL and the Institute of Directors.

We also provide you with the chance to study abroad – based with one of our international partner institutions – for a semester or a year, usually in stage two of the course. Alternatively, you can join one of the short study visits abroad we organise each year. 

Add a Futures Award to your CV

You can improve your portfolio of transferable skills by gaining an impressive additional award alongside your degree. Through our Futures Award scheme, you can showcase your versatility and potential to prospective employers. A Futures Award recognises any extra-curricular activities you undertake which contribute to your personal and professional development.

Relevant activities could include attending workshops on CV design and improvement; developing techniques for interviews, assessment centres or psychometric tests; taking part in networking events; or leading a small project within a student society or voluntary role.

An expert team to guide and inspire you

Our industry-experienced teaching team conducts significant research which is informing current debates about key economic and financial issues. They also publish widely, including one of the main economics textbooks used in universities.

Staff are committed to your study and career success, which is underpinned by our specially designed personal tutor system. You will meet your personal tutor during induction week and have at least three scheduled meetings with them each year. They will help you plan your personal and career development as well as supporting your work towards the Futures Award.

In addition, you will interact with business experts, industry leaders and finance professionals. You’ll hear about latest developments in the City from high-profile figures such as our visiting professor, Lloyds Chief Economist Trevor Williams. Our students have also attended major events addressed by the likes of Dr Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor - Monetary Policy for the Bank of England. 

Boost your professional credibility

Employers are closely involved in shaping the BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance. They provide real-world case studies, practical scenarios, guest lectures and consultancy projects which will enhance the currency of your studies.

You could also join a range of societies at the University such as the Economics, Trading and Investment Society, the Business and Entrepreneurial Society and the Derby University Network of Entrepreneurs (DUNE). 

There may even be the chance to take part in high-profile competitions. In February 2018, our students scooped three major awards at the University Trading Challenge, pitting their wits against fellow undergraduates and postgraduate students from leading institutions countrywide. This is the fifth year running that Derby University has come away with awards demonstrating the wealth of practical skills that are taught in our Economics courses.

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What you will study

To complete the BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance with Foundation Year, you will take modules such as:

You will study modules such as:

  • Business Communication and Decision Making
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Data Analysis for Business
  • Study skills for Business

And you will choose two options from:

  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Political Studies
  • Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Mathematics for Economics
  • Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Business Economics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomic Concepts and Data
  • Market Failure Analysis
  • Finance and Business Performance
  • Data Analysis
  • Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Financial Markets and Instruments
  • Industrial Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Current Debates in Applied Economic Theory

Between stages two and three, you can choose to go on a year-long work placement, undertake a summer internship or take a study abroad option.

  • Applied Economics Project (double module)
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Econometrics
  • Investment and Financial Market Behaviour

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Find out more about Economics and Finance

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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How you will learn

We use a compelling combination of lectures, expert speakers, problem-solving seminars, group work and discussions, workshops, case study analysis, computer lab work and practical analysis. Throughout your studies, you will also engage closely with businesses and external experts to develop your professional outlook.

You may find yourself analysing news reports, creating strategy documents, interpreting financial reports, undertaking research tasks, harnessing latest software, delivering presentations, videos and broadcast interviews, tracking your own portfolio of investments, or analysing information from Bloomberg on international markets and organisations.

At the start of the course you will benefit from substantial direction from our teaching team. As your studies progress, you are expected to work more independently, taking greater responsibility for your own learning – but always with the support and advice of your tutors.

How you are assessed

Our assessment strategy is designed to ensure you can identify issues, decide how to collect and analyse evidence, come to reasoned conclusions based on that evidence, and present your findings via various methods of communication.

At Stage 1, we use a range of computer-based assessments to help you gauge your own level of learning and to gain constructive feedback. Some modules involve more traditional essays and reports as well as a mixture of individual and group tasks. You will also be encouraged to keep a reflective portfolio.

At Stage 2, there are further assessments of your individual and group work and your report writing skills. We also use innovative methods of assessment to develop your media and communication skills. You are expected to advance your professional analysis experience through data retrieval and quantitative analytics using Bloomberg. This is reflected in computer, portfolio and report-based assessments.

At Stage 3, you will be improving the most important elements of your toolkit as a professional economist and financial analyst: your research and consultancy skills. Through the Applied Economic Project, you will apply these skills to a live project involving a business. 

Who you'll meet

At Derby you will discover a friendly and supportive learning community, with small classes where you will receive plenty of one-to-one advice.

You will be taught by an enthusiastic team who are experienced in all aspects of business and whose research will enrich your learning. They are supported by industry experts, including our Visiting Professor of Banking and Financial Economics, Professor Trevor Williams who is Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank PLC.

Your programme leader Dr Weiwei Yang is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance. Her research interests lie in areas such as banking efficiency, market competition, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Her teaching philosophy is to inspire students to move from passive to active learning. 

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year



£13,250 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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There is a consistent demand for Economics and Finance graduates so the powerful combination of skills you gain on this degree paves the way to fulfilling career opportunities. This could be your stepping stone to a lucrative graduate training scheme or a well-rewarded financial consultancy role.

Your applied skills in economic and financial analysis will be valued across the public, private and voluntary sectors anywhere in the world. Alongside roles in international business, consultancy and finance, you could pursue opportunities in government departments, development agencies, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Further qualifications such as the Bloomberg Certificate and the Futures Award will make an impressive addition to your CV too, distinguishing you from other graduates in the job market.

Some of our graduates decide to take their studies to the next level. You can consider advancing to any of the exciting masters programmes offered by our College of Business, Law and Social Sciences – such as the MSc International Business and Finance or MBA Global Finance – and get up to 25% alumni discount on your fees.

Ongoing careers support

We’re committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.

Dr WeiWei Yang
Programme leader

Dr Weiwei Yang is a Senior Lecturer with substantial experience of teaching a wide range of subjects in Finance and Economics for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is programme leader for BSc Economics and Finance, and BSc Finance. She works closely with professional bodies for accreditations and acts as external examiner for another UK higher education institution. 

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† Additional information about your studies

5 years with optional placement year

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.


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