Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2022/23)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2022 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Key highlights

  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • CIMA accreditation means the course gives you additional awards and/or exemptions towards professional body memberships
  • Live consultancy projects with employers are your chance to solve real problems for real businesses
  • Our Financial Markets Lab allows you to experience the pace and excitement of the trading floor
  • An optional placement year or summer internships are available
  • Opportunities to go on international study trips add an extra dimension to your studies
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We develop forward-thinking economists renowned for their strategic vision and analytical thinking. You'll gain a solid grounding in economic theory. You'll become skilled in handling economic data and completing research and analysis. You'll learn how to meet the high standards of professional practice you need to shape an organisation’s success.

We'll give you plenty of opportunities to strengthen your skills. You could be:

  • undertaking consultancy projects
  • creating an investment portfolio
  • taking part in business panel debates
  • conducting broadcast interviews
  • presenting your economic analysis at conferences 

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Hands-on learning

You will engage with employers throughout your studies. This will help you develop the full toolkit of skills the applied economist needs. You’ll solve real problems for real organisations. Our hands-on approach will deepen your understanding of the wider business world.

We encourage and support you to take an optional year-long work placement or summer internship. This will give you a better understanding of how economic analysis can improve organisational performance and practice. And it will raise your professional profile. Our students have secured placements in roles such as data analyst.

And, in your second year, you could take part in our Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme. Successful project proposals receive bursary support.

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You could also take part in optional overseas study trips. Recent trips for students include:

  • Dublin - to look at the work of IDA Ireland, the agency responsible for inward investment
  • Copenhagen - to explore issues surrounding international art fraud and money laundering
  • Vienna - featuring a tour of the UN office to observe a live conference and attend talks by specialists as well as learning about internship opportunities from representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

Fieldtrips play a key role in our degrees

Economics students have the opportunity to go on overseas fieldtrips to places like China, Vienna and Dublin.

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China City Tour

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Facilities and resources

Our Financial Markets Lab will give you a whole new perspective on what it’s like to work at the cutting edge of economics. You'll get hands-on experience with the software used in financial markets worldwide. You'll work with up-to-the-minute data. You'll gain vital insights into financial market analysis.

The lab puts a wealth of data at your fingertips. You can access company and director profiles plus analysis of current affairs from financial intelligence. You’ll receive training from Bloomberg specialists and have access to their helpdesk. You can even work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate. This will complement your degree qualification.

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Financial Markets Lab

University of Derby students have access to real live financial data and can experience what it’s like to work on a trading floor in our Financial Markets Lab.

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Expert teaching

We have an enthusiastic and experienced teaching team. You'll learn within a friendly, supportive learning community. Small class sizes allow scope for one-to-one advice so that you are motivated to achieve at a high level.

Our lecturers are conducting influential research into pressing economic issues facing society:

  • behavioural economics
  • public policy
  • the green economy
  • the economics of innovation and technological change

They publish widely, including one of the main economics textbooks used in universities. Their findings will enrich your learning to keep it up to date.

You’ll also meet and interact with industry experts. For instance, you’ll hear about latest developments in the City from visiting professor Trevor Williams. And you'll have networking opportunities such as:

  • our Economics, Trading and Investment Society
  • our Network of Entrepreneurs
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An extra qualification: the Futures Award

We have developed our Futures Award specifically for our Economics students. This additional qualification showcases your versatility and professionalism to potential employers. It recognises any extra-curricular activities you undertake to improve your employability and career development, such as:

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

Professionally accredited 

On graduating, you will also gain exemptions towards the CIMA qualifications. This means you can achieve membership of this professional body quicker. This, in turn, will speed up your career progression.

What you will study

    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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    How you will learn

    Real world learning is at the heart of this programme, with the focus on solving genuine business problems as well as engaging with external experts to discuss economic concepts. You’ll learn through a compelling combination of:

    • interactive lectures
    • expert speakers
    • problem-solving seminars
    • group work
    • group discussion
    • workshops
    • case study analysis
    • computer lab work
    • practical analysis

    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.

    Examples of projects

    As the culmination of the course, the Applied Economics Project module enables you to apply your research and statistical skills to a theme of your choice. Recent projects have seen our students exploring the role of sanctions in the economic performance of Russia; examining the potential economic impact of large sporting events; looking into contemporary issues relating to migration; and investigating the UK's housing market, international trade and productivity. 

    Showcasing your skills

    You could showcase your know-how and raise your professional profile in prestigious competitions. Our students have scooped major awards at the University Trading Challenge, pitting their wits against fellow undergraduate and postgraduate students from leading institutions countrywide. The competition comprises a simulated trading market which tests students’ abilities to strategise, analyse and present their ideas to a panel of traders and bankers in the City of London. There are opportunities to enter other competitions such as the IBM University Business Challenge and the CIMA Global Business Challenge too.

    How you are assessed

    You’ll be assessed in a number of ways, including:

    • computer-based assessments
    • business reports
    • applied economics projects to showcase your analytical and quantitative skills
    • data retrieval and quantitative analytics using Bloomberg
    • computer-based analysis harnessing Excel and SPSS
    • poster presentations and reports to assess your research and consultancy skills

    Who you will meet

    At Derby you’ll 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 economics and whose research will enrich your learning. They are supported by industry experts, including our Visiting Professor of Banking, Professor Trevor Williams who is Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank PLC.

    The teaching team includes:

    Dr Sayantan Ghosh Dastidar - Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Economics, Sayantan conducts research into areas such as international trade, economic development and public policy. He has published on various aspects of trade, economic growth and public expenditure in India.

    Melanie Powell - As well as teaching on this course, Melanie leads our MSc International Business and Finance and our MSc International Business and HRM. She is widely published and the joint author of a leading Economics textbook, published by Pearson Education and used extensively in universities. Her research focuses on applied economics, behavioural economics and financial market behaviour. As a teacher, she is committed to giving students a new way of looking at the world which nurtures their confidence, decision-making skills and a lifelong fascination with economics. She is the co-author of the University’s monthly Economic Bulletin.

    Dr Eugene Michaels - Eugene leads our suite of International Business programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His focus is on encouraging students to apply economic reasoning and critical thinking. His academic interests are centred on behavioural economics and their implications for personal financial wellbeing (particularly pensions) and the application of behavioural insights to macroeconomic and business policymaking. He is the co-author of the University’s monthly Economic Bulletin.

    Dr Weiwei Yang - Senior Lecturer inEconomics and Finance, Weiwei teaches various modules on the course. 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.

    Dr Daphne Athanasouli - Senior Lecturer in Economics and Business, Daphne has research interests which span applied economics, public economics, corruption, business performance, management practices and e-government. She gained valuable consulting and research experience at the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

    Dr Doyin Babajide – Lecturer in Economics, currently lead the Introductory Microeconomics module and Current Debates in Applied Economic Theory.

    Dr Mehdi Hasan – Lecturer in Economics and Programme Leader for International Business and International Business and Finance.

    Dr Ghulam Mustafa – Lecturer in Economics. He leads and teaches a module in Econometrics, which is about understanding empirical research and how we can use applied econometric techniques to understand economic issues. 

    Dr Sharanya Basu Roy - Lecturer in Economics

    Dr Yiling Zha – Lecturer in Economics

    Personal academic tutoring

    Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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    Who will teach you

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    Dr Sayantan Ghosh Dastidar
    Programme leader

    Dr Sayantan Ghosh Dastidar joined the University of Derby as a Lecturer in Economics in January 2016. Before joining here, he was working as a Research Assistant at the University of Huddersfield. Currently, he is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Economics for Business and the Subject Leader for Joint Honours Economics.

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    Entry requirements

    2022 entry

    These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

    RequirementWhat we're looking for
    UCAS points112-120
    A LevelBBB-BBC
    GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
    Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

    English language requirements

    IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

    2023 entry

    These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.

    RequirementWhat we're looking for
    UCAS points112-120
    A LevelBBB-BBC
    T LevelMerit
    GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
    Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

    English language requirements

    IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

    Fees and funding

    2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)


    £9,250 per year

    £1,155 per 20 credit module


    £14,045 per year


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

    Additional costs and optional extras

    How to apply

    Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

    UK students

    Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

    Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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    International students

    On-campus courses starting in September 2022 and January 2023 are now closed to new applications from international students due to unprecedented demand. Applications for September 2023 will open in October. If you have any questions, please email

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    An Economics degree adds prestige to your CV and could be your stepping stone to a lucrative graduate training scheme or a well-rewarded financial consultancy role. Economics is among the top three subjects to take for delivering a ‘professional premium’ – the difference in salaries between graduates and non-graduates – of almost £10,000 (Complete University Guide statistics for 2017 graduates).

    Economics graduates with an understanding of business and leadership are in great demand across the public, private and voluntary sectors worldwide. As well as roles in international business, consultancy and finance, you could pursue opportunities in government departments, development agencies, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

    Our focus on problem-solving and practical economic analysis extends your career scope further still, opening doors to a much broader range of opportunities than with a more conventional Economics qualification. Some graduates go on to follow careers in areas such as HR, marketing, PR and sales.

    Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. In addition, the BA (Hons) Economics features specialist career sessions for economists to help you build your CV and social media profile and to assist in your applications for placements, internships and jobs. 

    The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

    Further study

    Many of our Economics graduates decide to take their studies to the next level with us. You can consider progressing to exciting masters programmes such as the MSc International Business and Finance or MBA Global Finance. You may be entitled to an alumni discount if you decide to extend your time studying with us.

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    † Additional information about your studies

    4 years with a placement year

    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, excellent 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.

    Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

    The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

    Included in your fees
    • Database usage within modules with access to Finance Lab for specified assessments, statistical analysis software
    • Some taster events - transport costs covered
    • Opportunities to enter IBM University Business Challenge, CIMA Global Business Challenge and University Trading Challenge or equivalent
    • Opportunity of part funded trips, optional with limited places available.
    Optional costs not included in your fees
    • Printing 
    • Textbooks

    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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