Course details

Study options

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

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2021 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

91%Overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Economics **National Student Survey 2020
5thEconomics ranked 5th for Teaching Quality**Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2021
Why you should study Economics at the University of Derby

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Our emphasis is on developing forward-thinking economists who can be relied upon for their strategic vision and analytical thinking. You’ll not only gain a solid grounding in economic theory but also become skilled in handling economic data, completing research and analysis, and meeting the high standards of professional practice you need to shape an organisation’s success.

Practical scenarios will give you plenty of opportunities to strengthen your skills, so you could find yourself undertaking consultancy projects, creating an investment portfolio, taking part in business panel debates, conducting broadcast interviews or presenting your economic analysis at conferences. 

Hands-on learning

Engaging with employers throughout your studies, you’ll develop the full toolkit of skills that the applied economist needs for business or organisational consultancy. You’ll solve real problems for real organisations, deepening your understanding of the wider business world.

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

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I participated in the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS). This scheme has increased my confidence when it comes to dealing with data and research. The experience allowed me to work with my lecturers to investigate what factors impact innovation.

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To broaden your horizons further still, you could take part in optional overseas study trips. Among recent opportunities, our students travelled to dublin to gain insights into the work of IDA Ireland, the agency responsible for inward investment, and to Copenhagen to explore issues surrounding international art fraud and money laundering.

A visit to Vienna featured a tour of the UN office where students had the chance to observe a live conference and attend talks by specialists such as the Director of UN Information Services Vienna, Martin Nesirky. They also heard from representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) about internship opportunities there.


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

Economics students travelled to China in September 2019. During the 10 day trip they visited Shenyang, Beijing, Hefei and Shanghai.

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Facilities and resources

Hands-on experience in the inspiring setting of our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab will give you a whole new perspective on what it’s like to work at the cutting edge of economics. Harnessing the software used in financial markets worldwide and handling up-to-the-minute data, you’ll gain vital insights into financial market analysis and the fast-paced environment of the trading floor.

We’re one of a few universities to have invested in such exceptional learning facilities in partnership with Bloomberg, the global business and financial information leader. The lab puts a wealth of data at your fingertips, including company and director profiles plus analysis of current affairs from Bloomberg Intelligence. You’ll receive training from Bloomberg specialists, have access to their helpdesk and can even work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate to complement your degree qualification.

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Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab

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

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Expert teaching

You’ll be taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team 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 some of the most pressing economic issues facing society, from behavioural economics to public policy, the green economy to the economics of innovation and technological change. They publish widely, including one of the main economics textbooks used in universities, and 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 our visiting professor, Trevor Williams. There are further networking opportunities through our Economics, Trading and Investment Society and our Network of Entrepreneurs too.

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An extra qualification: the Futures Award

Our Futures Award has been developed specifically for our Economics students to showcase their versatility and professionalism to potential employers. It is an additional qualification which recognises any extra-curricular activities you undertake to improve your employability and career development. Such 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.

Professionally accredited 

On successful completion of the degree you will also gain exemptions towards the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualifications, meaning you can achieve membership of this professional body quicker, accelerating your career progression.

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What you will study

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Code: 4AG500

Finance and Business Performance

This module will assume no prior accounting knowledge. You will learn how to prepare accounts for small businesses and then apply that knowledge to larger organisations.

Numbers by themselves can be misleading and you will progress to examining accounting statements to assess just how well a business is performing. Managers cannot improve the performance of a business unless they make correct interpretations of situations and learn how to diagnose problems.

Business costs will be identified and analysed to aid decision making relating to the control and viability of projects. Sources of finance will be identified and discussed. This basic financial knowledge is essential to anyone wishing to pursue a career in business, whether on a self-employed basis or in a larger corporation.

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20 Credits

Code: 4AG506

Academic Skills for Accounting Finance and Business Economics

This module will equip you with the key written communication skills necessary for both your future academic and future professional career. It will enable you to develop your skills of writing both clearly, coherently and succinctly, in such a way that you effectively address the information needs of the user of the document.

It will develop your appreciation of the importance of basing your analysis and evaluation on information that comes from sources that are academically rigorous, contemporary and relevant; this will involve use of relevant referencing systems. You will also learn how to identify the appropriate research strategy and methodology for research in the accounting and finance disciplines.

The module will enable you to understand the relevant principles of research ethics, again, particularly for the accounting and finance disciplines.

Together all this will then provide you with the relevant foundation to support the rest of your academic studies as well as develop the relevant professional skills that accountants are expected to possess including reporting writing.

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20 Credits

Code: 4EC501

Introductory Microeconomics

This module explores how markets work and how firms develop pricing strategies from an economic perspective. All students of business and management need to consider the external market context in which business and management decisions are made.

This module develops your understanding of economic information found in news reports and economic and marketing reports and develops your ability and confidence to create your own independent analysis. Take a look at the BBC website and see how much of the business news is about markets and economics. This type of information and analysis affects business decisions and business strategy. Economics is also a model-based discipline which will help you to develop more rigorous analytical skills required in levels 5 and 6. It also provides the disciplinary context on which many other subjects draw at these levels, including strategic management, management operations, enterprise, marketing and finance.

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20 Credits

Code: 4EC504

Introduction to Macroeconomic Concepts and Data

The aim of this module is to give you a better understanding of how the economy of a country works a whole. The module will present you the main issues of the business macroeconomic environment – recessions and expansions, economic growth, inflation and unemployment.

It will introduce you to the basic models of macroeconomic analysis which will enable you to start analysing the impact of the government’s monetary and fiscal policies on the aggregate economy in today’s globalised world. You will understand how interest rates are set and how taxation levels are determined. You will improve your awareness of the daily finance and economics goings-on and you will develop your understanding of the content and implications of economic analysis. You will develop problem-solving and analytical skills that will improve your every-day decision-making.

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20 Credits

Code: 4EC505

Introductory Mathematics for Economics

The aim of this module is to combine basic economic theory and mathematical techniques. You will be provided with an introduction to the basic tools of mathematics which is needed to help you understand economic theory. The quantitative methods introduced will be integrated to a number of applications to economics. The topics taught in this module will help you develop your quantitative skills and your abilities to analyse data. Such quantitative and analytical skills are an integral part of decision making in business.
20 Credits

Code: 4EC506

Market Failure Analysis

This module introduces you to the economic theory of market failure and its central role in modern economic analysis of consumer choice, business activity, market activity, efficiency and industry development.

You will explore how the theory is used in economic analysis to assess rational consumer choice, producer strategy decisions, general business activity in markets and industries. You will also use the theory to examine and assess the impact of government policy on consumer choice, business decisions and markets.

You will apply the theory to different issues and use real time data on firms and markets from the Bloomberg database in your analysis. This will develop key theory and analysis skills for further applied analysis in level 4 and 6 modules.

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20 Credits

Code: 5EC505

Current Debates in Applied Economic Theory

In this module, we respond to the increased interest in understanding the recent dramatic economic events. Recent surveys and conferences on the state of the economics discipline and the employability of economics graduates have highlighted the gaps identified by employers in knowledge of economic history and applied economics skills (Bank of England, 2012; Government Economic Service, 2012).

In this module you will apply economic theories and principles to real-life situations, delve into current economic debates and apply economic analysis to a range of contemporary issues. Further, we will adopt an explicitly historical perspective in the discussion of the current topical economic debates. This will contribute to your knowledge of economic theory and analysis and to your greater understanding of how political debates and economic thinking evolve. This module will enable you to be able to argue and critically evaluate responses by government to various current issues.

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20 Credits

Code: 5EC506

Industrial Economics

Organisation of markets, firms and industries play a key role in determining their performance. Consequently, it results convenient analysing it from both a theoretical and applied perspective. This module aims to provide the student with an insight into pricing strategies, market concentration, market performance, strategies of firms including multinational enterprises (MNEs), and Public Policies. These elements will be appraised in a globalised context. This module provides quantitative analytical skills to students.
20 Credits

Code: 5EC507

Public and Third Sector Economics

The aim of this module is to explore the various issues surrounding the very topical issue of public and third-sector economics.

First, while studying public sector economics, you will be examining topics which directly impact your everyday lives (eg taxes you pay and public transport on which you may travel). You will examine the economics of democratic elections and voting and you will study the power and control of bureaucracies.

You will examine the justification for governments’ existence and understand how they may affect economic activity. The module will enhance your understanding of tax systems and fiscal policies and their impact on business and consumer behaviour.

Second, the module will give you an overview of a transition of public sector administration from traditional public administration (passive public sector clients) to new public management (active consumers and public-private partnerships) and to the current new public governance, with its emphasis on citizen participation and third-sector involvement.

In this module you will explore the rise of ‘co-production’ and the dynamics of the third sector, which includes non-profit organisations and charities. You will examine this sector in terms of its economic viability and the value of such organisations in traditional economic theory.

Understanding of both the public and third-sector economies will give you a greater appreciation of the economy as a whole and the varying types of organisations operating in it. The module will greatly contribute to you being a well-informed and engaged citizen, enhance your awareness of economic issues and help your decision-making.

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20 Credits

Code: 5EC509

Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics

This module aims to enable you to use macroeconomic theory and data to make sense of the economic world around us and develop your own informed opinion on the issues of the day. In this module you will focus your efforts on applying economic theory to real-world data, policies and current events.

The module will take an integrated and applied approach to macroeconomic topics from economic growth, inflation and unemployment, to financial markets, interest rates and investment, and to policy making in an open economy. You will develop competence in using data analysis skills using real macroeconomic data and effective statistics and graphical tools.

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20 Credits

Code: 5EC510

Data Analysis

This module aims to ensure you have a good understanding of how to use Excel and SPSS as software for economic analysis for business. You will develop the basic skills in primary data generation, sampling, data extraction, manipulation and presentation, essential for any business economist. You will also develop your skills in using parametric and non-parametric tests widely used in economic business data analysis for cross-section and time series analysis.

The emphasis is on practical analysis with real data and on developing the ability to interpret results for end users. To be a good analyst you need to have good practical skills but also be able to understand why, how and when different techniques are appropriate, and be able to interpret and communicate results to others.

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20 Credits

Code: 5LO502

Improving Operations Performance

The modern organisation cannot stand still, all aspects of business operations need to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the high standards expected in a changing marketplace. Business process and system improvements are core to the operations strategy of organisations and drive initiatives to bridge the gap between current and required performance of organisations, to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the long-term.

Business improvement methodologies require development and understanding of the ways in which resources and business processes can be measured, before planning improvement projects through continuous improvement or radical change. This module provides a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations within the Supply Chain for business success and offers you the opportunity to learn methodologies and skills for an organisation to improve performance, become more operationally effective and significantly improve the customer experience. 

You will be introduced to a number of theoretical, methodological and practical approaches and techniques to improvement facilitation and implementation, including systems thinking, radical change, and leadership of change projects.

You will develop key skills for your future employment – including the ability to use MS Project to plan a project. MS Project is used every day in many organisations to assist with the planning and control of projects.

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20 Credits

Code: 5MK511

Convergent Media

For companies to compete in today’s increasingly competitive market place, communicating effectively with consumers and stakeholders is essential for survival. Marketing Communications plays a central role in this increasingly dynamic environment where all elements of the marketing mix and the communication of brand values combine to establish competitive advantage.

Through this module you will explore why an integrated approach to marketing communications is essential if such communications is to be both efficient and effective. With the continued rise of digital media it is essential to consider how media converge and diverge.

The module has been informed by businesses across a wide spectrum of industries throughout the UK who are involved in Marketing Communications, together with current research findings. Incorporation of industry requirements is aimed directly at enhancing your employability post-graduation and students will have the opportunity to experience the role and application of Integrated Marketing Communications through contact with practitioners in both local businesses and communication agencies.

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20 Credits

Code: 6EC507

Applied Economics Project

This module is delivered in two semesters (Autumn and Spring). It is designed to build upon your existing knowledge of economic perspectives, basic statistics, data collection and analysis to enable you to undertake a small scale economic research project. This is a critical skill for any economist working in business consultancy. You will be introduced to real-world economic analysts, examine what they do, what type of research projects they are involved in and what analysis they produce and how they communicate it to clients.

You will also have opportunities to engage with local organisations to identify what type of economic analysis would help their business. You could potentially undertake the analysis for them. You will learn about the type of research methods and basic techniques economists use in applied research and you will use some of these to undertake your own piece of economic analysis. Your small scale project analysis will be presented in the form of a final report to a client, and the best work will be judged by a panel of economists and business consultants. You will also develop your skills in informal and formal networking.

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40 Credits

Code: 6EC508

Economics of Sustainable Business Growth

This module explores issues concerning how businesses, government and not-for-profit leaders and managers can better integrate the needs of the environment, people, and profits in the short and long term. In this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of what is meant by the term sustainability and the values that help develop a model for business sustainability. You will analyse the UN Global Compact, which is a strategic policy initiative for businesses, and apply this to case studies introduced in the module.

During this module you will be expected to reflect on the theory presented and real-life examples introduced. This will enable you to develop your own thoughts and propose potential solutions to the opportunities and challenges of sustainable growth that face businesses at a local, regional, national and international level today.

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20 Credits

Code: 6EC510

International Business Economics

This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the economics of international business. You will discuss the major global economic shifts and you will gain an understanding of the theories on the globalisation of business. We will explain international trade and foreign direct investment and you will examine the importance of government and institutions in controlling/regulating international business behaviour. You will also gain an insight into the workings of the international financial system and the challenges faced by multinational companies when dealing with foreign exchange and interest rates.

All along, you will develop critical practical skills required by professional accreditation bodies such as selecting and interpreting data, analytical reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making skills which are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits

Code: 6EC501

Investing and Financial Market Behaviour

This module brings together major themes from economics, finance and psychology in order to develop your awareness of financial markets issues and to expand your understanding of investment decision making, investor behaviour, regulation and financial markets in crisis.

All along, you will develop critical practical skills like using Excel, analytical reasoning, interpreting data, following financial media and interacting with external financial market experts and potential employers. You will learn about the main investment classes, you will build your own portfolio of investments and analyse its effectiveness and performance. We will introduce you to behavioural aspects of investor activity. You will examine the underlying issues in financial markets that lead to crisis and failure using economic theory both traditional and behavioural. You will be analysing issues like asset bubbles, bank failures and the problems of regulating financial activity in domestic and global markets.

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20 Credits

Code: 6EC502

Financial Risk Management

This module introduces the methods that organisations can use to manage the risks of trading in global markets. All types of organisations need to manage the risk of adverse movements in exchange rates and interest rates. A good international strategy must include financial risk management. The extent to which an organisation can reduce risk depends upon its strategy and the availability of suitable products from the banking and financial markets. Students will learn about risk and risk management products and strategies. The distinctive nature of this module is the development of practical skills in building a strategy to manage risk.
20 Credits

Code: 6EC509

International Banking

This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the economics of international banking. You will specifically examine the special role played by the banking system in the world economy. We will overview the structure of financial intermediation and international banking activities.

You will analyse banks as providers of services to international businesses (managing funds, hedging and insuring risk, facilitating trade and investment etc.) and, at the same time, examine their activities as international businesses themselves (investing, brokering, underwriting etc.). In doing so, you will analyse central banks and government involvement in financial markets through monetary policy and regulation. 

All along, you will develop critical practical skills required by professional accreditation bodies such as selecting and interpreting data, analytical reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making skills which are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits

Code: 6IR501

International Economic Relations

The module will examine the economic and jurisprudential justification for engaging in multilateral trading and how this current framework of international economic relation aligns with realising the economic, social political and cultural sovereignty of the members of the international community.

The module will further explore the economic tenets of contemporary international economic relationships in order to critically evaluate their impact on rights to development. In these contexts, the module will be examining the status of International economic relations, in particular the tension between global institutions and United Nations and other actors.

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20 Credits

Code: 6LO501

International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

This module provides a comprehensive analysis of the principles and practices of the international supply chain and the strategic impact this can have on the organisation.

With the ever-increasing pressure of competition among companies, the move towards consolidation of global production and the improvements in communication and transportation systems the supply market is now a global phenomenon. To that end the sourcing and outsourcing of materials or the engagement of service providers is taking on an international perspective. This alters dramatically the role of purchasing, to a more strategic and global posture. This module explores the forces that guide the development of the supply chain: the supply chain concept, the trends within global business and a strategic shift being taken by an increasing number of enterprises towards core competencies.

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20 Credits

Code: 6MK509

Marketing Across Cultures

As a student of Marketing and a future Marketing professional, you must have a thorough understanding of the added complexities involved in global marketing and how these impact on the formulation of marketing plans and strategies. Organisations in all sectors and industries face increasing international competition; this could be from multi-nationals or competitors establishing themselves in their domestic environment, the need for foreign suppliers or indeed when they seek to establish operations abroad. This module seeks to build on the knowledge and concepts you will have encountered at earlier stages of the programme. It aims to familiarise you with a range of issues and concepts encountered by international marketers and to provide the theoretical framework that will enable you to analyse and implement these in a real-life business situation.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to approach a business challenge as a marketer and business manager. The assessment methods used on this module will also help you develop key skills desired by employers, for example, critical analysis, business report writing and presentation skills.

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20 Credits

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:

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:

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.

Dr Nicola Lynch - Nicola is also Head of the Economics and Finance Division at Derby Business School. An applied economist researching on public policy issues, she has particular interests in areas such as the impact of business networks at micro and macro levels and the development of industrial, enterprise and economic policies. She is currently leading a research project which involves an economic impact study of the Buxton Festival. Nicola is dedicated to providing a learning environment where students can develop academically and personally, with a strong emphasis on teaching economics in an applied manner.

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 Yiling Zha – Lecturer in Economics

Shan Rambukwella – 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

Sayantan Ghosh Dastidar

Dr Sayantan Ghosh Dastidar
Programme leader

Dr 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

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
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

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module


£14,045 per year


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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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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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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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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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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