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Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Undergraduate study

Econonomics with Geography student profile

Econonomics with Geography student profile

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Economics with Geography - 2017 entry

L1F8 - BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time
L1FV - BSc (Hons) DPS/DintS* 4 years full-time sandwich

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies

  • About the course
  • Course structure
  • Career opportunities
  • Entry criteria
  • Next steps

This course enables you to gain a thorough grounding in the core of modern theoretical and applied economics as well specialising in areas such globalisation, migration, international development and urbanisation, all vitally important areas in today’s globalised economy.

Modern economies are shaped by globalisation. The integration of trade, financial markets, international investment, and flows of migrant workers all affect how interdependent countries are. Economic events in one country can quickly spread to other economies around the world. This degree will equip you to understand and analyse these influences at work on an international scale.

Questions like what determines why some regions are richer than others, and how countries can develop through trade are increasingly important questions for policy makers to consider. By looking at these issues from the perspective of two different academic disciplines, you will gain a richer understanding of how these influences interact.

About the course

Combined honours courses such as this allow you to pursue an interest in economics and geography, with a high degree of flexibility in terms of optional modules in the final year enabling you to tailor your degree towards your interests and career aspirations.

The broadly based first year provides the necessary foundation in economics and allows students the opportunity to sample a range of other disciplines from which their combined subject will be chosen. In contrast, in the final two years, two thirds of the course is comprised of economics with the chosen combination making up the remaining one third. You are allowed a wide choice from options in both economics and geography.

Optional Year on Professional placement or Studying Abroad

You can choose to extend your degree to a four year degree to include a year on professional placement, a year studying abroad, or six months of each.

  • salaried Professional Placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Our dedicated Placements Office work with over 400 leading employers of all sizes around the world to help you secure a placement. Typically around 1/3rd of placement students are offered a job by their placement employer.
  • Studying Abroad at one of our partner universities around the world also boosts your employability and helps you develop intercultural skills highly prized by employers.

Satisfactory completion of either of these options results in either a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in addition to your degree.

The core subjects and options may vary from year to year. For the latest information please email us.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Data Analysis I
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Geographies of Global Economic Changes
  • Geographies of Identity
  • Skills for Study and Employment

Plus a number modules from a list of options including: Data Analysis II, Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequality, Introduction to Sociology: Global, Cultural and Social Change, Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy, Applied Languages.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics

You choose two-thirds of your modules from the second year economics optional modules list and the rest of your modules from geography.

Options include: International Economic Relations, Introduction to Financial Economics, Economics of the Financial System, Transport Economics, The Economics of Social Issues, Energy and the Environment, History of Economic Thought, Globalisation, Geographies of Social and Political Difference, Global Migration, Sustainable Urban Geographies, Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation.

Optional year on placement or studying abroad (or 6 months of each)

Final year

  • Research and Communication Skills for Economics

You choose two-thirds of your modules from the third year economics optional modules list and the rest of your modules from geography.

Options include: Industrial Economics, Introduction to Econometrics, Developments in Macroeconomics, Developments in Microeconomics, International Trade, Corporate Finance and Derivatives, Financial Economics and Asset Pricing, Environmental Economics, Central Banking and Financial Crises, Development Economics, Regional Geography of the UK, Globalised Urbanisation, Geographies of Children and Youth, Feminist Geographies of Home, Central America: Dependency and Development, Geographies of Transnational Mobility and Diaspora.

Teaching and learning

Our extensive and regular interaction with major companies around the world ensures all our teaching is commercially relevant. Many of our teaching staff are invited by governments, the media and companies around the world to advise on issues of policy and practice. Their insights keep our courses up to date with the latest thinking and best practice.

In the first year, students can expect class contact time comprised of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops or clinics. There are also weekly Maths tutorials available for those students who do not have A-level Maths. Assessment is by a mix of coursework and examinations at the end of each semester. Coursework typically accounts for between one-fifth and one-third of the available marks for a module, although a few modules are assessed totally by coursework. Coursework assessment is based on individual essays, projects, multiple choice tests, computer-based exercises, class tests and group work.

Career opportunities for Economics graduates

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates who are highly employable:

  • All our courses offer the opportunity to include a year on professional placement or studying abroad to help you stand out to employers
  • 97% of our 2015 Economics graduates who are employed are in professional/managerial roles, 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015).
  • The average salary for employed Economics graduates from 2015 is £28,000+, 6 months after graduating (DHLE 2015)
  • Loughborough is one of the Top-15 universities most targeted by leading employers (The Graduate Market in 2016, High Fliers Research)

 *Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2016’, January 2016

Example BSc Economics with Geography graduate destinations:

Graduates from Loughborough enter fields as diverse as banking, accountancy, financial management, insurance and marketing, as well as general management. Employers regularly place Loughborough in the top rank of universities for graduate recruitment.

  • Experian - Financial Analyst
  • Goldman Sachs - Foreign Exchange Operations Analyst
  • Harding Brothers Ltd - Merchandise & Procurement Assistant
  • Leonardi da Vinci Programme - Translator
  • Mazars - Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • PKF - Auditor
  • PwC - Associate
  • RBS - Fixed Income Bond Settlements


Entry criteria – 2017 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB (Excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 35 points minimum with Grades 6 6 5 at HL
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English Language (or equivalent)

All applications must be made through UCAS. To find out what to do next, please read our how to apply section.

 = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers 
IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma 
BTEC = Business and Technology Education Council (UK)

Next steps

If you are interested in studying our Economics with Accounting BSc please follow the links for further useful information:

Contact details

To enquire about any of undergraduate courses please contact:

Charlotte Connor
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223393 
Email: sbe.ug@lboro.ac.uk 


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