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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 - 2016 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 your combined subject.

Extended four-year degree

You can choose to extend your degree and boost your employability by opting to study abroad for a year between the second and final year of your degree or by taking a year-long, salaried professional placement to build your work experience. Satisfactory completion of either of these options results in a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in addition to your degree.

Exchange opportunities currently exist in Germany, France, Portugal and Spain in Europe, as well as in Hong Kong (China), Montreal (Canada), Montevideo (Uruguay), Perth and Sydney (Australia).

Our dedicated Placements Office has contacts with over 400 companies worldwide who regularly target our students to recruit for salaried placement positions, many of whom are offered a job after their degree.

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

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • 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, Energy and the Environment, Introduction to Finance, Economics of the Financial System, Transport Economics, Economics of the Welfare State, Globalisation, Geographies of Social Difference, Global Migration, Sustainable Urban Geographies, History of Economic Thought.

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

Final year

  • Communication and Presentation 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 Microeconomics, Developments in Macroeconomics, Comparative Banking, International Trade, Environmental 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

Leading employers recognise the value of a Loughborough University Economics degree when recruiting for graduate positions and, as such, Loughborough is among the best universities for graduate employment. The University’s reputation and the quality of its students continue to attract top recruiters.

99% of our 2014 Economics graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating, and earning on average £24,600 as a starting salary (DLHE 2014/15). According to research by High Fliers in 2015, Loughborough came 15th in the listing of universities targeted by the largest number of employers*. 

*Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2015’, January 2015

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.

  • Aldi - Area Manager
  • 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 – 2016 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB/ABB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 34 points minimum
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English (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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