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International Economics student profile

International Economics student profile

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International Economics - 2016 entry

L115 - BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time
L110 - 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

International Economics focuses on the trade, financial and development issues facing different economies and their institutional frameworks.

This course is designed for those students who have an interest in different economies and the relationships between them. It is of particular attraction to those anticipating a career in companies operating in a global range of markets, such as the World Bank.

About the course

Why countries specialise in certain goods and services for comparative advantage over other countries and how this changes over time, how global financial markets affect national economic policies, and how emerging and developing countries grow – these are all important questions that policy makers around the world are tackling today.

This course covers all the essential core modules in Economics and also offers a distinct international flavour. In the second and final years of the degree you have the opportunity to specialise in areas that are of interest to you and your career aspirations, including International Economic Relations, International Trade and Development Economics. Students are able to choose from a wide range of options which have an international dimension, such as Comparative Banking or Energy and the Environment.

As many of our staff regularly give presentations and advice to governments, institutions and firms throughout the world we are able to use first-hand experience to explain the international relevance of economic analysis to a wide range of current economic problems. For example, staff who have been advising international regulators are able to adapt the models involved in the classroom.

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
  • Skills for Study and Employability

Optional modules: Introduction to Law, Organisational Behaviour, Financial Reporting, Politics, Sociology, Social Policy, Geography, Management of Human Resources, Accounting for Managers, Languages.

Year 2

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • International Economic Relations

Optional modules: Introduction to Finance, Economics of the Financial System, Principles of Marketing Operations Management, Transport Economics, Energy and the Environment, The Marketing Mix, Economics of the Welfare State, Languages.

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

Final year

  • International Money and Finance
  • International Trade
  • Development Economics
  • Communication and Presentation Skills for Economics

Optional modules: Financial Economics and Asset Pricing, Econometric Modelling, Monetary Theory and Policy, Developments in Macroeconomics, Developments in Microeconomics, Industrial Economics, Comparative Banking, Environmental Economics, Corporate Finance and Derivatives, Applied Economics, Time Series Econometrics.

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 International Economics graduate destinations:

Employers regularly target Loughborough University graduates and students on this course take up a wide variety of roles in the financial sector.

  • Aviva - Trainee Accountant
  • Department of Health - Assistant Economist
  • EY - Corporate Finance Analyst
  • Hydrogen Group, Singapore - Senior Consultant
  • Jaguar Land Rover - Financial Analyst
  • Online Marketing People - Business Development Manager
  • Pendragon plc (Graduate Assistant)
  • PwC - Tax Consultant

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 International Economics 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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