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International Economics student profile

International Economics student profile

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International Economics - 2017 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 organisations 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 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.

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 & II
  • Quantitative Economics

Plus four modules from this list of options: Principles of Law, Organisational Behaviour, Introduction to Accounting, Financial Reporting, Introduction to Democratic Government, Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities, Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change, Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy, Geographies of Global Economic Change, Management of Human Resources, Applied Languages.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

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

Plus a range of modules from a list of options including: Introduction to Financial Economics, Economics of the Financial System, Transport Economics, Principles of Marketing, Operations Management, Transport Economics, The Marketing Mix, The Economics of Social Issues, Accounting for Managers, Applied Languages.

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

Final year

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

Plus a range of modules from a list of options including: Financial Economics and Asset Pricing, Applied Econometrics, Developments in Macroeconomics, Developments in Microeconomics, Industrial Economics, Environmental Economics, Corporate Finance and Derivatives, Central Banking and Financial Crises.

The core subjects and options may vary from year to year. The latest information can be obtained via our website, or by emailing us.

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.

More information on teaching and assessment >

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 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 – 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 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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