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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) International Economics (pre 2012 entry)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc (Hons)
Programme title International Economics
Programme code ECUB03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either six semesters or eight semesters if students undertake a year abroad (Part I) which occurs between Part B and Part C. Permission to transfer to the eight semester programme will be at the discretion of the Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching (Economics).
UCAS code L115
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 05 Oct 2013 10:31:46 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide specialised training in the aspects of economics relevant to the international economy including trade, finance and development.
  • To provide training in the principles of economics and their application.
  • To stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts.
  • To provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of the economy and to develop the relevant skills for the constructive use of that knowledge in a range of settings.
  • To develop in students the ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired to the solution of theoretical and applied problems in economics.
  • To equip students with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle issues and problems of economic policy.
  • To develop in students, through the study of economics, a range of transferable skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment.
  • To provide students with analytical skills and an ability to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world.
  • To develop in students the ability to appreciate what would be an appropriate level of abstraction for a range of economic issues.
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skill base, from which they can proceed to further studies in economics, related areas or in multi-disciplinary areas that involve economics.
  • To generate in students an appreciation of the economic dimension of wider social and political issues.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • QAA Subject Benchmark Statements: Economics.
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • A coherent core of economic principles. The understanding of these might be verbal, graphical or mathematical.

     These principles cover the microeconomic issues of decision and choice, the production and exchange of goods, the interdependency of markets, and economic welfare. They also include macroeconomic issues, such as employment, national income, the balance of payments and the distribution of income, inflation, growth and business cycles, money and finance. The understanding should extend to economic policy at both microeconomic and macroeconomic levels. In all these, students should show understanding of analytical methods and model-based argument and appreciate the existence of different methodological approaches.

  • Relevant quantitative methods and computing techniques. These cover mathematical and statistical methods, including econometrics. Students will have exposure to the use of such techniques on actual economic, financial or social data. A knowledge and appreciation of economic data, both quantitative and qualitative. Students should also have some knowledge of the appropriate methods that the economist might use to structure and analyse such data.
  • The applications of economics. Students should have the ability to apply a core of economic principles and reasoning to a variety of applied topics. They should also be aware of the economic principles that can be used to design, guide and interpret commercial, economic and social policy. As part of this, they should have the ability to discuss and analyse government policy and to assess the performance of the UK and other economies.

The above implies that the attainments of students should show:

  • Ability to apply core economic theory and economic reasoning to applied topics.
  • Ability to relate differences in policy recommendations to differences in the theoretical and empirical features of economic analyses which underlie such recommendations.
  • Ability to discuss and analyse government policy and to assess the performance of the UK and other economies.
  • Understanding of verbal, graphical, mathematical and econometric representation of economic ideas and analysis, including the relationship between them.
  • Understanding of relevant mathematical and statistical techniques.
  • Understanding of analytical methods, both theory- and model-based.
  • Appreciation of the history and development of economic ideas and the differing methods of analysis that have been and are used by economists.
  • Understanding of the appropriate techniques to enable manipulation, treatment and interpretation of the relevant statistical data.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Know and understand the core of economic theory and applied economics, with a particular application to the international setting.
  • Know and understand the behaviour of agents firms and consumers in the national and international economy
  • Discuss in an informed manner the major policy directions and regulations for the implementation of economic policy
  • Know and understand the nature of incentives in economic decision-making by agents in the economy
  • Evaluate the outcomes of market and policy changes in all spheres of the economy, with special emphasis on international economics.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Construct economic models using verbal, diagrammatic, mathematical, statistical and econometric techniques and reasoning.
  • Access, search for and evaluate relevant data sources for validation of economic models
  • Apply and use specialised software including spreadsheets for the analysis of economic models.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate the key skills of,

  • Analysis and decision making
  • Communication
  • Numeracy and computatio
  • IT, information handling and retrieval, including library skills
  • Independent study and group work
  • Time management
  • Problem solving 

More specifically students should be able to demonstrate the following rigorous transferable skills:

  • Abstraction. From the study of economic principles and models, students see how to abstract the essential features of complex systems and provide a useable framework for evaluation and assessment of the effects of policy or other exogenous events. Through this, the typical student will acquire proficiency in how to simplify while still retaining relevance. This is an  approach that they can then apply in other contexts, thereby becoming more effective problem-solvers and decision-makers.
  • Analysis, deduction and induction. Economic reasoning is highly deductive, and logical analysis is applied to assumption-based models. However, inductive reasoning is also important. The typical student will have been exposed to some or all of these and be able to use some of them. Such skills also enhance their problem-solving and decision-making ability.
  • Quantification and design. Data, and their effective organization, presentation and analysis, are important in economics. The typical student will have some familiarity with the principal sources of economic information and data relevant to industry, commerce and government, and have had practice in organisation and informative presentation of data. This skill is important at all stages in the decision-making process.
  • Framing. Through the study of economics, a student should learn how to decide what should be taken as given or fixed for the purposes of setting up and solving a problem, i.e. what the important 'parameters' are in constraining the solution to the problem. Learning to think about how and why these parameters might change encourages a student to place the economic problem in its broader social and political context. This `framing' skill is important in determining the decision-maker's ability to implement the solutions to problems.

4. Programme structure

Students must have a total modular weighting of 120 credits per year.  This must include the compulsory modules.  The remaining optional modules may be chosen to give a 60:60 split over the two semesters, or alternatively, 50:70 or 70:50. 

The prefixes on module codes represent the credit levels as follows:

            A          level 4;             B          level 5;             C         level 6.


4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules

Semester 1 and 2 Compulsory Modules:


            ECA001          Principles of Macroeconomics


            ECA002          Principles of Microeconomics


            ECA003          Data Analysis


            ECA004          Quantitative Economics


Modules should be selected from the Part A Optional Module List made available by the School for this programme to give a total weight of 120 credits for the Part.


4.2       Part B - Degree Modules    

Semester 1 and 2 Compulsory Modules:


            ECB001          Intermediate Macroeconomics


            ECB002          Intermediate Microeconomics           


            ECB003          Introduction to Econometrics 


            ECB005          International Economic Relations      


Modules should be selected from the Part B Optional Module List made available by the School for this programme to give a total weight of 120 credits for the Part.


4.3       Part I : Optional Year Abroad (8 semester programme only)

            During the Year Abroad students will undertake a programme of study as specified by the School of Business and Economics.


4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

Semester 1 Compulsory Module  

            ECC142          Research and Communication Skills in Economics


Semester 1 and 2 Compulsory Modules (at least 2 must be selected)


            ECC003          International Money and Finance (Semester 1)


            ECC031          International Trade (Semester 1)


            ECC119          Development Economics (Semester 2)


Modules should be selected from the Part C Optional Module List made available by the School for this programme to give a total weight of 120 credits for the Part.

The School may offer new modules to be provided during the academic year. 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also: 

- In order to progress from Part A to Part B candidates must accumulate 100 credits and obtain a minimum of 30% in remaining modules.

- In order to progress from Part B to Part C candidates must accumulate at least 200 credits including at least 100 from degree level modules taken in Part B and obtain a minimum of 30% in remaining modules.


Candidates must accumulate at least 60 credits in a Part of a Programme in order to be eligible for reassessment in the relevant Part during the University’s Special Assessment Period.

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX of the University Regulations for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any Part of the programme to undergo reassessment in the University's Special Assessment Period.

Final year students are eligible to enter the University’s Special Assessment Period providing they have accumulated at least 60 credits in Part C as above.

If a student registers to resit a module, they will be required to resit all failed components of that module (ie if their coursework mark was less then 40% they must resit the coursework and if their exam mark was less than 40% they must resit the exam).  If a student resits the coursework element of a module and there was more than 1 coursework assignment for that module, then the student would be required to resit all coursework assignments in which they achieved a mark below 40%.  Marks for elements of a module not being re-sat will be carried forward.

A candidate whose Final Year Project is failed with a mark of 30-39% may be permitted to submit a revised version of the original piece of work for the purpose of re-assessment. A candidate whose Project is failed with a mark of less than 30% must submit a Project on a new topic. 


A Diploma in Professional Studies will be awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed the programme of study required for Part I.


6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX of the University Regulations.  The average percentage marks for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 30% : Part C 70% to determine the final Programme Mark.

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