Undergraduate study2017

BSc (Hons)

Business Economics and Finance

School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2017

The vibrant and expanding financial services industry has generated a very strong demand for economists with specialised knowledge of financial systems and markets. As a graduate of this course you will be well-equipped to succeed in this sector.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BSc (Hons)

Business Economics and Finance

School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2017

The vibrant and expanding financial services industry has generated a very strong demand for economists with specialised knowledge of financial systems and markets. As a graduate of this course you will be well-equipped to succeed in this sector.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Among just 1% of Business Schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation
  • 93% of graduates in works or further study 2014 graduates) 
  • Top 10 in all our subject areas (The Times Good University Guide 2016)

You will study how firms and consumers behave in different market settings, how capital markets operate and how financing decisions can improve the performance and efficiency of organisations.

You will learn to interpret, communicate and apply financial information, appraise alternative investment opportunities and to evaluate and devise an optimal portfolio of assets. You will obtain a thorough understanding of decision making within financial and capital markets and the type of financial instruments that are traded in these markets, and how these markets interact with the economy as a whole.

By combining both economics and finance, you will develop a range of skills to enable organisations to improve strategic decision making, portfolio planning and risk management.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich LN14
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time L1NK
Teaching and learning methods

We are committed to helping you stand out in the increasingly competitive graduate job market and many of our graduates go on to enjoy rewarding careers with major international companies.

Our high quality courses develop skills valued by employers including independent learning and research, analytical skills, group work, presentation skills, project work, computer skills and numeracy. Our wide variety of optional modules enables students to focus on areas related to their career aspirations.

Lectures are supported by online resources, tutorials, workshops, seminars and discussion groups. Some tutorials are streamed according to prior qualifications in mathematics.

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 20% coursework and 80% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, contribution in tutorials, group work, class tests, problem-sheets and computer-based exercises.

Enterprise ethos

We encourage a spirit of enterprise here at Loughborough. It’s a key part of the Loughborough experience and it can really boost your job prospects. Student Enterprise thrives on campus with a range of extra-curricular activities including business planning competitions, events, and support services for students with real business ideas.

Selection

Selection interviews are not normally held, and offers of places are made on the basis of your UCAS form, particularly your referee’s report and previous examination performances. Candidates who are offered a place are invited to visit the School and meet staff and current students on one of several Visit Days.

Graduate destinations

Graduates enter fields as diverse as economic consultancy, banking, accountancy, financial management, insurance and marketing, while others are employed in more general management positions.

Employers regularly place Loughborough in the top rank of universities for graduate recruitment.

Example graduate destinations include: Accenture – Analyst, Allied Irish Bank – Corporate Business Lender, Morgan Stanley – Trade Support Analyst, Royal Bank of Scotland – Marketing Executive, Smith & Williamson – Trainee Chartered Accountant, and Zurich – Financial Adviser.

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies

Course structure

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Data Analysis I & II
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Skills for Study and Employment

Plus one module from a list of options including:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Democratic Government
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Geographies of Global Economics Change
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Geographies of Identity
  • Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy
  • Political Ideologies
  • Applied Languages
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Financial Economics
  • International Economic Relations
  • Transport Economics

Plus optional modules from a list of options including:

  • Economics of the Financial System
  • The Economics of Social Issues
  • Introduction to Financial Economics
  • International Economic Relations
  • Transport Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Company Law
  • Principles of MArketing
  • The Marketing Mix
  • Operations Management
  • Accounting for MAnagers
  • Applied Languages
Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Core modules:

  • Financial Economics and Asset Pricing
  • Corporate Finance and Derivatives
  • Industrial Economics
  • Research and Communication Skills for Economics

Plus a number of modules from a list of options including:

  • Developments in Macroeconomics
  • Developments in Microeconomics
  • International Money and Finance
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Central Banking and Financial Crises

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: LN14 BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB (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
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)

UCAS code: L1NK BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB (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
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)

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2017-18

 

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250
International Students (Band A course) £16,000

 

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Placement year 

You can choose to extend your degree by taking a year-long salaried professional placement, or by opting to study abroad for a year between the second and final year of your degree course, .

Satisfactory completion of either of these options results in a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) for those doing a placement, or a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) for those studying aboard, in addition to your degree on graduation.

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.

Study abroad

Studying abroad offers a wonderful opportunity to enhance language skills and experience living abroad.

Exchange opportunities currently exist in Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy in Europe, as well as in Hong Kong (China), Toronto (Canada), Purdue (USA) and Perth and Sydney (Australia).

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: LN14

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L1NK

Our students

Channing L

“There is so much to get involved in at Loughborough through my course and though extra-curricular activities. I feel I’m constantly developing as an individual.”

Helen O

“The quality of teaching, from the number of industry experts and researchers, is really high at Loughborough and our lecturers’ passion in their subjects is reflected in our lectures.”

Matt E

“I completed a six week summer internship with Ernst and Young (EY) before my final year, where they offered me a Graduate Scheme job after I graduate.”

Christina C

“I've had a great experience here at Loughborough. Students do not discriminate or isolate you as a mature student and I've made some great friends here of all ages.”

Simon L

“I've been given lots of time, advice and additional projects to get involved with by my personal tutor, which was fundamental to obtaining the placement year I wanted as an Accenture analyst.”

Channing L

“There is so much to get involved in at Loughborough through my course and though extra-curricular activities. I feel I’m constantly developing as an individual.”

Helen O

“The quality of teaching, from the number of industry experts and researchers, is really high at Loughborough and our lecturers’ passion in their subjects is reflected in our lectures.”

Matt E

“I completed a six week summer internship with Ernst and Young (EY) before my final year, where they offered me a Graduate Scheme job after I graduate.”

Christina C

“I've had a great experience here at Loughborough. Students do not discriminate or isolate you as a mature student and I've made some great friends here of all ages.”

Simon L

“I've been given lots of time, advice and additional projects to get involved with by my personal tutor, which was fundamental to obtaining the placement year I wanted as an Accenture analyst.”