Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Economics

Business and Economics

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich L10A AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time L100 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

Top 10

for all subject areas

The Times Good University Guide 2018

Among 1%

of Business Schools in the world

to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation

98%

of employed 2016 graduates

in professional or managerial roles six months after graduating

£28,000

Average starting salary

DLHE 2016

Economics course overview

Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals to the structures created by governments and companies. Economics will give you new perspectives on some of the most pressing and challenging problems and choices facing the world today.

As an economist you will develop the skills to understand how consumers and firms interact and behave, how government policy affects the economy and how financial systems operate.

By providing an in-depth analysis of firms’ decision making in a variety of settings, economics can help business managers make better pricing, production and investment decisions. This flexible course allows you to specialise in the final year by choosing optional modules that are most suited to your career aspirations.

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.

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.

Modules


Year 1

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules

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

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Democratic Government
  • Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities
  • Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change
  • Geographies of Global and Economic Change
  • Principles of Law
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Geographies of Identity
  • Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy
  • Political Ideologies
  • Applied Languages

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Econometrics

Optional modules

Plus a number of 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
  • 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

Compulsory modules (chose at least two from):

  • Developments in Macroeconomics
  • Developments in Microeconomics
  • Applied Econometrics

Optional modules

  • Research and Communication Skills for Economists
  • Optional modules
  • International Money and Finance
  • International Trade
  • Financial Economics and Asset Pricing
  • Development Economics
  • Industrial Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Corporate Finance and Derivatives
  • Central Banking and Financial Crises

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


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.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

L10A Economics - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB (excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Communication and Culture and Citizenship Studies). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) with 5 in Mathematics and English at SL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels (one of which must be an academic subject) at grades AB. National Diploma: DD plus one academic A Level at grade B. National Extended Diploma: D*D*D
Preferred subjects: Business
GCSE
Majority A/B (7/6) grades at GCSE including minimum grade B/6 in Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent)

L100 Economics - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
AAB (excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Communication and Culture, and Citizenship Studies)
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) with 5 in Mathematics and English at SL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels (one of which must be an academic subject) at grades AB. National Diploma: DD plus one academic A Level at grade B. National Extended Diploma: D*D*D
Preferred subjects: Business
GCSE
Majority A/B (7/6) grades at GCSE including minimum grade B/6 in Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent)

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Preferred subjects

While no specific A Level (or equivalent) subjects are required, we strongly prefer combinations drawn from traditional (academic) subjects to demonstrate a range of numerical, analytical and discursive abilities. These A Levels include: Maths/Further Maths, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, English Language/Literature, Languages (non-native) Government and Politics, Law, and Statistics.

If studying a BTEC qualification then Business is preferred, although other BTEC subjects may be considered when offered in combination with one or more academic A Levels outlined above.

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: Citigroup – Analyst, Deloitte – Associate Auditor, Deutsche Bank – Finance Analyst, Experian – Data Analyst and PricewaterhouseCoopers – Tax Technician.

Student and Graduate Profiles

Watch videos and read profiles from our Business and Economics students and graduates
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Developing your Employability

Explore how we help you develop your employability both inside and outside the classroom, from employability modules embedded into the curriculum to student enterprise, clubs and societies, and Loughborough's careers network.
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Placements

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. 

Our final year students regularly comment on how this experience aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability prospects. On successful completion, you will be awarded either a Diploma in Professional Studies or a Diploma in International Studies in addition to your degree.

Professional Placements

A salaried Professional Placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Your placement would typically be a graduate-trainee role with one of a broad range of major UK companies.

Our dedicated Placements Office help you secure a placement and work with over 400 leading employers of all sizes around the world who regularly target our students for salaried placement positions. Typically around 1/3rd of placement students are offered a graduate job by their placement employer.

Find out more about Business and Economics Placements

Explore in depth how a placement will increase your employability, the help you will get from our dedicated placements office and watch our placements video.
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Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad boosts your employability and helps you develop intercultural skills highly prized by employers.

It presents an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, improve your language skills (though you will be taught in English) and enhance your self-confidence.

Our dedicated International Relations Office offers extensive support throughout the process. We have a wide range of partners in Europe, North and South America, East Asia and Australasia.

Find out more about Studying Abroad

Explore our extensive range of study partners around the world, the help you will get from our dedicated international relations office and watch our videos on how studying abroad can enhance your employability and transform your outlook. 
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Our students

Channing

Course

Economics with Geography

Department

Business and Economics

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

1st

Christina

Course

International Business

Department

Business and Economics

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Helen

Course

Management Sciences

Department

Business and Economics

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Matt

Course

Business Economics and Finance

Department

Business and Economics

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Simon

Course

Retailing, Marketing & Management

Department

Business and Economics

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

2nd

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: L10A

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L100