Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

International Economics

Business and Economics

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich L110 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 3 years full-time L115 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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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

International Economics course overview

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 designed to open up a wide range of careers in companies operating globally or for policy makers such as the World Bank.

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 the essential core modules in economics and also offers a distinct international flavour. Optional modules give you the opportunity to specialise in areas that are of interest to you and your career aspirations.

Vicky: International Economics at Loughborough University

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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 and economics.

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

Optional modules

Plus optional modules from the following:

  • Principles of Law
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • 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
  • Geographies of Identity
  • Political Ideologies
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Applied Languages

Year 2

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules

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
  • The Marketing Mix
  • The Economics of Social Issues
  • 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):

  • International Money and Finance
  • International Trade
  • Development Economics

Plus

  • Research and Communication Skills for Economists


Optional modules

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

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

L110 International 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)

L115 International 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)

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 banking, accountancy, financial management, insurance and marketing, while others are employed in more general management positions. Often, these are with companies that operate globally.

Example graduate destinations and positions: Aviva – Trainee Accountant, The Economist – Analyst, Jaguar Land Rover – Financial Analyst, and PricewaterhouseCoopers – Tax Consultant.

Student and Graduate Profiles

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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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Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: L110

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L115