“The degree was a platform to start my career in banking with the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the London ‘experience’ was life-enriching.” Kamrul H. Choudhury, Business Economics graduate
Our degree teaches economics in relation to models of contemporary business, and enhances your career choices by blending theory with exciting placement opportunities, including a study abroad option.
Our bespoke degree, studied at our London campus, places you at the heart of London's thriving financial business sector and enhances your studies by offering professional work experience, through an exciting year-long placement within a prestigious company.
You will develop expert knowledge of factors affecting the world economy, and global business, and gain expertise in the principles of economics within the operations of corporations and companies. If you want to learn to apply economics to business, finance, banking and government policy-making then this is the ideal degree. You can also choose to study Mandarin, Spanish, or even business start-up as part of your studies.
We have invested in cutting-edge business resources to ensure you are primed with the knowledge and skills to excel in your chosen career path, from our new Enterprise Development Hub to sessions in business writing and professional communications skills.
In Year 1 you will study the fundamentals of economics and business, which will place you one step ahead in the corporate world by ensuring you understand the fiscal issues that underpin business operations. You will learn the fundamentals of micro and macro economic theory, and modules in Qualitative Methods of Economics and Economic Practice and Policy will enhance your knowledge further.
Throughout your studies you will learn to present and discuss economic argument using verbal, graphical, mathematical and statistical methods. And you will further your knowledge of economic theory in relation to international trade and business; and society as a whole. In Year 2 and 3 you can choose from an exciting range of options including Mandarin, Spanish and Business Start-up.
You will be primed with a set of professional skills to prepare you for the workplace, including team work, self-management, business and customer awareness; and advanced verbal, written and numerical communication skills.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
The module reviews, consolidates and further enhances students existing language skills speaking, listening, reading and writing of Spanish in business contexts to the intermediate level. Particular emphasis is laid upon the students ability to understand and critically analyse business texts and case studies in the Spanish-speaking world, in parallel with their knowledge of international business strategies and case studies as taught in their Business module. The module also enhances the students awareness of the Spanish-speaking world specific business practices.
This module aims to review, consolidate and further enhance students existing language skills speaking, listening, reading and writing of Mandarin Chinese in business contexts to the intermediate level so that they can function more comfortably and confidently in the Chinese business environment.
It is also intended to help students to gain a better understanding of the macro and micro Chinese economic situations and specific market needs through a selection of case studies, in parallel with MGT3140 International Business Strategy.
This module aims to review, consolidate and further enhance students existing language skills speaking, listening, reading and writing of Mandarin Chinese in business contexts to an advanced level so that they can function more comfortably and confidently in the Chinese business environment. It is also intended to help students to gain a better understanding of the macro and micro Chinese economic situations and specific market needs through a selection of case studies, in parallel with MGT3140 International Business Strategy.
You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops and take part in class discussions, role-play exercises and case study analyses. You will be taught how to use the Bloomberg and Datastream databases and STATA analytical software, and will further your learning with online materials, including resources and activities from the Chartered Management Institute. You will give presentations and read textbooks, professional journals and magazines.
You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend the third year doing a work placement, which we will help you to find. You will produce an assessed report on the organisation you have been working with. Alternatively, you can opt to do two shorter placements in the summers after years 1 and 2, or there is also an internship option in the final year.
You will be assessed through exams, tests, essays, reports and other written assignments, and presentations.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
This programme provides an appropriate academic basis for students wishing to pursue a career in Business, Commerce, Finance, Economic Management and Public Administration and has proved a reliable pre- requisite for Masters level courses in Economics, Finance, Risk Management. Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market as well as being a fantastic experience. Economics is a highly competitive field so we encourage as many students as possible to grasp this opportunity. We have a dedicated work placements service which helps you find and plan for a placement.
Our business graduates now work for a number of prestigious companies such as oil companies, banks, merchant banks, Bank of England, The Treasury, The Home Office, the GLA's Economic Unit, Reuters, Xerox, Glaxo, Motorola and NHS Trusts.
Our economics graduates have been highly successful in obtaining well-paid employment and have obtained positions in the financial, commercial and public sectors working in banking, insurance, investment, oil and pharmaceutical companies and government departments such as the Home Office.
The average salary for graduates from this course is £24,000 for those in full-time employment.
Examples of the types of jobs that graduates from the class of 2010-11 are doing include the following:
Data Analyst, Tax Analyst, Project Manager, Secondary School Teacher
Our graduates are working at a wide range of organisations including the following:
Mediacom, Statoil, TLL, SSC Project Management
Below are just a few career opportunities that would be open to you as a graduate:
Trainee Business Economist: As a business economist you will identify areas that can be profitable to an organisation, develop them further and identify problem areas and transforming them into opportunities and challenges that can benefit the company. You will usually work within industries such as transportation, mining, manufacturing, investment, communications, banking, insurance, retailing, and other types of organisations.
Trainee Actuary: Actuaries are experts in evaluating the likelihood of future events, designing creative ways to reduce the likelihood of undesirable events and decreasing the impact of undesirable events that do occur. They solve problems in the business world by analysing and managing risk.
Trainee Financial Analyst: As a financial analyst you will write reports on the companies you cover trying to describe the businesses and your opinions of the company's investment potential. Reports are normally summarised with a rating, such as "buy", "sell", "market perform", "overweight", "hold", etc.
Assistant Trade and Financial Officer: As a Trade and Finance Officer you will be involved in the business development of trade finance between an organisation and their clients. You will normally maintain client and internal business relationships and ensuring client and business needs are fulfilled in an effective and timely manner. A comprehensive knowledge of Risk and Credit skills are highly desirable with this area
Ieva Dapkeviciute BSc Business Economics student
"The lectures and seminars are really interesting and the content continually motivates me. As an international student I was really pleased by the level of academic support I received to help familiarise me with the English education system.
"If, like me, you are somebody who is striving to get ahead and forge a successful career in business, then I would definitely recommend Middlesex as a place to study. The University has great facilities, provides opportunities to gain work experience and offers excellent academic support."
Maaz Bin Rashid Taj
BSc Business Economics student
"My aim is to start my own business or join a well known and established company. This course has polished my skills and the lecturers have always been there to support me. I've even produced a piece of work that estimates the probability of a firm going bankrupt, which is being considered for online publication.
"The University Careers Office has been really useful in providing information on finding a job, or even starting my own business from scratch."
BSc Honours Business Economics student
Third year student Anastassia Bulavinova was awarded a Middlesex Chancellor's Scholarship award for academic achievement during her second year on the BSc Business Economics degree.
"I enjoyed the structure of the course as it encompasses broad modules which widen the scope not only of economics but also of international finance, taxation policies, banking, project management and many other areas. I have enjoyed participating in group projects and group coursework and presentations as these activities enabled me to develop my team-working, problem-solving and communication skills."