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Business Economics BSc Honours

On our Business Economics BSc Honours, you'll learn through work placements, internships and expert teaching so you can excel in the global business world
September 2024
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK)*
£16,600 (INT)*
Course leader
Azizun Nessa

This degree weaves academic learning into the business context internationally. You'll be exposed to applying economics into action by completing a valuable paid placement year in public, private or voluntary organisations.

Why choose BSc Business Economics at Middlesex?

This insightful degree takes academic learning and theory and puts it into a global business context.

You'll study oligopolistic pricing using games and economic experiments. You'll explore global financial markets, regulators and financial instruments with leading analysts to gain a rounded view of global economics.

What you will gain

Economists with analytical and quantitative skills are highly sought after by a variety of private and public sector organisations. Previous graduates have gone on to work with companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, KPMG, GSA Capital and Handles Banken.

You'll develop the skills to design data collection tools and analyse and interpret data to improve business decision making and operations. With an awareness of current economic and financial news you'll understand their potential impacts on business.

You'll be able to critically read, write, listen, present and argue economic concepts and their applicability developing core communication and computational skills. These skills are invaluable for roles such as applied economist, business analyst, financial policy advisor or health economist.

What you will learn

We'll help you develop your knowledge of securities, analysis and investment, as well as econometrics, sampling techniques, and risk and probability distributions.

You'll learn to use Excel to its full potential and become an expert at the latest statistical software. You'll be able to interpret financial data and learn how to write robust business reports.

You'll graduate with the skills and experience to excel in a career in a variety of sectors from government departments and banks to manufacturing firms and charities.

Our exciting and industry-focused course will enable you to:

  • Gain a firm foundation of the workings of economic systems and develop the relevant skills to thrive in a business setting
  • Benefit from advisory board support from high-profile economists and industry personnel
  • Put economics into action by completing a paid placement year in a public, private or voluntary organisation
  • Gain strong tutorial expertise in behavioural and experimental economics
  • Develop valuable multidisciplinary skills that will help you in employment or self-employment
  • Learn analytical skills and an ability to develop frameworks for studying the real world
  • Discover how to interpret global economic events and critically assess a range of evidence.

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On this course, you'll be introduced to Micro and Macro-economic theories and examine how these theories are being applied in real-world situations. You'll also be trained to critically evaluate if the theories could effectively be applied to solve current real economic issues.

One of the most innovative modules of the programme, Economics of Entertainment and Sports, will give you the opportunity to apply Micro, Macro and Econometric theories to the running of one of the more lucrative industries in London.

You'll also explore essential quantitative techniques in handling and making use of data to help with running and growing businesses.


  • Year 1 - Compulsory

    • Economics Principles (30 credits)

      This module will allow you to examine micro and macro-economic theories in the business environment.

    • Economics Applications (30 credits)

      In this module, you'll apply selected micro and macro-economic theories to the running of business in the real world.

    • Quantitative Methods for Finance (30 credits)

      In this module, you'll explore computational skills to help manage business finance.

    • Financial Concepts of Business (30 credits)

      In this module, you'll gain an understanding in interpreting financial data for businesses.

  • Year 2 - Compulsory

    • Economics Analysis and Policy (30 credits)

      In this module, you'll critically assess the applicability of micro and macro-economic theories to formulating policies that would impact on businesses.

    • Trade and International Business (30 credits)

      This module will give you the skills to decipher how businesses can be conducted internationally though trade.

    • Banking Theory and Practice (30 credits)

      This module will allow you to understand how banking systems and practices originate. You'll also look at how businesses would be affected by any such changes.

    • Accounting and Finance for Business (30 credits)

      This module will enable you to acquire the accounting skills relevant for running, overseeing and planning for business operation and expansion.

  • Year 3 - Compulsory

    • Applied Econometrics (30 credits)

      In this module, you'll get hands-on experience in designing, conducting and interpreting survey data relevant for business planning and operations.

    • Economics of Entertainment and Sports (30 credits)

      This module will allow you to smartly apply traditional micro and macro-economic theories to explain modern lucrative business operations in the entertainment and sports industries.

  • Year 3 - Optional

    • International Finance (30 credits)

      In this module, you'll investigate how foreign exchange risks might impact on businesses. You'll also examine possible financial risk management strategies.

    • Business Start-up (30 credits)

      This module will give you hands-on experience in designing and planning the set-up of a start-up business and evaluating all potential business challenges it might face.

    • Financial Risk Management in Banking (30 credits)
    • Work Internship (30 credits)

      The internship module gives you the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience for a minimum of 30 days. This will facilitate you to gain an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, and the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.

To find out more about this highly regarded course, please download the Business Economics BSc Honours specification (PDF).

  1. Teaching and independent learning
  2. Coursework and assessment

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability Advice and Support service.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.

Financial Support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can the BSc Business Economics support your career?

Economists with analytical and quantitative skills are highly sought after by the private and public sector, big and small firms, large international agencies, schools and universities, economic policy makers, and social organisations. Students exiting the programme could have a career as:

  • Applied economist
  • Business analyst
  • Economic consultant
  • Energy research officer
  • Environmental economist
  • Financial policy advisor
  • Graduate economist
  • Health economist
  • International economist
  • Institution development coordinator
  • Teaching assistant in Economics
  • Microeconomic analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Trainee dealer
  • Pricing departments for Mobile phone companies, airlines, power industry, etc.

You could also continue into further education with a master's degree. Previous graduates have progressed into careers with such companies and organisations as:

  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • KPMG
  • GSA Capital
  • JDS consulting firm
  • FDM group
  • Handles Banken


Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has been recognized with the following awards:
The top 20 UK universities for business leaders and entrepreneurs – Business Money, 2023 
A top 10 university for producing CEOs  – Novuana, 2023.

Global network

Our location in London helps us connect you with over 1,000 industry partners to develop your future employment prospects.

And we have unique work and study opportunities at our campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

Work Placements

We encourage our students to undertake a paid work placement during their studies either as a year long assignment between Year 2 and 3, or as two shorter placements during the summers of Year 1 and 2, and between Year 2 and 3. The paid, year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career. You'll be taught by an experienced teaching team who have a wide range of expertise and professional experience.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below refer to the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated. Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

UK students1

Full-time students: £9,250
Part-time students: £77 per taught credit

International students2

Full-time students: £16,600
Part-time students: £138 per taught credit

Additional costs included

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to succeed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees
  • Our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees Disclaimers

1. UK Fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International Students. Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Professor Praveen Kujal
Head of Department

Professor Kujal is a leading researcher published widely in the field of behavioural and experimental economics. He is also an expert in industrial organisations.

Dr Azizun Nessa
Course Leader

Dr Nessa joined the Department of Economics at Middlesex University in October 2012. She is a senior Lecturer, and Program leader of BSc Business Economics and BSc Foundation Economics.

Her teaching experience primarily revolves around subjects such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Applications of Economics, Economic Policy Evaluations, Econometrics, and International Finance.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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