This degree weaves academic learning into the economics and finance context internationally and includes the option to take a valuable paid placement year where you'll be exposed to applying economics into action. You can choose to do short term internships in choice public, private and voluntary organisations such as government departments, financial sector, banks, risk and insurance sectors, investment and broking firms, retail and manufacturing firms, start-ups and charities among many others.
This degree will equip you with key skills in economics and finance, including data analysis, group presentation and discussion, writing and report preparation. It's been designed for students who are interested in starting up their own businesses, involved in running and managing businesses or becoming financial and economic analysts.
You'll gain a working knowledge of both theoretical and empirical methods that can be applied to the industry and world context. The topics included are:
You'll also develop a robust ability to use Excel, Stata and other statistical software, interpret financial data and write business reports.
Our Economics Department has strong expertise in fields of behavioural and experimental economics as well as econometrics and finance. These are all important in helping to apply economics and finance theory and knowledge to business practice. With well- founded links with the financial, governmental and voluntary organisations, you'll be supported on work placements and internships and also overseas study in linked universities.
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Over the duration of this course, you will be introduced to Micro and Macro-economic theories in the first year, followed by advanced training in the second and third years. There will be an emphasis on examining how Micro and Macro-economic theories are being applied in real world situations and you'll explore essential quantitative techniques that underlie Micro- and Macro- Economics.
You'll gain an understanding in the fundamentals underlying statistical analysis of data and learn key economic/financial concepts, theories and techniques, as well as the ability to apply these to financial issues. You'll investigate theories of exchange rate and balance of payments, and apply financial tools to manage international financial assets and exchange rate risks. You'll also be applying modern investment theory and practice, and incorporating a study of portfolio theory as the basis for contextualising challenges in investment decision-making.
As well as in-depth understanding of Financial Economics, you will also gain transferable skills such as communication and computational skills.
You'll have the knowledge and understanding to manage financial assets risks and make investment decisions. You'll be able to critically read, write, listen, present and argue economic concepts and their applicability. You'll also be able to design data collection tools as well as analyse and interpret the data with an aim to help improve economic decision-making, including business decisions and operations.
You'll gain an awareness of current economic and financial news happening and their potential impacts on businesses, economic and statistical literacy.
This module will allow you to examine micro and macro-economic theories in the business environment.
In this module, you'll apply selected micro and macro-economic theories to the running of business in the real world.
This module will develop your understanding of the fundaments of statistical analysis of data.
In this module, you'll explore computational skills to help manage business finance.
This module will encourage you to develop a more advanced understanding of microeconomics.
In this module, you'll develop an advanced understanding of macroeconomics.
Thi module will enhance your understanding by using econometric methods to analyse economic data.
This module will allow you to develop a more advanced understanding of quantitative methods for economics.
In this module, you'll develop an advanced understanding of and ability to use econometrics.
Through this module, you'll gain an understanding of exchange rate theories and how foreign exchange risks might impact on businesses. You'll also examine possible financial risk management strategies.
This module will explore the key economic/financial concepts, theories and techniques. You'll also gain the ability to apply these to financial issues.
Through this module, you'll learn modern investment theory and practice. It incorporates a study of portfolio theory as the basis for contextualising challenges in investment decision-making.
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
You'll attend lectures to introduce new concepts and theories and to form the basis for discussion. Seminars and workshops are also used to reinforce the learning materials covered in lectures where you'll be given more time and opportunities to express your views and share your findings relating to the seminar works.
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 assessed using a variety of methods including group and individual project or reports, written and oral presentations, bite-size revision type quizzes and end of term exams.
This course will give you the subject knowledge as well as the transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers. Typical job roles available could be Analyst, Director, Manager, Teacher or Administrator in private business or public bodies like the NHS.
You could also continue into further education with a master's degree.
Dr Vecchi is a researcher in the field of Econometrics. She is very supportive to students and was nominated as the most inspiring teaching, Business in the student-led Teaching Awards, 2018.
Dr Zhang is Director of Economics programmes and a researcher in the field of international finance and firm finance. He has an easy-to-understand teaching approach.