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Economics (Financial Economics) BSc Honours

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October 2020
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

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.

Why study BSc Economics (Financial Economics) at Middlesex University?

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:

  • Individual and firm behaviour under uncertainty
  • Price determinism and discrimination
  • Game theory and oligopolistic pricing using game theory
  • World financial markets
  • Regulators and financial instruments
  • Securities analysis and investment
  • Econometrics and sampling techniques
  • Risk and probability distributions

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.

Course highlights

  • The degree content, placement and internships opportunities and industry exposure will prepare you to take up positions in Government, finance sector, private sector, voluntary organisations and academia
  • This course has a strong advisory board made of eminent economists and practitioners
  • Our Economics department has significant links with the financial services sector and with strong student employability in the sector

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What will you study on BSc Economics (Financial Economics)?

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.

What will you gain?

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.


  • Year 1

    • Economic Principles (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Economic Applications (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Statistics and Interference (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your understanding of the fundaments of statistical analysis of data.

    • Quantitative Techniques I (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

  • Year 2

    • Microeconomics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will encourage you to develop a more advanced understanding of microeconomics.

    • Macroeconomics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you'll develop an advanced understanding of macroeconomics.

    • Econometrics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Thi module will enhance your understanding by using econometric methods to analyse economic data.

    • Quantitative Techniques II (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will allow you to develop a more advanced understanding of quantitative methods for economics.

  • Year 3

    • Advanced Econometrics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you'll develop an advanced understanding of and ability to use econometrics.

    • International Finance (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Financial Economics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore the key economic/financial concepts, theories and techniques. You'll also gain the ability to apply these to financial issues.

    • Investment Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Work Internship (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

How is the BSc Economics (Financial Economic) taught?

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.

Works 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 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.

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How can the BSc Economics (Financial Economics) support your career?

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 Michela Vecchi
Associate Professor

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 Xufei Zhang
Senior Lecturer

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.

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Start: October 2020, September 2020: EU/INT induction

Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time

Code: L101

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