Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Financial Economics

Ever wondered how financial markets work and how they impact global economies? What is the relationship between prices, inflation and interest rates? On this degree, you’ll get a solid grounding in the fundamentals before focusing on specific areas. You’ll explore the movement of money, how to make more money, and the risks involved. With our emphasis on building up knowledge and confidence, you’ll become a practical, analytical and independent graduate with a bright future.

UCAS tariff
260
UCAS course code
L111
Institution code
P60
Duration
3 years
(+ optional placement)
Start date
September 2014
Course type
Full-time
Location
Plymouth

Key features

  • Choose an Economics course to suit you from the wide range of single, major and minor undergraduate degree courses available. All named awards share a common core syllabus, which stresses the integration of theory and evidence in economic analysis and research.
  • Feel confident and be inspired by a course rated 16th out of 70 in the Guardian League Tables 2013. Our Plymouth Business School was shortlisted for Business School of the Year 2012 in the annual Times Higher Education Awards.
  • Tailor your degree to match your interests and your career goals, by studying economics alongside other subjects including business, social sciences and languages.
  • Acquire key analytical and numerical skills, and develop your capacity for independent research.
  • Apply your skills in a work environment by taking our optional four year degree course, which contains an industrial placement, working full-time for a public or private sector organisation.
  • Engage with current and past economic students with our Economics Society. Hear talks from visiting academics and professional economists and find out what our graduates are up to now. The Economics Society also awards a graduation prize for best academic paper in the final year.
  • Money matters - a number of scholarships are available if you decide to study an economics degree. For further details visit the economics pages. 
  • Think sustainably – in your final year you may choose to take Environmental and Resource Economics and analyse the issue of environmental and resource scarcity and the possible policy responses to market failure. 
  • Open doors to a wide range of career roles including industry economist, financial risk analyst, credit analyst and chartered accountant. Our accomplished and analytically-adept graduates are snapped up for high-flying and varied careers with KPMGHM TreasuryErnst and Young, and other private and public sector organisations. Our postgraduate programmes draw many students back to continue their learning.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll explore the world of economics and learn how to interpret economic data. You’ll build up your knowledge of key principles and theories and develop quantitative methods and study skills that will provide a firm foundation for further studies. You’ll be introduced to the basic principles of accounting and finance and have the opportunity to add another subject to your studies - a European language or a business and social science subject.
    Core modules
    • ECN109 Interpreting Economic Data

      This module considers basic conceptual and practical issues related to the interpretation of economic data. It introduces students to a range of methods for the collection, presentation, and analysis of economic data, and applies those methods to the analysis of real-world issues.

    • PDP100 Personal Development

      This module is concerned with the development of key business and learning skills to assist your transition to a business programme at higher education level. The module will also introduce you to some key global, ethical and organisational responsibility issues and begin to prepare you for the world of work. There will be an opportunity to engage with organisations/ enterprise. The module will be delivered via your personal tutors.

    • ABF103 Principles of Accounting

      This module provides an introduction to accounting for students, who mainly intend to specialise in this area. The module largely deals with the preparation of the main financial statements and their interpretation.

    • ECN118 Principles of Macroeconomics

      This module develops concepts and theories of macroeconomic analysis at an introductory level. It applies them to the analysis of real world issues of macroeconomic stability, growth and policy.

    • ECN119 Principles of Microeconomics

      This module provides an introduction to the theories and concepts of modern microeconomics, and applies them to a range of contemporary issues.

    Optional modules
    • ELC101 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops an international student’s level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage one

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • ABF104 Introduction to Finance and Quantative Methods

      This module provides an introduction to financial markets and financial institutions and also introdcues data presentation techniques and mathematical and statistical methods for data analysis

    • MANX001 Mandarin Chinese 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • HRS101 Organisational Behaviour

      This module introduces students to the study of individuals and groups within the organisational context.

    • ABF105 Principles of Banking, Insurance and Finance

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll build on the core syllabus of the first year, and develop your knowledge of theories and methods that are central to modern economic analysis. You’ll study micro and macro economics in depth and improve your quantitative skills with econometrics which, will help enhance your career prospects. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about financial economics and study financial institutions and markets, alongside a choice of further finance options.
    Core modules
    • ECN200 Econometrics

    • ECN257 Financial Economics

      This module provides an introduction to financial economics. The course considers theory, empirical evidence and practical application.

    • ECN204 Macroeconomics

    • ECN256 Microeconomics

      This module examines theories and concepts of modern microeconomics, and applies them to a range of contemporary issues.

    Optional modules
    • ECN207 Economic Perspectives

    • ECN254 Economics of Business Organisations

      This module applies economic concepts and theories to the analysis of business decision-making.

    • ECN255 Economics of Public Policy

      Public policies and the public sector play a key role in modern economies. In this module, the role of government is analysed and critically discussed. We develop economic theories and concepts relevant to the analysis of public policy, and apply them to selected policy issues.

    • ABF204 Financial Institutions and Markets

      This module deals with financial markets, financial information, and financial institutions. The coverage includes expectations, arbitrage, asymmetric information, and the characteristics of financial institutions.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • ABF214 Management Accounting

      Students will study management accounting, including areas such as budgeting, costing and variance analysis.

    • MANX001 Mandarin Chinese 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • EPIE200 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • ABF207 Taxation

  • Optional placement year
  • Get paid for hands-on work experience and develop your economic flair during our optional industrial placement. We'll support you to find the most suitable private or public sector placement. With the guidance of your host organisation, plus support from academic staff on your course, this provides an extremely valuable opportunity to apply and deepen your knowledge and to develop a range of skills that will be invaluable to your future career.
    Core modules
    • EPIE300 Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation. Students on BA International Business may also undertake a study placement at an approved partner institution.

    • EPIE301 The Placement Project

      This module requires students to produce a project relating to their placement experience.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll research a dedicated honours project on a subject of your choice. You’ll also learn more about the global economy and specialise in finance topics of your choice, including economic modelling and game theory. Choose to study from a number of topics including environmental and resource economics, economics of renewable energies in the UK and issues relating to environmental and economic sustainability.
    Core modules
    • ECN303 Economics Project

    • ECN391 International Economics

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and capital markets.

    • ABF305 Investment Management

      This module is designed to provide a broad understanding of equities and bonds as investments. It considers their pricing and their application in fund management, along with that of equity derivatives. It also looks the nature of financial market efficiency and the evaluation of portfolio performance. Students on the module will, among other activities, evaluate models of equities and bonds, understand the fundamentals of equity and bond portfolio construction, appreciate the difficulties of evaluating portfolio performance, assess the efficiency of capital markets, and understand the uses of equity derivatives in portfolio management.

    Optional modules
    • ABF300 Advanced Management Accounting

    • ABF323 Credit Management: Theory and Practice

      This module provides in-depth knowledge of how to manage trade, consumer and export credit. It explores the economic importance of credit and the contribution it can make as a competitive device to add value to organisations.

    • ECN301 Economic Growth and Change

    • ECN390 Environmental and Resource Economics

      Modern economies heavily depend on natural resources and substantially affect the natural environment. This module develops and applies eco¬nomic theories and concepts relevant to the analysis of environmental and resource problems. It explores environmental and resource policies at the national and international stage.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • FREX500 French Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • FREX600 French Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • FREX700 French Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • ECN302 Games and Strategy

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • ABF310 International Financial Management

      In this module students will study the framework and operation of international money markets, and the operational and strategic management of international investment and financing. In addition, students will examine the constraints and competitive pressures faced by finance managers in international markets, and the range of financial instruments used to minimise exchange risk exposure and support international trade.

    • MANX001 Mandarin Chinese 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • ECN392 Mathematical Economics

      This module introduces and applies a range of mathematical models used in theoretical and empirical economics.

    • ECN306 Practical Economic Modelling

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

    • ECN320 Topics in Economics

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

260 points (including a minimum of 160 points from two A levels)

International Baccalaureate 

24 points

Other

14-19 Diplomas are accepted – please enquire. 

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.


English language requirements

Further information on the Academic Excellence Awards

Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500

For more information about our fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money

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William Wai Yip Au Yeung, BSc (Hons) Economics graduate, with the Business School team who made it to the semi-finals of the IBM Business Challenge.

William Wai Yip Au Yeung, BSc (Hons) Economics graduate

Entering the IBM business challenge was a great way to network and develop existing skills such as my analytical and business acumen skill sets. We got the opportunity to meet a large assortment of people and really put our current knowledge to good use.

“The lecturers were great, very informal and informative. I really liked behavioural economics covering topics. Challenging yet satisfying!”

Find out more about what William has to say about the course

Meet the tutor - Dr Sarah Keast, economics programme manager

Sarah is responsible for maintaining academic standards across all economics degree courses. She works with colleagues in the Economics Group to ensure you reach your academic potential and are prepared for future career development challenges.

Sarah has contributed to research and consultancy for private and public sectors and worked with the BBC and South West Regional Development Agency.

Learn more about Sarah's teaching and research interests.

Careers in economics

Competition for graduate jobs is fierce. The combination of academic excellence and practical knowledge we encourage on this course will help you stand out when it comes to entering the world of work.

Our students graduate ready to take on all sorts of finance and economics roles – from industry economist to financial risk analyst.

Where could you go with economics at Plymouth?

The Economics Society

Run jointly by staff and students, the Economics Society organises a range of events from field trips and social evenings to talks from visiting academics, professional economists and Plymouth graduates.

Come together with current and past economics students in social, academic and professional contexts.

Visit the Economics Society Facebook page to find out more.

Academic Excellence Awards

Our scholarships reward achievement above and beyond that required for entry to a particular course of study.

At Plymouth University, we not only recognises academic excellence but also the value of people who push themselves the extra mile.

Find out more about how Academic Excellence Awards can benefit you