Birmingham City University - ECONOMICS - BSC (HONS)

Birmingham City University


The applied nature of our BSc (Hons) Economics degree prepares you to work as an economist, or in a related role which is concerned with the study of the economy and its impact on society and the natural environment.

Economics is a major social science which informs major challenges faced by our societies today, including inequality, environmental sustainability and economic policy. Economics draws on and influences other social sciences and humanities and it is also a core business discipline which is integral to understanding organisational behaviour, strategy and corporate performance.

The unique offering of this course lies in its use of a pluralist approach to teaching, which will empower you to understand the relevance of competing economic theories and their application in your daily life and in your future workplace.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements: BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 3 subjects.


  • GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above
  • Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands.

Career Prospects

Throughout the programme, you will receive assistance for your own development through co-curriculum activities including dedicated Employability Challenge Weeks and extended induction and transition programmes.

The University has introduced the BCU Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave University.

Course Details

The course will provide you with a firm foundation of economics to interpret, analyse and question diverse economic theories and policies in a real-life context. To do so effectively, this course equips you with a vast analytical toolkit, which includes mathematical and statistical analysis, critical thinking, qualitative techniques and proficiency in a range of industry-specific software packages that are relevant to the Economics profession. You will also learn how to communicate results and ideas concisely to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Professional Placement Year

This course offers a professional placement year. This allows you to spend a whole year with an employer, between the second and third years of your degree, and is a great way to find out more about your chosen career. Some students even return to the same employers after completing their studies.

The University will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study. If you do not find a suitable placement, you will be automatically transferred back to the standard, non-placement version of the course.

Please note that fees are payable during your placement year, equivalent to 20% of the total full-time course fee for that year (£1,850 for UK students).

Year One

Principles of Economics20 credits
Economic History20 credits
Professional Development for Economists20 credits
Applied Economics20 credits
Economics Analysis20 credits
Data Intelligence

Year Two

Intermediate Microeconomics20 credits
Political Economy20 credits
Intermediate Macroeconomics20 credits
Econometrics20 credits
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules.

Economics and Sustainable Development20 credits
Business Operations20 credits
Dynamic Business Issues and Solutions20 credits
Corporate Finance20 credits
Islamic Economics20 credits
Accounting for Business20 credits
Study Abroad

Final Year

Advanced Economic Theory20 credits
International Economics20 credits
Select 40 credits from the following:
Economics Research Project40 credits
OR both modules below
Business Research Methodology and Practice20 credits
Business Advice Project20 credits

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.
Advanced Econometrics20 credits
Industrial Economics20 credits
Labour Economics20 credits
Money, Banking and Monetary Policy

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