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Economics and Finance
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Economics and Finance

International Scholarships available

Overview

Explore the impact finance and the economy have on the world around you. From global events such as the 2007 credit crunch to the closure of our favourite high street stores, you will discover how financial decisions made by individuals and businesses affect consumers, workers, industry, commerce and government. You will gain a thorough understanding of financial markets and the structure of business organisations, as well as developing valuable analytical skills in finance and economics.
Our strong links with industry, including connections with Yorkshire Bank, Lloyds, TSB and experts from the city of London, will open up a variety of placement opportunities and help give you a head start in the employment market. Previous students have completed work experience with Redmayne-Bentley, Price Waterhouse Cooper and a number of high street banks.

At Leeds Business School we're dedicated to supporting your professional development, and offer a guest lecture programme to all our students. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan.

To see our full programme of speakers and to register for a lecture click here.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Sandwich year
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language Grade C or above and GCSE Maths Grade B or above (Grade 4 and Grade 6 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE Grade C English Language. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 3 are accepted in place of GCSE Grade B Maths.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language Grade C or above and GCSE Maths Grade B or above (Grade 4 and Grade 6 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE Grade C English Language. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 3 are accepted in place of GCSE Grade B Maths.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Lina Dobrovolskyte

Careers

Lina Dobrovolskyte
Company Accountant H Peel and Son

MSc Accounting & Finance

“I love the flexibility Leeds Beckett offers. I was able to balance studying around my full-time employment - I'm already seeing the benefits in my professional career.

Teaching and learning

Study how economics and finance can inform business behaviour, performance and the policy environment. You will understand and apply the core economic and finance principles to a wide range of contexts. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
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Your six core modules will enable you to begin to understand contemporary economic and political debates in a real world context. You will study techniques used in economic analysis, and investigate theoretical and policy issues.
Overall workload
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264 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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936 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
80%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
20%
Core Modules

Develop the knowledge and skills underpinning financial and management accounting including accounting terminology, short and long term planning, and double-entry bookkeeping to produce Income Statement and Financial Position documents.

Learn to interpret business data using appropriate statistical methods while enhancing your mathematical skills. You will tackle a variety of business problems and concepts including probability, compound interest rates and asset depreciation.

Explore fundamental microeconomic concepts and principles and some of the essential mathematical techniques used in economic analysis. Gain knowledge of modern microeconomic theories and methods, the ability to apply those methods to analyse government policies and understand and apply relevant mathematical methods.

Gain an overview of macroeconomics by exploring and debating issues such as unemployment, exchange rates, economic growth and inflation amongst others. You will understand the role of fiscal and monetary policy and the need for a stable macroeconomic environment for business.

Learn how to prepare limited company financial statements using techniques such as double-entry bookkeeping and cash flow, and how to detect and correct errors. You will also understand accounting regulations and international accounting standards.

Gain an understanding of political economy and contemporary economic and political debates. You will explore the origins of different world views and ideologies and different perspectives through real-world economic and financial issues.

Further develop planning and forecasting expertise. Six core modules will enable you to practise applying economic theories and analysing a range of issues.
Overall workload
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240 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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960 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
52%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
5%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
43%
Core Modules

Explore the increasingly important part played in the global economy by partnerships and collaborations between public, private and third sector bodies, and consider the managerial skills and competencies needed to manage and network with and across sectors and organisations.

Understand the structure of business finance and its application to the decision-making processes in organisations.

Gain a rigorous grounding in the essentials of microeconomic analysis and start to explore some of the essential data analysis techniques used in economic analysis. You will develop a sound knowledge of modern microeconomic theories and methods, the ability to apply those methods to analyse government policies, and a sound understanding of and the ability to apply relevant quantitative methods.

Understand recent developments in economics theory and policy through the examination of national economies and the relationships between international economies. You will study topics including economic growth, theoretical models, aggregate supply and demand in the open economy and stabilisation polices.

Learn how to produce and interpret the financial statements for a group of companies.

Explore in-depth approaches used in economic planning and forecasting.

Your four core and three option modules will enable you to develop the expert knowledge to test economic theories, critically assess applied econometric studies and to undertake quantitative analysis of economic data.
Overall workload
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264 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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936 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
28%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
72%
Core Modules

Critically examine the contribution and importance of financial decision making to the achievement of an enterprise's corporate objectives. You will explore the application of financial management theory in both a domestic and international business setting.

Learn to employ econometric principles and modern methodology in the statistical testing of economic theories and models, and the forecasting of economic and financial variables.

Finance

Financial Institutions & Regulation

Option modules may include:
Dissertation

International Business Finance

Behavioural Economics

Dr George Lodorfos
Professor George Lodorfos
Dean of School

George has extensive practical and academic experience in the field of strategic management, R&D (research and development) and the adoption of new technologies and innovation. He has done extensive research and enterprise work in the area of buyer behaviour, with particular interest in online purchasing and the use of technology to enable the sustainable growth of businesses. He has also supervised and examined many PhDs both in the UK and Europe and is an external examiner for two UK universities.    

We are proud of the strong reputation we have forged amongst businesses and employers for our innovative and work-ready graduates. Our approach to learning enables you to benefit from our academic expertise, and our valuable industry and professional contacts ensure that your learning meets industry standards.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Hydra Suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.
  • Access to the trading floor that features professional-level equipment including Datastream, a news and information system provided by mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the Library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Hydra Suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.
  • Access to the trading floor that features professional-level equipment including Datastream, a news and information system provided by mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the Library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • The Rose Bowl
    The Rose Bowl

    The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

The Rose Bowl, City Campus

The Rose Bowl, City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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