Undergraduate Pathway in Economics and Finance

Economics and Finance courses combine economic theory with the practical skills necessary to apply your knowledge to a business, industrial, financial or government environment. Providing students with this combination of theory and practice, as well as a solid background in finance, is what distinguishes Brunel University London's courses from other Economics degrees. An optional work placement arranged through the University's strong industry links will further enhance your employment prospects.

Your Pathway to Brunel University London

High School

Fees*

2020 Foundation Studies First Year University Studies

EU

£9,250

£9,250

International

£14,900

£15,700

**September is the only available intake for EU students who are applying for a Student Finance Loan.

*All LBIC course fees may be subject to a review. Brunel University London fees are a guide only and are subject to change.

Pathway progression

Upon successful completion of your pathway programme you will progress onto Brunel University London. Find out more by watching the video below.

Location

Duration

  • Foundation Studies: Two semesters
  • First Year Studies: Two semsters

Intakes

  • Foundation Studies: January, May, September
  • First Year Studies: January and September

    *September is the only available intake for EU students who are applying for a Student Finance Loan.

    Foundation Studies

    Typical Modules

    • Economics
    • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication 1
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Mathematics
    • Principles of Accounting
    • Principles of ICT
    • Statistics

    Foundation Overview

    First Year University Studies

    The first year university studies in Economics and Finance combines economic theory with the practical skills necessary to apply your knowledge to a business, industrial, financial or government environment. Providing students with this combination of theory and practice, as well as a solid background in finance, is what distinguishes Brunel University London's courses from other Economics degrees. You will experience the curriculum of a Brunel University London degree, but taught in smaller class sizes and with extra academic contact hours, and will be fully prepared for onward study at Brunel University London's School of Social Sciences.

    Typical Modules

    • Financial Markets
    • Interactive Learning Skills & Communication 2
    • Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • Macroeconomic Principles
    • Microeconomic Principles
    • Mathematics for Economics & Finance A
    • Mathematics for Economics & Finance B
    • Statistical Research Methods A
    • Statistical Research Methods B

    First Year Studies Overview

     

Course outline

In all Brunel University London economic and finance degrees, students develop a range of skills valued by employers such as quantitative and computing, business and financial analysis skills. Each programme has a strong contemporary feel and relates economics and financial management theory and concepts to the practical issues facing managers in the 21st Century. Successful completion of the degree can lead to career opportunities in business, financial accounting, as an economist and the financial sector.

 

The Programme will be delivered using a combination of Lectures/Labs/Tutorials/Self-directed study:

Lecture 

    • Purpose: To deliver basic module material. 
    • Structure: Each module has 4 hours contact time per week which is normally delivered in 2 hour blocks. No period of contact should exceed fifty (50) minutes at one time without a minimum of a ten (10) minute break.

Lab 

    • Purpose: Lab sessions provide a forum in which students can practice their practical skills. 
    • Structure: Each lab is normally of two hours in duration whilst breaks are to be provided at the discretion of the lecturer. No period of contact should exceed fifty (50) minutes at one time without a minimum of a ten (10) minute break.

Tutorial 

    • Structure: Sessions are normally conducted according to preparation for specific topics and provide a collegiate atmosphere to encourage students to interact with class members building their class, or ‘team’, knowledge and skills. For each module there is one hour a week tutorial session.

Self-directed study

Each student is expected to undertake a minimum number of hours in individual study per week in order to support and build the skills, knowledge and understanding presented in each lecture and small group tutorial session per week. It is expected that students will increase the number of individual study hours as they approach formal assessment events. The ability for students to expand their learning by creating effective self-directed study patterns is a transferable skill deemed fundamental to further academic success as well as a key time-management tool. Formative assessment is a key aspect of the programme and is varied to ensure that a student has a variety of learning opportunities. This will include: individual and group formative assessment methods: presentations, individual and group work; and peer review. All students are provided with access to a range of on line resources through the student portal. Electronic journals and electronic books are available through the Brunel University e-resources gateway. There will be a focus of using freely available tools and benefiting from the resources available on the internet to support learning. Guest speakers from relevant industries will provide additional perspectives for students.

This pathway leads to the following Brunel University London degrees:

Careers and your future

Graduates of our Economics or Finance degrees have an excellent employment record and go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some have gone onto further study and some have become economists. Our Finance and Accounting graduates have gone onto become professional accountants at employers such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG, while others have gone onto work at financial institutions in the City like NatWest (Financing Futures), the Treasury and Bank of England.

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