Business Economics (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 Years/ 4 years with placement, Full time/Sandwich
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Business and Management, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Course Overview

This thorough training in analytical techniques for economic and financial decision making will open up a wide range of careers in business, finance and government.

Business Economics at Keele is a highly integrated programme which combines economics, finance and management plus specific skills which will be extremely useful in your future career. You’ll learn to use analytical techniques to address real world problems and policy related issues. There will be opportunities to explore the economic and financial behaviour of households, businesses and governments, plus managerial decision making in the private and public sectors. You’ll become familiar with quantitative and qualitative methods of economic, financial and business research, and learn to use professional software tools to analyse and interpret data. 

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Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Business Economics.

First year

Core modules:

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Management in Context 
  • Accounting Principles 
  • Quantitative Methods 
  • Economics of Financial Markets 
  • Introductory Macroeconomics 

Elective modules: 

  • Business Law: British and Global Economy 
  • Foundations of HRM 
  • Marketing Principles 
  • Financial Accounting 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • Introduction to Econometrics 
  • Asset Pricing
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics Portfolio Choice 

Elective modules: 

  • Understanding the Consumer 
  • Cost and Management Accounting 
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Contemporary Issues in Economics Banking 
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility 

Third year 

Core modules:

  • Dynamic Macroeconomics 
  • Corporate Finance 
  • Economic and Business Forecasting (ISP) 
  • International Finance 

Elective modules: 

  • Options & Futures
  • Business Strategy
  • Consuming Cultures
  • Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • Labour Economics
  • Economics of the EU
  • Discrimination and Equal Opportunities at Work
  • Marketing and Globalisation
  • Contemporary Issues in Management 

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Business Economics offers a gateway to a huge number of varied and interesting careers in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors. This programme will prepare you well for seeking employment or going on to further study; either way, you might find yourself working as a financial adviser, chartered management accountant, financial risk analyst, stockbroker, insurance broker, logistics manager, banker, or business manager in any field. This undergraduate degree will also prepare you for postgraduate studies in Economics or Finance or related areas. 

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons).

For overseas students who do not meet direct entry requirements, we offer the opportunity to take an intensive International Year One in Business and Management leading to second year degree entry.

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Business Economics with Foundation Year: L1L3 View Unistats for this course

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Study abroad

Semester Abroad

On the Business Economics programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 



International Year

The International Year is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their degree. Students are encouraged to add to their areas of study with complementary subjects. For example, a Law student may decide to do Politics or International Relations, a Criminology student might like to do Psychology, a Maths or Computer Science student might like to do Business Studies. Students are also encouraged to study a language. The International Year allows students to create their own bespoke degree, a bonus when looking for a job upon graduation. This year is recognized in the student’s degree as “XXX with International Year”. Currently, Keele students apply for the three year degree and then change to the International Year when they are accepted on the programme in their 2nd year at Keele.

Explore, go on an academic adventure; consider a research project or an internship. Discover countries with amazing culture and history. Travel, gain confidence in the wider world and gain a Global Perspective.

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This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and offers a number of important exemptions from their professional exams.

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Work Placements

All our undergraduate programmes can be studied either over three years or for four years with a placement year between the second and final years.

You will be able to arrange your own placement, with support from a placement tutor, which will give you the freedom to choose when and where you undertake your placement and to have control over your potential living costs and travel expenses.

We will help you to prepare for your placement through specific modules including working on company projects, enterprise modules and professional practice modules. You will also receive support with preparing CVs, writing covering letters and receive guidance on how to find a placement.

Your academic tutor will be available to you via email, telephone or face-to-face contact throughout the placement.

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Jenny Borthorpe-Booth

Jenny Borthorpe-Booth

"I have had a great experience at Keele."

Accounting and Finance, 2017

Vanessa Leon

Vanessa Leon

"The Keele experience has built up my confidence"

Human Resource Management and Economics, 2017