Economics and Finance 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Economics and Finance students graduate with both subject specific technical skills as well as numerical, analytical and problem solving transferable skills, making them highly attractive to employers.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: LN13

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Course Overview

According to High Fliers research, graduates enter a buoyant jobs market with industries and businesses such as investment banking, banking and finance reporting the largest number of graduate vacancies.

You will study techniques used to address real world problems, learn about investor decision making, the roles of the markets and explore concepts such as moral hazard, adverse selection, information asymmetry, arbitrage, optimal risk sharing and informational efficiency. The programme studies the behaviour and performance of households, businesses and governments, analyses markets and consumers' behaviour and evaluates fiscal and monetary policies from both a micro and macro-economic perspective. You will also consider wider contemporary issues such as the problems currently faced in banking and lending markets as well as the ethics of business and corporate citizenship.

With access to professional software tools such as Bloomberg and Stata, you will gain confidence in analysing and interpreting real economic data and using this data to understand, interpret and manage financial situations in a range of private and public sector contexts.

What will this mean for my future?

You will have a foundation for many careers in business and government. You might work as an economist in the City or with the prestigious Government Economic Service. You could go into banking, accounting or work as a tax advisor, or work as an investment banker, in the civil service or within the NHS for example. You could go on to study at postgraduate level within these fields.

Indicative modules

First year

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

Second year

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Asset Pricing
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Portfolio Choice

Third year 

  • Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Dynamic Macroeconomics
  • Risk Management Derivatives
  • International Finance
  • Applied Financial Analysis
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Labour Economics

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Economics achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Economics optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100261

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

   

Management in Context MAN-100182

15

   

Business Law LAW-10027

15

   

Accounting Principles MAN-100153

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-90003 7

15

Finance Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100261

15

 

 

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

 

 

Management in Context MAN-100182

15

 

 

Business Law LAW-10027

15

 

 

Accounting Principles MAN-100153

15

 

 

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

 

 

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900038

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017

15

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027 4

15

   

Financial Accounting MAN-100245, 6

15

   

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-10023

15

   

Introductory Macroeconomics ECO-100297

15

 

 

 

 

Finance Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017

15

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027 4

15

   

Financial Accounting MAN-100245, 6

15

   

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-10023

15

   

Introductory Macroeconomics ECO-100297

15

Notes:   Economics

  1. This module is compulsory for anyone who does not have A Level Maths (or equivalent). The module cannot be taken by anyone who already had A-level Maths (or equivalent)
  2. Required if want to take Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising (MAN-20093) in year 2
  3. Required if want to take Financial Accounting MAN-10024
  4. This Module will  be a prerequisite for ANY of the statistical/econometrics Modules in subsequent years, i.e. Statistics with Bloomberg, Introductory Econometrics ECO-20042, Applied Econometrics and Data Analysis (ISP) or if you want to specialise in Economics in Year 3
  5. Prerequisite Accounting Principles MAN-10015
  6. This Module is a prerequisite for ANY of the financial Economics that follow in subsequent years, namely Asset Pricing ECO-20041, Portfolio Choice ECO-20044, Banking ECO-20045, Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048 and Corporate Finance ECO-30039.
  7. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

Notes:   Finance

  1. This module is compulsory for anyone who does not have A Level Maths (or equivalent). The module cannot be taken by anyone who already had A Level Maths (or equivalent)
  2. Required if want to take Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising (MAN-20093) in year 2
  3. Required for those wanting to take Financial Accounting MAN-10024
  4. This Module will  be a prerequisite for ANY of the statistical/econometrics Modules in subsequent years, i.e. Statistics with Bloomberg, Introductory Econometrics ECO-20042, Applied Econometrics and Data Analysis (ISP) or if you are considering specialising in Economics in year 3
  5. Prerequisite Accounting Principles MAN-10015
  6. Required for those wanting to take Cost and Management Accounting MAN-20049 in year 2
  7. Required for those wanting to take International Finance in ECO-30037 in year 3
  8. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Intermediate Microeconomics ECO-20046

15

Statistics with Bloomberg 1

15

   

Asset Pricing ECO-20041 2

15

    

 

Cost and Management Accounting MAN-20049

15

   

Professional Development MAN-200903

15

   

Banking ECO-20045 2

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900037

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900048

15

Finance Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Asset Pricing ECO-20041

15

Statistics with Bloomberg 1 2

 

 

 

Cost and Management Accounting MAN-200493

15

 

 

Professional Development MAN-200904

15

 

 

Banking ECO-20045

15

 

 

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900038

15

 

 

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900049

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Open Economy Macroeconomics ECO-20037

15

Introduction to Econometrics

ECO-20042  4, 5

15

   

Portfolio Choice ECO-20044 2

15

   

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-200936

15

   

Contemporary Issues in Economics ECO-20040

15

   

Corporate Governance and  Social Responsibility MAN-20082

15

Finance Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Portfolio Choice ECO-20044

15

Introduction to Econometrics ECO-200425,6

15

 

 

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-200937

15

 

 

Corporate Governance and  Social Responsibility MAN-20082

15

Notes:   Economics

  1. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027. Required if you want to take Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042 or Applied Econometrics Year 3
  2. Prerequisite Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017
  3. Recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  4. Prerequisite Statistics with Bloomberg. This Module is required for those wishing to take  Applied Econometrics  in year 3
  5. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in year 3 in either this subject or the other subject area - if wishing to do the Data Analysis ISP, then this module becomes compulsory.
  6. Prerequisite Management in Context MAN-10018
  7. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  8. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Notes:  Finance

  1. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027
  2. Required for those wishing to take Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042, Applied Econometrics or to specialise in Finance in Year 3
  3. Prerequisite Financial Accounting MAN-10024 and Accounting Principles MAN-10015
  4. Recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  5. Prerequisite Statistics with Bloomberg. This Module is required for those wishing to take Applied Econometrics  in year 3
  6. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in year 3 in either this subject or the other subject area - if wishing to do the Data Analysis ISP, then this module becomes compulsory.
  7. Prerequisite Management in Context MAN-10018
  8. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  9. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Dynamic Macroeconomics  ECO-30033

15

Choose a minimum of one of the following

 
   

Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048 1, 2

15

   

Advanced Topics in Microeconomics  ECO-30047

15

   

Applied Econometrics 3

15

   

Corporate Finance ECO-30039 2

15

   

Additional options

 
   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-90004 5

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-90005 6

15

Finance Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Corporate Finance ECO-30039

15

choose at least one of the following:

 

 

 

Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048  1

15

 

 

Applied Econometrics 2

15

 

 

Additional options

 

 

 

SME Live Project

15

 

 

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900045

15

 

 

Academic Business English ENL-900056

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

None

 

Choose a minimum of one of the following:

 
   

International Finance ECO-30037

15

   

Labour Economics ECO-30046

15

   

Data Analysis (ISP) 4

15

Finance Semester two

 

Semester two

 

None

 

Labour Economics ECO-30046

15

 

 

International Finance ECO-30037 3

15

 

 

Analysing Company Performance (ISP) MAN-30064

15

 

 

Data Analysis (ISP) 4

15

Note:    Economics

  1. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027
  2. Prerequisite Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017
  3. Prerequisite  Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  4. Prerequisite Applied Econometrics. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in either this subject or the other subject area.
  5. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  6. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

Note:   Finance

  1. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027
  2. Prerequisite  Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  3. Prerequisite Introductory Macroeconomics ECO-10029
  4. Prerequisite Applied Econometrics. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in either this subject or the other subject area.
  5. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  6. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Economics in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Advanced Topics in Microeconomics  ECO-30047

15

choose a minimum of one of the following:

 

Applied Econometrics 1

15

Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048  2, 3

15

Dynamic Macroeconomics  ECO-30033

 

SME Live Project

15

   

Corporate Finance ECO-30039 3

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900045

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900056

15

       

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Data Analysis (ISP) 4

15

Choose a minimum of one of the following:

 

International Finance ECO-30037

15

Labour Economics ECO-30046

15

   

Industrial Organisation ECO-30046

15

Notes:

  1. Prerequisite Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  2. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027
  3. Prerequisite Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017
  4. Prerequisite Applied Econometrics
  5. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  6. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Economics.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

If you choose to specialise in Finance in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Corporate Finance ECO-30039

15

choose a minimum of one of the following:

 

Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048  1

15

Applied Econometrics 2

15

   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900045

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900056

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

None

 

Choose a minimum of one of the following:

 
   

Data Analysis (ISP) 3

15

   

Analysing Company Performance (ISP) MAN-30064

15

   

Choose a minimum of one of the following:

 
   

International Finance ECO-30037 4

15

   

Labour Economics ECO-30046

15

   

Industrial Organisation ECO-30046

15

 

  1. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027
  2. Prerequisite  Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  3. Prerequisite Applied Econometrics.
  4. Prerequisite Introductory Macroeconomics ECO-10027
  5. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  6. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Finance.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az








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"Having the opportunity to take the Bloomberg Marketing Concepts in my second year is something that I have relished. "

Accounting and Finance, 2017