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Birkbeck, University of London

Financial Economics

UCAS Code: L111

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

120

A grade B or above, or equivalent, in A-level mathematics is preferred. The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Business economics

This course will provide you with a core set of technically demanding, yet applications-oriented, skills in financial economics and an extensive knowledge of the financial sector. You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed for working in professions requiring economic and financial literacy. You will also gain hands-on experience in academic research and data analysis, as a practical project is an integral part of the degree.

This is a rigorous course that combines an open admissions policy with high standards. Where there are gaps in your previous education we will fill those gaps, but you will also achieve the same standard of training in the core skills of finance and economics as in any other financial economics degree in the UK. The course features two pathways, which allow you to focus either on the technical or the applied aspects of financial economics.

Highlights

- The programme offers a well-integrated interdisciplinary core, allowing you to obtain a broad and balanced perspective, while the unique two-pathway structure allows you to tailor your studies and focus on either the technical or the applied aspects of financial economics.

- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

- We have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, providing training for employers such as the Treasury and the Bank of England.

- You will be taught by academics who are professional practitioners in the world of economics and international finance, and who provide specialist advice and in-house training for government departments and City firms and banks.

- The Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics brings together research and teaching in economics, finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant inter-disciplinary synergies.

Modules

This course is made up of a sequence of 15- and 30-credit modules, totalling 360 credits over three years.

The programme offers two pathways, both starting at the beginning of Year 2. Those interested in financial economics can take a technical pathway, while those wishing to acquire more practical training in applied finance/economics can take an applied pathway. The exit awards are BSc Financial Economics and BSc Applied Financial Economics, respectively.

If you are also interested in studying accounting as well as economics and finance, you may want to consider alternatively the BSc Financial Economics with Accounting programme offered by the department. There is an opportunity to switch into this or the BSc Economics programme at the end of Year 1, should your interests change during your first year.

In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules.

In Year 2, you take three compulsory modules and one or two option modules to make up 30 credits.

In Year 3, you take three compulsory modules, including a project, and one or two option modules to make up 30 credits.

To find out more, read our programme handbook (2015-16).

Year 1 compulsory modules:
Introduction to Economics;
IT and Professional Skills;
Quantitative Techniques I;
UK Financial Institutions and Markets.

Year 2 compulsory modules BSc Financial Economics pathway:
Microeconomics;
Principles of Finance;
Quantitative Techniques II.

Year 2 compulsory modules BSc Applied Financial Economics pathway:
Microeconomic Theory and Policy;
Principles of Finance;
Quantitative Techniques for Applied Economics.

Year 3 compulsory modules BSc Financial Economics pathway:
BSc Project;
Corporate Finance;
Quantitative Techniques III.

Year 3 compulsory modules BSc Applied Financial Economics pathway:
Applied Statistics and Econometrics;
BSc Project;
Corporate Finance.

Option modules:
Advanced Topics in Economics and Finance;
Applied Statistics and Econometrics;
Economics of Public Policy;
Financial Accounting;
Financial Institutions and Regulation;
International Finance;
Issues in Development Economics;
Macroeconomic Theory and Policy;
Macroeconomics;
Management Accounting;
Mathematical Finance;
Political Economy;
Portfolio Management;
Time-Series Econometrics.

Please note that the list of available option modules may change from year to year.

Assessment methods

Most modules are assessed by course assignments and/or in-class tests and an unseen formal examination in June.

In the final year, there are three taught modules and a 5000-word project.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

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Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

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