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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years part-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Economics
Student score
76% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
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Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

Including an A-Level in mathematics. The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. Applicants will usually be expected to have GCSE grade A*-C in English language and mathematics and a grade B or above, or equivalent, in A-Level mathematics is preferred.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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.


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.

Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck is a world-class university headquartered in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. It is a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist evening degree provider with students aged 18 to 100. We are a College of the University of London and champion part-time and evening teaching and research in higher education.

We list 41 full-time, evening taught Birkbeck courses, but you can choose from more than 80 part-time evening degrees - visit Birkbeck website for full details.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 76% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
30% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
71% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
272 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
48% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
13% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary Not Available
Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are managers and proprietors in other services


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.
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