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City, University of London

Financial Economics

UCAS Code: L111
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Economics
Student score
66% LOW
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£23k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

AAB (including Mathematics at grade B or higher) A level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

plus grade B in A level Maths

International Baccalaureate

IB 33 points including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics

UCAS tariff points

136 UCAS tariff points (typically AAB or ABB with a relevant EPQ)

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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

Not available

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 world-class degree will enable you to understand the economics of financial markets and develop the analytical abilities of a trained economist, preparing you for a wide range of career and study options. 100% of our graduates were in employment within 6 months of graduating and they had an average starting salary of £26,000 (Destinations of leavers of Higher Education 2015). This course aims to develop your analytical abilities in economics, providing you with the quantitative skills required to analyse financial markets. Successful completion is a signal to prospective employers of your sound knowledge and understanding of the macroeconomic and microeconomic principles underlying various types of financial markets and instruments. For example, you will understand the design and pricing of options, futures and other derivatives, the pros and cons of financial regulation or the optimal asset management within firms. At City, you will learn the latest developments in all major fields of economics in a highly energised and supportive environment from lecturers recruited for their research excellence.


The first year lays the analytical and conceptual foundations of economics with modules covering examples of the real-world application of economics to important fundamental problems. First year core modules include: Introduction to microeconomics, Introduction to macroeconomics, Mathematics and statistics – 4 modules, Mathematics for Economists post A level 1, Mathematics for Economists post A level 2, Topics in applied microeconomics and Topics in applied macroeconomics. The second year allows you to develop your core skills by intermediate-level courses. You can also begin to specialise in financial topics. Core modules include: Global financial markets Intermediate microeconomics Intermediate macroeconomics, Introductory econometrics, Intermediate econometrics and Intermediate mathematical methods.

City, University of London

Located in the heart of London

Ranked first in London for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2017), in the top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects (The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2017) and among the top four per cent of universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015), City is a leading global institution located in the heart of London committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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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 69%
Student score 66% LOW
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
42% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
41% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
368 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
67% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
17% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £23k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


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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