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University of Essex

Financial Economics

UCAS Code: L111
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

83%

Subjects
  • Economics
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£22k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Scottish Highers
AAAB-AABB

Standard Grade Mathematics grade 2 also required.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAAB-AABB

Standard Grade Mathematics grade 2 also required.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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

83%

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

£9,250

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

Financial crisis. Unemployment. Immigration. Market competition. Economics helps us shape the present and improve our future. You apply the core principles of economics to the study of banks and other financial institutions, financial markets (such as the stock exchange) and financial instruments. You study all aspects of economics and mathematics and explore quantitative research methods. In your first year you take an optional module from across the social sciences. During your second year, you develop your knowledge in economics and finance and can take mathematics modules. In your final year you study Economic Analysis of Asset Prices, Economics of Bond and Derivatives Markets and International Money and Finance.

Modules

Year 1: introduction to economics; introduction to quantitative economics; methods of economic analysis; introduction to accounting. Year 2: macroeconomics; microeconomics; mathematical methods in economics; introduction to econometric methods; financial instruments and capital markets; financial innovations and monetary policy. Year 3: economics research project; economic analysis of asset prices; economics of bond and derivatives markets; international money and finance; international trade; market structure and strategic behaviour; corporate finance.

University of Essex

Colchester Campus

We are Essex: home to the daring and the tenacious, a place for the ambitious and the bold. We're a close-knit, supportive and welcoming community, with a powerful and pioneering global outlook.
 
Here you’re taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intense environment. We have been ranked as gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017) which means we deliver an excellent educational experience. Our trailblazing research continues to change the world for the better and we’re placed in the top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), in the top 5 for social science, and are consistently housing the highest-rated politics department in the country.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
14%
86%

Year 1

2%
98%

Year 2

6%
94%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
33%
67%

Year 1

40%
60%

Year 2

40%
60%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

60%

Feedback on work has been prompt

72%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

71%

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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
43% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
33% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
304 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
76% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £22k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

9%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

15%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Economics graduates normally do well in the jobs market, but as the finance industry has struggled, it's made for more difficult conditions for new graduates. As the industry recovers, we expect the statistics to improve. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that nearly half of all 2012's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy which 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. The incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £28,000 for graduates working in the capital.
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