BSc Business Finance and Economics

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The BSc Business Finance and Economics degree programme, offered in conjunction with the Norwich Business School, is highly suited to those seeking a thorough training in economic analysis with a focus on business management, financial markets and corporate finance.


BSc Business Finance and Economics is highly suited to those seeking a thorough training in economic analysis with applications in business, management, financial markets and corporate finance.

Taught through the combined expertise of the School of Economics and the Norwich Business School, this degree programme is designed to meet the requirements of students looking to become involved in the financial side of business and management. You will have the opportunity to tailor your studies by selecting from a diverse range of modules, and benefit from excellent teaching. In the 2017 National Student Survey, UEA ranked in the top 10 out of all UK institutions on overall satisfaction for the subject area of Economics, and 4th overall for Academic Support.

This degree provides the opportunity to gain training in economic analysis, finance, business, management and accounting and will suit anyone interested in the finance side of business, management and economics.

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Course Structure

This three year course provides a wide range of integrated contemporary modules, which focus both on business finance and economics. You will be given a varied choice of modules throughout your degree to direct your own learning, alongside compulsory modules to develop your knowledge of core principles.

Year 1

You will study a number of compulsory modules in economics and business, allowing you to begin to develop crucial skills and knowledge. These introductory modules will cover economics, mathematics, statistics, business, and financial and management accounting.

Year 2

In your second year you will continue to develop your understanding of the macro and micro economy through the modules ‘Intermediate Macroeconomics’ and ‘Intermediate Microeconomics’.  In ‘Introductory Econometrics’ you will build your statistical skills, with the option to apply them in the form of a practical project designed to answer a research question in the module ‘Econometrics Research Project’. This module is also designed to enhance the employability of our graduates.

You will also select optional modules from a diverse range offered by the Norwich Business School, including ‘Financial Accounting’, ‘Management Accounting’ and ‘Company Law’.

Year 3

During your third year you will study a compulsory finance module, as well as the option to further your study of macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics.
The remainder of your third year allows you to choose from a wide range of modules related to finance and business, covering financial markets, derivatives, risk management and alternative investing. Other options related to business and accounting are offered by the Norwich Business School.

There are also optional modules in economics covering areas such as labour, the environment, economic thought, public policy and the economics of sport.

You will also have the option to take a dissertation during your final year.


Assessment is carried out through examinations and a variety of forms of coursework, including essays, oral presentations, research exercises and group work.

  • Essays are used for testing general levels of understanding and ability to apply concepts
  • Course tests are used for checking on mastery of technical material
  • Econometric projects are used for testing ability to apply, interpret and assess statistical techniques
  • In some modules, teaching and assessment is supported by audience response system technologies, which help to establish a dialogue between teachers and students, and to convey useful feedback to students in real time
  • Critical review of an academic article is employed in order to test both understanding and the ability to critically assess
  • Examinations allow for open-ended treatment of material.

What Next?

You will be well placed to choose from a wide range of career opportunities, including business, consulting, banking, politics, insurance, working in the Civil Service, business economics, personnel, accountancy, actuarial work, marketing, investment and financial risk analysis, and international organisations.
Many of our graduates go on to build careers in leading organisations, both nationally and internationally, such as:

  • Amazon
  • Aviva
  • Bank of England
  • Barclays
  • BDO
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst and Young
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Government Economic Service (such as HM Treasury and the Home Office)
  • Grant Thornton
  • HSBC
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds
  • PwC
  • Santander

Economics graduates are also amongst the best paid: a HESA (2014) survey showed that economics sits just behind medical and engineering degrees at the top of the graduate salaries table.

Course Modules 2017/8

Year 1

Students with A-level Maths or equivalent will be enrolled on ECO-4003A Mathematics for Economists instead of ECO-4001A Introductory Mathematics for Economists.

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits
Introductory Mathematics For Economists 20
Introductory Statistics For Economists 20
Introductory Microeconomics 20
Introductory Macroeconomics 20
Introduction To Business 20
Introduction To Financial And Management Accounting 20


Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits
Introductory Econometrics 20
Intermediate Microeconomics 20
Intermediate Macroeconomics 20


Optional Range A:

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Credits
Financial Accounting 20
Information Systems For Management 20
Business And Company Law 20
Management Accounting 20


Optional Range B:

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Credits
Behavioural Economics 20
The European Economy 20
Econometrics Research Project 20
History Of Economic Thought 20


Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits
The Economics Of Corporate Finance And Financial Markets 40


Optional Modules:

Students can only take 20 credit of level-5 modules in their final year.
Students will select 80 credits from the following modules:

Name Credits
Mathematical Economics 20
History Of Economic Thought 20
Labour Economics 20
International Macroeconomics 20
Development Economics 20
Derivatives And Financial Risk Management 20
Industrial Organisation And Competition Economics 40
Further Econometrics And Data Analysis 20
Economics Of The Environment 20
Business And Economics Of Sport 20
The Economics Of Alternative Investments 20
Government, Welfare And Policy 40
Advanced Topics In Economics 40
Economics Dissertation 20
Advanced Financial Accounting 20
Audit And Accountability 20
Personal And Corporate Taxation 20
Advanced Management Accounting 20
Organisational Information Systems 20
Competition And Consumer Policy For Managers 20


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 32 If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM BTEC Public Services is not accepted.
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.


Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of an International Foundation or International Year One programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:



The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

Candidates with equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International Students webpage.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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