BSc Economics and Finance

“I always felt the course was kept relevant and in keeping with global economic headlines. I also found the lecturers were very approachable and easy to talk to.”

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An ideal choice whether you aspire to enter employment directly or progress to postgraduate study, BSc Economics and Finance provides thorough training in economic analysis with a focus on understanding corporate finance and financial markets.


If you want to understand how the economy works with an emphasis on the financial sector, this is the degree for you. You’ll become an expert in economic and financial modelling techniques and statistical analysis, developing the ability to analyse and understand the economy and financial sector – skills that are highly valued by employers.

Core modules in economic analysis, quantitative methods, corporate finance and financial markets provide a solid base of subject knowledge, while the option to choose modules covering key areas of economics and finance, including the global and domestic economy and the financial sector, enable specialisation in specific areas.

We are delighted to consistently receive excellent feedback from our students and UEA is placed 8th for overall satisfaction out of English mainstream universities for the subject of Economics (NSS 2017).

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This three-year course is made up of modules that explore diverse areas of economics and finance. A varied choice of modules throughout the degree programme enable you to direct your own learning.

Year 1

Engage with key concepts of macroeconomics and microeconomics in the year-long modules ‘Introductory Macroeconomics’ and ‘Introductory Microeconomics’. Modules such as ‘Introductory Mathematics for Economists’ and ‘Introductory Statistics for Economists’ introduce basic economic modelling and statistical techniques.

This introduction to economic analysis lays the foundation for financial study later in the degree and is complemented by the first-year module, ‘The Economics of Business Decision-Making’.

Year 2

Tailor your degree programme to your own interests and explore areas relevant to your future career or further study.

Continue to develop your understanding of macro and microeconomics, as well as skills in the collection and analysis of data in the module ‘Introductory Econometrics’. The financial foundations established during your degree so far are formalised in the compulsory module, ‘Economics of Corporate Finance’.

You’ll have the option to apply your statistical training in the form of a practical project designed to answer a research question in the module ‘Econometrics Research Project’. This module is specifically designed to enhance your employability.

Year 3

In the final year, study of the financial sector will continue with the compulsory module, ‘Economics of Financial Markets’, alongside optional modules looking at derivatives and risk management, and alternative investing.

Choose further optional modules in economics, covering areas such as labour, public policy, history of economic thought, economics and business of sport, and environmental economics.

You will also have the opportunity to further your study of macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics, and/or take a dissertation.


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

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


Choose from a wide range of career opportunities, including business, consulting, banking, politics, insurance, the Civil Service, business economics, personnel, accountancy, actuarial work, marketing, investment and financial risk analysis.

Sitting just behind medical and engineering degrees at the top of the graduate salaries table (HESA 2014), Economics graduates are among the best paid in the UK. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers at companies including:

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

Course Modules 2018/9

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
The Economics Of Society 20
Introductory Microeconomics 20
Introductory Macroeconomics 20
Introductory Statistics For Economists 20
The Economics Of Business Decision-Making 20


Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits
Introductory Econometrics 20
Intermediate Microeconomics 20
Intermediate Macroeconomics 20
The Economics Of Corporate Finance 20


Optional Range A:

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Credits
Mathematical Economics/td> 20
Strategic Thinking 20
International Trade And Integration 20


Optional Range B:

Students will select 20 credits from the following Economics modules:

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


Year 3

Students will select 100 credits in total across Option Ranges A, B & C. Students may only select 20 credits of ECO-5* modules in their final year. Students will select no more than 70 credits in any semester.

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits
The Economics Of Financial Markets 20


Options Range A:

Students will select 20-60 credits from the following modules:

Name Credits
Further Econometrics And Data Analysis 20
Advanced Topics In Microeconomics 20
Advanced Topics In Macroeconomics 20


Options Range B:

Students will select 20-40 credits from the following modules:

Name Credits
Derivatives And Financial Risk Management 20
The Economics Of Alternative Investments 20


Options Range C:

Students will select 0-60 credits from the following modules:

Name Credits
Mathematical Economics 20
Behavioural Economics 20
History Of Economic Thought 20
Labour Economics 20
International Macroeconomics 20
Development Economics 20
Economics Of The Environment 20
Business And Economics Of Sport 20
Industrial Organisation And Business Strategies 20
Competition In The Digital Age 20
Government, Welfare And Policy 20
Political Economy 20
Economics Dissertation 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 Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • 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. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA



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.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

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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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