Economics with Financial Services BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time

4 years inc. placement year

UCAS Code

L101

About the course

In today’s globalised world, the need to understand economic principles and how they affect business is more important than ever before. We’ll give you the chance to gain a valuable grounding in economics with an additional focus on financial services to help make you attractive to employers in your chosen field. This could lead to an exciting career in all manner of industries, in the private or public sector.

Economics looks at how people and organisations utilise the resources they have to meet their needs. You can look at economics at a national level, or from the perspective of a household or even a single person.

Businesses are always looking for people who understand the theory behind the practice. Social problems like poverty and inequality, high unemployment and rising pollution can all be tackled through a knowledge of economics.

On the course you’ll look at macroeconomics, which gives you the chance to explore how high level factors such as income, inflation and consumption affect each other and also, microeconomics which looks at how individual businesses and even households behave and how to develop models to analyse them.You’ll also have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of both retail and investment banking, how the bond and stock markets work, and the regulatory practices that have an impact on the financial system.Policy practice is also explored to keep pace with fast moving and ever changing business environments.

During your studies you'll have the opportunity to learn how to use the Bloomberg financial trading platform which will provide hands-on experience in a simulated trading environment using real market data, learning how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data. You’ll also have the chance to gain training that economists use to analyse policies and inform research including statistics, quantitative methods and econometrics.

We don’t expect you to be fully versed in economics before your course begins, as we aim to develop your understanding from first principles. We’ll also be looking at how mathematic tools can be used to analyse economic decisions. So any mathematics is very much applied rather than pure.

A degree in Economics prepares students for a range of careers by equipping graduates with a diverse range of skills which are focused on real world application, from analysing how decisions are made by governments to analysing the behaviour of individuals. Economics is a varied subject which allows students to develop their own specific interests and teaching at the University of Huddersfield is provided by a group of academics with diverse backgrounds, reflecting the wide ranging appeal of the subject.

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Dr Robert O’Neill, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Microeconomics

You'll explore economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. You'll have the opportunity to apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts to understand individual, household, firm and government decisions, and come to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena.

Introduction to Macroeconomics

You'll explore concepts in macroeconomics that provide the basis for second year study of applied macroeconomics. You'll be supported to develop a basic level of mathematical analysis through application of related macroeconomics concepts, and to apply analytical skills based on macroeconomics theories to understand and explain various macroeconomic phenomena such as unemployment, recession and inflation.

Quantitative Economics

This module will help you gain an understanding of important mathematical and statistical concepts used in the analysis of applied economics and the construction of economic data. It will introduce you to techniques and materials that can help build on your knowledge gained in year one, applying techniques to real world economic problems. You’ll gain an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of these techniques in order to understand the usefulness and limitations of quantitative methods in economics.

Accounting for Managers (Foundation)

This module introduces you to how financial information for businesses is prepared, presented and interpreted by internal and external users. As well as delivering theory and technical information, practical application is presented through worked examples, group working and discussions.

Introduction to Financial Services

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the global financial markets, together with an overview of current developments. You’ll learn how the financial services sector channels investments and financial instruments around the world and have the opportunity to understand how individuals, corporations and countries raise and move funds around international markets and financial exchanges.

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, directed study, computer aided learning packages and case study analysis. Assessment will include exams, verbal presentations, MCQs, short answer questions, essays, group projects, reflective learning diaries, computer-based assessment and extended case studies.

19.33% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Fahmida describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Huddersfield Business School’s Placement Unit won the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service’ for their hard work and innovative ideas.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to our students on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Economics was perfect for me as there is so much creativity involved with the application of theory. It is so relevant to everyday life and most real world problems have an economic element, its great being able to understand the depth behind that. It opens many doors to potential careers.

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Catherine Wall, Economics BSc(Hons), placement with Department for Education

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone in to roles such as Associate Resource, Finance Officer, Audit Associate, Assistant Management Accountant and Commercial Finance Analyst with companies such as Cranford Group, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, KPMG UK, Outokumpu and Sykes Cottages to name but a few.**

 

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**Source: LinkedIn

93% Graduates employed from this subject*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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