Economics BSc(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

50

About the course

Why Economics?

Money makes the world go round and Economics helps you understand how it all works. It’s a fascinating subject that takes a wide variety of factors into account, and it could lead to an exciting career in all manner of industries too, in the private or public sector.

Economics is the science of decision making. It’s vital in situations where events like changes in the price level of goods or services, or changes in interest rates affect how decisions are made.

That’s why economists study how people, households, firms and governments allocate scarce resources to meet the needs of the population. By studying Economics, you’ll have the chance to understand global problems such as widespread poverty and inequality, high unemployment and rising pollution. You might also be able to tease out some of the solutions too.

How will you learn?

You will learn through practical application and delivered lectures, workshops, seminars and group work sessions.

  • The course aims to give you an in-depth study of microeconomic theories and applications, which include sector specific practices such as competition, regulation and government intervention.
  • You’ll study macroeconomics, which focuses on the importance of aggregate consumption, investment, and what fuels the economic growth.
  • Throughout the course you'll have the opportunity to study mathematics and statistics for social sciences, and econometrics. The quantitative modules will equip you with the tools used by professional economists to evaluate the impact of economic policies and analyse contemporary economic, financial and business phenomena.
  • During your studies you'll have the opportunity to learn how to use Industry standard databases, such as Datastream, alongside sector leading software packages such as Stata, R and Eviews.

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

What subjects will you cover?

You’ll explore subjects such as Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, International Economics and Economics History, Climate Economics and Finance and Decision Science.

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.

Luisanna Onnis

Dr Luisanna Onnis, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Macroeconomics

This module helps to develop an understanding of the basic concepts in macroeconomics and provides you with the foundations to develop macroeconomic theory in year two. You’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply analytical skills to understand and explain various macroeconomic events such as such as unemployment, recessions and inflation.

Introduction to Microeconomics

This module enables you to develop an understanding of microeconomic 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 microeconomic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world events.

Statistics for Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to statistical methods necessary for the study of applied economics and social sciences. You’ll be introduced to modern economic theory and this will be linked to applied content. Statistical and quantitative techniques will be used to gain a greater understanding of economic data and applied economics and help you develop an understanding of how these might be applied to real world data, as well as giving you the skills and experience to carry out data analyses that are often required in the economics profession.

Mathematics for Social Sciences

This module introduces you to the mathematical methods necessary for the study of applied economics and social science. The main techniques applicable to the study of modern economic theory will be introduced and where appropriate linked to applied content and will be used to develop your understanding of economic theory. This module provides you with the opportunity to use quantitative techniques and gain an understanding of how these might be useful in theoretical and applied economics, as well as learning something about their limitations.

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. The objective is to enable you to use financial information for planning, decision making and control, calculate business costings by applying the theory of cost behaviour to different situations and analyse the performance of a business using ratio analysis.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include:

Introduction to Financial Services

This module introduces you to the key areas in the financial services industry in the United Kingdom. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about different financial products and evaluate the needs of different clients and the relative benefits of those diverse financial products.

PROSPECT - Project, Supply Chain and Transport Management

This module provides you with a good understanding of transport, logistics and supply chain management. It focuses on the importance of creating a more eco-friendly, smart, people-centric, and cost-effective transport system that must be multi-modal, integrated and socially inclusive. You’ll learn about inventory and distribution management and creating customer satisfaction, the underpinning of effective management, along with the increasing environmental regulations that are evident in the industry.

Two options from a variety of modern foreign language modules can be chosen from the available range and entry levels appropriate to the student’s prior experience and knowledge. We currently offer French, German and Spanish.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DDM in BTEC in Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

In addition you must have GCSE Maths at grade 5 or above, or grade B or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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.

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

Previous placement providers have included Bewley's Tea and Coffee UK (The Roastery), CLS (Conveyancing Liability Solutions), Cummins, Freeman Grattan Holdings, Government Economic Service, Hellman Worldwide Logistics, Kiddies Kingdom, Kirklees Council Transport Services, Lloyds Banking Group and the NHS.

You can find more information on placements here.

I worked in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust Costing team, I worked closely with clinicians and finance team members to provide patient level costing information. I would recommend a placement, mine has given me the chance to improve my interpersonal skills, learn from experts and grow my confidence.

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James Currell, Student Finance Officer, NHS

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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 course who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (Unistats 17/18 data, UK domiciled graduates)

**Source: LinkedIn

100% Graduates employed*

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.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us. In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc. We also offer additional support to our International students by giving free language support sessions to our Final Year/Top-Up and Postgraduate students and co-ordinate the ‘Bud In Hud ‘ programme which provides opportunities for both International and Home students to meet and socialise in an informal setting.

We also have a team of Student Guidance and Support Officers within the School who can provide support and advice to you with any non-academic issues such as health issues, financial problems or personal issues, you may be facing which are having an effect on your ability to study to the best of your abilities. Drop in sessions are always available so you can pop in and have a confidential chat about how we can help and what support is available to you.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

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.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

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

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