Business Economics BSc(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

4 years inc. placement year. Offered as a 4 year degree only, exception if you fail to find or complete a placement

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

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Places available (subject to change)

50

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

Why Business Economics?

Businesses are hungry for people who understand the core principles of economics. This specialist expertise can help businesses grow, develop and succeed. Our Business Economics BA(Hons) aims to give you a good grounding in the key concepts of the subject, getting you ready to apply economics in the business arena.

The course focuses on three key areas: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Quantitative Economics. Macroeconomics gives you the chance to explore how high level factors such as incomes, inflation and consumption affect each other. Microeconomics looks at how individual businesses and even households behave, and how to develop models to analyse them in even greater detail. Quantitative Economics is about developing a range of tools to analyse the statistics and the mathematics behind the theory.

How will you learn?

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

  • 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.
  • Learn how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.
  • In your third year we’ll give you the opportunity to take a placement year that could see you working in a business and gaining real world experience.
  • You should come away from the course being able to understand and respond to situations in the business world, using a framework that you’ve established during your study of economics.

We don’t expect you to be fully versed in business or economics before your course begins, as we aim to build up 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.

What subjects will you cover?

You’ll explore subjects such as an Introduction to Micro and Macroeconomics, Creativity and Innovation for Business, International Economics, Applied Business Economics, Industrial Economics and Strategic Management.

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 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.

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.

Introductory Quantitative Economics

This module will introduce students to mathematical and statistical methods necessary for the study of economics. The main techniques applicable to the study of modern economic theory will be introduced and where appropriate linked to applied content. Mathematical techniques will be used to allow students to develop their understanding of economic theory. Statistical techniques will be used to allow greater understanding of economic data and applied economics. The module objective is for students 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.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include:

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.

Creativity and Innovation for Business

This module is designed to stimulate creativity while exploring a wide range of variables that may affect creativity and innovation in organisations. This module is aimed to introduce you to the body of knowledge on creativity and innovation, helping you to develop basic skills for evaluating and applying it appropriately. The main approach is in utilising topical discussions, experiential exercises, and cases.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DDM in BTEC 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 NHS England, Kiddies Kingdom, Kirklees Council, Government Economic Service, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Conveyancing Liability Solutions, Lloyds Banking Group, Freeman Grattan Holdings (FGH), sia Fibral, PZ Cussons, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Morrisons, Wincanton, Health Informatics Service.

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.

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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