BSc (Hons) Economics
BSc (Hons) Business Economics
BSc (Hons) International Business Economics
BSc (Hons) Financial Economics
BSc (Hons) Economics (Major)
BSc (Hons) Business Economics (Major)
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Year one of the Economics degrees aims to Interpreting Economic Data: This module They also select 20 credits of electives from
develop an interest in economic issues, and to introduces concepts and methods relevant to business, social science and languages.
build a range of principles and theories, plus the collection, presentation, analysis and BSc (Hons) Financial Economics: This
quantitative methods and study skills that will interpretation of economic data. It develops degree combines the core economics syllabus
provide a firm foundation for further studies. quantitative methods that are an essential with modules in ‘Financial Information
The first year emphasises the application of part of the toolkit for applied economic Management’ and ‘Accounting’, which provide
basic economic concepts to topical issues. analysis. an introduction to basic principles of
It also provides an opportunity for students to accounting and finance. Students also select
Additional modules are required for specific
study other business or social science subjects 20 credits of electives from business, social
or a language. science and languages.
BSc (Hons) Economics: Students must also
Three modules provide a common core BSc (Hons) Economics (Major): Students
take ‘Economics in action’, which applies basic
economics syllabus across all programme combine the core economics syllabus with
economic concepts and methods to a range
titles: modules from their Minor subject area. They
of topical issues. Students can then select
Foundations of Economics: This module 40 credits of electives from business, social also take ‘Economics in Action’.
combines an introduction to the economic science and language subjects. BSc (Hons) Business Economics (Major):
environment (at firm, industry, national and Students take either ‘Organisational
BSc (Hons) Business Economics: Students
international levels) with the development of Behaviour’ or ‘Accounting’, plus 40 credits
combine their economics studies with two
a range of academic skills to enable students from their minor subject area.
core classes in business: ‘Organisational
to benefit fully from their chosen programme
Behaviour’ and ‘Accounting’. They also select BSc (Hons) Economics (Minor): Students
20 credits of electives from business, social take ‘principles of economics’ and ‘interpreting
Principles of Economics: This module aims science and languages. economic data.’
to provide students with a knowledge and
BSc (Hons) International Business
understanding of the basic concepts and
Economics: Students take either
techniques involved in economic analysis.
‘Organisational Behaviour’ or ‘Accounting’ plus
It provides a solid platform of principles
and theories to support further studies
BSc (Hons) Economics I BSc (Hons) Business Economics I BSc (Hons) Internationa
al Business Economics I BSc (Hons) Financial Economics I BSc (Hons) Economics (Maj
Building on the core syllabus of the first year, globalisation. It discusses the role of BSc (Hons) International Business
year two develops theories and methods that government policy in securing economic Economics: Students take a module in the
are central to modern economic analysis. growth and a stable economic environment. ‘Economics of Business Organisations’ and
On completion of this stage students will be further develop the international aspects of
Econometrics: This module aims to provide
properly equipped to conduct individual project their studies by taking either ‘International
students with a practical understanding of
research in economics and to pursue Business’ or ‘Global Supply Chains’.
econometric techniques to undertake
specialised knowledge of particular areas of quantitative analysis of economic data using All single honours named awards allow 20
economics through their choice of options a range of computer software packages. The credits of electives from a broad range of
in year three. module allows students to design and business, social science and foreign
The following modules are common to implement a simple econometric research language subjects.
all named awards: project. However, it is possible for students on
BSc (Hons) Financial Economics: Students
BSc International Business Economics or BSc
Microeconomics: This module provides a combine their economics studies with a strong
Business Economics (Major) to follow a less
rigorous examination of economic theory in syllabus in finance, by studying ‘Financial
microeconomics at an intermediate level. Accounting’ and ‘Financial Institutions and
It discusses issues of individual choice under Additional modules are required for specific Markets’, plus a choice of finance options.
conditions of certainty, and of uncertainty and named awards:
BSc (Hons) Economics (Major): Students
risk; examines the role of information in BSc (Hons) Economics: students undertake an undertake an ‘Economics Consultancy’ project
economic behaviour; discusses the production ‘Economics Consultancy Project’, which aims to plus 40 credits of modules from their minor
and strategic behaviour of business further develop their applied research and subject area.
organisations; and examines the coordination employment skills. They also have a choice of
of economic decisions and general equilibrium. BSc (Hons) Business Economics (Major):
Students study the ‘Economics of Business
Macroeconomics: This module develops the BSc (Hons) Business Economics: Students Organisations’ plus 40 credits of modules from
core theory of macroeconomics at an take a module in the ‘Economics of Business their minor subject area.
intermediate level. It examines a range of Organisations’. They also have a choice of
macroeconomic issues including economic BSc (Hons) Economics (Minor): Students take
economics or business options.
growth, business cycles, unemployment, microeconomics or macroeconomics plus
inflation, interest rates, exchange rates and an economics optional module.
All programmes include an optional work All award titles include: which aims to provide a thorough
placement. Students secure placements in a knowledge of the principles of strategic
broad range of business and public sector Economics Project: 40 credits of supervised behaviour. Students also have a choice of
organisations. This provides an extremely individual research supported by teaching in economics or business options and
valuable opportunity to apply and deepen research methods and techniques. This a ‘free’ elective.
your knowledge and to develop a range of allows students to engage in a substantial
BSc (Hons) International Business
skills that will be highly beneficial to both piece of economic research in an area of
Economics: Students take a module in
further studies and future career. interest to them, drawing on the knowledge
‘Global Enterprise’ plus two electives.
and skills developed through their
Final Year previous studies. BSc (Hons) Financial Economics: Students
Individual project work provides the core for project work will combine economics and
International Economics: seeks to ensure
the final year. This, and an extensive choice finance. Students take a module in
that all students understand the
of options, allows students to focus their ‘Investment Management’ plus additional
international aspect of an increasingly
studies on areas of particular interest to optional modules in both economics and
them. The focus on research project work finance.
also develops skills of critical and innovative Additional modules are required for specific
BSc (Hons) Economics (Major): Students
thinking and problem solving, and named awards:
take an optional module in ‘Economics’, plus
encourages students to become confident,
BSc (Hons) Economics: Students have an 40 credits from their Minor subject area.
adaptable and independent learners.
extensive choice of economics options which
Through this, students acquire a range of BSc (Hons) Business Economics (Major):
allow them to focus on areas of particular
skills that contribute to their employment Students study the ‘Games and Strategy’
interest. Options draw on the scholarship
prospects and their capacity for plus 40 credits of modules from their Minor
and research interests of academic staff
lifelong learning. subject area.
within the economics group. Students also
have a ‘free’ choice elective. BSc (Hons) Economics (Minor) Students
take two economics option modules from
BSc (Hons) Business Economics: Students
a range available.
take a module in ‘Games and Strategy’,
jor) I BSc (Hons) Business Economics (Major) I BSc (Hons) Economics (Minor)
Each degree aims to provide
students with an in-depth
knowledge of economics and the
ability to apply that knowledge to
the analysis of a range of practical
situations that will be useful for
future learning and employment.
All named awards share a common
core syllabus, which stresses the
integration of theory and evidence
in economic analysis and research.
The degrees emphasise the
acquisition of key analytical and
numerical skills, and the
progressive development of
students’ capacity for independent
research. They also offer extensive
opportunities for students to
combine their study of economics
with other subject areas across
business and social sciences
and with the study of a
Course Features Career Opportunities Duration
• Core syllabus stresses the integration of The Economics degrees provide a range of Four year sandwich or three years
theory and evidence in economic analytical and quantitative skills which full time.
analysis and research. Develops key are highly valued in the labour market.
theoretical principles and empirical They also provide a strong foundation for Entry Requirements
techniques in parallel with integrated postgraduate study in economics and For the most up-to-date entry
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• A focus on the application of economic Economists, Economics graduates pursue website www.plymouth.ac.uk
concepts, theories and methods to varied and often highly successful careers
applied research and practical problem in business, finance and public policy.
solving related to business and public Graduate employment prospects and
Option to study a language
policy, and the progressive earnings are amongst the best of any
development of student’s capacity for degree subject area.
Most programmes offer the option of a
full year industrial placement
• Emphasis on the development of key Award
skills within the core syllabus, to • BSc (Hons) Economics
improve students’ future employability • BSc (Hons) Business Economics
and their capacity for further study and • BSc (Hons) International Business
lifelong learning. Economics
• A range of options and electives • BSc (Hons) Financial Economics
supported by the research and • BSc (Hons) Economics (Major)
scholarship of staff, allowing students to • BSc (Hons) Business Economics (Major)
focus their studies in areas of particular
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