This broad-based course aims to produce economists with a range of technical expertise including quantitative and computing skills. Particular emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical principles in the working environment.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 320 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BBC, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ, including Grade C in Maths/Statistics at at least AS-level). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted as 4th AS-level only.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects, including Grade C in Maths.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including Grade C in Maths, plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Business, Administration and Finance or Public Services, including A-level Maths or Grade B at AS-level in both Maths and Economics for Additional and Specialist LearningBTEC ND DDM in a related subject, plus at least Grade C in AS-level Maths or Statistics.IB Diploma 32 points, including 6 in Standard Maths and 4 in Higher or 5 in Subsidiary English.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include Grade B in English and Maths.Access: Pass plus AS-level Maths.Course AimsThis broad-based course aims to produce economists with a range of technical expertise including quantitative and computing skills. Particular emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical principles in the working environment.Course ContentEmphasis is on both theory and practical applications. At Levels 1 and 2, you will take modules in economics, as well as modules in finance and computing and quantitative methods. The latter presupposes only GCSE in Maths and is made accessible to all students (Students who have A-level Maths have the opportunity of pursuing more advanced mathematical and statistical studies).
You may also take modules from other disciplines in the Brunel Business School.Typical modulesLevel 1 CoreMicroeconomic Principles
Financial Markets and Accounting
Mathematics for Economics Finance
Statistical Research Methods Level 2 CoreIntroduction to Economic Modelling
Macroeconomic Principles Level 2 OptionsCorporate Finance and Investment
Economics of the European Union
Economic Analysis of Competition Law and Regulation
Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Accounting Plus options from a range of Business Finance topics and others available in the Brunel Business Schoo Level 3 CoreMajor Project
Advanced Macroeconomics Level 3 OptionsFinancial Theory and Corporate Policy
Econometric Methods and Applications
Labour Economics Teaching and LearningStaff expertise
Many of our staff are internationally and nationally recognised for their work in this field. They work as consultants for government bodies, and some are widely published.HoursYou will have about 12-14 hours of directed study a week in level 1. This number decreases in level 2 and 3. Students are expected to undertake substantial independent study.How will I be taught?Lectures - These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and provide you a framework from which to carry out more in depth study.Workshops - These are generally used for modules in finance or quantitative subjects. They often take the form of working through answers to a previously distributed assignment sheet of exercise questions.Seminars - These relatively small groups are used for subjects where the lecture material is examined in more detail, and theoretical concepts are analysed and applied in specific contexts. One-to-one - You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.Other - Guest speakers from prominent organisations, research seminars and external site visits. AssessmentEach subject is assessed in the term it is taken. The proportion of exam to coursework is approximately 75% to 25%, but some courses have a higher proportion of continuous assessment. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third - level 3 the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of level 3 marks. Final year dissertation
All degree programmes include a final year dissertation of approximately 10,000 words. This is an important element of the degree and provides you with an opportunity for independent study, original thought and, especially for those on sandwich courses, an opportunity to apply economic and financial theories, concepts and models to practical problems.
You are assigned a Dissertation Supervisor who offers guidance on content, level and presentation.