The BSc Business Economics degree blends elements from both the Economics and Business Management degrees. Students in Business Economics should have an interest using economic theory and thinking in applied business settings. This degree has less of an emphasis on using mathematics compared to a traditional economics degree and the programme fosters numerical skills through the use of up-to-date business applications.
Business Economics Degree highlights
The Queen's Economics degrees ranked 2nd of all Russell Group universities for student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
- There is also the opportunity to study or work abroad, supported by schemes such as Erasmus and Study USA.
- The Study USA programme provides students with the funded opportunity to study for a year in a US university.
- • Shaw Memorial Prize for best-performing second-year student in BSc Economics• Foundation Scholarships for best student in Economics Level 1 and Level 2• KPMG Prize is awarded to the best graduate in the BSc Economics degree• McKane Medal is awarded to the best final honours student in Economics
- Business Economics students may take an optional placement year after their second year. Recent placements from students studying economics and business economics include: PwC, KPMG, Citi,Oxford Economics, Belfast City Council, First Derivatives, and Tayto Group Ltd.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research.
- Queen's is one of the 24 world-class universities that make up the Russell Group in the United Kingdom, and is the only Russell Group University in Northern Ireland.
- The Queen's Economics group ranked 2nd of all Russell Groupuniversities for student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
- Students can join the Economics Society, a student-run organisation which aims to educate its members on the use of economics in practice through guest speakers, field trips abroad and educational seminars. Students will also have access to specialist mathematical and statistical software, giving them the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to prepare them for careers in economics and business analytics.
Rhianna Donaldson, BSc Business Economics
This degree prepares students for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors. Graduates have been employed as professional economists or as managers or administrators. Depending on the choice of modules, this degree also prepares students for postgraduate studies in Economics and related disciplines.
Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates include:
Managers and Administrators in areas such as market research, advertising, sales and personel
Education, health or government departments
Graduate employers include: PwC; EY; KPMG; Deloitte; BDO; Ulster Bank; Bank of Ireland, First Trust, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, BBC, National Trust.
"I work directly for the Mayor of London, and have overall responsibility for all of Transport for London services - London Underground, London buses, Docklands Light Railway, Crossrail operations, London Overground, London Trams and the Emirates Air Line cable car! I am also heavily involved in the Congestion Charging scheme, road safety and schemes to boost cycling and walking.'
Mike Brown, BSc Economics, MVO Commissioner, Transport for London
Those pursuing a career in Business Economics should be effective communicators and work well with people,
as they will have to analyse and interpret a range of information to meet the needs of different users, including managers and investors. Business Economists must be prepared to take on challenges and be able to adapt to a constantly changing and dynamic business environment.
Many of the skills that students will acquire during their studies at Queen's will be of great value in a range of different career and life situations. Core transferable skills include the ability to learn independently, problem solve, understand and interpret economic, financial and business-specific information and work productively as part of a team.
Students graduating with a degree in Business Economics from Queen's are well placed to secure a range of
employment opportunities in economics and management in the public and private sectors. In recent years, students have secured positions in economic analysis and appraisal with a range of government and other public sector organisations, careers in banking, as well as more generalist positions in business and management.
What employers say'For many years Oxford Economics has recruited students from Queen's Economics degree, both for industrial placement and graduate positions. The course equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to hit the ground running in the workplace."
David Moore, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics, Northern Ireland.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
Foundation Scholarships for best student in Economics Level 1 and Level 2
KPMG Prize is awarded to the best graduate in the BSc Economics degree
McKane Medal is awarded to the best final honours student in Economics
Shaw Memorial Prize for best performing second-year student in BSc Economics
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.