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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Business Economics at Queen's University Belfast

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.

Global Opportunities

  • 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.

Professional Accreditations

  • • 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

Career Development

  • 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.

Student Experience

  • 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.
 'Business Economics allows you to gather a vast array of skills through the various different methods of assessments offered - assignments, group projects, presentations and research projects. As the course allows you to choose three out of six modules in second year, you are able to focus more on the topics you're interested in and tailor the degree to suit your preference. During the first semester of my second year, I was able to secure a placement with the successful drinks company Diageo.'
Rhianna Donaldson, BSc Business Economics

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
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.
http://www.prospects.ac.uk

Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates include:
Professional Economists
Accountancy
Managers and Administrators in areas such as market research, advertising, sales and personel
Education, health or government departments

Employment Links
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.

Alumni Success
"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

Professional Opportunities
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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI)£4,160England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£9,250Other (non-UK) EU£4,160International£15,550

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student's tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Business Economics costs

Students who undertake optional study tours are expected to make a contribution, of approximately £150.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade B

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%. GCSE Mathematics grade B or equivalent in Access Course.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by Queen's University Management School. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Applicants for the BSc Honours in Business Economics must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement and in addition all applicants must have GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above. There are no specific subjects required at A-level. Offers are normally made in terms of grades rather than UCAS Tariff points.

Demand for places differs from course to course and for Business Economics past performance at GCSE level is taken into account when deciding to make conditional offers. The GCSE threshold may vary from year to year, but as a general guide, offers are normally made to applicants who have achieved 6Bs at GCSE. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the admissions cycle, so there may be a delay in processing applicants who do not meet the initial requirements.

Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Edexcel Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those applicants taking a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit level and remainder Passes. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.

Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year the standard was an overall average of 70% in Level 3 modules including 70% in all Mathematics modules (which must be equivalent to GCSE standard).

In addition to the academic requirements above, the information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted, but these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking will not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day organised by Queen's University Management School, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University, to find out more about the degree programme of your choice, the facilities on offer together with a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

  • Foundation
    The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
    International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • International Year One
    The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
    http://www.intostudy.com/en-gb/universities/queens-university-belfast/courses/international-year-one-in-management-and-finance.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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