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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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About Economics and Accounting at Queen's University Belfast

The Economics and Accounting degree provides students with the opportunity to study economics modules alongside accounting ones. This degree integrates core elements of both economics and accountancy degrees and offers an ideal platform for graduate students to enter into the accounting industry.

Economics and Accounting Degree highlights

The Queen's Economics group 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 Exemptions

  • Joint Economics and Accounting students are eligible for exemptions from some professional accountancy examinations.

Career Development

  • Economics with Accounting students may take an optional placement year after their second year. Recent placements fromstudents studying economics and business economics include: PwC, KPMG, Citi, Oxford Economics, Belfast City Council, First Derivatives, and Tayto Group Ltd.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • 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 Group universities for student satisfaction in the 2016 National StudentSurvey.
  • Students can join the Trading and Investment Club, a student run organisation which aims to educate its members on trading and investing through guest speakers, competitions and educationalseminars.

 "This degree teaches me to think critically about real world economic problems, understanding how problems occur and how they can be resolved through market theory. It has allowed me to gain the necessary skills for employment such as quantitative, analytical, computing, presenting and writing. The broad range of subjects means that I can experience the various areas before deciding on which area I want to specialise in."
Amy Gamble, BSc Economics & Accounting

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
Students graduating with a degree in Economics from Queen's are well placed to secure a range of employment opportunities in economics and related areas 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, specialist careers in banking and investment appraisal, as well as more generalist positions in economic consulting.
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Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates include:
Professional Economists
Accountancy
Financial Consultants
Managers and Administrators in areas such as market research, advertising, sales and personnel
Education, health or government departments

Employment Links
Graduate employers include: PwC; KPMG; FinTru; Ulster Bank; EY; ASM Financial Planning; JP Morgan; Aviva; Local Government; Deloitte; BDO; Morgan Stanley

Alumni Success
'I provide strategic insight into the Bank of Ireland's key markets in the UK and am responsible for all its economic and market research, briefings and presentations in Northern Ireland. I am a member of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Northern Ireland's economic affairs committee and also appear regularly in the local media.'
Alan Bridle, Graduate in BSc Economics, Head of Economics & Market Analysis - Bank of Ireland, London and Northern Ireland

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

Top performing students are regularly awarded prizes and scholarships from
leading companies.

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.

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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.

Economics and Accounting 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 Economics and Accounting must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement. All applicants must have GCSE Mathematics grade B. Offers are normally made in terms of grades rather than UCAS Tariff points.

There is a high demand for places on this course and past performance at GCSE/AS level is taken into account therefore when deciding to make conditional offers. Whilst the GCSE/AS threshold will vary from year to year, as a general guide, offers are normally made to applicants who have achieved 4As and 2Bs 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. For last year's entry, the final threshold was an average of 1A and 5Bs at GCSE. Where applicants do not cash-in AS-level examination results at the end of year 13 (year 12 in England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given either in the personal statement or academic reference, as this will help to speed up the decision-making process.

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.

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.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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