This course gives you the opportunity to combine a broad understanding of economic theory with knowledge of the financial foundations of firms, financial markets and institutions.
Covering the core concepts, practices and techniques of the subject, you'll develop your knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as well as financial and management accounting. Diverse optional modules will also allow you to tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career plans, with topics from financial derivatives to economic development or auditing.
You'll learn from experts in a challenging and supportive environment where you'll have access to world-leading research in the field. You'll also gain the analytical, quantitative, computing, presentation and other transferable skills required by economists working in finance and by employers in both the private and public sectors.
Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.
Year 1 is designed to give you a good grounding in the key topics across economics and finance. You'll learn the basics of management and financial accounting alongside fundamental financial concepts and techniques and economic theory. At the same time, you'll build the skills you need to conduct your own research in economics alongside your mathematics and statistical knowledge.
Compulsory modules in Year 2 allow you to refine your mathematical and statistical skills, while you'll develop your understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. You'll also gain in-depth knowledge of corporate finance, and have the choice to continue studying either financial or management accounting.
In your final year, you'll continue with microeconomics and macroeconomics. You'll also have the chance to specialise through your choice of optional modules: you could learn about corporate governance, economic development, international business finance and a range of other topics, depending on your personal interests and career plans. You'll also showcase the knowledge and skills that you've developed through an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: Mathematics grade A/7 and English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.
An economics degree can open a variety of doors for you. Over the last few years we have seen graduates go into a wide variety of careers including roles such as Portfolio Manager, Insolvency Case Officer, Management Consultant, Financial Advisor, Commercial Analyst, Teacher, Investment Manager, and Risk Analyst. Individuals also progress into graduate study.
Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School
You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L'Oréal and Unilever.
The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 140 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.
In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Read more about Study Year Abroad
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.
Read more about the Year in Industry
EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.
Read more about the Year in Enterprise
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