Undergraduate

BA Business Economics

Designed for students who want to combine economics with a focus on how today’s business managers make decisions.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

120 points

A Level grades: BBB

UCAS code

L120

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Start date

Course overview

Final validation pending*

Combine economics with a focus on how today’s business managers make decisions.

You will learn to apply the concepts and analytical tools of economics to a diverse range of real-world problems, while learning to construct arguments and effectively communicate to a wide range of audiences.

The ability to understand and assess the impact of public policy on industry and society, as well as diverse business issues such as digitisation and technological change, the development of market economies, social inequality, and Brexit, ensures you will have the skills and knowledge that are attractive to a range of employers across both public and private sectors.

In your final year, you will also have the chance to spend three months on an internship. This is in addition to the extra option of studying abroad or spending a year on placement in industry.

*What does final validation pending mean?

We regularly review our courses to make sure they continue to meet our academic standards. Any changes to courses go through a re-validation process. ‘Final validation pending’ means that we intend to offer this programme, but it hasn’t received final University approval yet. Please call our Admissions Service on 01482 466100 for confirmation that the course is approved and will be running. 

Six reasons to study Business Economics at Hull

  1. Study at an AACSB accredited Business School
  2. Innovative real-world curriculum
  3. Chance to take a one-trimester internship in your final year
  4. Develop skills for a wide range of careers and industries  
  5. Option to study abroad or go on placement for a year
  6. Access our Bloomberg Financial Markets Laboratory

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Introduction to Economics

    This introduction covers both microeconomics (the affairs of individual consumers, firms and government) and macroeconomics (the study of the economy as a whole).

    Personal and Professional Skills for Contemporary Organisations

    Learn about organisational behaviour and HRM concepts. Areas of focus include individual difference, personal development, people management and leadership. 

    Accounting and Finance

    You'll cover topics such as financing decisions; cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit analysis, absorption costing, variance analysis and budgeting. 

    The Economy, Society and Public Policy

    This module will empower you with an understanding of pressing social problems from the perspective of an economist.

    World Economy

    You'll study the changing world economy, developing insights into issues related to international trade, international finance, regional groupings and climate change.

    Quantitative Methods for Economists

    This module will equip you with the mathematical and statistical tools you will require later in your degree.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Microeconomics in Context: Learning Through Games and Simulations

    Discover microeconomics: You’ll use games and simulations to understand the behaviour and interactions of individuals, businesses and the government.

    Responsible Business in Society

    Explore concepts like responsible business, corporate social responsibility, business ethics and sustainable development. And learn to understand them in a global context.

    Computing Skills and Data Analysis for Economists

    You’ll learn a valuable range of data-handling, software and statistical skills that are relevant for obtaining, processing and presenting economic and business data.

    Macroeconomics: Managing the Economy

    You’ll learn the ways that government policy affects the course of the economy through its influence on the rate of inflation, economic growth, and the level of employment.

    Developing a Research Tool Kit for Economists

    Prepare and complete a small action research project. It’s hands-on learning about research methodology, data analysis and formulating research questions.

    The Digital Economy and the Business Environment

    Gain the skills to operate successfully in the new economy. You’ll understand and appreciate the impact of conducting business electronically.

Year abroad modules

Spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. This is an outstanding opportunity to broaden your horizons in a different culture and environment, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts while continuing your studies.

Placement year modules

Your placement is your opportunity to get some real-world work experience under your belt.

Just like in the real world, you’ll be responsible for finding and applying for opportunities, with the added benefit of help and support from university services.

The Centre for Professional Success is a dedicated team within the faculty who provide tailored support to students who are seeking a placement or internship.   You'll also benefit from the University's Careers and Employability service based in Student Central.   

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Economics of Corporate Strategy

    You’ll examine the strategic interactions between firms and the economic determinants of corporate strategy.

    International Business Economics: Relationships Between Nations

    You’ll explore international trade patterns, the business gains accruing from trade, and the international economic interdependence of countries.

    Global Financial Crises: Past and Future

    Learn about past financial crises that have occurred around the world and the optimal policies to prevent or mitigate the impact of future financial crises on the economy.

  • Optional

    One-Trimester Internship

    Apply knowledge learned on your degree in a real working environment on one of our unique internship opportunities - enhance your chance of getting a job at the same time.

    Economics Project

    You will complete a research project on a topic of interest to you under the direction of a member of staff.

    Health Economics and Health Policy

    Explore the challenges associated with health care systems, methods of economic evaluation, setting priorities using health economics and how policy makers influence healthcare practices and behaviours.

    Environmental Economics and Climate Change Policy

    This module will give you hands-on experience of how to look at important issues in environmental economics and will engage you in discussions on policy making.

    Economic and Social Inequality in the 21st Century

    You’ll learn about the causes and impact of inequality including how it shapes the economy and modern society. You’ll explore the role of public policy in reducing or exacerbating inequality.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

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Entry requirements

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

Applicants should also have

  • GCSE Maths at Grade 4 or C, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 15 credits at distinction and 15 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,500 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Scholarships

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points or above

from 3 A levels or equivalent, you could receive

£1,200 to £2,000

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Economist
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Development Manager
  • Civil Service
  • Local Government Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Finance Manager

Graduates will be well placed to enter the Government Economic Service, especially in the more business-facing departments of government. They'll also be well qualified for positions in economic consultancies or trade and representative bodies such as the CBI, as well as in industry and commerce.

Examples of firms which have taken on our recent graduates are Hull Trains, RWE, Npower, IBM, Young’s Seafood, BAE Systems, Deutsche Börse Group and Airbus.

Our Economics graduates include Muhtar Kent, CEO of The Coca Cola Company; Jeremy Darroch, CEO, Sky plc; Robert Elstone, CEO, Super League Europe.

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