The BSc Business Economics degree at Aberystwyth University will train you to develop effective business solutions using practical economic knowledge. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the economic factors that influence business success and decision-making, and develop the analytical, computing and communication skills required by employers in both the private and public sectors. On successful completion of this degree you will have an informed and coherent understanding of economics, alongside the confidence and professional skills to apply both microeconomics and macroeconomics in context, to the real world.
Student Satisfaction and Employability Results
Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Accounting & Finance (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
Top ten in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
Top ten in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Economics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
Why study BSc Business Economics at Aberystwyth University?
At Aberystwyth Business School we focus on the practical application of economic ideas, knowledge and methods within the context of professional decision-making situations. You will learn to apply economic knowledge to issues in a number of disciplines related to business policy. The course also promotes the use of business statistics, econometrics and data visualisation, as opposed to a purely mathematical treatment of theoretical concepts and proofs.
You will develop a coherent understanding of economics as an analytical assessment tool and develop the professional skills to apply both microeconomics and macroeconomics in professional environments and macro and micro environment contexts.
Opportunities for Business Economics students at Aberystwyth include:
- being taught by active researchers, ensuring that you are exposed to the latest theories and knowledge in the subject area
- gaining real world industry perspectives through guest lectures by industry professionals
- enhancing your career opportunities through our partnerships with business, industry and commerce
- participating in business competitions.
Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.
Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Fundamentals of Management and Business *||AB15120||20|
|Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance||AB11120||20|
|Understanding the Economy||AB13120||20|
|Economic Theory and Policy||AB13220||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Human Resource Management *||AB25420||20|
|Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy Applications||AB23220||20|
|Microeconomics Theory and Policy Applications||AB23120||20|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Contemporary Issues in Economics and Policy||AB33120||20|
|Trade and International Monetary Systems||AB33520||20|
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
The BSc Business Economics degree provides opportunities in areas such as policy analysis or government administration in the public sector, banking and finance sector or within the private sector. Other career paths include non-government organisations (NGOs) and voluntary organisations. Our graduates have gone to work in the Government Economic Services, HM Treasury, British Council, FDM Group, Nexus Financial Consulting, and Kiva. Many have also pursued research and further studies in higher education.
What skills will I obtain from this degree?
Studying our degree in Business Economics will equip you with the following skills:
- Understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
- Improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
- Deep understanding of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes
- The ability to communicate clearly in a written and spoken form;
- Effective problem solving
- Analytical and creative thinking skills
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Time-Management and organisational skills
- Self-motivation and self-reliance.
Learning & Teaching
What will I learn?
Below is an indicative list of core modules that you may study on this course.
In the first year you may discover:
- Understanding the Economy
- Economic Theory and Policy
- Fundamentals of Management and Business *
- Data Analytics
- Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance *.
In the second year you may explore:
- Microeconomics Theory and Policy
- Macroeconomics Theory and Policy
- Managerial Economics
- Human Resource Management *
- Research Methods *.
In the third year you may study:
- Environmental Economics
- Trade, Development and Growth
- Organisational Psychology
- Dissertation *.
* also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials of which are in small groups. You will be required on some modules to deliver presentations, work effectively as part of a group and undertake any essays that are required from you.
At Aberystwyth University, all our modules are placed online for you to study further in the comfort of your room. We also have a wealth of printed texts which are available in our library and the National Library of Wales.
The course is assessed by:
- Assessed essays
- Dissertation (certain modules).
You will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the degree at Aberystwyth University.
Business Economics and the study thereof, provides a student not only with an in-depth understanding of both micro and macroeconomic principles, but combines other essential core elements relevant to the understanding of both modern, postmodern, and current international global economic issues. Through the use of additional elements of the social sciences framework, which include psychological, sociological, and ethical teachings, a student will gain a firm, and coherent understanding of both the socioeconomic, and economic issues affecting modern economic institutions, as well as the ability to apply both theoretical and logical solutions to the issues faced by ever increasingly globally connected economies. Paul Michael Simpson
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 120 - 96
A Levels BBB-CCC
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.
Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.
The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org