BSc

Business Economics

Key Facts

Code L113
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The BSc Business Economics degree covers a wide range of issues that impact on every-day life including: the creation of employment, inflationary pressures, international trade issues, the process of business competition, innovation and growth, the development of third world countries, the protection of natural resources and government policy-making, then this might be the degree for you.

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.

Year 1 modules. Year 2 and 3 modules.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

95% of our Business and Administrative subject students were satisfied that the staff were good at explaining things, 88 for the sector. (NSS 2019)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Business Economics at Aberystwyth?

  • Become a student in a world-leading department for research and practice, where you will be taught by industry-leading lecturers who will assist you to gain an in-depth knowledge of economic principles;
  • Enhance your career opportunities through our partnerships with business, industry and commerce;
  • Be enriched by our visiting speakers who bring their professional experience to the classroom;
  • Become confident with the technical and quantitative aspects of Economics.
Our Staff

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.

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Data Analytics AB15220 20
Economic Theory And Policy AB13220 20
Fundamentals Of Accounting And Finance AB11120 20
Fundamentals Of Management And Business * AB15120 20
Understanding The Economy AB13120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Human Resource Management * AB25420 20
Macroeconomics: Theory And Policy Applications AB23220 20
Managerial Economics AB23320 20
Microeconomics Theory And Policy Applications AB23120 20
Research Methods AB25320 20

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Career Prospects: From Campus to Career

Our graduates have entered and are successful in a number of sectors: 

  • Chartered Accountancy;
  • Investment Banking;
  • Insurance;
  • Underwriting;
  • Risk Management;
  • Marketing Management;
  • Retail Management;
  • Distribution and Logistics Management;
  • Sales Executive;

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;
  • Decision-making;
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team; 
  • Time-Management and organisational skills;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance.

What work experience opportunities exist at Aberystwyth University? 

Discover more about the various employment opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In the first year you may discover:

  • Economic principles;
  • Economic mathematics and statistics;
  • And a selection of elective modules.

In the second year you may explore:

  • Policy implications of economic theory;
  • Economic interpretation;
  • Macroeconomics;
  • Microeconomics;
  • Econometrics.

In the third year you may study:

  • The core understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics;
  • Industrial organisation and policy;
  • Organisational behaviour;
  • Investment and Financial Instruments;
  • Taxation;
  • Development of Economics;
  • Economics of Labour and Industrial Relations;
  • International Trade and Trade Policy.

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:

  • Examinations;
  • Assessed essays;
  • Projects;
  • Presentations;
  • Dissertation (certain modules).

You will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the degree at Aberystwyth University. 

Student Views

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 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

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. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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