Our Financial Economics course provides a specialist focus on financial systems, such as the role of banks and the operation of stock markets, both here in the UK and within an international context.
This course will interest you if:
- You are looking for a career path that requires an understanding of the competitive environment in which companies work, the resources needed to succeed and where to allocate them to reach their objectives- something economists can help to provide.
- Looking for flexibility- all our Economics courses have a common first year. All first year students will study our Economics degree and then after successful completion of year one they will be given the choice of staying with Economics or moving to Business Economics or Financial Economics. This gives you the chance to experience and achieve a thorough grounding in economic concepts and principles, along with relevant quantitative techniques and skills, before you make your decision about which area you would like to specialise in, depending on your interests or potential future career aspirations.
- Develop cultivate logical thinking, quantitative skills and real-world expertise to support your potential future employability.
Why you should study this course
The Financial Economics course offers an insight into the world of an Economist. By studying this course you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn from experienced staff who have worked as economic advisors, e.g. for Deutsche Bank in the Netherlands (please note staff are subject to change).
- Develop economic skills, while also being exposed to how businesses operate in widely different international markets.
- Gain hands-on experience using a range of economics and business software packages, such as Bloomberg.
- Benefit from faculty research expertise in exchange rate equilibria, international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI) and conflict economics.
- Opportunity to change course to either Economics BSc (Hons) or Business Economics BSc (Hons) after successfully completing your first year, allowing you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the subject before confirming your specialism (course change is subject to Tier 4 compliance approval for international students).
- Expert contributions by professionals from industry (subject to availability) which in the past have included our own alumni, HM Treasury, Lloyds Bank, Barclays, and the European Commission.
- Join a student-led Economics Society who organised social events, visiting speakers and field trips which in the past have included a visit to Amsterdam to visit the stock exchange (opportunities are subject to availability, competitive application, meeting applicable visa and additional fees may apply).
- Develop skills in facilities which include our Trading Floor, currently one of the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
- Benefit from support offered for maths and stats through the university’s Sigma Centre, which offers drop-in sessions led by experienced staff (subject to availability).
- Opportunity to gain exemptions from professional examinations with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) , which could help you to progress your potential future career upon successful completion. Please see the Exemptions section of the Overview tab for more details.
International experience opportunities
If you opt to take a sandwich year, it is possible to spend a year studying or working abroad as part of your studies. We have links with institutions across Europe, Asia and America. Past students have studied applied economics at Zhejiang Gongshang University and California State University Long Beach.
We can also support you in finding an internship both here in the UK or abroad. Past students have gone to work in countries as far afield as China to teach English as a foreign language and Belgium to work for Toyota.
In addition to the financial sector, economics graduates are employed in a range of sectors and roles. They work in manufacturing, transport, communications, consulting, charitable organisations and public services such as the National Health Service (NHS).
Where our graduates work
Recent graduates from our economics courses have found employment in a wide variety of careers including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Bank of England, Government Economic Service (GES), Vodafone and HSBC. A number of our graduates have also gone on to postgraduate study and professional training, such as teaching.
In addition to the financial sector, economics graduates are employed in a range of sectors and roles.
They work in manufacturing, transport, communications, consulting, charitable organisations and public services such as the National Health Service (NHS).
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