Economics and Finance

BSc Hons

  • UCAS code NL31
  • Entry year 2024 or 2025
  • A level requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 11

    11th for Research Quality for Economics

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

  • 13

    13th for Accounting and Finance

    The Guardian University Guide (2024)

  • 15

    15th for Accounting and Finance

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)


How do stock markets work? What is the link between exchange rates and interest rates? How do betting markets operate?

Our BSc in Economics and Finance provides you with the analytical skills and intellectual toolbox to help answer these pressing questions and many more. You will learn how to interpret data, understand (and quantify) the decisions made by individuals, organisations, and governments and evaluate economic policies.

Programme overview

BSc Economics and Finance combines the broad sweep and critical thinking of Economics with a focus on the markets and investing of Finance. The programme is flexible after the first year of your studies, allowing you to choose modules based on your strengths and interests as they evolve. You’ll benefit from our specialist careers coaching throughout your degree which is designed to prepare you for the career you want.

You will learn from leading academic researchers and expert practitioners in Economics and Finance, and you will begin by learning the foundations of Finance theory and methodology, and the fundamentals of Economics.

Your first year includes the modules Accounting and Finance, Quantitative Methods for Economics, and Principles of Economics A. These will introduce you to the key principles of both fields and are designed to give you solid foundations for the remainder of your degree.

In your second year, you will learn about Asset Pricing, Financial Accounting and Econometrics, amongst other topics.

In your final year, you choose all your modules. This might lead you to choose modules in

  • Game Theory
  • Portfolio Management
  • Financial Markets
  • Monetary Macroeconomics

Amongst many other specialisations.

Alongside these academic modules and throughout all three years of your study, you will have modules on careers and employability led by our Careers Coaches. These are designed to prepare you for interviews and internships and to show you what careers will be available to you.

Throughout your studies, you will be led by academics at the frontier of financial research. Our researchers work on major European projects, including investigating how to apply artificial intelligence to banking, and on the art, precision and effectiveness of factor investing and hedge fund strategies. We have developed strong links with the Bank of England, top asset management companies, financial regulators and economists across the world. Our connections with Invesco allow us to deliver joint conferences and seminars, providing you with insights from both top academics and industry professionals.

Key facts

You do not need an A level in Economics to enrol in any of our degrees, although the BSc Economics does require A level Maths.

Throughout your degree, we’ll supply training in CV writing, interview assessment centres and telephone interviews. We are proud of our aspiring economists and aim to nurture the potential in every one of them.

BSc Economics and Finance is also available as a four-year programme with a year in industry.

Programme outcomes

Employers highly value our Economics and Finance degrees. Graduates from this programme work as economists in the public sector and academia, but also banking, professional services, international business and international organisations.


The skills gained from the two areas of your degree are highly desirable to employers, both within the finance industry and elsewhere.

Lancaster’s Finance and Economics graduates are able to capitalise on the analytical skills developed during their degree and many find themselves in a good position to win training contracts with major professional accounting firms; find employment within financial institutions and banks, or take up a variety of other posts within various industries.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our employability section for full details.

Lancaster University Management School has an award-winning careers team to provide a dedicated careers and placement service offering a range of innovative services for management school students. Our high reputation means we attract a wide range of leading global employers to campus offering you the opportunity to interact with graduate recruiters from day one of your degree.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements

A level ABB

Required subjects A level Mathematics grade B

GCSE English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements web pages.

Other qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Mathematics (either analysis and approaches or applications and interpretations)

BTEC May be considered alongside A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics with at least one at grade B

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions web pages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

Contextual Offers

Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Contextual offers

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.





Fees and funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

Home International
£9,250 £24,475

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

Scheme Based on Amount
Based on {{item.eligibility_basis}} Amount {{item.amount}}

We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Alumni profiles

Link: click to see Lingling Bao
portrait photograph of Lingling Bao

Lingling Bao

BSc Finance and Economics, 2018

Lancaster is one of the most reputable universities in the UK. It has a strong faculty along with a good quality of teaching and learning environment.
Link: click to see Stavros Pantos
portrait photograph of Stavros Pantos

Stavros Pantos

BSc Finance and Economics, 2014

Being at Lancaster has been the greatest learning experience of my life!

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.

Virtual tour

Explore what Lancaster University can offer you. From accommodation, study spaces, sports facilities, cafes, restaurants and more, we've got you.

Start your tour