Finance and Economics BSc Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
NL31

Entry Year
2020 also available in 2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

How do stock markets work? What is the link between exchange rates and interest rates? How do betting markets operate? Finance and economics are intrinsic to how the modern world functions. Our three-year joint honours degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in management and finance. There is a firm emphasis on figures, not essays.

You will be taught by our leading Management School academics who are at the frontier of financial research. It was one of our teaching team, Prof. Ian Walker, who made headlines researching the best return on student investment according to graduate salaries.

Your financial studies will cover areas such as capital markets, investment decision-making and financial statement analysis. You will look at economics from an individual and international level, and we will examine issues such as the crisis in banking, fairness in organisations and CEO salaries.

You don’t need an Economics A level as all first years study the Principles of Economics and Quantitative Methods. Our Introduction to Accounting and Finance gives you a strong foundation in concepts and techniques, using real-world financial data for actual companies. In the second year, you’ll learn about topics including capital management, matrix algebra and applying econometrics using the statistical package SPSS. You will also build on your knowledge of micro and macro-economics.

Your final year offers a huge choice of options from International Trade to Game Theory. You can extract, analyse and interpret data using the Bloomberg Professional terminals in our Financial Markets Lab to solve real-life financial problems. There is also an option to prepare for your Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 examination.

Our graduates’ analytical skills mean many secure places on training schemes with accounting firms, banks and other financial institutions.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    How do stock markets work? What is the link between exchange rates and interest rates? How do betting markets operate? Finance and economics are intrinsic to how the modern world functions. Our three-year joint honours degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in management and finance. There is a firm emphasis on figures, not essays.

    You will be taught by our leading Management School academics who are at the frontier of financial research. It was one of our teaching team, Prof. Ian Walker, who made headlines researching the best return on student investment according to graduate salaries.

    Your financial studies will cover areas such as capital markets, investment decision-making and financial statement analysis. You will look at economics from an individual and international level, and we will examine issues such as the crisis in banking, fairness in organisations and CEO salaries.

    You don’t need an Economics A level as all first years study the Principles of Economics and Quantitative Methods. Our Introduction to Accounting and Finance gives you a strong foundation in concepts and techniques, using real-world financial data for actual companies. In the second year, you’ll learn about topics including capital management, matrix algebra and applying econometrics using the statistical package SPSS. You will also build on your knowledge of micro and macro-economics.

    Your final year offers a huge choice of options from International Trade to Game Theory. You can extract, analyse and interpret data using the Bloomberg Professional terminals in our Financial Markets Lab to solve real-life financial problems. There is also an option to prepare for your Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 examination.

    Our graduates’ analytical skills mean many secure places on training schemes with accounting firms, banks and other financial institutions.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

    GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, 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 webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

    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 webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    Year 3

      Core

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    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 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 1 of your degree.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Students may incur travel costs dependant on their placement location.

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Future Global Leaders

The graduate jobs market is a rapidly-changing place, so we’re committed to helping you stay one step ahead. During your first year, you will complete our unique Future Global Leaders module which is designed to develop your professional skills and build your confidence in preparation for the future. You will be supported to step outside your comfort zone, and empowered to grow your leadership skills through a blend of online learning, inspirational guest speakers and dedicated events.

Future Global Leaders

The graduate jobs market is a rapidly-changing place, so we’re committed to helping you stay one step ahead. During your first year, you will complete our unique Future Global Leaders module which is designed to develop your professional skills and build your confidence in preparation for the future. You will be supported to step outside your comfort zone, and empowered to grow your leadership skills through a blend of online learning, inspirational guest speakers and dedicated events.

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