Joint Honours Economics and Accounting offers modules which provide the opportunity to study a range of economic topics whilst providing you with a sound framework in accounting and finance. Economics underpins everything from world affairs and politics to wealth and poverty, national economic management and the functioning of business. The programme is delivered around a variety of core subjects and option choices. The course is flexible and you can tailor the modules around your specific interests. In years two and three you can choose to specialise your studies whilst being fully supported by our experienced academic team.
The programme will build your understanding of contemporary economics both in the UK and overseas whilst providing you with practical skills and knowledge that will enhance your future employability. Upon completion of the Economics and Accounting Joint Honours programme you will be able to progress your career in business, government or politics or financial organisations stretching across any sector or industry.
Students graduating from this Joint Honours programme can progress onto a full-time, part-time or distance learning Postgraduate programme.
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This programme combines economics and accounting modules that will provide you with a key grounding in both subject areas. Economics is an interesting and varied subject area that will develop your analytical skills whilst accounting encompasses a wide range of activities and is an integral aspect of business life in all sectors and across nations.
You will be introduced to macro and micro-economics and build your understanding of interpreting economic data. You will explore ways in which entrepreneurial opportunities can be identified and developed and be introduced to the conceptual issues which underpin accounting. You will build your understanding of accounting information systems and will start to learn some of the techniques and skills required.
You will further develop your understanding of macro and micro economics to an intermediate level and learn how Economists model problems quantitatively. Within accounting you will concentrate heavily on corporate reporting, management accounting and the role of the accountant in organisational decision making. During year two you can select which other modules you wish to study and you can tailor this depending on your interests.
Optional Work Placement Year
You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. Whilst on your Optional Work Placement Year you will study a 40 credit module ‘The Placement Year Experience – Organisations in Context’. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.
In year three you will undertake your dissertation. Your dissertation can focus on economics or accounting or you can write an interdisciplinary dissertation joining both subjects together. You will explore the current debates in economic policy and strategic management. You will be able to study the more strategic and specialist areas of accounting and finance including financial services, banking, investment management and insurance.
During year three you can select which other modules you wish to study and you can tailor this depending on your interests.
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, usually for 12 hours per week. We recommend students spend 24 hours per week in self-directed study time.
Facilities and Special Features
- the option to undertake a year-long placement in between years two and three of study. The students that choose to take up a placement year find it an invaluable experience that helps them to apply their learning in their final year and prepare them for their career
- Economics and Accounting Joint Honours programme gives you flexibility in module choices, allowing you to tailor the course to your individual interests
- there are proven student support systems in place
- if at any time during your first year you decide to change over to the single honours, BSc (Hons) Economics or Accounting course you can do that, either during the year or at the end of the year, depending on when you make the decision
Economists are employed in a variety of fields including national and local Government, banking, insurance, industry and education. Graduates often find employment in service and manufacturing industries, public practice and the not-for-profit sector as there are a wide range of career opportunities within the finance industry.
Students graduating from this Joint Honours programme can choose to progress onto a full-time, part-time or distance learning Postgraduate programme. This will enable you to focus your studies in a specialist area such as Accounting or Economics, or to gain a general management qualification such as the MBA.
All students are encouraged to take advantage of the year-long optional placement year after the second year of study.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, applicants should hold Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or above or equivalent.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.