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UDECOFIN - BSc Economics and Finance

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Business and Management
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS 6 YEARS
Part-time 4 YEARS 8 YEARS
Course leader Christopher Elven

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The BSc Economics and Finance course provides students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of theory, methods and application in Economics and Finance and develops their ability to use critical reasoning in a variety of economic and finance contexts.

The course uses the Bloomberg suite for teaching delivery and assessment tasks and enables students to join the elite group of Bloomberg users around the world. The course also enables the development of expertise in the use of packages such as Eviews, Stata, SPSS and Business Simulation to analyse economic and financial data.

The course adopts an approach to teaching and learning based on practices that have been agreed across undergraduate courses at Guildhall School of Business and Law, and aims to develop knowledge, subject-specific skills and transferable skills necessary for students to become confident, creative & connected professionals.

Students’ learning is initiated and directed through formal contact time with the teaching team in lectures and seminars. Students are expected to develop their learning through small-group activity in class and through reading, writing, problem-solving and other learning activity outside class. Students learn both individually and in groups and use case studies, presentations and learning exercises to develop and demonstrate their understanding. Critical thinking is developed throughout the course.

Lectures and seminars are important activities that develop cognitive skills. Lectures provide students with good subject specific information and clear guidance on how best they can learn. Module teaching is structured so that students first acquire basic knowledge and then progress to develop higher level skills of evaluation and synthesis. Seminars encourage student reflection, engagement and participation. They give students the opportunity to test their understanding and to make mistakes in a supportive environment. Seminar and small-group learning activities typically require students to carry out independent work prior to formal class and to work cooperatively in groups.

Numerical, mathematical, statistical and econometric skills are introduced and developed in core quantitative modules at levels 4 and 5 and the application of these methods is supported and enhanced in other core modules. Students learn how to obtain, manipulate and interpret key economic data series and they are able to extend quantitative and research skills at level 6 in the dissertation module and through option choice.

Practical skills are developed through the use of student presentations in seminars/tutorials, and through independent activities undertaken by students who reflect on, develop and present work for informal assessment by the tutor. Initiative and independence are developed progressively through the three levels of the course, so that students learn to take greater responsibility for their work, culminating in their level 6 dissertation.

With respect to blended learning: all modules make use of virtual learning environment platforms (WebLearn) in which module lecture and seminar material, module and course handbooks and other material are made available. Other ICT resources include links to key web resources, on-line learning games, test questions and previous examples of assessments with feedback.

Students may transfer between the BSc Economics and Finance and its two sister courses BSc Economics and BA Business Economics as well as to BSc Banking and Finance at the end of Level 4 without loss of time.

Students may transfer between the BSc Banking and Finance, BSc Economics and Finance, BSc Economics and BSc Economics, Finance and International Business at Level 4 without loss of time.

An inclusive learning environment anticipates the varied requirements of learners, while raising aspirations and supporting achievement for people with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds.

Course aims

BSc Economics and Finance course aims:

1: Our graduates will have the confidence needed to take leadership decisions in challenging situations.

2: Our graduates will possess the necessary communication skills that will help them adopt a global and multicultural perspective in their professional context.

3: Our graduates will be cognisant of the effects of the social and environmental effects of their decision, and will remain active citizens of the places they live and work.

4: Our graduates will demonstrate application of creative thinking skills to practical problems, and possess the analytical and organizational skills to translate creative ideas to operational solutions

5: Our graduates will have sufficient knowledge in the core discipline areas included in their Economics and Finance course.

Course learning outcomes

The University learning outcome that cuts across the entirety of the London Metropolitan University provision, and thus, the BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance, is:

On completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible professionals in their discipline (ULO)

Thus, upon graduating with an honours degree in Economics and Finance, students will be able to:

1. Have the confidence needed to take leadership decisions in challenging situations

2. Possess the necessary communication skills that will help them adopt a global and multicultural perspective in their professional context.

3. Be cognisant of the effects of the social and environmental of their decisions and will remain active citizens of the places they live and work.

4. Appreciate the nature of the context and institutional framework in which finance operates, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main theories used in economics and finance, and
relate empirical evidence to economic and finance theory in relevant areas, with an understanding of the significance and limitations of such evidence

5. Understand and appraise microeconomic and macroeconomic issues, the financial needs of business entities; the principles of personal investment; the workings of capital markets; the relationship between risk and return; and the nature and use of financial derivatives

6. Apply relevant theory in structured situations from given data generated for the purpose, interpret economic and financial data and carry out statistical and quantitative analysis

7. Understand and evaluate the economic, political, regulatory, institutional, international, and social and environmental contexts in which specific economic financial analysis is applied

8. Demonstrate possession of cognitive abilities, subject-specific skills and transferable skills necessary to become confident, creative and connected economics and finance professionals and citizens.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Economics (2019)
Finance (2019)

Assessment strategy

A range of assessment methods are used across each level of the course, reflecting the range of learning outcomes at each level and the diversity of learning styles amongst students. In each module the assessments methods chosen are those best-suited to measuring the achievement of that particular module’s learning outcomes.

For instance, essays are used in modules where learning outcomes include the development of writing skills, referencing, synthesis and critical evaluation. Group work is used in modules where co-operative skills are being developed. Case studies are employed where students are learning how to apply economic analysis to particular scenarios or organisations. Other methods or assessment include: individual presentations, coursework problem sets and mini-projects, group reports, in-class tests, seen and unseen exams.

Priority is given to methods of assessment consistent with timely formative feedback, either in the development stage of the work or as soon as possible after the assessment has been completed.
On some modules formative feedback on drafts of essays may be provided before essays are handed in. The University aims to provide feedback on the first assessment component within two weeks of submission, and for subsequent assessment components within three weeks of submission.

Unseen and seen examinations are also seen as an important tool for assessing the achievement of learning outcomes and the maintenance of academic standards.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Students have the opportunity to take a 30 credit 12-month sandwich work-placement module before commencing their final year of study (which would extend the course to five years). Students who do not take this sandwich work-placement year will take at least one Work-Related Module i.e., MN5W50 or MN5W55 in Level 5, enabling them to learn and enhance their practical business skills and experience; thus they will have the option of taking the “Create a Winning Business” or “Learning Through Work” 15 credit module in the second year of the course programme.

Work-related learning provides students with:
● the experience of a competitive recruitment process or pitching for an opportunity
● a work-related experience or project which impacts a real organisation
● assessment and feedback on their reflections on their experience of the work-related learning and planning for their future career.

Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities which can be either be a placement, part-time role or ’live’ project for an external organisation untaken within the University. We have dedicated placements and careers teams who will assist learners with all aspects of their job search and application. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Leader on an individual basis. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the relevant University personnel who to assist them in gaining a suitable role.

Learners may be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment (whether or not this relates to their subject area), providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

The course draws on external links with economics and finance practitioners in the City and elsewhere in the UK. These links give rise to University and GSBL public lectures, external speaker seminars and other meetings of interest to undergraduate students. These events throughout the course provide opportunities for students to gain knowledge and experience from outside the University.

Students are able to study at various universities in Europe, usually for one semester, as part of the Erasmus programme. In the past students have visited the Universities of Lund, Perugia and Montpellier amongst others.

Course specific regulations

Modules are required to be taken as indicated in the course structure. Where a student is taking no more than 90 credits in an academic year within the maximum permissible time limit, they may be designated as Part Time.

There are no course specific regulations.

Modules required for interim awards

Modules are required to be taken as indicated in the course structure.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Students are encouraged to reflect on their personal development throughout the course. They are introduced to personal development planning in the academic skills seminars in FE4051 Introduction to Financial Markets and Institutions at level 4 and they are thereafter encouraged to plan the development of their skills and employability throughout their course.

Students are provided with support for the development and reflection on professional skills and develop their presentational and team-working skills in a number of modules across levels of study. Where particular skills are developed in particular modules, lecturers and course tutors make this process explicit to students to enhance reflection.

The language modules allow students the option of developing skills in languages such as German, French, Spanish or Arabic.

The final-year dissertation module requires students to carry out research and assessment work which incorporates work-based skills and professional standards. This module will also feature presentations from outside professionals so that students relate their own work to real-world practice.

Other external links providing expertise and experience

QAA Frameworks for
Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) (2014)

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Taking this course opens up a wide range of career opportunities. In the past BSc Economics and Finance graduates have found employment in international companies and public sector organisations. A sizeable proportion also progress to postgraduate study.

The Careers Development and Employment Service is a university-wide resource made available to students which provides information about labour market opportunities and career development.
Students are given a “Careers” talk during Welcome Week at the beginning of level 4. The University careers advisor then gives career presentations in core lectures in all three levels of the course and also runs careers and CV forums which students are encouraged to attend.

Students are also introduced to the local Careers and Employability team within the School and the placements service it provides. They are encouraged to plan early for their work-related learning module alterative core modules at Levels 5 to assist students in finding work placement opportunities. The course leader, with the support of academic staff contributing to the course, provides information about career opportunities, and the Careers and Employability team assists students to find beneficial part-time work and/or internships.

Guest speakers organised by the School of Business & Law and student societies bring students into contact with finance specialists and business managers from both national and international organisations. These meetings give students the opportunity to know more about future career paths and the best strategies to pursue their own career aspirations.

In addition, students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities including involvement in peer coaching of students, receiving professional mentoring, volunteering in the not-for-profit sector, joining or setting up student society and national competitions / activities including University Business Challenge.

The Student Enterprise team based at the University’s specialist off-campus business incubator, Accelerator, provides students with all the advice, support, networks, knowledge and resources to get started. Through one-to-one advice sessions, support and a number of programmes that run throughout the year, Accelerator has helped to launch student businesses and support student entrepreneurship.

Career opportunities

The skills you’ll acquire on this degree are highly valued by national and global organisations. Economics graduates are among the highest paid of all graduates.

Careers our economics and finance graduates have entered include business analysts, financial case handlers, data and operational analysts and compliance assistants. They work for famous corporations such as Nationwide, the FDM Group, Lloyds and BNP Paribas. Roles like these in banking and finance, as well as managerial, consultancy and research work in both international corporations and governments, are all open to you with this degree.

You can also go on to postgraduate courses if you want to take your studies further.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum grade C in three A levels or minimum grades BC in at least two A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Economics (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes L100 (Economics): 50% , N300 (Finance): 50%
Route code ECOFIN

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
AC4053 Management Accounting Fundamentals Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR TUE PM
AC4055 Data Science, Research and Analysis Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
          NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR FRI AM
AC4056 Business Law and Ethics Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
          NORTH AUT WED PM
          NORTH AUT TUE AM
          NORTH AUT TUE PM
FE4051 Introduction to Financial Markets and Institutions Core 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
          NORTH AUT MON PM
FE4055 Understanding the Business and Economic Environ... Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH SPR THU PM
          NORTH SPR MON PM
          NORTH SPR MON AM
          NORTH SPR WED AM
FE4056 Principles of Microeconomics Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
FE4057 Principles of Macroeconomics Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI PM
MN4063 Understanding and Managing Data Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
          NORTH AUT WED PM
          NORTH AUT TUE AM
          NORTH AUT TUE PM

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
AC4053 Management Accounting Fundamentals Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR TUE PM
AC4055 Data Science, Research and Analysis Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
          NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR FRI AM
AC4056 Business Law and Ethics Core 15        
FE4051 Introduction to Financial Markets and Institutions Core 15        
FE4055 Understanding the Business and Economic Environ... Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH SPR THU PM
          NORTH SPR MON PM
          NORTH SPR MON AM
          NORTH SPR WED AM
FE4056 Principles of Microeconomics Core 15        
FE4057 Principles of Macroeconomics Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI PM
MN4063 Understanding and Managing Data Core 15        

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
AC5063 Principles of Finance Core 15        
FE5056 Problem Solving: Methods and Analysis Core 15        
FE5057 Labour Economics Core 15        
FE5058 Principles of Econometrics Core 15        
FE5059 Applied Microeconomics Core 15        
FE5061 Lending Core 15        
MN5W50 Creating a Winning Business 1 Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
          NORTH AUT THU PM
          NORTH AUT THU AM
          NORTH SPR THU PM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH SPR THU AM
MN5W55 Learning through Work Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
          NORTH SPR THU AM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH AUT WED PM
FE5060 Applied Macroeconomics Option 15        
FE5062 Investment Option 15        
MN5073 Developing Inclusive Organisations Option 15        
MN5074 Sustainability, Business and Responsibility Option 15        

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
FE6055 Financial and Economic Modelling Core 15        
FE6056 Issues in Labour Markets Core 15        
FE6058 Development Economics Core 15        
FE6060 Financial Engineering Core 15        
FE6P04 Dissertation Core 30        
AC6065 Financial Management Option 15        
FE6052 Personal Finance Option 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
FE6053 International Trade and Finance Option 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
FE6057 International Banking Option 15        
FE6059 Financial Instruments Option 15        
MN6071 Practising Business Strategy (with simulation) Option 15        
MN6W04 Professional Experience Year Placement Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR NA