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BA (Hons) Economics, Banking and Finance

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
N300
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

  • Opportunity to take a sandwich year to study abroad or for a professional placement.
  • Innovative, engaging course covering aspects of economic and finance.
  • Enhance your employability and skills with an industry placement. 
  • Ideal for those looking for a career in financial services, banking, building societies and other financial institutions.

Introduction

This programme provides a detailed overview of the financial sector in order to maximise your career prospects.

The financial services industry continues to seek graduates with a solid understanding of economic theory, accounting practice, financial institutions and regulations.

The ethos of the course is to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experiences you need to be a ‘career ready’ graduate, with a particular emphasis on you as a future manager; a manager with a balanced knowledge of economics, banking and finance.

You will develop your understanding of the policies, problems and processes that shape the strategic management of banking and finance and guide day-to-day operations. But the course is not all about ‘number crunching’. We also develop your judgement and intuition.

As you progress through your degree, you will have the opportunity to specialise in the areas that interest you most. Our teaching philosophy ensures that cross-disciplinary issues are taught and discussed in all modules, so you develop breadth as well as depth of knowledge.

When you graduate you will be well placed to work with banks, building societies and other financial bodies, as well as those institutions charged with the regulation of financial markets and services.

Sandwich year

There is also an opportunity to take a sandwich year, in order to study abroad or develop your skills in a professional placement.

View more information about the range of employers our students work with in the Business School.

 

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Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Business Economics

This module provides you with an understanding of key economic concepts that affect the successful operation and functioning of all types of businesses. It provides a basis for understanding operational and strategic decisions and particularly for an understanding of the environment in which businesses operate.

Financial Markets and Institutions

The module aims to provide an introduction to financial institutions and the main types of financial instruments offered by the financial markets with a view to providing you with an understanding of the environment, principles and practices of the financial services industry

Introduction to Business Finance and Quantitative Methods

This module will introduce the subjects of business finance and quantitative methods and give you a relevant foundation for their further accountancy and finance studies at the University of Suffolk.

Introduction to Accounting

The module aims to provide an introduction to financial and management accounting. It assumes no previous knowledge of accounting to provide a foundation in the theory and practise of accounting. An understanding of the fundamentals of accounting is necessary for the progression to the more advanced aspects of accounting at levels 5 and 6.

Business Law

This module enables you to develop an understanding of where law comes from and how it is developed, amended, applied and (if necessary) enforced. The module then examines areas of law which will affect you, both in your business careers and in your private capacity.

Management and Managing: An Introduction

This module has been designed to allow you to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and origins of ‘management’. In addition the module has been designed to allow you to develop the skill-set necessary for success in the context of higher education and more broadly within the graduate employment market.

Topics in Business Research

This module provides students with an insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. Each week will be centred on a different research study run by a member of academic staff or one of the School’s visiting professors, senior fellows or fellows. Weekly topics will be selected to ensure relevance across all the undergraduate programmes within the School, with a focus on drawing out important common research methods learning rather than subject-specific focus.

Business Ethics

This module provides you with an insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. Each week will be centred on a different research study run by a member of academic staff or one of the School’s visiting professors, senior fellows or fellows.

Managing for Innovation and Creativity

Innovation and creativity is increasingly being identified as the critical factor in ensuring economic competitiveness and a range of other beneficial social outcomes, including the employability of graduates. This module aims to equip you with skills and knowledge in creative thinking to encourage divergent, rather than convergent thinking.

Modern Banking

The module builds on the knowledge gained in the financial markets and institutions module at level 5 to provide a good grasp of both the basics (the structure and environment of banking) and selected aspects of the modern banking firm. The topics covered include regulation, bank risk management, competition, international banking and bank failures and crises.

Financial Risk Management

The module will give an introduction to the types of financial risk that arise for a business and look at how they can be quantified and managed. Topics include financial market risk, credit risk, interest risk and economic risk. It looks at portfolio theory, the efficient markets hypothesis and the operation of derivatives markets. 

Microeconomic Theory

This module examines the theories and concepts of modern microeconomics and encourages you to apply them to a range of contemporary issues to enable you to become career ready in what appears to be a turbulent global business environment. The focus of the module is the demand and supply model where consumers maximise utility and business organisations maximise profit.

Macroeconomic Theory

On this module, you will gain a robust understanding of economic theory from a macroeconomic perspective. Macroeconomics is a branch of the economics field that studies how the aggregate economy behaves. The module will be focusing on trends in the economy and how the economy moves as a whole to prepare career-ready graduates to work in a variety of roles.

Business Management in Practice

This module provides you with an opportunity to study management principles and ideas in a business setting. In completing this module, students are supported in putting academic study in context through engagement with work experience.

Financial Strategy

This module provides an appreciation of a number of financial issues and how they relate to the business world. It initially concentrates on the application of financial tools and techniques before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It encourages you to see the financial implications of the decision-making process.

Banking and Financial Regulation

The module provides a good grasp of both the basics (the structure and regulatory environment of banking) and selected aspects of global financial regulation. The topics covered include regulation, bank risk management, capital adequacy, globalization, international bank failures and crises.

Development Economics

Development economics concerns the application of economic aspects of the development process in developing countries. Development economics is an immensely broad field. Hence, rather than attempt to give a complete overview of the field, this module aims to give you a flavour of how economics can address development issues not limited to methods of promoting economic development and growth and structural change but also poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict.

Dissertation / Business Research Project

The dissertation/business research project offers you the opportunity to focus their attention on a topic of personal interest. It allows the development and application of specialist skills and knowledge. As well as acting as the culmination of undergraduate study, the dissertation/business research project topic helps you to develop skills and techniques vital to effective professional practice.

Global Economy

Modern world is truly interconnected whether we want it or not and most social and economic challenges do not stay within national boundaries but are global. The module therefore focuses on a detailed examination - and critique - of theories of global economy and assessment of contemporary globalising processes. It examines these influences through detailed analysis of contemporary manifestations relevant to the subject of global economy.

Alternative Economic Ideas

This module builds upon work advanced by the Society of Heterodox Economists: a loose grouping of academics and policy-makers who have sought to question and, where necessary, to over-turn a) the assumptions which underpin and b) the orientations which inform classical (and neo-classical) forms of economic thought.

Industrial Organisation

There are various approaches to understand how economists see competition, organisation and government regulation and subsequently analyse potential performance of investment opportunities. The module therefore provides insights into the behaviours of firms and investor.

Career opportunities

The financial services industry continues to need and recruit graduates who have a solid understanding of economic theory, accounting practice, financial institutions and regulations.

Students graduating from this course would be attractive to banks, building societies and other financial institutions concerned, for example, with insurance.

We would expect that graduates would also be attractive to those institutions charged with the regulation of financial markets and services.

Fees and finance

2019-20

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requriements

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Applicants are expected to hold GCSE grade 4/C or above. The numeracy of non-traditional entrants will be evaluated during the admissions process.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Lecturer in Economics and Finance