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Economics, Finance and International Business

BSc (Hons) - single

Business School

On this course you will gain the knowledge, techniques and practical skills for a successful career as an economist or financial business analyst in the government or not-for-profit sector. You will graduate with a broad knowledge and specialist expertise in economic, financial and business analysis from an international perspective, preparing you for a role with skills in management, critical thinking and analysis.

This course will provide you with the practical experience, critical thinking, management skills and industry contacts to have a successful career in commercial business, a global blue-chip company or an entrepreneurial sector, or to start up your own business.

You will learn the theory and how to apply this to the real world through the work placement scheme, visits by experts from the world of business, government and other higher education institutions, and the insight provided by our experienced staff.

Our links with leading companies in finance, manufacturing and services will enable you to combine your classroom-based learning with practical input from professionals.

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Typical offers

UCAS points: 112

Available start dates

September 2017 / January 2018 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will be taught economics, finance and business from an international perspective. When you graduate you will be able to confidently give presentations, work in diverse teams, communicate ideas, solve problems in innovative ways and manage yourself and others.
  • Oxford Brookes University Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching. You will receive an engaging and vibrant learning experience which will prepare you for future employment.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School - in 2017 we are planning to relocate the School from its current home in Wheatley to Headington Campus. As part of the relocation we will be investing £30 million into buildings at Headington especially for Business School use. The redevelopment will provide new teaching and learning facilities for our students, and will enhance opportunities for collaboration with departments across the University.


In Year 1 you are introduced to the course through the week-long induction programme, including a social event for the group. You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts that underpin economics and finance in an international business setting. In addition, an introduction to communication and team-working skills and the development of quantitative skills will take place in the compulsory Year 1 modules. You can then choose two optional modules from within the school or across the university.

In Year 2 you will take on intermediate modules in micro and macroeconomics and you will enhance your quantitative knowledge through learning statistics for economics and finance. These will be supplemented by a set of additional intermediate level compulsory and optional modules, such as labour markets, international trade and international finance.

In your final year you will have study modules that will develop your fluency in economics in a variety of areas, such as environmental issues, economic development, finance and economic growth. You will continue to enhance your data analysis skills in the econometrics module. You will also take a synoptic (or capstone) module, which brings together the various aspects of the course. This module includes a reflective assignment dealing with preparation for your career or further study, which is supplemented by activities with the University careers service, visiting speakers, employers and alumni.


Study modules

Please see the course structure chart.

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.

Work placements

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

Our students have enjoyed exciting and intellectually challenging positions with companies including Microsoft, the Government Economic Service, IBM, Oxford Economic Forecasting, JP Morgan, Paypal, Hewlett-Packard and Trip Advisor.

During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role.

Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

Study abroad

You have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester. Our exchange partners include Burgundy Business School, Copenhagen Business School, International Business School in Budapest, Nebrija University Madrid and LIUC Milan. All teaching in the exchanges takes place in English.

Funding may be available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

Further information about exchanges, European work placements and other study abroad programmes, is available here.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Essential purchases

It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

Teaching and learning

  • On this course your learning experience will be exciting as well as challenging. You will have the opportunity to take part in problem-solving classes, Dragons’ Den-type assessments involving local employers, and sessions working with actors to develop your presentation skills. We want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world.
  • Throughout the course you will have close contact with your academic adviser and you will be taught through workshops and seminar discussions supplemented and supported by lectures. You will be able to participate in activities such as group presentations, role plays, analysis of numerical data, discussions of topical material (for example newspaper articles, videos and websites) and computer-based simulations.
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops will be supplemented by a range of activities undertaken outside class. These will include a substantial e-learning component to the degree, providing the opportunity to undertake self-study quizzes and diagnostic assessments, to participate in online discussion groups and to work in groups to prepare wikis as part of the assessment process. These e-learning activities will be complementary to face-to-face learning, forming part of a blended approach.
  • You will have the opportunity to hear from speakers and go on field trips. Practitioners from outside academia are employed to run workshops at specific points in order to provide specialised input which can help to develop particular skills. For example, you will be able to work with professional actors to develop presentation skills and with financial journalists to develop investigative and research skills.

Approach to assessment

You will benefit from ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on your work, rather than relying only on summative feedback at the end of modules. You will know specifically what areas to focus on with your academic adviser to develop you for your future career.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250 2018/19: £9,250 (subject to OFFA agreement)

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £750 per single module 2018/19: £750 per single module

Home/EU - cost per module: 2017/18: £750 per single module 2018/19: £750 per single module

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £1,380 2018/19: £1,380 (subject to OFFA agreement)

International - full time: 2017/18: £13,100 2018/19: £13,360

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840 2018/19: £3,920

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
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Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS points: 112

A-level: BBC or equivalent 

International Baccalaureate: 30 points


AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of 1 A-level (may include 12-unit vocational A-level). Key skills are not required but would be a positive feature of an application, as would free-standing AS-levels such as Critical Thinking.

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry look very different from 2016 entry - the 2017 BBC equivalent for this course will be 112 UCAS points for 2017. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade B or above) and English (grade C or above)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages. 

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports. The Business School is currently located at the Wheatley campus, which is easily accessible on the inter-campus Brookes bus.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We're investing over £30m in the Clerici building, creating modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Faculty of Business.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • the Faculty of Business brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • a new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • social learning spaces and a cafe
  • a new gateway into the Headington Campus.

At the Wheatley campus our current facilities include the Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, an innovative learning space. It provides a bright, open area, filled with up-to-date technology. Here students and staff can interact, collaborate and share ideas. There are workstations and areas for collaborative learning, as well as facilities for practising group presentations.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

This degree will give you the skills to work as an economist in the private, public or not-for-profit sector; in financial management, corporate finance or investment banking; or as a business analyst. Recent graduates from our economics courses have been recruited by a wide variety of organisations including the Government Economic Service, Unilever, Siemens and Liverpool Victoria, the UK’s largest friendly society.

Our aim is to give you a challenging and rewarding experience and to prepare you for employment. Our active careers office ensures that you have help in finding the right job for your specific skills.

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  • Course downloads

  • Undergraduate Business Degrees brochure 2018 - PDF
  • Course Structure Chart: Economics Finance International Business