Year 1 will start with a week-long induction programme where you will meet fellow students. You will also meet with your academic adviser and course managers to discuss your first year programme of study. Core modules will introduce you to micro-economic and macro-economic theory as well as the fundamentals of accounting. First year core modules will also equip you with key skills, including primary research, sourcing and evaluating secondary data, academic referencing with emphasis on avoiding plagiarism, quantitative methods, and manipulation and critical evaluation of numerical data.
In Year 2 you extend your study with intermediate level modules in both disciplines.
- Your economic study will continue with intermediate level macroeconomics (eg fiscal and monetary policy) and microeconomics (eg firms’ behaviour in different competitive markets) as well as a statistics module that will introduce you to the world of data analysis.
- Intermediate level accounting study splits into financial accounting (eg preparing and analysing financial statements) and management accounting (eg providing and interpreting costing, budgetary and control information for managers).
A research methods module will prepare you for your final year synoptic or dissertation study and there are sessions providing help and guidance in sourcing and applying for the most suitable work placement positions for you.
In Year 3 there is the option of a work placement which will enable you to graduate with highly valued graduate-level work experience alongside the academic knowledge and transferable skills gained throughout the course.
In your final year you will study either a synoptic module that will enhance your ability to synthesise various areas that you have studied, or you can choose a dissertation module enabling you to pursue your own subject interests in depth.
You will also choose from a selection of modules in accounting and economics, as well as some from areas such as finance, law, tax, audit, depending on your preferences.
Please see the course structure chart.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module lists you choose from may differ from those listed here.
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.
Students from the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, have enjoyed exciting and intellectually challenging positions at Aldi, BMW, Lloyds Banking Group, the NHS, Microsoft, IBM, KPMG, Hewlett Packard, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Harley Davidson and a host of other global organisations.
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.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- Improving your employment prospects within an international market
- Boosting your language skills
- Building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- Improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
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.