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.
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.
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.
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.