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Economics, Finance and International Business

BSc (Hons)

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UCAS code: LN13

Start dates: September 2023 / January 2024 / September 2024

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): Oxford Brookes Business School


See the world from an economist’s point of view. Understand how financial decisions impact peoples’ lives. By applying economic theory to real-world scenarios, we’ll help you prepare for a career in this field. 

You’ll meet people from diverse backgrounds on our Economics, Finance and International Business degree, learning about how different economic policies affect the choices people make and shape their life experiences. And you’ll consider the challenges businesses face when dealing with growth, profitability, and sustainability. 

The course gives you essential skills for starting a career in a range of economics roles. There are opportunities for you to pursue specialist routes. You could focus on the world of finance, understanding how markets work and exploring current events, while gaining exemptions from some ACCA modules if you’re thinking of becoming a chartered accountant. Or if you choose econometrics, we’ll help you prepare for a quantitative, data-driven career after graduation. 

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • A new perspective

    Study with academics at the cutting-edge of current issues such as cyber security, Brexit, and the energy crisis.

  • Earn and learn

    Take on a paid work placement – students have previously worked with Disney, BMW and the ONS.

  • Explore new cultures

    Study overseas and discover new ways of living and learning – past destinations have included Japan, Australia and the USA.

  • Think beyond growth

    The course focuses on sustainability and changing social norms – collect data on campus, and design economic models that will work now and in the future.

  • Focus on reality

    Don’t just study economic theory – see how models work in the real world and how they impact peoples’ lives.

  • Free language courses

    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.

  • Study abroad

    You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

Course details

Course structure

In year 1, you’ll become familiar with key concepts in economics and finance in international businesses. This includes quantitative techniques and applying economic policies to current social developments. 

You’ll continue studying these theories in year 2, seeing how they apply to real-world situations like the workplace. There’s also a focus on international trade, business and finance, and you’ll review the markets companies serve.  

You can take on a paid work placement in year 3. Many of our students have received job offers from their placement companies, and apply what they learn during their time on placement to their final year modules. 

In your final year, you’ll review modern problems in economics and finance. The Perspectives on Global Challenges module will have you analyse complicated world issues and how financial and economic ideas illuminate them. 

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Learning and teaching

During this course you will learn through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • analysis of numerical data
  • discussions of topical material
  • guest speakers

You'll have the opportunity to take part in:

  • problem-solving classes
  • policy debates
  • Pub-quiz type exercises.

The e-learning component provides the opportunity to:

  • take self-study quizzes and diagnostic assessments
  • take part in online discussion groups
  • work in groups to prepare wikis as part of the assessment process. 

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Our teaching staff will give ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on your work. You will know specifically what areas to focus on with your academic adviser to develop you for your future career.

The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours.

Start this course in January

You have the option to start this course in January. In each of your three years, you will study your first semester between January and May and your second semester between September and December. There will be no teaching during June, July and August. 

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Microeconomics I

Macroeconomics I

Mathematics for Economics and Finance

From Empire to States

Global Challenges in International Relations

Political Socialisation and Ideology

Politics in Comparative Perspective

Optional modules

Choose one module from this list

  • Economics and Society in Context
  • Statistics for Economics, Finance and Business.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Microeconomics 2

Macroeconomics 2

Exploring and Enhancing Employability

The Global Political Economy

Researching Politics and International Relations

Dilemmas of Governing

International Finance

International Business Strategy

Optional modules

Optional Modules

  • Independent Study in Business
  • International Labour Markets
  • Applied Econometrics
  • International Trade
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Borders and Solidarities 
  • State and Society:  Europe and the United States
  • Nationalism and Regime Change 
  • Placement Search and Preparation (compulsory for Sandwich mode)
  • Placement Learning (compulsory for Sandwich mode)
  • Language Options (Mandarin, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, English).

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year (includes a Placement Search and Preparation module in your second year)

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, the Office for National Statistics, IBM, 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. Learn more about how Oxford Brookes Business School supports students secure a work placement.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Perspectives on Global Challenges

Global Development, Justice and Sustainability

Optional modules

Optional Modules

  • Placement Learning (compulsory for snadwich mode)
  • Independent Study
  • Advanced Applied Econometrics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics, Politics and International Relations Dissertation
  • Behavioural Economics 
  • Ethics, Power, World Politics
  • Freedom and Justice 
  • Violence, Militarism and Terrorism
  • Violence and the Politics of Peace and Identity
  • Language options (Mandarin, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, English).

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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By the end of the course, you’ll have gained subject-specific and transferable expertise useful in economics and other industries. Graduates are now working in analyst and associate roles in the NHS, Thomson Reuters, and Grant Thornton. Others have taken positions with PwC, BNP Paribas, and Schroders. 

You could also consider becoming an economics and finance research assistant on university research projects. This gives you the experience for pursuing postgraduate study in these areas or a related discipline.

There’s an employability module on this course that will help you improve your professional skills. You’ll engage with our careers and placement service and have opportunities to hear from alumni and other external speakers. They’ll show you how to be the best version of yourself when starting your career or launching a business.

Student profiles

Our Staff

Dr Yoko Nagase

My primary teaching areas are microeconomics, Environmental and natural resource economics, public finance, and mathematical economics. I have also taught multi-disciplinary modules/courses such as Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (co-taught with a team of scholars in natural sciences) and a reading course for first-year students.

Read more about Yoko

Entry requirements

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course, like Foundation in Business or an international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

International qualifications and equivalences

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note, tuition fees for Home 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.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

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Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.