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Economics, Finance and International Business

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020



Course length

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

Part time: up to 8 years


Oxford Brookes Business School

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Economics, Finance and International Business degree will prepare you for a successful career as an economist or financial business analyst in the government or not-for-profit sector. 

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. 

We have links with leading companies in finance, manufacturing and services. This enables you to combine your classroom-based learning with practical input from professionals.

At Oxford Brookes Business School we are known internationally for learning and teaching. You will receive an engaging and vibrant learning experience.

You will graduate with relevant knowledge, techniques and practical skills. With a broad knowledge and specialist skills in management, critical thinking and analysis you will be prepared for your future career.  

How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


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

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade B/5 or above) and English (grade C/4 or above)

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.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home/EU Full Time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU Part Time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home/EU Full Time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU Part Time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

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

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 below.

Additional costs

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.

Learning and assessment

Year 1 introduces you to the fundamental concepts that underpin economics and finance in an international business setting. Including:

  • economic theory
  • quantitative techniques
  • accounting
  • business
  • the application of economics to a range of recent social developments.

In Year 2 you continue studying economic theory. You'll also take a statistics module and a module looking at the use of economic skills in the workplace. You will study a range of modules with a distinctly international focus. In these modules you analyse the main markets within which global organisations operate.

In Year 3 you can opt to go on a work placement.

In your final year you apply the knowledge and skills gained in years 1 and 2. You'll look at important contemporary problems in both economics and finance. The synoptic module analyses complex business issues and shows how economic and financial ideas can illuminate them.

Throughout the course you can take a range of optional modules covering economic, financial and business issues.

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Study modules

Year 1

Accounting and Financial Information*

Choose 1 optional module from this list

Raising Individual Financial Awareness, Work, Employment and Globalisation, Plus language options.

Economics and Society in Context*

Essential Information Skills*

Foundations of Business*

Macroeconomics I*

Mathematics for Economics and Finance*

Microeconomics I*

Year 2

Choose 2 optional modules from this list

Corporate Finance, Environmentally Sustainable Business, Financial Markets and Institutions, Independent Study, International Labour Markets, International Trade, Introduction to Econometrics, Research Methods in Economics, Plus language options.

International Business Strategy*

International Finance*

Macroeconomics II*

Microeconomics II*

Skills and Knowledge for Graduate Economics*

Statistics for Economics and Finance*

Year 3 (optional placement year)

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, 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.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Applied Economics, Finance and International Business Synoptic (2 module credits) (Honours)

Choose 3 honours modules from this list

Advanced Financial Management, Behavioural Economics, Business Ethics, Economic Growth, Econometrics, Environmental Economics, Finance and Development, Independent Study, Perpectives on International Management.

Contemporary Issues in Economics (Honours)

Contemporary Issues in Finance (Honours)

Strategic Management (Honours)

* = Required

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

Learning and teaching

We want you to enjoy developing the skills you need to succeed in the competitive business world.

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops.

You'll have the opportunity to take part in:

  • problem-solving classes
  • Dragons’ Den-type assessments involving local employers
  • sessions working with actors to develop your presentation skills. 

You will hear from guest speakers and go on field trips. We also invite practitioners from outside academia to run workshops which can help to develop particular skills.  

Throughout the course you'll have close contact with your academic adviser.

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. 

These e-learning activities and face-to-face learning form part of a blended approach. 

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 15%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 85%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 1%
  • Placement - 99%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.


Assessment methods used on this course

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.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 35%
  • Coursework - 59%
  • Practical exams - 6%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 55%
  • Coursework - 45%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 50%
  • Practical exams - 50%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 52%
  • Coursework - 48%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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.

After you graduate

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, Grant Thorntons, the Office for National Statistics, 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.

Our Staff

Dr Lawrence Haar

I am a Financial Risk Professional with international experience at Director and MD level managing market and credit risk for commodities and FX at major financial institutions, such as Credit Suisse and UniCredit.

Read more about Lawrence

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

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.

Information from Unistats

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.