Economics, Finance and International Business

BSc (Hons)

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UCAS code: LN13

Start dates: January 2024 / September 2024 / January 2025 / September 2025

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

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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.

  • 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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Your assessments will be diverse, and will support different learning styles - you’ll have a real opportunity to showcase your strengths. Your learning may be assessed by a combination of individual or group coursework, presentations, and examinations.

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

  • Economics and Society in Context

    This module aims to introduce you to undergraduate study in economics to an economics way of looking at real-world events. By focusing on applying economic theoretical concepts to real-world issues, the key aim is to provide you with the opportunity to see how economics can be seen in our everyday life and be excited about studying economics further. By introducing a set of key theoretical concepts and focusing on your applications to real-world events, the module facilitates students’ ability to understand abstract theoretical concepts and explain them using various real-world events.

    This module will help you develop an awareness of the economic foundation of complex issues in order to enhance the ability to make reasoned judgements and informed choices in the sphere of social and political affairs, widening your perspective on important social issues.

  • Microeconomics I

    This module on microeconomic analysis will introduce you to economic models and analytical methods of reasoning. Through diagrammatic and mathematical models, you'll explore consumer and producer behaviour and learn to recognise relationships between economic variables. You will learn to recognise relationships between economic variables and present these relationships diagrammatically, as well as interpret market data and apply it to real-world scenarios.

    By the end of the module, you will have a comprehensive understanding of microeconomic principles and be able to apply these principles to real-world situations, as well as evaluate economic policies using the analytical tools and models that you have learned. In addition to developing your academic literacy and research literacy skills, you'll grow skills in self-management, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking.

  • Macroeconomics I

    In this module, you will learn about the fundamentals of macroeconomics. You will cover key areas such as consumption, investment, savings, taxation, and the foreign sector. You will gain an understanding of how these variables relate to each other and how they impact the economy. Throughout the module, you will use real-world situations to illustrate the relevance of macroeconomics to your life as a student. You will develop the skills necessary to analyse and evaluate government policies on economic issues, identify the strengths and weaknesses of market economies, and prepare an argument and analysis of a particular macroeconomic event or change.

    By the end of this module, you should have a solid understanding of macroeconomic theory and its real-world applications. 

  • Mathematics for Economics and Finance

    This module will provide you with foundational mathematical techniques that are essential in the fields of economics and business. You will learn how to perform algebraic operations, solve systems of equations, and work with quadratic functions. Additionally, you will acquire the ability to differentiate multivariable functions and to analyse functional relationships using mathematical tools. 

    Through this module, you will develop problem-solving skills, self-management, communication, and learning abilities. By the end of this module, you will have gained proficiency in the application of mathematical techniques and a deeper understanding of how they are used in finance and optimization within the context of economics, finance, and business.

  • Statistics for Economics, Finance and Business

    This module will help you build an essential foundation in quantitative techniques for the study of business, management and economics. 

    You’ll get to use statistical software that can be used for business economics analysis. You study how quantitative techniques can be combined with theory to enhance the explanatory power of business economics. 

    You’ll get to use Excel as your main calculative software tool, building your quantitative skills, so you can estimate your own statistical results using real data. You’ll also learn how to interpret your data results and present them.

  • Foundations of Business

    This module will help you appreciate the internal and external contexts of business. You’ll also examine the impact of challenges such as globalisation and the increasing pace of change, and how these are evaluated to establish strategy.

    Upon successful completion of this module, you’ll develop critical thinking skills to analyse organisational opportunities and resolve problems, and you’ll gain an understanding of the diversity of business and its basic principles.

  • Economics and Sustainability

    This module aims to introduce you to undergraduate study in economics to an economics way of looking at real-world events. By focusing on applying economic theoretical concepts to real-world issues, the key aim is to provide you with the opportunity to see how economics can be seen in our everyday life and be excited about studying economics further. By introducing a set of key theoretical concepts and focusing on your applications to real-world events, the module facilitates students’ ability to understand abstract theoretical concepts and explain them using various real-world events.

    This module will help you develop an awareness of the economic foundation of complex issues in order to enhance the ability to make reasoned judgements and informed choices in the sphere of social and political affairs, widening your perspective on important social issues.

  • Work, Employment and Globalisation

    To give you an understanding of the complex and dynamic challenges of contemporary global labour markets, you’ll explore contemporary issues about work, employment and global labour markets throughout this module. And you’ll investigate the changing nature and organisation of work, inequalities at work, migration and labour mobility, identity at work, and the digital economy. These issues will be examined using a variety of institutional, organisational and individual theoretical perspectives. 

    From exploring post-industrial work and society within different institutional contexts, you’ll gain a key understanding of issues of diversity and inclusion at work, while gaining the intellectual skills required to critically research and review literature. 

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Microeconomics II

    This intermediate module enriches the understanding of microeconomic theory built in previous modules. It covers individual consumer preferences, market demand analysis, production costs, pricing behaviour of firms, and asymmetric information. You'll apply economic theory to real-world scenarios, including issues of price and income subsidies, taxation, insurance, and asset markets. The module utilises a graphical approach to help you develop a basic understanding of general equilibrium theory. You'll learn to distinguish between issues of equity and efficiency in product markets, gaining a deeper understanding of economic policies' societal impact.

    Through this module, you'll also develop self-management, learning, communication, and problem-solving skills essential to success in academic and professional settings. 

  • Macroeconomics II

    In this module, you will delve deeper into macroeconomic theory and policy by examining national economies and international linkages. You will analyse long and short-run macroeconomic models, fiscal and monetary policies, exchange rate policies, government debt, and currency unions. Through theoretical analysis and examination of recent economic events, you will develop a critical understanding of macroeconomic hypotheses and competing approaches. You will also enhance your problem-solving, critical thinking, and data analysis skills to apply theoretical understanding and empirical knowledge to macroeconomic policy debates.

    By completing this module, you will gain critical self-awareness by assessing the impact of macroeconomic shocks and economic policies in determining key economic variables. The carefully curated learning framework will enhance problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Exploring and Enhancing Employability

    This module will help you develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll need for making your career decisions and managing your future career development. You’ll also cover

    • transitions into graduate employment
    • self-employment 
    • further study 
    • professional training courses 

    in the UK or overseas. 

    You’ll be supported to take an informed and critical view of the world of work and think about your future role and responsibilities, not only to yourself but also to others. You’ll also learn about the University Careers Service and OBBS WAVES team. You’ll have the opportunity to go into placements, internships, volunteering and other extracurricular activities offered by the University.

  • International Trade

    You’ll be introduced to international trade and economic integration. And you’ll use partial equilibrium tools of economic analyses to analyse trade policy options and assess the welfare implications of these policies. Throughout this module, you’ll also explore the institutional arrangements of various trading blocks through reviewing multilateral and global institutions. 

    Upon successful completion of this module, you’ll  be able to understand the economic rationale of international trade, and the stages of economic integration, including their relevance to international negotiations. You’ll also gain problem-solving and IT skills. 

  • International Finance

    You’ll study the main forces that are shaping the international financial environment. You’ll also look at the techniques and strategies used by organisations to respond to the international financial environment when making key financial decisions. 

    You’ll look at:

    • capital flows
    • exchange rate determination
    • risk management in an international context
    • international investment decisions and 
    • the financing of international activities.

    To develop your understanding of global finance and give you insight into global financial decisions that are made in today’s world.

  • International Business Strategy

    In this module, you’ll delve into the social issues and opportunities associated with international business, and the challenges associated with a dynamic business environment. To develop your understanding of globalisation, you’ll be provided with a thorough overview of current affairs. You’ll also explore international business, while considering issues of sustainability and equality. 

    By completing this module, you’ll be able to assess the management and operational environment in which international business operates, while also developing the ability to analyse specific international business, innovation and sustainability strategies pursued by firms (MNCs, SMEs, NGOs).

  • Placement Search and Preparation (only compulsory for who will take the optional Year 3 work placement)

    This module is designed to provide practical guidance and support in undertaking a placement search, preparing for the placement experience, and succeeding in the modern workplace. Throughout the module, you will develop critical self-awareness and personal literacy skills, enabling you to self-reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses and target your placement search effectively. Additionally, you will also explore methods of effective and targeted placement search, increasing your chances of securing a placement.

    In summary, this module is an essential component of your employability journey. By integrating with co-curricular activities, the module provides a holistic approach to employability, ensuring that students have a broad range of skills and experiences to draw upon in their future careers.

Optional modules

Choose 2 Optional modules from those below:

International Labour Markets

This module examines the diversity of national policy approaches to labour market and social issues. You’ll undertake a comparative economic analysis of the behaviour of employers and employees operating in the global marketplace. Using a common framework of the economic theory of labour markets, you’ll also critically evaluate how governments, economic, social and other institutions alter outcomes in labour markets. 
By completing this module, you’ll be able to present a range of international labour market data, defend appropriate policy proposals and solutions to labour market issues, and recognise the implications for analysis of various social and cultural phenomena. 

Economics of Enterprise and Innovation

Discover the link between innovation and economic growth, as innovation is the key driver for economic growth in both developed and developing economies. .

You will learn about innovation's economic policy role, in particular, intellectual property rights (e.g. patents and trademarks). That ensures that innovators receive a fair share of their economic efforts which spur further investments towards this direction. Also you’ll discuss the value of customers’ data, data Intellectual Property, and the role of governments to regulate policies and standards so that new technologies can reach into the market, improving efficiency and allowing a fair competition.

Applied Econometrics

This module provides an introduction to the interpretation and analysis of economic data through the application of appropriate statistical and econometric methodologies. You will gain practice in applying theory and develop your skills of statistical and econometric analysis through the completion of problem sets. Practising quantitative techniques in seminars is essential in helping you to identify your learning needs and to encourage you to become critically self-aware of your relative strengths and weaknesses in relation to the acquisition of quantitative skills, a fundamental attribute of graduates in economics and finance.

On completion of the module you will have an understanding of hypothesis testing and statistical inference; the ability to conduct essential statistical analyses of data; and an understanding of regression analyses.

History of Economic Thought

This module provides an introduction to the historical development of economic ideas. In so doing it is designed to illuminate both the influence of such ideas within a variety of social and political contexts and against the background of debates in economic policy. It aims to demonstrate the variety of approaches which can be taken to the study of economic phenomena and the traditions to which they give rise.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to appreciate the relationship between developments in economic thought and within general society, critically evaluate the ideas of economic thinkers and appreciate the diversity of paradigms which have influenced the development of economic doctrine over time.

Financial Markets and Institutions

On this module, you’ll examine the nature of financial markets and the role of financial intermediaries. You’ll analyse the nature of market efficiency, and the extent to which asset prices reflect rational decisions in consideration of psychological or speculative factors. You’ll also explore comparative merits and the question of financial regulation. Different types of financial instruments and their valuation will also be explored.

Upon successful completion of this module, you’ll be able to assess institution-based and market-based finance in a variety of contexts, understand the main principles underlying asset pricing models, and resolve general problems in selecting investments in a global market. 

Corporate Finance

This module will introduce you  to the fundamentals of finance and to the finance function in a company or corporation. This will enable you  to understand the sorts of decisions that are taken by financial managers along with their rationales. The content includes an explanation of the role of finance in business and the objectives of the finance function. You will examine also the decisions affecting capital structure and the cost of capital.

Environmentally Sustainable Business

You’ll look at the environmental sustainability challenges facing society and businesses. You’ll discuss key environmental issues such as:

  • global warming
  • pollution
  • biodiversity loss 
  • freshwater depletion 

and the role of business in causing as well as responding to such issues. 

You’ll explore macro (economic, policy, governance) as well as micro (organisational and individual) perspectives. You’ll also be introduced to a variety of stakeholder perspectives and frameworks for evaluating business responses. Through the module you’ll develop your key competencies for sustainability that are endorsed by UNESCO (2017) and the QAA/Advance HE (2021). The competencies are:

  • systems thinking
  • anticipatory thinking
  • normative competency 
  • strategic thinking
  • collaborative competency 
  • critical thinking
  • self-awareness 
  • integrated problem-solving competency.

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

    This module is your advanced introduction to pluralism and competing paradigms in economics, finance and international business. You will investigate contemporary topics by using theoretical and empirical tools in economics and finance where you’ll employ orthodox and non orthodox approaches. 

    Through the module you’ll develop a deep understanding of key global trends and outcomes that are relevant to the world of international business. Also you will progress your analytical investigation skills in the sphere of global economics.

  • Contemporary Issues in Economics

    This module adopts a political economy approach and focuses on selected controversial economic issues such as economic growth, inequality, pricing mechanism and resource allocation, unemployment, economics of information, and mechanism designs, and so on. It examines each issue by comparing and contrasting the philosophy and methods of the neo-classical approach with alternative approaches.

  • Contemporary Issues in Finance

    This module provides an opportunity for students to investigate the forces shaping the contemporary financial system. A variety of issues will be examined, taking the financial turmoil of 2007-2008 as a starting point. The emphasis will be on both the underlying causes of recent financial developments and the more general implications of these for our understanding of finance and on the possibilities open to regulatory authorities, companies, investors and other interested groups to respond to these developments.

Optional modules

Choose 3 Optional Modules from those below:

Behavioural Economics

Build your understanding of the concept called ‘homo economicus’ where individuals are considered to be perfectly rational and concerned only about maximising their own welfare. Your understanding of strategic behaviour in encounters with other individuals, modelled as games will broaden. You’ll examine concepts such as:

  • bounded rationality
  • cognitive bias
  • market design
  • equilibrium selection
  • and policies in detail.

By the end of the module you’ll have a critical understanding of the new stream of thinking that has developed within economics in the last few decades. You’ll have knowledge of what allows people to make mistakes in decision-making and be altruistic – i.e. care about others’ utility as well as their own.

Economic Growth

This module uses economic theory to analyse the structure and forces behind economic growth and development. You will learn standard theory of economic growth and use those theories to analyse the process of economic growth across countries. You will familiarise yourself with a set of important issues that are central to macroeconomics; develop some dynamic economics knowledge useful in macroeconomics as well as in a number of other sub-disciplines. By the end of the module you will gain  tools to analyse the economy with a long-run perspective that is normally overlooked in the other macroeconomic modules

Environmental Economics

On this module, you build your understanding of modelling techniques and analytical tools of environmental economics. You will be able to critically analyse a range of environmental issues which impact environmental externalities on economic agents and the range of policy responses available to policymakers.

Finance and Development

Throughout this module, you’ll explore the economic challenges of financing development in developing countries, while using internal and external sources of finance. You’ll investigate the difference between development and growth, the roles of public and private sector, financial dualism, credit market failures, micro finance and international capital flows. 

Upon successful completion of this module, you’ll be able to interpret the implications of international financial flows on development, and you’ll gain an understanding of how a viable financial system can assist in economic growth and development.

Economic Policy

This module focuses on selected important economic policy issues and relevant economic tools of analysis, with a balance between macro- and microeconomics. You will develop key skills and knowledge in the economics of public policy, which are a necessary requirement for a career as an academic economist or as an analyst in a wide range of national and international policy-making institutions.

Advanced Financial Management

This module extends the basic theory of corporate finance covered in previous years by developing more complex approaches to financial management which can guide decision-making in the face of risk and uncertainty. It also examines corporate decisions concerning capital structure and the choice between internal and external finance and sets these decisions in the context of developments in a range of financial markets. Your learning outcomes include being able to apply investment appraisal techniques to conditions of risk and uncertainty, assess the impact of cost capital for businesses and understand the key principles and techniques of risk management.

Advanced Applied Econometrics

Further and broaden your knowledge of econometrics. You’ll progress and develop your econometric skills that are needed to be able to successfully investigate economic and financial relationships by using appropriate econometric methodologies. You’ll study examples based on both economic and financial data that illustrate the application of the methodologies you’ll learn to use.

Open Data and Distributed Finance

Develop a sound understanding of the concepts, tools and practical experience of using new data technologies to disintermediate and promote innovation and competition across financial services. 

You will learn, through case analysis, about the supporting technologies and how these allow a supporting ‘ecoSystem’ of third parties to compete in providing financial services. Also you’ll examine the challenge posed for incumbents competing against challengers and maintaining and innovating bank’s own systems; and the associated public policy issues concerning financial, privacy and competition regulation, building your applicable knowledge of open data and distributed finance.

Sustainable Investing

You will develop your critical and practical understanding of creating and analysing a sustainable investment portfolio. You’ll have access to our Bloomberg virtual trading terminals to develop your practical skills. You’ll also construct an investment portfolio aligned to sustainable investing principles. 

This will include focusing on practical aspects of portfolio management, including establishing key performance metrics, risk measurement and fundamental analysis.

Business and Artificial Intelligence

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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuition fees

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Home (UK) full time

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

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International full time

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Home (UK) full time

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

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2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

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

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International full time

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2025 / 26
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Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

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

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

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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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