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Economics, Finance and International Business

BSc (Hons) - single

Oxford Brookes Business School

On this course you will gain the knowledge, techniques and practical skills for a successful career as an economist or financial business analyst in the government or not-for-profit sector. You will graduate with a broad knowledge and specialist expertise in economic, financial and business analysis from an international perspective, preparing you for a role with skills in management, critical thinking and analysis.

This course will provide you with the practical experience, critical thinking, management skills and industry contacts to have a successful career in commercial business, a global blue-chip company or an entrepreneurial sector, or to start up your own business.

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.

Our links with leading companies in finance, manufacturing and services will enable you to combine your classroom-based learning with practical input from professionals.

You could also take a look at our Economics, Politics and International RelationsAccounting and Finance and Business and Management courses.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our degrees, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take one of our pathway programmes.


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Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

January 2019 / September 2019 / January 2020 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will be taught economics, finance and business from an international perspective. When you graduate you will be able to confidently give presentations, work in diverse teams, communicate ideas, solve problems in innovative ways and manage yourself and others.
  • Oxford Brookes Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching. You will receive an engaging and vibrant learning experience which will prepare you for future employment.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School as we have recently moved to new premises at our Headington Campus. The university has invested £30m to provide a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. This gives you first-class learning spaces close to university facilities, student halls and the city centre.

In Year 1 you will be introduced to the fundamental concepts that underpin economics and finance in an international business setting. The first year covers an introduction to economic theory as well as modules involving quantitative techniques, accounting, business and the application of economics to a range of recent social developments.

In Year 2 you continue studying economic theory and also take a statistics module and a module looking at the use of economic skills in the workplace. A central element of this year is the study of a range of modules with a distinctly international focus which analyse the main markets within which global organisations operate.

In Year 3 you have the opportunity to go on a work placement.

In your final year you take modules in which you apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first and second year to important contemporary problems in both economics and finance. The synoptic module which concludes the course builds on this by analysing complex business issues and showing how economic and financial ideas can illuminate them.

Throughout the three years of the course you will have the opportunity to take a range of optional courses covering many economic, financial and business issues, such as environmentally sustainable business, economic growth, industrial organisation, financial markets, economic policy, financial management and the role of finance in economic development.

Study modules

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.

Work placements

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.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching and learning

  • On this course your learning experience will be exciting as well as challenging. You will have the opportunity to take part in problem-solving classes, Dragons’ Den-type assessments involving local employers, and sessions working with actors to develop your presentation skills. We want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world.
  • Throughout the course you will have close contact with your academic adviser and you will be taught through workshops and seminar discussions supplemented and supported by lectures. You will be able to participate in activities such as group presentations, role plays, analysis of numerical data, discussions of topical material (for example newspaper articles, videos and websites) and computer-based simulations.
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops will be supplemented by a range of activities undertaken outside class. These will include a substantial e-learning component to the degree, providing the opportunity to undertake self-study quizzes and diagnostic assessments, to participate in online discussion groups and to work in groups to prepare wikis as part of the assessment process. These e-learning activities will be complementary to face-to-face learning, forming part of a blended approach.
  • You will have the opportunity to hear from speakers and go on field trips. Practitioners from outside academia are employed to run workshops at specific points in order to provide specialised input which can help to develop particular skills. For example, you will be able to work with professional actors to develop presentation skills and with financial journalists to develop investigative and research skills.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 16%84%0%
2 15%85%0%
3 (sandwich year)1%0%99%
4 16%84%0%

Approach to assessment

You will benefit from ongoing in-depth, specific feedback on your work, rather than relying only on summative feedback at the end of modules. 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.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 35%6%59%
2 55%0%45%
3 (sandwich year)0%50%50%
4 53%0%48%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,360 2019/20: £13,630

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

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.

IB Diploma: 30 points


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.

Specific entry requirements

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

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard 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.

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.

How to apply

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take a foundation course or an international foundation course. 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.

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages.

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

The Clerici Building has undergone a huge redevelopment creating a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and a café. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

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.

Course downloads

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  • Course Structure Chart: Economics Finance International Business
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