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Economics, Finance and International Business

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

January 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024 / September 2024



Course length

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

Part time: up to 8 years

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.  

You may also be interested in our Economics, Politics and International Relations course.

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How to apply

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.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade C/5 or above)

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 part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

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?

Contact Student Finance on:

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.

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
  • 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 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 Perspectives on Global Challenges 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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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

Microeconomics I

Macroeconomics I

Mathematics for Economics and Finance

Foundations of Business

Statistics for Economics, Finance and Business

Optional modules

Choose 2 modules from this list

  • Raising Individual Financial Awareness
  • Work, Employment and Globalisation
  • Accounting and Financial Information
  • Foundations of Marketing
  • Plus language options.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Exploring and Enhancing Employability

International Trade

International Business Strategy

International Finance

Macroeconomics II

Microeconomics II

Optional modules

Choose 2 modules from this list

  • Corporate Finance
  • Environmentally Sustainable Business
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Labour Markets
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Independent Study
  • Placement Learning (compulsory for Sandwich mode). 
  • Plus language options.

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.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Contemporary Issues in Economics (Honours)

Contemporary Issues in Finance (Honours)

Perspectives on Global Challenges

Strategic Management (Honours)

Optional modules

Choose 3 honours modules from this list

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Economic Growth
  • Econometrics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Finance and Development
  • Perspectives on International Management
  • Economic Policy
  • Independent Study

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.

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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
  • 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.

You will hear from guest speakers from outside academia which can help to develop particular skills relevant to employability.  

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. 


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.

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.

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 Thornton, 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 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.

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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.