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.
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.
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.
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.
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