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BSc (Hons) - single

Oxford Brookes Business School

If you want a career in business, government or the not-for-profit sector as an economist, then this course will give you the knowledge, techniques and practical skills that employers are looking for. On this course you will learn about the explanation and applications of theories and principles to various real-world situations such as international trade, interest rates and the housing market.
This Economics programme will prepare you to be an economist in government and public sector organisations as well as a range of positions in the accounting, banking and finance sectors. The transferable skills you develop will also prepare you for a variety of other business careers including marketing and general management.
You will learn how to apply economic theory to the real world through case studies and the work placement scheme, visits by experts from the world of business and government and the insight provided by our highly research-active staff. 
You will benefit from rigorous training in quantitative skills, logical deduction, clear and concise verbal explanation and applications of theories and principles to various real-world situations. These skills are highly sought after by employers.

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Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120

Available start dates

September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 with work placement
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


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

  • You will develop the skills and knowledge 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 your future career.
  • 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 take modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematics for economics and the application of economics to recent social developments. The remainder of the first year course consists of a wide range of optional modules drawn from with the school of the wider university. 
In Year 2 you take four compulsory modules. These cover intermediate macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics (the application of statistical methods to the testing of economic theories), research methods and the use of economic skills in the workplace.  In addition you will take optional modules dealing with a wide range of topics such as international trade, financial markets, labour economics, game theory and the history of economic thought. 
In Year 3 you have the opportunity to go on a work placement.
In your final year you can either write a dissertation on a topic of a your choice or take a synoptic module which draws on all elements of the course and uses them to analyse important contemporary economic problems. There is also a wide range of optional modules covering areas such as applied econometrics, economic growth, economic policy, environmental economics and industrial organisation.


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.

Students from the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department have enjoyed exciting and intellectually-challenging positions at JP Morgan, IBM, the Government Economic Service, Oxford Economics, the Office for National Statistics, and a host of other organisations, many of which operate internationally. Many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

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 may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • Improving your employment prospects within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures
  • while on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

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

  • You will develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in economics and related subjects which, together, enable you to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading international professions. 
  • 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 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. E-learning activities will be complementary to face-to-face learning, forming part of a blended approach. 

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 16%84%0%
2 16%84%0%
3 (sandwich year)16%84%0%
4 13%88%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 38%6%56%
2 55%0%45%
3 (sandwich year)55%0%45%
4 36%0%64%

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: 120

A-Level: BBB

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: 31 points


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.

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

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

Through studying economics extensively, you will benefit from rigorous training in quantitative skills, logical deduction, clear and concise verbal explanation and applications of theories and principles to various real-world situations. These skills are highly sought after by employers.
This course will prepare you to be an economist in government, public sector organisations and NGOs as well as for a range of positions in the financial sectors including roles in financial institutions such as banks and work in financial markets. Your transferable skills will prepare you for many other business careers.