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.
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.
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.
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.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
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