Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Financial Economics

UCAS course code L113
Institution code P60
Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

We'll provide you with an in-depth knowledge of financial economics and with the ability to apply that knowledge to the analysis of a range of practical situations relevant to both future employment and learning. The core syllabus stresses the integration of theory and evidence in economic analysis and research. The course emphasises the acquisition of key analytical and numerical skills and the progressive development of independent research.

This course lasts for one or two years and is designed as a 'top-up' if you have already successfully completed study equivalent to a Foundation Degree, HND or an equivalent professional qualification. At the end of your study you will be eligible to receive a full honours degree. This course is available with a January or September start.

Financial Economics
Careers with this subject

Our courses offer a fantastic way to kick-start your career, increasing your value as an employee in your chosen field, and can also open the door to postgraduate study.

Our students graduate ready to take on all sorts of finance and economics roles – from industry economist to financial risk analyst.

Find out what our graduates are up to 

Where can an economics degree take you?


Real experience every step of the way

As well as expert-led teaching, all undergraduate modules within Plymouth Business School have integrated CV building activity, for example, through micro-credentialing, problem-based learning, or embedded direct employer activity.

We have ensured every module contains a real world problem-based exercise. We have reached out to employers directly to involve real business in our assessments. You will experience real world employee engagement every month.

We know this is key to student academic and graduate success.


Careers service

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated careers service supporting you from the moment you start your degree, to three years after graduation.

Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.

We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

Find out more about our Careers Service

Key features

  • This course lasts for one or two years and is designed as a 'top-up' if you have already successfully completed study equivalent to a Foundation Degree, HND or an equivalent professional qualification. At the end of the course you will be eligible to receive a full honours degree. Students studying over two years have the opportunity to undertake a placement between their first and second year. We also offer a three year BSc (Hons) Economics course. 
  •  A syllabus integrating both theoretical and evidence-based economic analysis and research across micro- and macroeconomic, theory, policy and more key areas.
  • In order to support the development of our students as professional economists we frequently deliver topics using a real world application-based approach integrating theoretical and evidence-based economic analysis.
  • Engage with current and past students through our Economics Society, and hear talks from visiting academics and professionals.
  • The Bloomberg Interactive Learning Suite allow students to research fields such as corporate finance, derivative markets, portfolio and risk analytics, real-time data and investment simulations.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • This course offers a wide ranging economics core in Level 5 with a strong focus on a range of financial topics in Level 6. Level 5 entrants can undertake an optional placement year between Levels 5 and 6. You can focus on different areas of the subject by choosing your own project area and supervisor.

    Core modules

    • Challenge Module (ACF5005)

      Through this module you can select from a choice of topics related to the big challenges business and society are facing today. These might be drawn from the UN Sustainable Development Goals or a country’s industrial strategy.

    • Intermediate Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (ECN5001)

      You will explore the concepts and theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics at an intermediate level and apply them to the analysis of real world issues such as education choice, industrial strategy, insurance, central banking, macroeconomic stability and crises, drivers of prosperity and the motivations behind policy interventions.

    • Applied Econometrics and Research Methods for Economists (ECN5007)

      This module introduces you to both theoretical and empirical aspects of economic methodology. It considers economics within the general framework of scientific philosophy, introducing different schools of thought and different methodological approaches within economics. Practical aspects of economic methodology are illustrated in the application of econometric methods.

    • Careers and Professional Development (PBS500CPD)

      This module is aimed at enhancing students employability skills and knowledge especially those who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    Optional modules

    • Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Second Year Students (DEAS200)

      The short, not for credit module will teach academic skills (including, but not limited to, time management, groupwork, information literacy and some basic critical thinking) to second year IDES. It is based in the middle of the first term.

    • Financial Markets and Decision Making (ECN5004)

      The objective of this module is to give you an understanding of the structural organisation of financial markets, and the role they play in the economy and to introduce the basic concepts in modern finance. You will undertake a detailed study of financial markets, e.g. the stock market, the bond market, the derivative markets and analyses financial decision-making through different models of stock and bond valuation and uses of financial derivatives. You will examine different ways of assessing risk, different ways of putting risk and return together, and portfolio building. The course considers theory, empirical evidence and practical application.

    • International Economics: Trade and Finance (ECN5005)

      In this module you will explore the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and international finance.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Advanced Economic Theory and Policy (ECN6001)

      This module explores the application of advanced economics to a range of contemporary theoretical and applied policy related issues in economics.

    • Game Theory and Strategic Behaviour (ECN6007)

      In this module you will explore ideas in game theory, applying them to the analysis of strategic behaviour and decision making in contemporary economic, business, political and social life. You will also investigate the challenges that arise from strategic interactions and potential solutions.

    • Professional Practice for Economists (ECN6008)

      This module will advance your capacity to apply and critically evaluate a range of economic methodologies commonly used by professional economists. You will also develop further your skills in reporting economic analysis in a professional manner.

    • Honours Project (PBS6000)

      The module gives you the opportunity to investigate in-depth a specialist academic or practice-based topic for which you have a passion for knowing more within your field of study.

    • Continued Careers and Professional Development (PBS600CPD)

      The Continued Career and Professional Development module is a development scheme designed to enhance students’ employability and builds on the stage 2 module. The stage 3 module focuses on providing students with information on graduate options and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for articulating and recording achievement and applying for graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV’s and enhancing their employability.

    Optional modules

    • Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students (DEAS300)

      This module focuses on the study skills required for the study of business in UK HE for international direct entry final year students, it provides generic skills for students who are new to UK HE, such as information literacy, criticality, different types of assessment, assignment briefs, preparation and planning, and marking rubrics.

    • Financial Markets and Decision Making (ECN6004)

      The objective of this module is to give you an understanding of the structural organisation of financial markets, and the role they play in the economy and to introduce the basic concepts in modern finance. You will undertake a detailed study of financial markets, e.g. the stock market, the bond market, the derivative markets and analyses financial decision-making through different models of stock and bond valuation and uses of financial derivatives. You will examine different ways of assessing risk, different ways of putting risk and return together, and portfolio building. The course considers theory, empirical evidence and practical application.

    • International Economics: Trade and Finance (ECN6005)

      In this module you will explore the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and international finance.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Financial Economics Top up progtamme specification

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Entry requirements

This course lasts for one year and is designed as a 'top-up' if you have already successfully completed study equivalent to a Foundation Degree, HND or an equivalent professional qualification. At the end of it you will be eligible to receive a full honours degree.

You will also need IELTS of 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing). If you have an IELTS of 5.0 or 5.5 you will need to attend a short course before the degree starts to improve your English and study skills.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications.

Please contact the Admissions Team with any queries.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021-2022 2022-2023
Home £9,250 £9,250
International £14,200 £14,600
Part time (Home) £770 £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Meet our experts

  • Associate Head of School (Undergraduate)
    Program lead and expert in regional economic development and entrepreneurship
  • Head of Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
    Expert in regional economics, economics of sport, betting and foreign investment
  • Lecturer in Economics
    Experienced in international micro- and macroeconomics and trade applications
  • Lecturer in Accounting
    Qualified Chartered Manager and Fellow Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Professor (Reader) in Economics
    Expert in public and environmental economics
  • Lecturer in Economics
    Expert in dynamic macroeconomics and international finance
  • Lecturer in Finance
    Extensive experience in international banking and performance analysis
  • Professor of Finance
    Expert in international and financial economics and trade
  • Professor of Credit Management
    Specialist in credit management, management accounting and corporate finance
Shahana, BSc (Hons) Economics Student

Shahana, BSc (Hons) Economics Student

"I have always had a real passion for numbers and having an answer for everything – mathematics is the subject I have found the most fulfilling.

I identified early that economics would build upon my love of mathematics and that it was important for me to find a course that would enable me to channel my interest in the humanities, having studied history and geography at A level.

After considering multiple options, Plymouth remained the best choice for me due to the quality of the BSc (Hons) Economics course content as well as the course’s flexible structure of optional modules, which will allow me to carve a personal pathway that will guide me towards graduation and beyond"

Read more about Shahana's experience

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