Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Financial Economics

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.

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 programme emphasises the acquisition of key analytical and numerical skills and the progressive development of independent research

Join us in September or January

This course offers you the option to start your studies in either September 2020 or January 2021.

Key features

  • 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.  We also offer a three year BSc (Hons) Financial Economics course
  • Choose an Economics course to suit you from the wide range of single, major and minor undergraduate degree courses available. All named awards share a common core syllabus, which stresses the integration of theory and evidence in economic analysis and research.
  • All of our named awards share a core syllabus, stressing the integration of theory and evidence in economic analysis and research.
  • Engage with current and past students with our Economics Society, and hear talks from visiting academics and professionals. The Economics Society also awards a graduation prize for best academic paper in the final year.
  • We are one of a small number of institutions with a modern computer suite containing dedicated Bloomberg terminals giving you access to financial data and information.
  • Join the Devon Junior Chamber and receive training and professional mentoring.
  • Acquire key analytical and numerical skills, and develop your capacity for independent research.
  • Apply your skills in a work environment by taking our optional industrial placement year, working full-time for a public or private sector organisation.
  • Think sustainably – in your final year you may choose to take Environmental and Resource Economics and analyse the issue of environmental and resource scarcity and the possible policy responses to market failure.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • ECN3020J Economics Project

      This module allows students to undertake supervised economic research in an area of interest to them using quantitative or qualitative research methods.

    Optional modules
    • ACF310 Financial Modelling

      The module covers financial modelling for bonds and rates, equities, currencies and options. While analysing and modelling each category of securities with specific and pertinent approaches, it stresses the underlying principles governing all valuation processes. The module also equips the students with the skills to use software, such as Excel, for implementing models and perform analysis.

    • ACF311 Credit Management: Theory and Practice

      This module provides in-depth knowledge of how to manage trade, consumer and export credit. It explores the economic importance of credit and the contribution it can make as a competitive device to add value to organisations.

    • DEAS300J Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students

      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.

    • ECN3016 Environmental and Resource Economics

      Modern economies heavily depend on natural resources and substantially affect the natural environment. This module develops and applies eco­nomic theories and concepts relevant to the analysis of environmental and resource issues. It explores environmental and resource policies at the national and international stage.

    • ECN3019 Games and Strategy

      This module develops and explores ideas in game theory, and applies them to the analysis of a range of contemporary economic, business, political and social problems.

    • ECN3022 Topics in Economics

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

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 Programme Specifications Jan21 7023

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.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,800 To be confirmed
Part time (Home) £770 To be confirmed
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.

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.

What can you do with an economics degree?

Careers in economics

Competition for graduate jobs is fierce. The combination of academic excellence and practical knowledge we encourage on this course will help you stand out when it comes to entering the world of work.

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

Why I chose Plymouth

Shahana, first year 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.

Bloomberg Interactive Learning Suite

The Bloomberg Interactive Learning Suite allows students to research fields such as corporate finance, derivative markets, portfolio and risk analytics, real time data and investment simulations.

Plymouth Business School students are using the Bloomberg Interactive Learning Suite to gain an understanding of the stock markets

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The Economics Society

Run jointly by staff and students, the Economics Society organises a range of events from field trips and social evenings to talks from visiting academics, professional economists and Plymouth graduates.

Come together with current and past economics students in social, academic and professional contexts.

Visit the Economics Society Facebook page to find out more

Meet some of our staff