Take advantage of Birmingham’s distinctive and diverse economic profile with our brand new Economics degree.
On our BA (Hons) Economics programme, you’ll be prepared for a career in government, business and financial institutions with our comprehensive curriculum, as well as being taught the transferable skills you’ll need to stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing employment.
Economics and its sub-disciplines, such as financial and business economics, is of huge importance when it comes to understanding, and contributing to, the performance and success of a business enterprise of any scale.
You’ll be equipped with a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of economic systems, with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle the issues the industry faces in innovative ways.
The programme will not just use economics to explain social, financial and business interactions, but will draw back knowledge and understanding from these related areas, using these to challenge and progress your understanding of economic interactions.
Throughout the programme you’ll be developed into a work-ready graduate, equipped with a range of technical and employability skills suitable for a wide range of positions. Your course will foster your intellectual and moral development, and encourage your personal commitment to the social purpose of becoming a professional economist or business professional.
Our next University-wide Open Day will take place on Saturday 25 November. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|A Level||BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects|
|BTEC||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points|
|GCSE||GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.|
|England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates||Pass||Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2||Pass||Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Key Skills level 2||Pass||Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)||AAABBB or BBBBCC||Must include Mathematics and English Language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
|Scottish Intermediate 2||Only acceptable with Advanced Higher.||Must include Mathematics and English Language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
|Scottish National 5||Only in certain circumstances.||Must include Mathematics and English Language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:
If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||SW||4 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 Years||£12,000 per year|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||SW||4 Years||£12,000 per year (excluding sandwich year)|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
You will develop and practice the skills you need to make the transition to higher education. You’ll be encouraged to explore and embrace opportunities available within and across faculties, becoming a more independent learner.
Within this multi-disciplinary module, you’ll work with colleagues studying other programmes within the Business School, exploring how to run a business effectively through a business simulation. You’ll run a virtual business, and – with support and guidance – respond to business issues and challenges, rectifying them as you will when it comes to facing such situations in real life.
Principles of Economics
This module will teach you the fundamental economic principles, theories and models. You’ll learn to evaluate the impact that external micro, macro and international environments have on the activities and performance of businesses.
Business Analysis, Methods and Techniques
Here you will learn to use data as an aid when it comes to making business-sensitive decisions, demonstrating a good understanding of good practice in the process. You’ll perform basis statistical and mathematical calculations, strengthening your data presentation skills.
Applied Economics will teach you to explain and summarise the contribution of economic theory to real-world economic problems, using scenarios you’ll encounter in real life to enhance your decision-making and problem-solving skills.
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
Here you will apply knowledge to specific economic situations, solving problems using mathematical and graphical methods. You’ll look at different evidence and arguments, and develop the skills you need to undertake further economic courses.
Appropriate economic models will be selected in order for you to analyse macroeconomic problems. You’ll demonstrate knowledge and understanding of macroeconomic concepts, theories and models at an intermediate level.
The great economic thinkers – Smith, Marx, Keynes and Hayek – will be analysed and understood as you look at the relevance of their theories in today’s economic climate. You should be able to outline and apply their theoretical models to the historical events which they investigated.
Contemporary Business – Practice and Solutions
You will choose and apply appropriate conceptual strategic management models and frameworks to analyse differing external environment and organisational scenarios.
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
Advanced Economic Theory
Here you will learn to appraise and critique modern mainstream economic theory and its usefulness in analysing economic problems. You will learn to differentiate between economic models, reviewing different problems and formulating models.
The Economics of Trade and Development
The module provides you with an introduction to the main issues of international economics. You will undertake econometric analysis as part of your assessment to apply the theories and models. The module will equip you with the analytical skills in economics you’ll need to succeed in employment.
Integrative Business Research Project
This module gives you the chance to undertake a substantial piece of relevant research in an area that interests you. Once the topic has been agreed with the course team, you will conduct extensive research, form adequate conclusions and showcase the skills you have learnt so far.
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
A variety of delivery approaches will be utilised throughout the programme, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and experiments.
As a practice-based course, sessions will usually involve the application of academic concepts and themes, as well as case studies. The latter will be used to explore concepts applied to real-world scenarios, helping you sharpen your skills and employability prospects.
The first year of the programme will provide a solid grounding in the principles of economics and its importance to business, as well as ensuring you are fully prepared to make informed decisions as to your route of study in future years of the programme.
During the second and later years of the programme there will be flexible learning opportunities to specialise in subject areas which are most appealing, tailoring the programme to a particular career aim. There’ll also be opportunities to try out different graduate roles with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to complement your studies.
You will have the opportunity to visit a number of leading businesses during your studies, both locally and across the country. Recently, students visited leading brewery company Sadler’s Ales, gaining an innovative insight into how a successful business runs.
During your second year, you have the option to undertake the Study Abroad module, where you can examine an interdisciplinary topic within an international setting. You’ll create a digital story suitable for a range of audiences, and self-reflect on the impact of an international experience.
You can also gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.
As an economics graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to progress to one of our MSc Management courses. We’ll provide advice and support to help you to decide what path is right for you based on your interests and career goals.
Throughout the programme, you will receive assistance for your own development through co-curriculum activities including dedicated Employability Challenge Weeks and extended induction and transition programmes.
The University has introduced the BCU Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave University.
There’ll be opportunities to try out different graduate roles with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to compliment your studies.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.
The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.
The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.
Martin Hipkiss joined Birmingham City University in 2001 and has worked with a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them to better understand the nature of management and organisations and how to work within them.