Business Economics - BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code: NL11
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years), Part Time (5 Years)
  • Location: City Centre

Want a course that allows you to study business and economics? Our BA (Hons) Business Economics degree allows you to take a year-long sandwich placement in industry.

Our degree prepares you to work across all areas of the economy. Specifically, your degree combines the study of economics with a wide variety of business and finance-related topics, helping you to gain an awareness of the business and financial environment as well as current business issues. Our degree provides both the modes of thought and technical skills that have practical applications in business and society.

As economists work in a number of settings, you will be prepared for a career in government departments, in local government, in firms and organisations, and in the financial services industry (for example forecasting), therefore providing you with a range of options dependent on the graduate role you subsequently seek.

You will be equipped with a firm foundation focused on diverse economic ideas and their relevance to business and financial decision-making. You will also gain quantitative skills, as well as communication and IT skills, and learn about their application in business contexts as an economist, or in a related role which is concerned with the allocation of resources across all sectors of the economy. 

What's covered in the course?

The course will not just use business 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 their interactions.

The technical skills within your degree, alongside your voluntary engagement with our Graduate + employability course, will aid your development as a work-ready graduate, equipping you 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 analyst.

“A learning environment that gives a vast amount of communication between the students and lecturers. This has helped reduce my difficulties with assignments liaising, involvement opportunities and much more. More than a teacher/learner relationship.” Sukaina Al-Husseiny

Why Choose Us?

  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of economics, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in the business world. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course. Many of our previous placement students have worked at big name companies such as BMW, Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Intel, IBM and Disney.
  • Recognising the global scope of business, all our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work in our ‘CITY Trading Room’ using the same investment analysis software as traders, financial analysts and decision makers in the investment industry.
  • Don't meet the entry criteria? Our Foundation Year programmes offer a route to a full undergraduate degree at a lower entry tariff.
  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on British and European economies.
  • The Economics team at Birmingham City University have a wide range of experiences in industry and these will be enhanced by the unique contributions which colleagues in strategy, finance and enterprise can offer.
  • You will develop the relevant subject-specific and key transferable skills you need to excel in a wide variety of sectors and roles.
  • Your course will foster your intellectual development and encourage your personal commitment with the purpose of preparing you for work as an economist, both locally and abroad thanks to our international focus.
  • We will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills base from which you can proceed to further studies in economics or in multidisciplinary areas that involve economics.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to industry in the UK’s second city. 

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Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Sunday 24 November 2019. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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Meet or Beat scholarship for undergraduate students

Meet or beat our entry requirements and you could be eligible for an achievement scholarship worth £1,000.

*Terms and Conditions apply - some undergraduate courses are not eligible for this scheme. The £1,000 scholarship is made up of an £850 scholarship and £150 free credit to spend in an online shop.

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This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Royal Mail
  • BCD Travel

And in jobs such as:

  • Graduate Operations
  • Sales Executive

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*Complete University Guide 2020

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements

BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels.

Typical Offers (UK Students)

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above, at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Plus, you must have achieved or be completing one of the following:

UK Qualification Requirements 2019/20
A Level / AS Level BBC at A Level (112 points). A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2. GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications must be offered.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma D*D*. Can be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma DMM (112 points).
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate D. Must be offered along with either two A-levels (grades B and C), two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas (grades D and M) or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (grades DM).
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points.

If taking the IB Certificate you will need to obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Scottish Advanced Higher

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.

Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

Maximum of three Advanced Highers can be considered together.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate with grade B plus grades BB at A-Level (or equivalent qualifications).

Must be offered along with either two A-levels (grades B and B), two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas (grades D and M) or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma / OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (grades DM).

Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications to 112 points are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Don’t meet our entry requirements?

You could apply for a foundation course or a course at our International College. These routes have lower entry requirements and act as the bridge to a full degree. To find out more, please select your status:

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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 up to a maximum of five per cent.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

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.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

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.

3) Through UCAS

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.

Personal statement

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:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

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.

Fees for part-time students

Several undergraduate degrees are available on a part-time study basis. These are usually studied over five or six years with fees due based on credit requirements each year.

If you study over six years, then you will pay 50 per cent of the full-time annual fee each year.

If you study over five years, you will pay 50 per cent of the full-time annual fee for years one and two, and 66 per cent of the full-time annual fee for years three to five.

Additional costs

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.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

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.

Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Professional Development for Economics
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with the numeric skills you will require as you embark on your economic undergraduate studies, as well as preparing you for a graduate placement or career within this discipline.

You will be initially introduced to the discipline of economics, the range of careers that are open to graduates from this discipline as well as the key employability skills valued by employers. You will then be introduced to the key quantitative and qualitative skills you will require to transit onto subsequent modules and progress your studies.

Business Foundations
20 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

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.

Financial Information Systems
20 credits

This module will teach you to input, manipulate and extract data and information from a discipline-specific financial software. You will undertake a project report and explain the types, purpose, benefits and risks of financial information systems. As part of the module, you gain industry qualifications, such as the Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel qualification.

Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits).

Microeconomics
20 credits

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.

Business Operations
20 credits

This module focusses on the tools and techniques used by Operation Managers within service and manufacturing institutions to ensure activities are cogent with corporate and market objectives. 

The module requires you to apply a range of operations management tools and techniques to given scenarios in order to produce a range of verbal, written and numerical solutions focussed on the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of an operation’s processes.

Strategic Development
20 credits

This module will provide an introduction to the role of Strategic Development in an organisation.

Strategic Development is a vital activity in all organisations, with accountants playing a key role in the process. The module will cover the key areas of Strategic Development:

  • Strategic Analysis
  • Strategic Choice
  • Strategic Implementation
Macroeconomics
20 credits

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. 

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules.

Econometrics
20 credits

This module is consistent with the philosophy of the programmes where it is delivered as it presents a comprehensive coverage of the main techniques of analysis for economics, business and financial-type data involving the application of regression analysis. You will be given the opportunity to experience how econometrics can be used to empirically study and answer questions across a variety of disciplines.

Creative Problem Solving
20 credits

This module is designed to allow you to develop your problem solving skills in creative ways. The module will explore understandings of creativity and how creative thinking can make a difference. Problem solving is an important skill for more effective study and employability. This module will examine what a problem is (a gap between where you are and where you want to be) and the importance of imaginative fact finding and redefinition.

Contemporary Business: Practice and Solutions
20 credits

Contemporary Business: Practice and Solutions investigates current issues that impact upon business organisations. This will provide you with a greater awareness of critical business issues. This module examines some of the many issues affecting businesses today - broad issues such as global warming, migration issues and demographic shifts, which impact on all firms and individuals. It also looks at more specific management issues, such as labour shifts (outsourcing, off-shoring and re-shoring), teleworking and other modern 'slavery' practices.

Business Entrepreneur
20 credits

The module offers you with an opportunity to explore and understand how entrepreneurship and innovation contribute to economic and social development. You will become aware with the theory and practice of entrepreneurship in different international contexts through illustrative case studies. Further, you will develop an understanding of the different issues underlying enterprise creation, motivations and strategies of entrepreneurs in diverse settings including corporate, social, women’s and ethnic minority entrepreneurship.

Political Economy
20 credits

Our understanding of the economy is contested. Reflecting this there are discernible schools of economic thought which vary in the extent to which they recommend government intervention, and in their understanding of market processes. In recent years economics has experienced a period of introspection in the light of the global financial crisis, which impacted the wealth of almost all nations.

Moreover climate change represents a real and immanent threat which the free market seems unable to arrest. It is now broadly recognised that economic history and an appreciation of “worldly philosophy” (the history of ideas about the economy) are necessary elements in a robust economics curriculum, both preparing students for work as practitioner economists, and developing your critical faculties as a person.

Economics for Sustainable Development
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding on the application of economic analysis to key sustainable development goals such as environmental sustainability and economic development. It equips students with the knowledge and tools required to analyse and critically discuss the trade-offs between the three pillars of economic growth, social equity, and environmental sustainability. This module introduces students to key concepts, literature and debates to investigate relationships between macroeconomics policies, poverty and environment.

Accounting for Business
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the language spoken by accounting professionals. You will gain an understanding of how financial statements are prepared. This is key to being able to interpret the financial position and performance of companies using ratio analysis. This module will also give an insight in to how standard costs are developed for products and services and how they are key to the budgeting process.

Study Abroad
20 credits

This module is open to BLSS students, who choose to undertake an international Study Abroad or Erasmus+ study outgoing mobility placement within their second year of study. The aim of this module is to enable individuals to explore their mobility experience through a cross-cultural lens that focusses on the key themes of their discipline in an international context, cross-cultural awareness, social construction, and the self. Informed by activities that draw on research enquiry, creativity, culture, employability, reflection and professional development.

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Final Year

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits).

E-Business
20 credits

The business environment is undergoing constant change and this is largely driven by technological advances which enable organisations to better identify and reach prospective customers. Organisations can no longer obtain a competitive advantage simply by producing high quality goods or services and offering them for sale within the market.

The way that the consumer makes their buying decisions has changed and nowadays they no longer expect to be the passive recipients of mass messages. Customers now expect to enter into a two-way conversation with organisations, thus changing the monologue into a dialogue: a two-way conversation. This conversation commences during their decision making-stage, continues during the purchase of the product or service and continues throughout the buyer lifecycle, thus enabling organisations to extract maximum value from customers.

This module aims to equip you with the conceptual knowledge needed to develop your understanding of e-business and to enhance your digital employability skills. It explores a diverse range of activities within e-business Strategy and aims to enable you to appreciate the major differences between traditional and e-business at strategic level.

The Economics of Trade and Development
20 credits

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. 

Integrated Business Research Project
40 credits

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. 

Industrial Economics
20 credits

Industrial Economics is a field of economics that studies the structure of the markets, the strategic behaviour of the firms and the interactions between them. In this module a number of theoretical microeconomic models learnt previously will be applied to the real-world industries.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules.

Labour Economics
20 credits

The labour market is central to the production process in market economies. For a significant part of their lives people sell their labour in exchange for wages or salaries. Labour is also one of the factors of production, alongside capital, land and entrepreneurship. This is an option model which is offered across the range of economics programmes. All firms and organisations hire labour, so this is a highly relevant module in business and economic context.

Business and Economics Forecasting
20 credits

This module provides students with a range of forecasting techniques implemented using software such as Excel or SPSS. It builds on the material taught in the level 5 Econometrics module (although this is not a formal prerequisite) and applies regression techniques specifically to time series. This will provide students with an understanding with which they can investigate.

One Planet Business
20 credits

The issues of ethics, social responsibility and sustainability in business have moved from the marginal to the mainstream during the last 40 years. With the impact of consumption running at 1.6 planet’s worth of resources each year, society is increasingly looking to develop a long-term, sustainable vision for the future that takes into account not only the economic factors of business, but also considers the social and environmental impact of decisions.

Project Management
20 credits

Students will explore the concept of planning an operational change within an organisation through the use of project management tools and techniques. The assessment, split into two components of assessment which are individually summatively assessed, will focus on a real organisational problem set by an employer, who will act as the project sponsor of the required change.

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Course Structure

A variety of delivery approaches will be utilised throughout the programme to managing the learning process, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, peer teaching and learning, project-based learning, experiments, games and technology-enabled learning.

For example, blended learning is adopted, using a mix of face-to-face with online and independent study approach. While face-to-face sessions will vary in format, you will be expected to arrive to sessions fully prepared throughout. The application of key concepts during lectures and workshops are explored further during seminars and self-directed study.

A wide variety of assessment methods are used, and throughout the programme you will be expected to deliver both individually and in groups, reports, presentations, essays, project plans, exams (case-based, open-book and closed-book; computer-based and essay-based) and proposals.

Trips and visits

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.

International Opportunities

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.

Further Study

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.

What our students say

"The knowledge I have gained during second year has been incredible and learning about the economy and how it is works is fascinating. The lecturers have been so supportive and their passion for the subject has driven me to pursue my career early during my placement year at Collins Aerospace. I wouldn’t have been able to get this amazing opportunity without the knowledge and support I have been given this year."

Rebecca Fazi, Business Economics student

Enhancing employability skills

Our Business Economics programmes undertake co-curriculum activities such as study trips, internships and placements. These provide you with the opportunity to work with a wide variety of organisations, enhancing your employability, confidence and learning.

Throughout the programme, you will receive assistance for your own development through co-curriculum activities, including our dedicated Employability Challenge Weeks and extended induction programmes.

Placements

There’ll be opportunities to try out different graduate roles with a wide variety of placements and internships on offer to complement your studies.

Past students have undertaken placements in companies such as Bosch, Network Rail, the NHS and Emirates.  

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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.

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BCU Graduate+

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.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Our graduates have secured jobs as personal advisors and account executives – as well as more diverse roles such as company directors, data analysts and recruitment consultants. They work for companies such as Barclays Bank, Nationwide, N Power, Arcadia Group Ltd and Royal Bank of Scotland.

What our students say

"The 4 years of study here at Birmingham City University has been fundamental for my personal and professional development. The practical emphasis the university offers with its degree programmes truly helps prepare one for the world of work. I would strongly recommend everyone makes full use of the support offered by the university such as the Careers team and Centre for Academic Success, and takes a Sandwich Year. Such support can really enhance your overall university experience."

Safina Bibi, Business Economics student

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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

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.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

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

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.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our business and economics course is most popular with international students from:

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

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.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

"Economics is a very exciting subject, relevant to the modern world and always changing. I know that you will enjoy exploring the subject here, alongside your lecturers and fellow students."

Sian Eaton, Course Leader

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Dr Bruce Philp

Head of Business School Research and Enterprise Activity

Having left school after his O-levels, Bruce Philp worked in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to education. After roles at several Universities, he is now the Head of Business School Research and Enterprise Activity at Birmingham City University.

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Sian Eaton

Senior Teaching Fellow

Sian Eaton has a degree in Economics from Leeds University. She is the Course Director for the BA (Hons) Economics and Admissions Tutor for all Economics programmes at the university. Within the department of Accounting, 

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Steve Harris

Senior Lecturer Business Operations and Strategy

Steve Harris has previously worked for Lafarge as both a design draughtsman and quality controller in their manufacturing plant, and then went on to work as an aircraft engineering manager within the Royal Air Force. His research interests currently include business sustainable enterprise and leadership identity. 

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Dr Eleni Papagiannaki

Lecturer

Dr Elena Papagiannaki has completed her Phd in Operational Research at Aston University. Her Phd applied parametric (Statistical Analysis) and Non-Parametric Approaches (Data Envelopment Analysis) in measuring working time’s contribution. Her special focus is on the contribution of unpaid overtime in the UK industries’ output.

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Dr Stefania Paladini

Reader in Economics and Global Security

Dr. Stefania Paladini is a Reader in Economics & Global Security at Birmingham City University. Before joining academia in 2008, she has worked for the Italian central government for fifteen years, seven of which spent in East Asia as a trade commissioner. She obtained her PhD in International Relations and Security Studies from City University of Hong Kong.

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Dr Erez Yerushalmi

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Erez Yerushalmi joined Birmingham City Business School as lecturer in Economics and Business in 2017. Prior to joining Birmingham City University, he worked as a Research Fellow in the Institute for Employment (IER) at the University of Warwick from 2012, as well as lecturing in Warwick Business School. 

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Francis McGonigal

Senior Lecturer, Mathematics and Statistics

Francis McGonigal held several positions in industry as a programmer and systems analyst specialising in applying mathematical, statistical and operational research techniques. He has worked at Birmingham City University and its predecessor organisations since 1987, joining the Business School in 2010. 

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Anna Yartseva

Senior Lecturer in Economics, Programme Leader for BA Economics

Anna Yartseva main area of academic expertise is macroeconomics and economic policy. Most of the research she has done so far is related to various macroeconomic phenomena.

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