This course gives you the opportunity to combine a broad understanding of economic theory with knowledge of the financial foundations of firms, financial markets and institutions.
Covering the core concepts, practices and techniques of the subject, you’ll develop your knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as well as financial and management accounting. Diverse optional modules will also allow you to tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career plans, with topics from financial derivatives to economic development or auditing.
You’ll learn from experts in a challenging and supportive environment where you’ll have access to world-leading research in the field. You’ll also gain the analytical, quantitative, computing, presentation and other transferable skills required by economists working in finance and by employers in both the private and public sectors.
- Course content
Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.
Year 1 is designed to give you a good grounding in the key topics across economics and finance. You’ll learn the basics of management and financial accounting alongside fundamental financial concepts and techniques and economic theory. At the same time, you’ll build the skills you need to conduct your own research in economics alongside your mathematics and statistical knowledge.
Compulsory modules in Year 2 allow you to refine your mathematical and statistical skills, while you’ll develop your understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. You’ll also gain in-depth knowledge of corporate finance, and have the choice to continue studying either financial or management accounting.
In your final year, you’ll continue with microeconomics and macroeconomics. You’ll also have the chance to specialise through your choice of optional modules: you could learn about corporate governance, economic development, international business finance and a range of other topics, depending on your personal interests and career plans. You’ll also showcase the knowledge and skills that you’ve developed through an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Year 1
- Foundations of Finance20 credits
- Personal Tutorials for Economics10 credits
- Introductory Financial Accounting10 credits
- Introductory Management Accounting10 credits
- Mathematical Economics10 credits
- Research Skills for Economists10 credits
- Economic Theory and Applications 120 credits
- Statistics for Economics and Business 110 credits
- Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 (for those without A-level Mathematics)10 credits
- Year 2
- Intermediate Microeconomics10 credits
- Corporate Finance20 credits
- Mathematics for Business and Economics 210 credits
- Applied Economics10 credits
- Introduction to Econometrics10 credits
- Intermediate Macroeconomics10 credits
- Statistics for Business and Economics 210 credits
- Intermediate Financial Accounting20 credits
- Intermediate Management Accounting20 credits
- Year 3
- Advanced Microeconomics10 credits
- Economics Dissertation30 credits
- Advanced Macroeconomics10 credits
- Advanced Finance20 credits
- Contemporary Issues in Economic Growth10 credits
- Behavioural Finance10 credits
- International Banking and Finance10 credits
- Financial Derivatives10 credits
- Transnational Corporations in the World Economy10 credits
- Economic Development20 credits
- Economics of Famines20 credits
- Environmental Economics10 credits
- Applied Econometrics10 credits
- Modern Theories of Money and Monetary Policy10 credits
- Public Enterprise and Regulation10 credits
- Auditing and Information Systems10 credits
- Auditing and Assurance Services20 credits
- Global Economic Coordination and Governance10 credits
- Current Topics in European Integration10 credits
- Economics of Labour-Managed Firms10 credits
- International Business Finance10 credits
- The Economics of Unions10 credits
- Corporate Governance10 credits
- The Political Economy of Work10 credits
- Economics of Business and Corporate Strategy20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You’ll also benefit from dedicated academic counselling from your Head of Year, a lecturer in your subject area who will meet you individually during the year and act as a personal tutor.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life, These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.
- Entry requirements, fees and applying
Mathematics grade A and English Language grade B or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.
- Access to HE Diploma
We consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for mature UK/EU applicants (21+) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education. Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3. At least 30 level 3 credits must be at Distinction and 15 at Merit. All applicants taking this qualification will be interviewed.
We will consider BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels. Read more about our BTEC entry requirements.
- Cambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,M1, excluding the Cambridge Pre-U certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research.
- International Baccalaureate
35 overall (17 higher), including 5 in Mathematics at studies, standard or higher level and English at standard or higher level. For those candidates who meet our Mathematics and English requirements through another qualification, 5 points will not be required within the IB Diploma. We are unable to accept Literature and Performance in place of English.
- Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
AAAAAA. Mathematics and English Language will be accepted at ordinary level on a grade for grade basis.
- Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AAAAAA OR AAABB (A at advanced level) OR AABBB (AA) at advanced level OR AAA at advanced level. Intermediate 2 / National 5 Mathematics and English are acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirements on a grade for grade basis.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Fees are published in the September before the year of entry. They will be updated here after this date.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.
- Career opportunities
An economics degree can open a variety of doors for you. Over the last few years we have seen graduates go into a wide variety of careers including roles such as Portfolio Manager, Insolvency Case Officer, Management Consultant, Financial Advisor, Commercial Analyst, Teacher, Investment Manager, and Risk Analyst. Individuals also progress into graduate study.
Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School
You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L’Oréal and Unilever.
The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 140 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.
In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
- Placement opportunities
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Read more about Study Year Abroad
Year in industry
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.
Read more about the Year in Industry
Year in enterprise
EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.
Read more about the Year in Enterprise
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