Economics courses at Brunel combine an understanding of theory with the practical skills necessary to apply your knowledge to a business, industrial, financial or government environment. It is this combination, together with a strong background in finance, that distinguishes Brunels courses from other economics degrees.
This broad-based course aims to produce economists with a range of technical expertise including quantitative and computing skills. Particular emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical principles in the working environment.
You will have about 12 to14 hours of directed study a week in Level 1. This number decreases in Levels 2 and 3. Students are also expected to undertake substantial independent study.
How will I be taught?
Lectures These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and provide you a framework from which to carry out more in depth study.
Workshops These are generally used for modules in finance or quantitative subjects. They often take the form of working through answers to a previously distributed assignment sheet of exercise questions.
Seminars These relatively small groups are used to examine the lecture material in more detail, and to analyse and apply theoretical concepts in specific contexts.
One-to-one You will have one-to-one supervision for your final year dissertation, and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.
Other This may include guest speakers from prominent organisations, research seminars and external site visits.
Each subject is assessed in the term when it is studied. The proportion of exam to coursework is approximately 75% to 25%, but some courses have a higher proportion of continuous assessment. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third, and Level 3 is worth the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.
Levels 1 and 2, you will take modules in economics, as well as in finance, computing and quantitative methods. The latter presupposes only GCSE Maths and is made accessible to all students. Students who have A-level Maths have the opportunity of pursuing more advanced mathematical and statistical studies.
You may also take modules from disciplines in the Brunel Business School.
Financial Markets and Accounting
Mathematics for Economics and Finance
Statistical Research Methods
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Level 2 Core
Introduction to Economic Modelling
Microeconomic Principles II
Macroeconomic Principles II
Money and Banking
Incentives and Contract Theory with Applications
Work Placement (four-year programme only)
Level 3 Core
Econometric Methods and Applications
Advanced Topics in Economic Theory
Level 3 Options
Managerial and Industrial Economics
Behavioural Economics and Finance
The Economics of Labour Markets
International Money and Finance
Final year project
In your final year you will undertake a major project of approximately 10,000 words which is linked to your degree. This is a piece of personal research which is often seen by prospective employers and which may stem directly from a work placement. Alternatively, the subject will be stimulated by topical issues such as directors pay, regulation of utilities or the European monetary union.
This is an important element of the degree and provides you with an opportunity for independent study, original thought and, especially for those on sandwich courses, an opportunity to apply economic and financial theories, concepts and models to practical problems.
You are assigned a Dissertation Supervisor who offers guidance on content, level and presentation.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6.5 CAE score : 60(Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 92
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
GCE A-level ABB, including Grade B in A-level Maths or Statistics (General Studies not accepted for this subject at all).
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD in a related subject plus Grade B in A-level Maths or Statistics.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level Maths at grade A
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade AB including Maths
International Baccalaureate Diploma 33 points, including Higher Level 5 in Maths or Maths Methods
Access to Higher EducationDiploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher including A-level Maths/Statistics grade B.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
English Language Requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Brunel University.