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Finance and Economics (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: L115
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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Our sandwich year BSc (Hons) Finance and Economics degree gives you a strong working knowledge of:

  • accountancy
  • financial markets
  • investment appraisal
  • risk management

With a range of optional modules available alongside the core curriculum, you’ll be able to tailor the programme to your areas of academic interest and your career aspirations.

It includes a year-long paid internship; an invaluable opportunity to develop your skills and insight and boost your graduate employability. You can take an internship as part of the Government Economic Service placement scheme, within organisations such as:

  • HM Treasury
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Department of Health
  • Office for National Statistics

You can also take an internship at a range of private sector companies involved in finance, accountancy or even marketing.

Alternatively, you can choose to study a year abroad at one of our partner institutions across Europe, North America and East Asia. 

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Depending on modules taken, you may qualify for partial exemption from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations.

Why Bradford?

The School of Management has been an international leader in education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years, and has the coveted triple-crown of accreditations.

We offer excellent facilities, a highly trained, professional staff, and comprehensive support services - both in the Faculty of Management and Law and in the wider University.

We utilise the latest computer packages to support your study, including the Blackboard virtual learning environment, while MyEconLab is embedded across our core first and second year teaching.

You will be taught by staff who are pushing the boundaries of subject knowledge and application through research. This means that the teaching you receive reflects the latest thinking in the subject.

Our courses are shaped by the School of Management International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in industry who advise our management team on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is valued by employers. Members of our International Advisory Board include individuals from organisations such Google, the BBC, KPMG and Harvard Business School. Our visiting lecturers include directors from well-known companies who provide first-hand experience of management decision-making at a strategic level.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 122 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The BSc (Hons) in Finance and Economics aims to equip students with grounding in accountancy, financial markets, investment appraisal and risk management, along with a thorough background to economics, qualitative and mathematical research methods, always highlighting the link between theoretical aspects and real-world applications.

Year One: (all modules are core)

  • Introduction to Accounting (20 credits)
  • Principles of Management (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Finance (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Economists (20 credits)

Year Two: (all modules are core)

  • Employability and Enterprise skills (20 credits)
  • Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Multinational Finance and Investment (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Research Methods for Economists (20 credits)

Year Four:

  • Dissertation in Financial Economics (40 Credits) core
  • Risk Management and Derivatives (20 credits) core
  • Advanced Economics (20 credits) core
  • Current Issues in International Business (20 credits) option
  • Leading and Managing People (20 credits) option
  • Econometrics (20 credits) option
  • Product and Corporate Brand Management (20 credits) option
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (20 credits) option
  • Interactive Services Marketing (20 credits) option
  • Contemporary Development in Employee Relations (20 credits) option
  • Taxation (20 credits) option
  • Contemporary issues in Economics (20 credits) option
  • Project Management (20 credits) option
  • International Business Strategy (20 credits) option
  • Human Resource Management (20 credits) option
  • European Business and Management (20 credits) option
  • Auditing (20 credits) option
  • Strategic Management (20 credits) option
  • Organisational Design and Analysis (20 credits) option
  • Entrepreneurship Creativity and Innovation (20 credits) option
  • Management of Information Systems (20 credits) option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Learning and teaching integrates applied and theoretical knowledge, taking into consideration the learning outcomes, progression through the levels of study, the nature of the mode of study and the need for you to take greater responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the programme.

Lectures are the main teaching method, and you'll experience a wide variety of other learning activities including supplementary reading, exercises, projects and workbooks, independent study and group work.

The final year dissertation is a substantial piece of work that gives you the opportunity not only to increase your specialist subject knowledge, but also to demonstrate your ability to undertake independent study.

All teaching is supported by information and activities provided through the University’s virtual learning environment. In addition, the School offers an Effective Learning Service, which helps with the development of study skills both in group sessions and through individual coaching.

Methods of assessment vary according to the learning outcomes of particular modules and the stage of study. Accordingly, a mixture of closed book examinations, essays and other written work, oral presentations, problem solving exercises and group work will be used in assessment of your work. Classroom and mid-semester tests provide feedback on your progress. Throughout the programme your learning will be supported using various methods of formative assessment and feedback. This is to help you progress your studies and support your continuing development.


In your third year you will undertake either a year’s paid internship or a year studying abroad at a partner institution. Our students are highly successful in securing internships with the Government Economic Service placement scheme (e.g. at the Treasury, Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Health, Office for National Statistics), and with a range of private sector companies. Support to secure an internship comes from both the University’s Career and Employability Services and our Economics teaching and support staff (particularly in relation to the Government Economic Service placement scheme). The completion of a placement is a transformative process that will boost both your academic performance on your return to University, and your employability on graduation. You may instead wish to take a study year abroad – see the Study Abroad section for full details.

Study Abroad

You have the option to study abroad for a year. We have longstanding partnerships with the following institutions:

  •          Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Rome, Italy)
  •          University of Vienna (Vienna, Austria)
  •          VU University Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  •          University of Carlos III Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
  •          University of Cologne (Cologne, Germany)
  •          Hosei University (Tokyo, Japan)
  •          Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea)
  •          California State University (Long Beach, USA)

Additionally, there is the opportunity to affordably study in USA, Canada and Australia as part of the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP). For full details, visit our study abroad website.

Study Tours

Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).

These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.

Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities

Career support and prospects

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Career support

The core Employability and Enterprise Skills module in the second year will develop your understanding of the job market, how you can present yourself to prospective employers, provide an understanding as to how you can develop your career and set appropriate personal goals.

Study Support

We offer an excellent student support system. On arrival you will be assigned to a member of the academic staff, who will be your Personal Academic Tutor. You will have regular meetings with your tutor, who will help or advise if you have any general academic issues (e.g. in decisions about choosing modules, or even changing the subject of your degree).

In addition to designated office hours all staff operate an open door policy during working hours, so you don’t need to arrange an appointment.

Your Personal Academic Tutor is the first point of contact should you experience problems of any kind, whether directly related to your studies or not. They can also refer you to specialist agencies inside the University, if necessary, such as the Counselling Service, or Disability Service.

Alternatively, you can also use these office hours to see one of the module lecturers, or seminar tutors, if you are having problems understanding some of the ideas and concepts being taught. This gives you the opportunity to benefit from one-to-one tuition to clarify your understanding.


Research is central to the work of the Economics and Finance staff, and influences the core modules in final year such as Contemporary Issues in Economics and Risk Management and Derivatives, together with the supervision you will receive during your Dissertation in Financial Economics.

Our research themes include international trade, economic integration, macroeconomic policy, finance, banking and labour markets. Outputs include books with major publishers (e.g. Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Ashgate, Elgar), articles in leading Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) journals and papers delivered at national and international conferences.


The School of Management is based at the historic Emm Lane campus set in 14 acres of beautiful parkland in a leafy suburb of the city - just a short bus ride away from the University's City Centre Campus.

We have our own dedicated teaching and learning facilities, library and other specialist support services to ensure you get the most from your time here.

Following a multi-million pound redevelopment in 2010, the campus brings together Victorian architecture with an award-winning sustainable building featuring a Harvard-style lecture theatre and atrium space for eating, drinking, socialising and working.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,950

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

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