Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Business Economics

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Course summary

The ever-changing global economy makes headlines on a daily basis, shaping the world in which we live socially, politically and economically. Consequently, there is a strong demand in businesses throughout the world for economics experts who can contextualise a financial situation, spot opportunities for savings and profit or identify the root of financial problems. We have a strong focus on graduate employability, with employment skills embedded in our Economist’s Toolkit modules alongside research methods and analytical skills. Our Business Futures team, based in Coventry Business School’s William Morris building, will also be on hand to offer you help and guidance in securing placements or internships, as well as preparing you to apply for graduate roles. This course, one of three pathways offered in the field of economics, aims to give you a thorough grounding in economic concepts and principles, along with all the mathematical, computing and statistical tools you will need to make informed business decisions. Upon successful completion of your first year, which has the same modules as our Economics BSc and Financial Economics BSc, you will have the opportunity to switch to one of those courses, giving you the flexibility to work out what area of economics interests you before deciding to focus on it (for international students, course changes are subject to Tier 4 compliance approval). Optional modules offered cover topics as wide-ranging as the economics of business organisations, the economics of globalisation, and health economics. Throughout the course, we will provide you with the training to help you to think like an economist; you will have the opportunity to become adept in numeracy, IT and the use of statistical methods, developing advanced skills in problem solving and decision making. A strength of our course is its practical focus; you’ll have opportunities to participate in skills development workshops, as well as economic experiments based on real-life situations, such as the chance to run your own production line. You will also have the opportunity to gain exposure to relevant software through hands-on experience. This experience aims to familiarise you with analytical programmes that economists use in practice, from quantitative software such as Oxmetrics or GRETL to economic and financial databases, such as World Economic Indicators, Eurostat and Thomson Reuters Eikon. You will also have the opportunity to apply for a Placement Year to take in your third year, which in the past has seen students working for a wide range of organisations and companies, including Barclays and the Government Economic Service, or studying at one of our partner institutions that are spread across Europe, Asia and America. Key Course Benefits

  • Current experienced staff who have worked as economic advisors, e.g. for Deutsche Bank in the Netherlands (please note staff are subject to change).
  • Hands-on experience using a range of economics and business software packages, from Stata to Bloomberg.
  • Faculty research expertise in exchange rate equilibria, international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI) and conflict economics.
  • Expert contributions by professionals from industry (subject to availability) which in the past have included our own alumni, HM Treasury, Lloyds Bank, Barclays, and the European Commission.
  • Student-led Economics Society organised social events, visiting speakers (subject to availability) and field trips (hereinafter referred to as Field Trips and Visits), which in the past have included a visit to Amsterdam to visit the stock exchange.
  • Strong links with employers to ensure the course is responsive to the needs of potential employment sectors, such as the telecommunications sector (Vodafone) and the IT sector (FDM Group).
  • Facilities available include our Trading Floor, currently one of the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.

Course details

Modules

Your main study themes are:

  • Economic Theory:  Overview of the main concepts, principles and analytical methods used in macroeconomics and microeconomics. This will include the study of scarcity, choice, and opportunity cost; analysis of how consumers and firms make optimal decisions given limited resources; the effects of government intervention on markets; economic growth, business cycles, and stabilization policies.
  • Econometrics:  Aims to provide an understanding of the statistical techniques and analysis used by the professional economist, enabling you to read and understand published empirical work, as well as formulating your own research hypotheses.
  • The Economist’s Toolkit: Designed to equip you with the full range of skills required for successful academic study and future careers, including presentation preparation and report writing skills.
  • Managerial Economics: You will have the opportunity to learn how to use economic analysis to solve problems and make effective decisions in the complex world of business. We place an emphasis on the global aspects of managerial economics and its application in the international marketplace.
  • Industrial Organisation: In-depth analysis of market structure and its implications for business and consumers. You will see how game theory can be applied to understand strategic interactions between firms; learn how barriers to entry restrict competition; analyse business strategies such as price discrimination and bundling; discuss the importance of product differentiation; and consider the implications of collusion between firms.
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Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • European Foundation for Management Development

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Business Economics at Coventry University - UCAS