BSc Economics & Finance

  1. UCAS code:
    L111
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

This programme combines the areas of economics and finance and is ideal for students who would like to work in politics, policy, economics or finance. The Department of Economics is one of the UK's best, having won 11 National Teaching Awards from the UK Higher Education Academy - more than any other Economics department in the UK.

Key Features

  • All programmes are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
  • Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)
  • 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
  • High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
  • Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
  • Scholarships available for outstanding students – click here for more details
  • Swansea is 3rd in the UK for international-ranked research outputs (REF 2014) 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-2004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Finance 1
MN-2021Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Micro-economics 2
MN-2057Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Econometrics 1
MN-2502Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Markets and Institutions
MN-2527Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Macro-economics 2
MN-2530Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economic Policy
Optional Modules
Semester 1 - Optional Finance Modules 

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 15 credits from the following list. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-2003Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Governance and Ethics
MN-2031Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Principles of Financial AccountingTo undertake this module, students should have previously completed either MN-1003 or MN-1515
MN-2056Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Maths and Statistics 2Pre-reqs: both MN-1010 and MN-1012 or both MN-1002 and MN-1503. Incompatible with MN-1507 or MNA101
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1Non-credit module aimed at SoM students whose first language is not English
MN-N002Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 2Builds on the skills developed in MN-N001, which is a pre-requisite
AND
Semester 2 - Optional Finance Modules 

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 15 credits from the following list. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-2504Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business and Employment Law
MN-2505Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Investments: Assets; Equities and Bonds
MN-2560Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Financial ManagementCo-req: MN-2004 Corporate Finance 1
MN-N003Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 1 (TB2)Repeat of MN-N001, delivered in TB2

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-3048Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Advanced Economic Analysis
Optional Modules
Economics - Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 45 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select exactly 45 credits from the following list, and should aim to balance their options over the two semesters. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3001Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Economics Independent Study Project
MN-3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Market Efficiency and Behavioural FinancePre-reqs: MN-1503 or MN-1012 or MN-2517 or MNA107
MN-3027Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Mathematical EconomicsPre-reqs: MN-2056 or MN-2506 or MNE202 or MNA104
MN-3028Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Econometrics 3Pre-req: MN-2528 Econometrics 2 or MNE206
MN-3031Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Labour EconomicsPre-req: MN-2021 Micro-economics 2. Incompatible if MN-2546 has been taken previously
MN-3032Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Economics and Trade 2Pre-req: MN-2527 Macroeconomics 2. Incompatible if MN-2550 or MN-2026 has been taken previously
MN-3033Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15History of Economic Thought
MN-3035Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Monetary EconomicsPre-reqs: MN-2021 Micro-economics 2 and MN-2527 Macroeconomics 2 (or MNE212/MNE213)
MN-3054Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Econometrics 2Incompatible if MN-2528 Econometrics 2 has been taken previously.
MN-3501Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial EconomicsRequires high level mathematical ability. Pre-reqs: MN-2004 (or MNA203/EBF232) or MN-1509 or MN-2028
MN-3531Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Public ChoicePre-req: MN-2021 Micro-economics 2 (or MNE212)
MN-3532Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Econometrics 4Co-req: MN-3028 Econometrics 3
MN-3533Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economies of the Middle and Far East
MN-3548Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15International Economic PolicyPre-reqs: MN-2021 Micro-economics 2 and MN-2527 Macroeconomics 2
MN-3552Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business and Financial ForecastingPre-reqs: MN-1509 Econometrics 1 or MN-2028 Econometrics 1
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1Non-credit module aimed at SoM students whose first language is not English
MN-N002Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 2Builds on the skills developed in MN-N001, which is a pre-requisite
MN-N003Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 1 (TB2)Repeat of MN-N001, delivered in TB2
AND
Finance - Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 60 credits from the following list, and should aim to balance their options over the two semesters. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Market Efficiency and Behavioural FinancePre-reqs: MN-1503, MN-1012, MN-2517 (or MNA107)
MN-3004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Investment BankingPre-req: MN-2004 Corporate Finance (or MNA203 or EBF232)
MN-3005Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial ServicesPre-req: MN-2004 Corporate Finance (or MNA203 or EBF232)
MN-3006Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Financial ManagementIncompatible if MN-2053/MN-2560 International Financial Management has been taken in L5
MN-3008Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Finance 2Pre-req: MN-2004 Corporate Finance (or MNA203 or EBF232). Incompatible with MNA205 or EBF234
MN-3503Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Innovation and Risk ManagementPre-req: MN-2004 Corporate Finance (or MNA203 or EBF232)
MN-3505Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Asset ManagementPre-req: MN-2004 Corporate Finance (or MNA203 or EBF232)
MN-3506Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Derivatives and Risk ManagementPre-req: MN-2004 Corporate Finance (or MNA203 or EBF232)
MN-3507Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Risk Management in BankingPre-req: MN-2004 Corporate Finance (or MNA203 or EBF232)
MN-3508Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Contemporary Issues in FinancePre-req: MN-2004 Corporate Finance (or MNA203 or EBF232)
MN-3542Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business and Employment LawIncompatible with MN-2504 Law for Accounting and Finance or MN-2519 Business & Employment Law.
MN-3551Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Law of International Corporate Governance

Description

All of our undergraduate programmes combine a range of compulsory modules that you must study in you first year with us before giving you significant freedom to pick optional modules  in later years to allow you to focus in on your own interests and specialisation.

Entry Requirements

A-level Qualification

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) A-Level grades of ‘ABB-BBB’ or better.   No A-level in Business, Economics, Maths or Accounting/Finance is required. We do not however consider General Studies as an A-level subject for offer purposes. Students may combine A-levels with other qualifications below. GCSE Maths and English minimum grade is also required. 

International Baccalaureate 

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) IB of 32-33 or higher.

BTEC (18-unit)

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) BTEC results of DDM or better.

English Language

Non-native English speakers must achieve 6.0 overall with no component less than 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent tests.

For students who fall short of only the English language requirement we offer a range of pre-sessional training programmes that you may take before starting your degree programme. Further details can be found here.

International Qualifications

View the international qualifications that we accept, and the level required, for International Students (non EU) and EU Students.

How To Apply

If you are a UK or EU student, you should apply here.

Students from outside the UK or EU should apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,550

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the School of Management network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.

Scholarships

Swansea University offers a range of scholarships to help fund your studies, including: 

Excellence Scholarship - awarded to students achieving AAA or above at A-Level (or equivalent) - £3000 over 2 years. 

Merit Scholarship - awarded to students achieving AAB at A-Level (or equivalent - £2000 over 2 years. 

For more information on scholarships and other funding opportunities available at Swansea, please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

The School of Management also offers the Developing Futures Scholarship package, which encourages students to develop a number of professional skills whilst working with the School throughout the academic year.

Undergraduate scholarship of £2000 towards tuition fees.

Available to non-EU (International) students holding an offer to study at the School of Management. 

Postgraduate scholarship of £3000 towards tuition fees.

Available to all UK/EU and International students holding an offer to study at the School of Management. 

More information on Developing Futures Scholarships, including how to apply, can be found here.

Location and Facilities

 For more information on whats available to you on the Bay Campus visit our Location and Facilities page. 

Meet our Students

Do you want to know what life is like as a SoM Student? Read our student blogs.

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

  • Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
  • Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
  • In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
  • Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
  • Complete the Swansea Employability Award
  • Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Discover how our in-house Careers Service has supported our students:

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

  • Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
  • Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Business Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Commercial Graduate, Tata
  • Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
  • Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
  • Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
  • Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
  • Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
  • Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
  • Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
  • Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
  • Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
  • IT Consultant, Capgemini
  • Management Consultant, Accenture
  • Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
  • Management Trainee, Shell UK
  • Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
  • Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
  • Share Dealer, OSTC
  • Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
  • Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Virtual Open Day

Missed one of our Open Days? Experience a Virtual Open Day within the School of Management.

Contact

For more information on this programme, please contact our recruitment team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1792 602438  

Email: SoMundergrad@swansea.ac.uk

Dr Osman Ouattara

Name: Dr Osman Ouattara

Position: Senior Lecturer

Specialist area: Development economics, and in particular the effectiveness of international development aid,  as well as other issues relating to development such as the environment, human capital and governance

Teaches: Quantitative Methods, Academic, Professional and Entrepreneurship Skills, Development Economics

Interesting fact: A firm believer in interactive teaching, Os has received a commendation in the UK Outstanding Teaching Awards for Economics.  Developed the first cross country dataset on project aid and programme aid disbursements which has been used by thousands of scholars worldwide

Ben Hanson, BSc Economics

Name: Ben Hanson

Course: BSc Economics

Course highlight … The staff are fantastic. Even though some of Economics concepts can be technical or complicated (or both!), the staff explain them really well, in a really clear and engaging manner.

Swansea highlight … I love the beach and the nightlife! As soon as I visited Swansea on an open day, I knew the location and feel of the campus would suit me, and it’s very much lived up to my expectations.

I’m looking forward to ... Taking more specialist finance modules in my 3rd year to help me achieve my ambition of working in corporate finance or investment banking.