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Financial Economics BA (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

This course covers current and topical issues in the UK and world economy, including the determinants of the supply of money, the impact of interest rates, managing risk and uncertainty on the stock market, and the impact of the collapse of investment banks in the US on the rest of the world.


This course is designed to equip you with analytical skills and an ability to apply economics to solve real-world problems. It aims to provide you with a broad range of generic skills and abilities relevant to a wide range of graduate careers, especially in the financial sector.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • the opportunity to apply for a year in industry. A placement will allow you to exercise your technical skills in a professional environment. Some placements are salaried but this varies between companies;
  • experienced teaching staff who bring professional or research expertise into their teaching;
  • strong links with employers including the Government Economic Service (GES), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Barclays and the Bank of England;
  • interactive teaching and learning approaches using classroom games and experiments.


Association of Business Schools   European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Memberships shall be reviewed in accordance with the relevant body’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.



The first year provides a thorough grounding in economic concepts and principles along with all the mathematical, computing and statistical tools you will need. Importance is placed on training you will need to think like an economist. Emphasis is also placed on real-world applications of the theory being taught.

In the second and final years, you will specialise in your chosen area of study. You may explore issues such as factors that determine the price of shares or bonds, investment appraisal techniques, dividend policies of firms, role of financial institutions such as the banks and insurance companies and need for regulation, and how market traders in the city make use of futures, derivatives and options.

There will be an optional placement or study-abroad year between the second and final year.


Your course will be taught in a series of lectures, with associated seminars, workshops and practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


Our Economics courses are ranked 5th by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 70%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 10%;
  • practical or project work 10%;
  • group work 5%;
  • presentations, posters 5%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: up to 2 hours each week including academic tutorials, employment tutorials, project supervision, online tutorials and pastoral support;

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week;

Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week;

Personal study: 22–24 hours of studying and revising in your own time each week.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical offers

A-Levels: BBB

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM

Access: The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

In addition to the financial sector, economics graduates are employed in a range of sectors and roles. They work in manufacturing, transport, communications, consulting, charitable organisations and public services such as the National Health Service (NHS).

Recent graduates from our economics courses have found employment in a wide variety of careers including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Bank of England, Government Economic Service (GES), Vodafone and HSBC. A number of our graduates have also gone on to postgraduate study and professional training, such as teaching.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


Included in the fees

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year.

Additional costs not included in the fees

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

For more details about the No Hidden Extras programme, click here for further details.

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


This course can be taken as a three year full-time or four year sandwich option.

The sandwich year can be taken as work experience or study abroad where we have many associate universities teaching in English throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East.

Our overseas associate network continues to expand, especially in China, India and the USA.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

Lecturer in Economics – Dr. Robert Riegler

Innovative and research informed teaching combined with access to a state-of- the-art trading floor and financial datasets will benefit students’ academic and career development.




Please note that all international visit / opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich or study abroad

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Professionally Accredited Programmes

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152