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International Economics and Trade BA (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18.  

This degree is designed to develop to enable you to hold decision-making career positions in a rapidly changing world. You will relate your economics knowledge to understand and evaluate global economic trends and policy issues.


international_economics_trade3With a firm grounding in economics developed in the first year, the course allows you to specialise in international economic issues such as international trade patterns and policy, globalisation and its impacts.

This course encourages you to become a ‘global thinker’. You will focus on transnational interactions of firms and individuals through market exchanges and trade. You will also consider the impact of globalising processes due to developments in the communications media, technological and environmental changes, and the search for a new economic order.

Possible employment could result in national and international organisations, including non-profit and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • the option to apply for a work placement in the UK or internationally;
  • experienced teaching staff who bring professional or research expertise into their teaching;
  • links to HM Treasury opportunities for mentoring and placements;
  • interactive learning approaches; you will take part in economic experiments including a trading pit game, international trading game and the chance to run your own production line;
  • the opportunity to apply for summer studentships with the Government Economic Service (GES), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Barclays and the Bank of England, amongst others.


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.

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In the first year you will study subjects including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematical Techniques for Economics, Data Analysis Skills for Economics, Current Issues in Applied Economics, and Developing Academic and Professional Skills 1.

Discussions on international issues are strongly embedded in the economics curriculum throughout each of the three years of study. Specialist topics include World Business and Trade, International Economics, Development Economics and Economic Policy in the European Union.

These will introduce you to contemporary issues such as policy co-ordination in euro-zone countries, causes of the global financial crisis and global imbalances, causes of rising food prices, deadlock in the Doha trade talks, progress on Millennium Development Goals, and impacts of the rise of China and India on European living standards.

You also have the choice to take an optional placement or study abroad year after completing your first two years.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, and workshop 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 etc. 5%;
  • presentations, posters etc. 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 teaching week you will have up to 14 contact hours of study (classroom, online etc) and this will break down as:

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

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 Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents. 

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

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?

Economics graduates are employed in a range of sectors and roles which may or may not be related to the discipline. They work in manufacturing, transport, communications, insurance, consulting, charitable organisations and public services such as the NHS.

Recent graduates from our economics courses have found employment in a wide variety of careers including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bank of England, Government Economic Service, Vodafone and HSBC.

A number of our graduates have also gone on to postgraduate study and professional training such as teaching. Your skills will enable you to hold decision-making career positions in a rapidly changing world. You will relate your economics knowledge to understand and evaluate global economic trends and policy issues.

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.

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

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 three years full-time or four year sandwich option. The sandwich year can be taken as work experience or study abroad where we have many partner universities teaching in English throughout Europe, USA and the Far East. Our overseas partner 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.

What our students say - Martin Berisford

I chose this course because I’m interested in how the world works, how big decisions are made and their results. Lecturers apply real world theories, which make the course more enjoyable and relevant


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 (study abroad or work placement)

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152