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Business Economics BSc (Hons)

Why choose this course?

Business Economics addresses the external and internal economic factors that affect businesses and the decisions made within and around organisations. This Business Economics BSc (Hons) has a unique pluralistic approach, which presents you with multiple perspectives and a range of economic theories. You will develop an understanding of how businesses operate and their strategic decision making in various market structures. You will examine the nature of competition and the role of a company in contemporary capitalism.

This course focuses on the real-life application of economic knowledge and understanding. You will develop your analytical, numerical, data analysis and problem solving skills. And will establish an ability to deeply understand a problem from a range of theoretical perspectives and go on to suggest and develop numerous possible solutions.

You will graduate from this degree with the knowledge and analytical skills highly valued by employers in both the public and private sectors.

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time L1N1 2020
4 years full time including foundation year L101 2020
4 years full time including sandwich year L103 2020
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2020
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course offers you the option to study abroad at one of our partner universities.
  • In preparation for your future career, throughout the course, you'll develop core skills valued by employers.
  • This course gives you flexibility so, after the first year, you'll be able to switch to pure Economics or Financial Economics, or remain on this Business Economics programme.

What you will study

This course builds your knowledge of core topics and different schools of thought in economics. Our Business Economics BSc (Hons) focuses on how economics can be applied to business. You will focus on economic analysis of business activities and understand how businesses operate in the economy. You can also choose to study the financial aspects of business and specialist aspects of economics.

Year 1

Year 2

Optional year

Sandwich Year

Final year

Year 1 provides a historical background to modern economics, whilst exploring a range of economic principles and perspectives. You will also begin to study the mathematical and statistical foundations essential to the study of economics.

Core modules

Becoming an Economist

30 credits

The module is designed to help you develop many of the basic skills used in the discipline of economics. The module explores and covers a variety of study and research techniques. You will develop skills in the use of language, writing, ICT usage, data collection, data interpretation and groupwork. Key threshold economic concepts will also be incorporated. Particular emphasis will be placed on small group learning and personal development planning.

Economic Policy and Principles

30 credits

In this module, you are introduced to the techniques of model building and analytical reasoning used in microeconomics. Some of these techniques are then used as an input into the analysis of economics at the macroeconomic level. In the early phase of the module, you are taught about microeconomic models and explore the application of these models, to current economic issues. Whilst, in the later phase, you learn about the main macroeconomic aggregates, the basic model of aggregate demand and supply and the importance of the time horizon in macroeconomics.

Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on highlighting and considering the pros and cons of the suggested solutions to real problems faced by market economies.

Economics Quantitatively Treated 1

30 credits

This module provides an introduction to mathematical and statistical techniques; you will be prompted to appreciate how mathematical reasoning is used in economics and develop skills in the numerical, graphical and statistical analysis of economic data. The course starts with a review of material that may have been encountered in your previous studies, such as mathematics at GCSE or IB level, and moves on to developing your knowledge, understanding and ability to apply quantitative concepts, of particular relevance for microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.

Capitalism

30 credits

This module is a core course for students pursuing full-field programmes in Economics.

This module offers a detailed survey of the origins and emergence of capitalism and the economic thinking that paralleled these developments.  It will develop key aspects of the contemporary economy - firms and competition in the national and international environment and the role of the state in national and supra-national contexts. It will then proceed with an introduction to the role of finance in capitalism and the nature and causes of financial crises.

Year 2 further develops your knowledge of microeconomics (individual or company decisions) and macroeconomics (national decisions). You'll consider mainstream and alternative approaches to economic modelling.  

Core modules

Competition and the Firm

30 credits

This module examines the nature of competition and the role of the firm in contemporary capitalism. It examines the different forces shaping market structure so as to elucidate in what sense a market structure is competitive or not - for example the role of barriers to entry, government policy or technology. The module explores different market structures, from monopolistic to highly competitive, thus throwing light on the conduct and performance of firms within these structures. The role, nature and aims of the firm are examined. It also analyses how some firms are capable of imposing themselves on market structure and are not simply passive recipients. Different categories of firms, multinational, large, medium, small and micro, are outlined so as to build a more complete picture of modern firm structure.

Economics Quantitatively Treated 2

30 credits

This module will extend knowledge of mathematical and statistical techniques acquired at level 4 and will introduce you to multivariate techniques in mathematics and statistics.

It will assist your comprehension of level 5 economics modules and encourage you to understand the benefits of using a mathematical and statistical vocabulary and reasoning to analyse economic models.

This module will equip you with sufficient quantitative techniques to be able to undertake any level 6 module in economics requiring quantitative analysis.

Macroeconomics

30 credits

This module aims to develop and build mainly on knowledge acquired in the Economic Policy and Principles module at level 4 but also the economics quantitatively treated module of the same level. It provides fundamental knowledge on the key areas of macroeconomic theory and policy in the short-run and long-run and within both closed and open economy settings. Real world applications are signposted at the earliest opportunity.

On completion of the module you will be able to comprehend key macroeconomic theories and policies and illustrate the application of macroeconomic models and principles in the context of policymaking.

Microeconomics

30 credits

This module will develop the model building techniques encountered at level 4, and extend the scope of these models to a wider range of problems. It will show the use of microeconomic models in a problem solving context and provide an analytical basis for subsequent elective modules.

On completion of the module, you will have a good knowledge of the major techniques and issues in modern microeconomic theory and policy and how to apply this knowledge in the discussion and evaluation of contemporary microeconomic issues.

Study abroad optional year

You have the option to take an additional year to study abroad or to undertake a year-long work placement overseas (or even a mix of both.)

This course has a sandwich year option which takes place between Year 2 and your Final Year. During this sandwich year you will take a placement within a relevant setting, ensuring you gain essential experience to add to your CV and help you secure a graduate job.

In the final year, Economics of Organisations and Strategy explores strategic decision-making in companies, economic analysis of organisational structures and the development of business organisations. In Working as an Economist you will focus on a topic in business economics, and develop your research, writing and communication skills. You will also choose two optional modules.

Core modules

Working as an Economist

30 credits

The capstone module is designed to further your skills in writing and presenting economic analysis, together with achieving a higher level of understanding in a chosen economic subject area. You will refine your ability to communicate economic subjects to a broad audience in an academically sound fashion.

Economics of Organisations and Strategy

30 credits

This module is a core requirement at Level 6 for students taking the BSc Business Economics. It develops pluralist approaches to understanding the aims, methods and outcomes of production and exchange organizations ("businesses" for short), with particular reference to the limitations as well as the possibilities of markets.

The core theme is the contrast between neo-classical and other perspectives, including the "capabilities" approach, transaction cost economics and other heterodox schools of thought.

Particular themes include the aims and methods of business strategy, the "make or buy" decision, the nature of relationships within and between businesses, and the costs and benefits of different systems of governance of economic exchange.

Optional modules

Advanced Economic Policy and Principles

30 credits

This module considers recent developments in micro and macroeconomic theory and policy.  Inter alia this involves the incorporation of market imperfections and institutions into formal models and the use of more advanced techniques in economics. The interaction between models and data in macroeconomics is emphasised where appropriate.

International Trade and Finance

30 credits

The module analyses the essential theoretical and policy issues of international trade and finance. In doing so care is taken to link both international trade and finance theory with real world events.

Mathematical Economics

30 credits

This module will build on the mathematical presentation and analysis of economic models taught in the level 5 module EQT2. It is designed to inform students of the deeper aspects of the models they have seen hitherto as well as to enable them to appreciate the benefits of dynamic forms of analysis. A good performance in this module should enable a student to approach an MSc in Economics with some confidence in their mathematical training.

Money, Banking and Financial Markets

30 credits

The module focuses on understanding the monetary sector of the economy. The role of banks and financial markets will lay the foundations for understanding the ensuing topics. The module proceeds to explain the interaction between money and the economy, and moves on to monetary policy institutions and strategies. The module closes with a discussion of financial crises.

Development Economics

30 credits

This module will introduce the economic structure of developing countries, the specific challenges they face and their position in world economy today. It is an optional module for all Economics full-fields and Applied Economics. It should interest all students who wish to acquire a good background in issues of growth and development in lower income countries and their significance for world economy.

The will start by introducing theories of economic development and measurement issues. It will examine some problems affecting all or groups of these countries, such as population growth, poverty, environment, income distribution, structural adjustment and volatile capital flows. It will also deal with policy issues specific to developing countries.

Econometrics

30 credits

This module introduces and develops new topics based on knowledge acquired in Economics Quantitatively Treated 1 and 2. It provides fundamental knowledge on statistical techniques and their applications to real world data. On successful completion of the module students will be able to demonstrate quantitative analytic skills for assessment of economic theories with matching data, which will be helpful for various career opportunities and advanced study of economics and business at postgraduate level.

 

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Foundation year - Business

If you would like to study this degree at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc (Hons) course, you may want to consider studying this course with a foundation year.

Entry requirements

Typical Offer

  • 112 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications)
  • BTEC Lvl3 National: Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM)
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading.)

Additional requirements

Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio

Alternative Routes

  • Mature applicants (21 years and older) will need to pass a QAA-approved Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject with 60 credits, minimum 45 credits at Level 3 including 21 at merit + GCSE English Language grade C + GCSE Maths grade C (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).
  • Applicants under 21 years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International

  • We welcome applications from International Applicants. Please view our standard entry requirements from your country. 
  • All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5

Teaching and assessment

Timetabled teaching and learning on this course includes lectures, small group tutorials and seminars.  

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Final year
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study

 

  • Year 1 - 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Year 2 - 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Final year - 18% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Practical: 8%
  • Exam
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Practical: 9%
  • Exam
Final year
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exam

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, the economics courses normally attract 100 students and lecture sizes are normally 90-50. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) Foundation: £7,800
£9,250*
International Foundation: £12,700
Year 1 (2019/20): £12,700
Year 2 (2020/21): £13,100
Year 3 (2021/22): £13,500
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free WIFI is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students)

Foundation year: £9,250
£9,250*

International

Foundation year: £13,100
Year 1 (2020/21): £13,100 
Year 2 (2021/22): £13,500
Year 3 (2022/23): £13,900

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

After you graduate

This Business Economics degree is designed to help you develop transferable skills to increase your employability. You will use IT applications and specialist statistical software, whilst honing your communication, time management, team and independent research skills. Our graduates find employment in a wide range of occupations, often pursuing careers in the City of London, in management positions nationally and internationally, and in both the private and public sectors. Many also progress to postgraduate-level study.

Type of jobs:

  • Area manager
  • Consultant
  • Marketeer
  • Sales consultant

Employers:

  • Arcadia Group
  • Backstop
  • Edexcel
  • London Eye
  • Talarius
  • United Biscuits

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