BSc Economics and Finance

UCAS codeLN13
Duration3 Years
Typical offerA*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
  • Economics
  • Accounting and Finance
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


The BSc Economics and Finance explores modern economics and its application to financial systems and organisations. It introduces advanced financial techniques such as derivatives pricing, risk management and portfolio management. This programme will also develop your ability to critically analyse economic events and their impact on financial markets. The programme will enable you to can become involved with FEELE, our research centre for experimental economics, which involves participating in practical experiments that test theories of financial behaviour.

Our graduates find employment with financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, pension funds, investment and unit trusts, as well as stock-broking and financial advisory work. This programme aims to provide a theoretical background of relevance if you wish to follow a career in finance. The programme is also an excellent foundation for postgraduate study in finance and economics.

I chose to study Economics and Finance because I liked the balance it struck between the theory of economics and the practical element of finance. The University of Exeter Business School is a top tier business school that offers a great curriculum and the opportunity to do a placement year.

I also thought that Exeter was a great place to be with excellent facilities for students.

Greg Cornes, BSc Economics and Finance with Industrial Experience.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34

Required subjects

GCSE Maths grade A or GCE AL/AS Maths; GCSE English Language grade B.

Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Our undergraduate programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.


Lectures of either one or two hours in length are held once a week for the duration of each module. The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials are held either every week or every other week throughout the duration of each module. They involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments. Some modules do not have tutorials and others in the final year are taught solely by tutorials.

Study hours

Timetabled contact hours, made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials, vary over the duration of programmes and between programmes and are on average between 11 and 14 hours. In addition, you will be expected to complete an average of 20-25 hours of independent or group study per week.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Coursework assignments are typically between 2,500 and 6,000 words in length and examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.

You must pass your first year assessments in order to proceed to the second year. There is provision for students to be referred in examinations in August/September if they fail any exam in any year. Degree classification is awarded on the basis of performance in assessments at the end of the second and final years.


A degree in Economics from Exeter will help you to develop a wide range of essential skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research and organising and communicating information.

The majority of graduates from the Business School follow their degree with a career in finance, banking, accounting or management both in the commercial and public sectors. A large number of graduate recruiters in these sectors visit Exeter to recruit our students. Some of our graduates pursue their interest in their studies to a greater depth by following a higher degree, often here at Exeter.

Find out more about the destinations of Economics graduates on the University’s Employability website.

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our undergraduate Building brilliant careers web pages for more information.

Further information

Further information is available through the Careers and your future pages of the University’s Undergraduate Study website.

Contact us


Entry requirement enquiries


Programme enquiries

Phone: +44 (0)1392 723200

Website: Visit the Business School undergraduate web pages