BSc (Hons) in Economics and Finance

University of Sussex Business School
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2023

About this program

BSc (Hons) in Economics and Finance

Develop the advanced skills and knowledge in economics and finance essential for a career in financial services. You’ll study economics and finance at both macroeconomics and microeconomics levels, while developing your understanding of economic principles through more advanced topics such as trade and risk.

You’ll choose from a wide range of specialist options, gaining a high level of expertise in areas such as labour economics, energy and commodity finance, public economics and trading strategies. You can also boost your employability with an option to study abroad or apply for a professional placement year.

In Economics, you are introduced to the principles and their application to a range of practical and topical issues. You also study mathematics, statistics and econometrics, gaining important quantitative skills. You progress to advanced issues such as trade, global imbalances and financial crises.

In Finance, you cover concepts such as discounting and bond pricing. There is an emphasis on financial markets and institutions. This includes a study of corporate finance and risk management.

You also benefit from having an Academic Success Adviser who can help you with academic study skills including critical thinking, presenting, academic writing and note-making.

Admission requirements

UK requirements

Typical A-level offer: ABB-BBB

Contextual A-level offer: BBC-BCC

GCSEs: You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade 6 (or grade B).We will also consider applicants with grade 5 in Maths if you are taking A-level Accounting, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Maths, Physics, Psychology, an LIBF Diploma in Financial Studies or Level 3 Certificate in Core Maths (grade B). AAT accounting qualifications can be used as an alternative to the grade 6 GCSE Maths requirement.You should also have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification: We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ.

International requirements

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer: 30 -32 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer: Overall result of at least 75% to 77%.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 overall, including at least 5.21 in each component

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

Autumn teaching

  • Contemporary Economic Issues
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Mathematics for Finance and Economics
  • Principles of Finance

Spring teaching

  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Microeconomics 1
  • Year 2

Core modules

Autumn teaching

  • Introduction to Econometrics (level 5)
  • Macroeconomics 2
  • Microeconomics 2
  • Theory of Investments

Spring teaching

  • Corporate and International Finance

Year 3

Core modules

Autumn teaching

  • Financial Econometrics

Spring teaching

  • Applied Finance Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees



  • Recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA).
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Career paths

You will develop your ethical awareness, independent thinking, leadership, problem-solving and teamwork skills. You can become an economist, or work in: corporate or public-sector accounting and finance; management consultancy and financial services; investment banking, risk analysis and insurance.

Away from your studies, economics students run an active student society that invites guest speakers and organises events, bringing together economics students with those from other courses who share an interest in economics. You can also join the Sussex Trading Society and try your hand at investing in the markets, and there is a thriving Business Society.

You are based in the University of Sussex Business School where you benefit from extensive career support and business connections, including mentoring by employers and alumni, networking, guest lectures and the development of your workplace skills. The School is home to the renowned UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO), one of the most trusted voices in the analysis of the UK’s trading future after Brexit. You can also use the Bloomberg Lab, located in the University of Sussex Business School, where you can access real-time data from the Bloomberg Professional services platform.

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