Financial Economics BSc (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: L111
International Code: FBLU033

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Sandwich

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)
6 years part-time

Start date

September 2022


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

Our Financial Economics course provides a specialist focus on financial systems, such as the role of banks and the operation of stock markets, both here in the UK and within an international context.

This course will interest you if:

  • You are looking for a career path that requires an understanding of the competitive environment in which companies work, the resources needed to succeed and where to allocate them to reach their objectives- something economists can help to provide.
  • Looking for flexibility- all our Economics courses have a common first year. All first year students will study our Economics degree and then after successful completion of year one they will be given the choice of staying with Economics or moving to Business Economics or Financial Economics. This gives you the chance to experience and achieve a thorough grounding in economic concepts and principles, along with relevant quantitative techniques and skills, before you make your decision about which area you would like to specialise in, depending on your interests or potential future career aspirations.
  • Develop cultivate logical thinking, quantitative skills and real-world expertise to support your potential future employability.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

The Financial Economics course offers an insight into the world of an Economist. By studying this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from experienced staff who have worked as economic advisors, e.g. for Deutsche Bank in the Netherlands (please note staff are subject to change).
  • Develop economic skills, while also being exposed to how businesses operate in widely different international markets.
  • Gain hands-on experience using a range of economics and business software packages, such as Bloomberg.
  • Benefit from faculty research expertise in exchange rate equilibria, international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI) and conflict economics.
  • Opportunity to change course to either Economics BSc (Hons) or Business Economics BSc (Hons) after successfully completing your first year, allowing you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the subject before confirming your specialism (course change is subject to Tier 4 compliance approval for international students).
  • Expert contributions by professionals from industry (subject to availability) which in the past have included our own alumni, HM Treasury, Lloyds Bank, Barclays, and the European Commission.
  • Join a student-led Economics Society who organised social events, visiting speakers and field trips which in the past have included a visit to Amsterdam to visit the stock exchange (opportunities are subject to availability, competitive application, meeting applicable visa and additional fees may apply).
  • Develop skills in facilities which include our Trading Floor, currently one of the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Benefit from support offered for maths and stats through the university’s Sigma Centre, which offers drop-in sessions led by experienced staff (subject to availability).
  • Opportunity to gain exemptions from professional examinations with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) , which could help you to progress your potential future career upon successful completion. Please see the Exemptions section of the Overview tab for more details.

Exemptions

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Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

This course is recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) for the 2022/23 intake. CII recognition allows students to gain certain exemptions from some professional examinations, upon successful completion of this course (subject to application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements and additional fees may apply). If there is any change to the recognition of this course by the CII, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


Memberships

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research.

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries.

Coventry Business School is recognised by the above memberships for the 2022/23 intake. There is currently no intention for either of these memberships to lapse however if either of these memberships were not to be renewed we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


What you'll study

All of our Economics courses have a common first year, during which you will have the opportunity to gain a firm foundation in the core subjects of your course as well as the chance to broaden your field of study, through mandatory modules that have a balance between microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will need 120 credits to pass the year.

Modules

  • This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts, principles and analytical methods of both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to enable students to explain economic issues through the application of economic theory. It will integrate economic concepts from the Principles of Economics modules into an applied context. In addition, students will be able to develop their academic skills through the study of the academic content of this module.

    Compulsory

  • This module is the first stage of a suite of modules which will equip students with emphasis on developing three sets of fundamental skills.

    Compulsory

  • This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts, principles and analytical methods of both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide students with mathematical skills and knowledge required for the study of economics and related quantitative methods. Its content has been chosen after consultation with lecturers teaching other modules throughout the economics degrees to ensure that students are familiar with required mathematical concepts. The module builds on students' pre-existing knowledge of mathematics and then considers and develops an in depth understanding of the theory and application of calculus, matrix algebra and other techniques widely used in economics, economic analysis and econometrics.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of classical statistics, as used in economics and other social sciences. This will allow students to carry out basic empirical investigations in applied economics and provides the necessary foundation of knowledge for later modules in econometrics.

    Compulsory

  • We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

    Compulsory

Your second year will give you the opportunity to further develop knowledge gained the previous year. Modules include a number of mandatory modules, together with one optional module, which can be selected from a range of choices, and can be used either to develop a specialisation with an eye on your potential future career, or to broaden your approach into various applied topics. You will need 120 credits to pass the year.

Modules

  • The module aims to:

    1. Introduce and evaluate intermediate level theoretical foundations of microeconomics and provide examples of their application.
    2. Define and critically apply methods of microeconomics of relevance to complex problem solving in Government, business and individual decision-making.
    3. Explore the relevance and limitations of intermediate microeconomic foundations as applied to other related areas, e.g. labour economics, health economics and international trade.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to introduces students to the discipline of Econometrics with a particular emphasis on the theory and applications of the Classical Linear Regression Model and the violation of its underlying assumptions. The module builds on the statistical techniques developed in Statistics for Economists and the mathematical tools developed in Mathematics for Economists. It also provides the necessary basis for those students wishing to take Further Econometrics.

    Compulsory

  • This module is the second stage of a suite of modules which equip students with three sets of transferable skills: job application skills, leadership skills and intermediate academic skills. It prepares students to embark on career pathways to best suit their personal aspirations.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to deepen and widen students’ understanding by building upon the macroeconomic foundations acquired from the introductory economics modules at Level 4. It provides a thorough grounding in intermediate principles of macroeconomics. The module provides students with an appreciation of the potential applications of the analytical techniques, their limitations and critiques. In addition it also introduces students to some of the controversies between alternative theoretical approaches. It provides the underpinning for subsequent study in the degree courses in economics and it is also one of the key elements in the professional training of an economist.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to the analysis of financial markets from an economic perspective. After having completed the module, students will have a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the structure and operation of financial markets in the real world. Students will also be equipped with the core economic concepts, principles and theories needed to appreciate and analyse the role and functioning of financial markets as well as reasons for market inefficiencies or failures. In addition, students will have an opportunity to learn how to critically discuss the merits and limitations of financial market regulation and its scope to mitigate or prevent economic and social costs of market failure.

    Compulsory

  • Compulsory

  • Choose one from the following three modules:

    • Mathematical Finance - 20 credits
      The module aims to equip students with active knowledge and understanding of some concepts in financial mathematics, including stochastic models for stocks and pricing of contingent claims. It will constitute rigorous training for students who want to train as financial or risk analysts, derivative traders, or those wishing to work in investment banking, more generally.
    • Behavioural Finance - 20 credits
      The aim of this module is to introduce students to the analysis of non-rational behaviour of economic agents on financial markets. After having completed the module, students will have a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the reasons of why agents may behave in a non-rational way. They will also be equipped with the core economic concepts, principles and theories needed to appreciate and analyse the implications of non-rational behaviour for prices on financial markets.
    • Economics of Corporate Finance - 20 credits
      The aim of this module is to introduce students to the analysis of corporate finance from an economic perspective. After having completed the module, students will have a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the funding decisions of firms in the real world. Students will also be equipped with the core economic concepts, principles and theories needed to appreciate and analyse the role and functioning of financial instruments as well as reasons for inefficiencies caused by them. In addition, students will have an opportunity to learn how to critically discuss the merits and limitations of regulatory interventions and their scope to mitigate or prevent the economic and social costs of financial instruments.

    Optional

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. 

Placement years are subject to additional costs, application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability.

In your final year, your studies should reflect an increased specialisation in your chosen field of financial economics. The course now offers two optional modules for you to select, alongside four mandatory modules which are designed to give you the opportunity to become a well-rounded graduate, and include conducting a project in the field of business economics.

Modules

  • This module provides an overview of the role of money in the economy, including the nature and functions of money, theories of the supply and demand for money, the effects of money on the wider economy (neutrality vs. non-neutrality) and issues related to monetary policy.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to the analysis of financial intermediation from an economic perspective. After having completed the module, students will have a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the structure and operation of financial intermediaries in the real world. Students will also be equipped with the core economic concepts, principles and theories needed to appreciate and analyse the role and functioning of financial intermediaries as well as reasons for inefficiencies or failures. In addition, students will have an opportunity to learn how to critically discuss the merits and limitations of regulatory interventions and their scope to mitigate or prevent economic and social costs related to the failure of financial intermediaries.

    Compulsory

  • This module is the final stage of a suite of modules which equip students with transferrable academic and professional skills, with a particular emphasis on implementations of employability and research skills learned in the previous years. The first part of this module will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of employability skills and how to communicate their skills through a job or postgraduate course application process.The second part of this module will provide students with an understanding of academic research and an ability to identify and utilise appropriate strategies and techniques for the purpose of individual investigation and research into professional development and practice within a subject-specific area of their degree route. This module will give students the awareness, skills and tools to write a well-thought and achievable research or project proposal, helping students to lay a solid foundation for their final project in 6005EFA.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to apply and develop their research skills and to extend their knowledge, understanding and ability to critically analyse in a specialist area of interest. The student will chose an academic area related to their programme of study and apply their independent learning skills to research this area in depth. Students will receive academic support through a series of group supervisions and will be allocated a project supervisor.

    Compulsory

  • Compulsory

  • Choose two from the following six modules:

    • International Economics - 20 credits
      This module enables students to investigate in-depth the principle concepts and theories of international economics concerning issues arising from economic interactions between sovereign states.
    • Development Economics - 20 credits
      This module investigates in-depth the main economic concepts and principles used in understanding economic problems and policy issues as countries transition from low income status to middle and high income status. The module also provides students with an understanding and evaluation of the comparative development experience and performance of major regions of the world, particularly less developed and emerging economies. The module also leads students into assessments of the impact of a range of development strategies.
    • Public Sector Economics - 20 credits
      This module critically investigates the development of the market-based model of the public sector, using case studies drawn, for instance, from education, healthcare, social services, social housing and defence. The module takes an international perspective, highlighting the experiences of the UK, other EU countries, and the US. To achieve its aims, the module introduces, applies and evaluates essential welfare economic concepts and principles. Topics covered include the critical assessment of the optimal scale and scope of the state, the impact of the new public management upon performance assessment in schools, public-private partnerships in funding of major projects, e.g. State hospital building programmes, the crisis in UK Local Government funding and the hypothecation of taxation.
    • Health Economics - 20 credits
      This module provides an introduction to the economics of health and health care drawing upon health markets in the UK, EU, North America as case studies. It will give students a thorough grounding and working knowledge of the full spectrum of economic concepts and models used within the analysis of health and health care markets. Moreover, it includes the analysis of not only those behaviours which are considered good for us, e.g. regular exercise but also considers a range of economic ‘bads’, including smoking and binge drinking. The module demonstrates how health economics and health care influences behaviours, for instance, the way government determines who will live and who will die, e.g. through the allocation of health funding towards some cancer drugs but not others. Moreover, the module will evaluate a range of health management related issues including cost-management, the remuneration and reward of clinical staff and product innovation.
    • Environmental Economics - 20 credits
      This module explores the uses of economic analysis in investigating the causes, consequences and possible solutions to problems of environmental degradation. Some of the major themes in the module include: the determination of the optimum levels of environmental resource usage; the analyses of alternative ways of attaining those targets; and valuation of environmental resources. The crucial notion of 'sustainability' is a key focus as are the proximate and underlying causes of environmental problems.
    • Further Econometrics - 20 credits
      The aim of this module is to strengthen students' understanding of econometric models and techniques relevant to empirical analysis and policy evaluation aoplied to a wide range of Macroeconomic and Microeconomic problems. The module will equip students with the advanced knowledge and skills to design, undertake, and evaluate empirical work within economics, finance and business.

    Optional

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters and years of study and may vary due to module selection. In addition to the contact hours below, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, including sessions with the Faculty’s progress coaches, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.

Within your first and second year, you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:

  • Medium group teaching: practical classes, seminars or workshops per week.
  • Large group teaching: lectures each week.

In your final year, if you are undertaking a project/dissertation, there is a greater emphasis placed on independent study and therefore total contact hours may be reduced.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using for example, seminar exercises or online activities.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, phase tests, essays, group work and presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.


Job ready

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate modern economic theory and the empirical methods used by economists.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the workings of economic systems, both within the UK and the wider global economy, including the ability to interpret relevant data and evaluate government policies.
  • Apply economic theories and empirical methods to real-world situations, by making appropriate use of data, abstraction, and logical reasoning in order to analyse economic events and issues.
  • Communicate technical concepts related to economic analysis and policy debates to a diverse range of audiences.
  • Examine issues of sustainability and ethics from an economic perspective, and critically appraise the ethical and sustainability implications of economic policy.
  • Integrate issues of national economic policy and analysis into a global context, and hence appreciate the value of international cooperation.
  • Use a range of transferable skills, such as: writing clear and concise reports based on evidence and logic; making effective use of information technology; confidently delivering presentations; creative problem solving, and self-motivation.

International experience opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas study trip, or a full year abroad.

In the past, our students have had the opportunity to visit universities in China and Malaysia to study alongside students, see how finance is taught internationally, appreciate the issues in different countries and broaden their perspectives.

Closer to home, you will have the opportunity to participate in European field trips* as part of the annual Tax Week initiative or the annual Audit Week, both of which are conducted in partnership with European universities, and see students work collaboratively on related projects.

Coventry University also offers the Global Leader’s Programme, an extracurricular option designed to help develop you into a potential future world leader in your field – with the opportunity to engage in workshops, networking and international experiences.* There is a fee to join, but it covers you for the whole three year programme. 


Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBB
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English
BTEC DDM
IB Diploma 30 points

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an International Foundation Year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Accounting and Finance will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £15,300 per year Not available

If you choose to study this course with a professional placement or study abroad year, you will need to pay a tuition fee of £1,250 to cover your academic support.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationary, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Facilities

Get hands-on in our Trading Floor, which features 42 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals.

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The Trading Floor 

The Trading Floor is an invaluable facility which allows you to get hands-on with industry-standard software. Housing 42 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals, the facility can add a dynamic practical element to your course.
 

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Talent Team

Employability at the forefront of all our accounting and finance courses. You will have access to our dedicated employability service, the Talent Team, from the first day of your course, to graduation and beyond.
 

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sigma Centre

The sigma Centre is housed in our Lanchester Library, and offers maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions and bookable appointments, the ideal place to help you navigate any issues you might have while studying an accounting and finance degree.


Careers and opportunities

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).

Where our graduates work

On successful completion, you should be well placed to pursue a wide variety of potential careers options in investment banking, accountancy, tax consultancy, government economists, auditing, derivatives trading, management consultancy, mergers and acquisitions, and many more.

Further study

Alternatively, you may decide to pursue postgraduate study opportunities by studying courses such as MSc Accounting and Financial Management or MSc Finance here at Coventry Business School, which could further enhance your employability. Please note that further study opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional costs may apply.


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    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 

    Facilities

    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).

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