BSc (Honours) Economics and Finance

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Economics and Finance

Develop technical and analytical economics skills while applying your knowledge to the financial services industry, preparing you to navigate through global economic challenges.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    NL31

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


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Course summary

  • Gain a solid foundation in economic theory. 
  • Apply this vital knowledge to diverse challenges in financial services.
  • Learn skills in financial risk management, investment analysis and financial regulation. 
  • Develop analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in financial decision-making.
  • Gain work-ready experience with real-life projects and placements every year.

You’ll explore microeconomics, macroeconomics and behavioural economics in state-of-the-art facilities. The turbulent economic landscape has introduced new challenges worldwide. We’ll equip you with the vital knowledge, skills and mindset to navigate diverse scenarios – preparing you for a career in the financial services sector, including, banking, insurance, investment analysis and financial management.

Accredited by
  • Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) as a route to the CISI Investment Advice Diploma. From this course you can graduate with a professional industry recognised qualification as well as your academic degree and you are eligible to apply for CISI Associate membership.



How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll study BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance in our Sheffield Business School, rated in the top 5% globally for excellence in teaching and research. Here, you’ll join a global community where business leaders, researchers and 7,000 students all come together to solve problems and make things better. 

You’ll be taught by experts with extensive industry and research backgrounds. Our academics are highly skilled professionals, bringing their cutting-edge knowledge and diverse experience into the classroom. Not only are they academically qualified – they’ve also worked in various industries, with some actively engaged in current research. 

You learn through:

  • Lectures  
  • Tutorials  
  • IT sessions 
  • Regular formative feedback  
  • Teamwork and group-based learning  
  • Practice-based applied learning 
  • Authentic learning experiences  
  • Engagement with guest lectures 
  • Discussions  
  • Self-managed study
  • Key themes

The course starts by helping you develop a strong understanding of economics and finance – plus the practical skills for evaluating the impact of economic policies on financial markets and businesses. 

As you progress, you’ll refine these fundamentals through real-world projects, collaborating in teams to create reports, presentations, and recommendations inspired by real industry challenges. This hands-on approach prepares you for careers in professional accountancy, business and finance within a supportive learning environment.

Towards the end of the course, you'll undertake a consultancy project for a real organisation, guided by a dedicated project supervisor. In this capstone project, you'll conduct research and apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired throughout your studies.

The combination of teaching methods throughout the course means you’ll gain in-depth knowledge and a diverse skill set through practical implementation, problem-solving, teamwork and self-development activities.

Course support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment. This includes:  

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development  
  • Access to our Skills Centre for support with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments and assessment preparation
  • Industry-specific employability activities, including work placements, live projects, simulated learning environments, and networking opportunities

Course leaders and tutors

Michelle Hardy
Michelle Hardy
HDA Lead

Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems in Sheffield Business School.

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Applied learning

Live Projects

This course enhances the communication and teamwork skills you’ll need in the finance profession – providing a strong foundation for careers in finance, consulting and public policy. You’ll develop these skills through live projects and placements.

In the first and second years of your course, you’ll have opportunities to work for real client-based projects. You’ll carry out research and analysis to generate findings and recommendations that address clients’ business problems – which in the past has included product development for Marks and Spencer. You’ll be required to present to the clients, gaining valuable experience of professional practice.

Students often find placements with their host company as a result of the excellent work they do for these live projects.

Throughout all the modules you study, we incorporate work-relevant content – including simulations, case studies, guest speakers and experiential activities. These not only help you seek potential career opportunities but also feel confident in pursuing them.

Work Placements

Between your second and third years of the course, you'll have the opportunity to embark on a sandwich placement, a vital step in preparing for your future career within the industry you've been studying.

During this placement, you'll gain practical skills, including proficiency in new software, managing marketing campaigns, developing pricing strategies, optimising business processes, achieving sales targets and crafting financial reports. This hands-on experience will equip you with valuable workplace insights to enhance your readiness for your future career – as well as an Applied Professional Diploma for your CV.

Our dedicated placement team will provide guidance and support at every stage, from your initial application to the successful completion of your placement.

Previous students have secured positions at organisations such as Investec, Lloyds Bank, PwC, HSBC and Santander.

Networking opportunities  

Throughout the course there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with career planning and development, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, field visits, and professional career advisers.  

These are great chances to enhance your confidence, skills development and future employability.


Future careers

Given the enduring aftermath of the financial crisis, there has never been a more exciting time to engage with this subject. This contemporary and highly relevant degree offers a comprehensive understanding of economics and finance, providing you with a profound grasp of economic and financial theories. It fosters strong analytical, empirical and interpretive skills – highly valued by employers – positioning you competitively in terms of employability.

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Economic research and planning
  • Financial planning
  • Financial risk analysis
  • Financial consultancy
  • Economics research
  • Insurance
  • Financial analysis
  • Data analysis

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for: 

  • Oxford Economics
  • Morrisons Plc
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • The Department for Transport

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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Equipment and facilities

Construction of the new Sheffield Business School is underway – providing state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and social space to students. 

On this course, you’ll have access to: 

  • Our virtual learning environment – Blackboard sites 
  • Updated office software 
  • Accounting software  
  • Bloomberg terminals 
  • Our financial trading floor  
  • A physical and online library with databases and digital books, journals, newspapers, and magazines

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

GCSE

  • English language or literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade D or 3

GCSE equivalents

  • Level 2 Literacy or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Level 2 Numeracy or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

• entry with prior credit - we consider applications for direct entry to the final year from those holding Higher National Diplomas or equivalent qualifications

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Introduction To Trading Algorithms
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Investment Risk And Taxation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Practical(40%)
Maths For Economics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Principles Of Micro And Macro Economics
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Economic Analysis And Policy
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)
Economics Of Risk And Return
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)
Introduction To Econometrics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Alternative Perspectives In Economics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Banking And Fintech
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Cash Management And Treasury
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Applied Econometrics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Consultancy Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Contemporary Issues In Finance
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Investment Management And Derivatives
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Exam(60%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Accounting, banking and finance courses (PDF, 326.4KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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