BSc Economics and Finance

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Develop your understanding of how economic decisions affect us as individuals and society as a whole. This course combines studying economics with analysing financial markets and institutions. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in finance or economics.

Your A level results will determine which core or compulsory modules you'll need to take. Please see the programme specification for the most up-to-date module lists.

You'll be taught by experts whose research has influenced international policy.

You'll learn how to use our Bloomberg Trading Suite in your first year, and have the chance to gain a Bloomberg Markets Concepts qualification.

You'll take core modules in:

  • microeconomics

  • accounting

You can also choose modules from the Economics department, Business School or from other departments across the University. You could take modules in portfolio theory, the principles of finance or empirical finance. Or you could learn how cognitive bias affects financial decision-making by taking the optional 'Economics with Experiments' course.

As part of this course you can also:

  • take part in a 2-week economics summer school at Xiamen University, China

  • spend a semester abroad in your third year

You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in finance or economics. You could also go on to further study.

Location and awarding body

A-levels additional information

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Although an Economics A level is not required, preference will be given to applicants taking at least one analytical A level subject ; that is, either Economics or a science-based subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma additional information

Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.


D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade B)DD in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A-level MathematicsDDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma

BTEC additional information

Other qualifications

A-levels with Extended Project Qualification

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer:ABB including Mathematics (minimum grade B) and grade A in the EPQ

A-levels contextual offer

Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows:ABB including Mathematics (minimum grade B)

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) offer

BTEC (RQF) (reformed)

D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AB from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade B)DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus B in A-level MathematicsDDD in the BTEC National Extended Diploma

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit

Access to HE Diploma additional information

Mathematics must be studied to level 3, A-level standard

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2017)

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics at H2

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2016)

A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A2 including Mathematics at A2

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement (PDF, 111.01 KB) for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

Cambridge Pre-U additional information

Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer

Welsh Baccalaureate

or AB from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade B) and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Welsh Baccalaureate additional information

European Baccalaureate

GCSE requirements

English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

IELTS score requirements

Non-academic entry requirements

International qualifications

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

Other ways to qualify

You might meet our criteria in other ways if you do not have the qualifications we need. Find out more about:

  • our Access to Southampton scheme for students living permanently in the UK (including residential summer school, application support and scholarship)

  • skills you might have gained through work or other life experiences (otherwise known as recognition of prior learning)

Find out more about our Admissions Policy.

Course structure

Each year comprises core, compulsory and optional modules. The first year will give you a foundation in economics and finance. Your module choice will depend on whether you studied economics at A level.

You'll be able to broaden your experience beyond economics and finance by selecting:

Year 1

  • optimisation

  • hypothesis testing

You'll also study macroeconomics. Core management modules look at how to prepare financial accounts and management accounting practices.

Optional modules cover topics such as microeconomics and quantitative modelling.

Year 2

Compulsory modules will introduce you to financial markets and how they work. You'll also deepen your understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Optional modules cover topics such as the European single market, and using simulations to model business problems. You'll also study auditing and taxation.

Year 3

For your dissertation, you'll research an economics topic of your choice. This is an opportunity for you to show that you can select relevant arguments and techniques, then apply them to your problem and draw conclusions.

You'll also study specialist modules, including futures and options, and international banking.

  • lectures

Support for your studies

How you’ll spend your study time

Your scheduled learning, teaching and independent study, year by year:

Year 1

How we’ll assess you

We’ll assess you using:

  • coursework, laboratory reports and essays
  • dissertations

Year 1


Employability is an essential part of our economics courses, ensuring you're equipped for a successful postgraduate career or further study. You'll be able to take an optional employability module designed to boost your professional skills.

You can also take modules to enhance your employability in particular areas. For instance, you could study social enterprise and finance modules that use our Bloomberg Trading Suite - the same technology used by city traders.

You'll graduate with transferable skills that will qualify you to work in a range of fields and industries.

Our economics and finance graduates have gone on to work as:

  • economists

Careers services at Southampton

We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:

  • work experience schemes

  • networking events

  • a wealth of volunteering opportunities

  • study abroad and summer school opportunities

We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.

Work in industry

UK/EU fees

You'll pay £9,250 in tuition fees for the academic year 2020 to 2021. This fee might change for further years of your course.

International student fees

What your fees pay for

Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.

Find out how to:

  • Textbooks
  • Approved Calculators

See the full list of extra items and costs in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 349.07 KB).

Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:

Bursaries, scholarships and other funding

If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.

If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.

Scholarships and grants

You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.

We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Support during your course

The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.

Funding for international students

University life

The University offers a friendly, diverse and welcoming home for you while you study. You'll work, live and socialise with students from more than 130 countries.

Clubs, societies and facilities

  • a hairdresser

Our sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym with 140 fitness stations, squash courts, a bouldering wall, outdoor pitches and much more. There are over 80 sports clubs you could join, and activity classes including yoga and spin.

We have an internationally known theatre, concert hall, art gallery and cinema showing everything from mainstream blockbusters to international arthouse classics. You could perform at a gig, concert or show, take part in an exhibition or join a writers’ workshop. Find out more about arts and culture at Southampton.

Whatever your passion or community, you can find like-minded people at one of the Students’ Union clubs and societies. There are more than 200 to join, and social activities in every hall of residence.

Support while you study

We aim to help you deal with any problems you might come across, so you can make the most of your time at university. We offer support with:

  • mental health, learning difficulties and disability

  • money and accommodation

We will assess your application on the strength of your:

  • predicted grades

We normally invite all candidates to an interview.

We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.

We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.

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