At LSBU we teach real economics, show you the factors which shape the current economic climate and discuss the theories which can explain recent trends. From questioning fundamental economic concepts by reviewing country or industry case studies to developing economic models to forecast what the future holds, we will make you apply economics from the first day you set foot onto our campus. We are going to take you on an exciting journey of exploring economic ideas, schools of thought and historic events which have lead the world economy to where it is today. From sustainability to cryptocurrencies, the BSc Economics introduces students to the vast range of topics which drive the economy. And then we give you a glimpse of the future, leaving it to up to you to make your own critical judgement of what is yet to come.
Our curriculum is informed by the challenges and tasks professional Economists face in a variety of industries. This allows us to equip you with key graduate skills, turning you into an educated, passionate and competitive graduate who will be successful in any career path you choose.
Why Economics at LSBU?
100% of students felt that access to mental wellbeing and student support services was communicated well (National Student Survey 2023)
We are ranked 4th in London for Economics (Guardian 2021)
We are ranked 3rd among our Modern London competitors for Economics (Complete University Guide 2022)
We are ranked 1st for course satisfaction, teaching satisfaction and feedback satisfaction in Economics in London (Guardian University League Tables 2021)
We are a member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), sister brand of AMBA
We hold Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, recognised for work in Entrepreneurship and business practice
Access to the software widely used in industry: Stata, Bloomberg, Excel and more.
100% of students felt free to express their ideas, opinions and beliefs. (National Student Survey 2023)
The Economics course gives you an incomparable edge to start your career, and is a perfect mixture of theory and practice applied in real case scenarios. Another benefit is the fact that most of the lecturers call on previous careers with leading institutions
If you do not meet the entry criteria above we also review any previous skills, knowledge or experience you have gained outside of your education and are happy to talk through any extenuating circumstances you feel relevant.
If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at Southbank College site.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
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Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
The course offers a variety of modules including options in the final year, which cover current economic trends and themes which shape the global economy. Students will be able to gain a practical experience by applying their knowledge to work on real cases and with real data.
Finance and the Economy This module introduces you to a range of economic and financial topics and shows how these can be applied to understand the world around us. The module develops your understanding of the external environment businesses face, and aspects of finance relevant to the business context. 100% coursework assessed.
Business Mathematics As an Economics student, it is important for you to learn about the application of quantitative methods and techniques to analyse and solve problems that exist in business, economics and finance. For this purpose the module introduces and applies the powerful analytic method of calculus for finding optimal solutions to specific issues in economics and business. Coursework and exam assessed.
The LSBU Discovery Project In this module you will be utilising business project frameworks, problem-solving skills and idea generation techniques that will support you through the key stages required to complete a small business project from concept to delivery. Throughout the stages of your project, and by incorporating a facilitated coaching process, you will be supported to develop key skills vital to successful leadership and management. 100% coursework assessed.
Economic Concepts This module will continue to develop your understanding of the essential micro- and macroeconomic theories which are the bedrock to the economic concepts and methods studied in Finance and the Economy. The emphasis of the module is upon the theoretical frameworks underpinning the business applications of economics in facilitating the decisions of policy-makers, managers and entrepreneurs in a variety of situations as well as the implications of the open macroeconomy on the operations of modern firms. 100% coursework assessed.
Management and Organisations This module introduces you to the basic concepts of management in organisations. It gives you an appreciation of the complexities of organisations that affect employee behaviour within them. It introduces you to human resource management strategies to manage people in organisations. The module incorporates key management, organisational behaviour and people management theories and practices. 100% coursework assessed.
Principles of Strategy This module aims to equip you with the knowledge of skills of basic strategic analysis. You will be exposed to the use of simple strategic tools to evaluate the business and its wider environment. You will also be able to identify creative strategic solutions to simple organisational issues. The module further aims to develop your ability to make decisions between different strategic alternatives. 100% coursework assessed.
Microeconomic Modelling The aim of the module is to provide an intermediate level analysis of the principles governing the allocation of resources in market economies, and the operations of the micro-economy. The module develops the theoretical concepts introduced at level 4, by investigating in greater depth the decisions of individual consumers, and firms in order to explain why, and how, such choices are made. The course also introduces you to welfare economics, and considers general equilibrium, economic efficiency, and social welfare questions and issues. Market failure and the policy responses to such failure are also explored. Coursework and exam assessed.
The Analytical Economist This module provides comprehensive insights into graduate employability and career development for economics students. It teaches you essential techniques of self-awareness building, career exploration, job search, succeeding in recruitment and selection processes and teamwork, enabling you to secure employment and thrive in the world of work. In addition, the module covers specific skills of particular relevance to economists, especially digital and communication skills that are valued and highly sought after by relevant employers. 100% coursework assessed.
Introduction to Econometrics This module introduces you to the basics of econometrics. It starts with the standard OLS methodology and beginning with simple regression analysis, moves to multiple regression analysis. The problems associated with OLS are explained along with their consequences and potential alleviating measures. Indicator or dummy variables are also considered along with their applications. A heavy emphasis on addressing econometric problems with the use of statistical software will also be pursued. 100% coursework assessed.
Macroeconomic Modelling This module embeds both the definition and importance of macroeconomic indicators, including what they mean and how they are calculated. You will have a clear story of the history of economic though in the context of macroeconomics. This will involve understanding historic theory including Say’s Law, Keynesianism, Monetarism as well as modern economic thought within macroeconomics. You will work with and manipulate macroeconomic data and gain an understanding of current economic conditions within the United Kingdom using government economic reports. Coursework and exam assessed.
Finance in a Digital World This module is an introduction to the basic principles of contemporary finance and investment. It seeks to provide an elementary knowledge of the subject, simultaneously highlighting the essential links between accounting & finance concepts and practical financial management in a digital world; you will thereby be provided with a firm foundation in the theoretical as well as practical aspects of financial decision-making in a digitised marketplace.
Economic Policy Analysis This module will help you to learn how to use economics to understand and articulate reasoned views on some of the most pressing policy problems facing our societies: inequality, financial instability, the future of work, climate change, wealth creation and innovation. It addresses positive and normative dimensions as well as political-economy constraints. 100% coursework assessed.
The Digital Economy This module offers an excursion into the digital economy and novel types of industries and businesses arising within. It introduces you to the key drivers, which are currently transforming various industries and includes examples of the UN SDG on Industry Innovation & Infrastructure. The module aims to equip you with an understanding of the changing digital environment and trends in digitalisation, which define current economic developments. It further aims to raise awareness of the regulatory challenges these recent trends impose. 100% coursework assessed.
Optional placement year in industry (if you choose not to do a placement year, you will take the modules listed below in your third year).
Microeconomic Strategy This module introduces you to an understanding of fundamental models in microeconomics and introduces you to methods of formal microeconomic analysis. It differs from previous modules on microeconomics you will have completed in that it treats the models in a more formal manner, and additionally introduces you to the treatment of the models using various mathematical (and graphical) techniques including calculus. Coursework and exam assessed.
Macroeconomic Policy You will learn ways to connect the behaviour of households, firms and governments and central banks to aggregate economic outcomes. The module will focus on linking policies on economic growth to innovation, market structure and firm dynamics; and more generally by taking institutions seriously into account when looking at growth, business cycles and unemployment and the interplay between them. Coursework and exam assessed.
Financial Decision Making This module is about managing the finance function in a business enterprise by making value-maximising financial decisions. Financial value is a function of cash, time and opportunity cost – all key factors that financial managers need to consider when allocating scarce resources to competing uses. Since value maximisation requires the optimum balance of return and risk, the management of risk will be an important theme of the module. You will thereby be provided with a firm foundation in the theoretical as well as practical aspects of financial decision-making.
Corporate Finance and Risk Management The module aims to build on already existing knowledge of the fundamental theory and practice of finance, and provide you with the more advanced technical expertise required to apply these in the context of strategic financial decision making and risk management from the perspective of senior financial executives or consultants. It will also be useful for students seeking a firm grounding in advanced corporate and international finance as a basis for further study or research in the subject area.
Economic Research The Economic Research Methods module runs over two semesters aims to help students to develop an understanding of the research process in semester one and to undertake research in semester two leading to successful completion of their applied project. It covers ideas, techniques, and methods relevant to different stages of the research process, stressing the interdependence of each stage in conducting effective, coherent and rigorous research.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
The course equips you with a comprehensive skillset, which makes you highly employable in both the public and private sector. From the finance sector to the government economic service, LSBU Economics graduates will find themselves able to join almost any industry they choose.
Type of role you can expect
Typical career paths include: economic research bodies, economic consultancy practices (including the consulting segments of some of the large chartered accountancy/financial services firms), broader management and strategic consultancies, the Government Economic Service (GES), commercial banks, investment banks, private equity and other specialist investment services, the International Monetary Fund (and other international bodies), NGOs, local authorities and Learning and Skills Council offices.
The majority of employers have a small number of staff devoted to economic consultancy work, or alternatively are relatively small organisations focused purely on economic consultancy.
Upon successful completion students are eligible to apply for our MSc International Economics and Strategy or our MSc International Finance.
Our curriculum informed by industry and professional economists working for the government economic service and in the private sector.
LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.
As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.
Teaching and Assessment
The course is two-thirds coursework assessed. The course features a variety of delivery styles with a mix of online and face-to-face tutorials, seminars based on discussions of current economic developments or lab exercises using relevant statistical software. Wherever possible, the teaching team will invite guest speaker from industry to support student learning.
You will have the opportunity to engage in personal tutoring or seek advice from a personal tutor for the entire duration of their course.
As an undergraduate student in LSBU Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.
Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions which will be designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your degree programme.
In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.
Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".