BSc Honours Business Economics (UCAS Code: L110)
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If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including:
International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science
Business Economics is concerned with the application of economics to decision-making in both public and private sector organisations. It aims to provide the conceptual tools necessary to facilitate an understanding of the economic nature of organisations, the incentive properties of an organisation's internal structures, the nature of its competitive environment and the reasons for the regulatory structures within which organisations function.Back to top
This degree programme is intended to emphasise those aspects of economics that are of most importance in a business setting. Students will study both Applied Economics and Economics of Organisations in the first year along with Accounting, Finance and Management modules. Students will also study Applied Economic subjects such as Managerial Economics in Years 2 and 3. This is complemented by a range of optional subjects from Management and Finance.
All students are expected to develop good numeracy skills, but there is flexibility in the degree of specialisation in quantitative aspects of the subject. Students will take modules in:
Accounting for Non-Specialists
Economics of Organisations
Financial Institutions and Markets
History and Philosophy of Management
Economic Policy for Business
Quantitative Business Methods
one elective from:
Financial Decision-Making, or
Principles of Marketing
Students must select at least three electives from the offered economics elective modules. The remaining modules are chosen from a wide range of modules offered.
Note: the range of modules is subject to the acceptance of final programme review.Back to top
Queen’s University Management School is one of the largest Schools in the University with more than 1300 full-time undergraduate students and 300 plus postgraduate students. The School has been delivering high quality programmes for more than 40 years and was one of the first schools in the UK to introduce undergraduate management education. Since then, QUMS has been developing and enhancing its teaching portfolio for both local and international students and boasts students from more than 20 different nationalities.
In recent years, the School has benefited from significant investment resulting in many new academic appointments and state-of-the-art facilities including computer teaching labs with specilaised software and a Trading Room in Riddel Hall. In addition, the new McClay library houses an excellent selection of Management and related texts and there are extensive IT facilities throughout the campus.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential. In line with this, one of QUMS’ primary objectives is to deliver innovative learning and teaching programmes that provide students with the competences and skills to make a positive contribution to business, economic and civic life.
On the BSc Business Economics programme we achieve these goals by providing a range of learning environments which enable our students to engage with subject experts both academic staff and industry guest speakers, develop skills and attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree programme are:
Assessment (general): The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. Modules are typically assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and a final written unseen examination. Continuous assessment consists of: class tests, computer generated practical experiments where students have to manipulate economic-related data, case study research and analysis of a particular organisation and its business issue, academic essays exploring a specific economic issue such as the impact of inflation on a specific region, or the importance of environmental economics etc. and small group project and presentations whereby groups of three/four students work on a particular business economics related task.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Those pursuing a career in Business Economics should be effective communicators and work well with people as they will have to analyse and interpret a range of information to meet the needs of different users, including managers and investors. Business Economists must be prepared to take on challenges and be able to adapt to a constantly changing and dynamic business environment.
Many of the skills that students will acquire during their studies at Queen’s will be of great value in a range of different career and life situations. Core transferable skills include the ability to learn independently, problem solve, understand and interpret economic, financial and business-specific information and work productively as part of a team.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Students graduating with a degree in Business Economics from Queens’ are well placed to secure a range of employment opportunities in economics and management in the public and private sectors. In recent years, students have secured positions in economic analysis and appraisal with a range of government and other public sector organisations, careers in banking, as well as more generalist positions in business and management.
The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract BSc Business Economics graduates.
Further study is also an option open to BSc Business Economics graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, as shown on the Queen’s University Management School website.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Placements: there are opportunities for students to avail of summer and year-long placements with a variety of organisations including HM Treasury and major consultancy firms. Study USA, formerly the Business Education Initiative scheme (BEI), provides funded opportunities for study at a US university.
• The UTV Media Prize is awarded to the best graduate in the BSc (Business Economics) degree
• Shaw Memorial Prizes are awarded to the two best performing second year students in the BSc (Economics) and the BSc (Business Economics) degrees
• The KPMG Prize is awarded to the graduate with the highest performance in the BSc (Business Economics) degree
Accreditation: the BSc Honours in Business Economics is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.Back to top