BSc (Econ) Joint Honours Economics and Accounting (UCAS Code: LN14)
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Dr Graham Brownlow
Queen’s University Management School
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BSc (Econ) Single Honours
BSc (Econ) Major Honours with a Minor in Finance
BSc (Econ) Major Honours with a Minor in a Modern Language
Note: if the language is studied at a higher level then the grade required at that level must be achieved.
BSc (Econ) Joint Honours in Economics and Accounting
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
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 this degree course. 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
International Diploma in Management and Finance
Economics is concerned with how people make choices in conditions of resource scarcity and the results of these choices for society. Many of the world's most pressing issues such as global warming, underdevelopment, rising inequality, inflation and financial instability are economic in nature. In understanding these problems, economists make use of a wide variety of analytical techniques borrowed from numerous other fields including history, philosophy, mathematics and statistics.Back to top
Students may study Economics as a single discipline or in conjunction with another subject such as accounting, finance, a modern language or another social science or arts subject. Irrespective of programme choice, the degree provides a thorough grounding in micro- and macroeconomics and equips students with the quantitative skills necessary to support their studies. This develops an understanding of the economic issues confronting our society and provides an insight into possible solutions.
The programmes are based on three years of study and six modules are taken each year - three modules per semester. (Note: the range of modules is subject to the acceptance of final programme review.) All BSc (Econ) students will take the following:
Financial Institutions and Markets
Mathematics for Economists
Principles of Economics
Economic Growth Theory
Game Theory with Economic Applications
Students will take modules in International Economics and Applied Econometrics. The remaining modules may be chosen from a variety of specialisms.
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 Economics with Accounting 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 and more specific accounting-related data, case study research and analysis of a particular economic issue, and small group project and presentations whereby groups of three/four students work on a particular economics and accounting related task to provide possible solutions.
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 Economics with Accounting should enjoy working with numbers and dealing with a range of information which might be incomplete or provide conflicting advice as they attempt to understand and provide solutions to economics and accounting-related problems to a range of stakeholders such as the banking industry, investors, policy-makers, industry etc. They should also be effective communicators and work well with people.
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 very sophisticated economic and financial information and work productively as part of a team.
Students completing this programme (subject to having studied certain modules and meeting certain conditions etc) are eligible for a range of exemptions from the examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland, subject to meeting specified criteria. Exemptions are also available from the examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Students graduating with a degree in Economics with Accounting from Queens’ are well placed to secure a range of employment opportunities in a wide range of positions 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, specialist careers in economic appraisal, audit and forensic work, careers with international accountancy organisations, as well as more generalist positions in consulting.
The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract BSc Economics with Accounting graduates.
Further study is also an option open to BSc Economics with Accounting 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 (BEI) scheme provides funded opportunities for study at a US university.
• McKane Medal and Scholarship for proficiency in Economics is awarded to the best final Honours BSc (Econ) student
• KPMG Prize is awarded to the graduate with the highest performance in the BSc (Business Economics) degree
• Shaw Memorial Prizes are awarded to the two best performing second year students in the BSc (Econ) and BSc (Business Economics) degrees
Exemptions: Joint Economics and Accounting students are eligible for exemptions from some professional accountancy examinations.Back to top