Financial Economics with Accounting (BSc): 3-year, full-time

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

UCAS Code

L1N4

Duration

Three years full-time

Attendance

Three to four evenings a week, September to June

This is a joint undergraduate programme, during which you will gain accounting skills as well as an extensive knowledge of the financial sector. The course is designed to provide a core of technically demanding, yet applications-oriented, skills in finance, economics and accounting. It features two pathways, which allow you to focus either on the technical or the applied aspects of financial economics with accounting.

This is a rigorous course that combines an open admissions policy with high standards. Where there are gaps in your previous education we will fill those gaps, but you will also achieve the same standard of training in the core skills of finance, economics and accounting as in any other financial economics with accounting degree in the UK.

This course is also available for part-time evening study over four years.

Highlights

  • The programme offers a well-integrated interdisciplinary core, allowing you to obtain a broad and balanced perspective, while the unique two-pathway structure allows you to tailor your studies and focus on either the technical or applied aspects of financial economics.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • We have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, providing training for employers such as the Treasury and the Bank of England.
  • You will be taught by academics who are professional practitioners in the world of economics and international finance, and who provide specialist advice and in-house training for government departments and City firms and banks.
  • The Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics brings together research and teaching in economics, finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant interdisciplinary synergies.

Course structure

This course is made up of a sequence of 15- and 30-credit modules totalling 360 credits over three years.

The programme offers two pathways, starting at the beginning of Year 2. The exit awards are BSc Financial Economics with Accounting and BSc Applied Financial Economics with Accounting, respectively.

In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules.

In Year 2, you take five compulsory modules.

In Year 3, you take three compulsory modules and one or two option modules to make up 30 credits.

Module groups

Year 1 compulsory modules

Year 2 compulsory modules BSc Financial Economics with Accounting pathway

Year 2 compulsory modules BSc Applied Financial Economics with Accounting pathway

Year 3 compulsory modules BSc Financial Economics with Accounting pathway

Year 3 compulsory modules BSc Applied Financial Economics with Accounting pathway

Option modules

Please note that the list of available option modules may change from year to year.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

    Students without an adequate background in economics or quantitative methods may be required to take, and pass with credit, two foundation modules from the Certificate of Higher Education in Economics.

    UCAS tariff points

    120, including an A-level in mathematics.

    The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.

    Applicants will usually be expected to have GCSE grade A*-C in English language and mathematics, and a grade B or above, or equivalent, in A-level mathematics is preferred.

    If you would like to find out more about our admissions policy, please contact us.

    Alternative entry routes

    Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in economics or social science units.

      Two specified modules of the Certificate of Higher Education in Economics - Economic Principles and Quantitative Economic Methods - with a minimum mark of 60%.

        If you are returning to study, the Certificate of Higher Education Introductory Studies is accepted as an entry requirement onto the BSc, if you successfully complete the designated modules to the appropriate standard.

        International entry requirements

        If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

        If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

        Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

        Visa requirements

        If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

        The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

        • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
        • Courses of less than six months’ duration.
        • Pre-sessional English language courses.

        International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our three-year evening study BA/BSc/LLB degrees, as these are classified as full-time study and qualify for student visa status. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time evening study degrees.

        For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

        Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

        If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

        Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

      • Fees

        Fees

        Full-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
        Full-time international students: £ 13350 pa

        Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy.

      • Teaching and assessment

        Teaching

        At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

        Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

        Our distance-learning and blended-learning courses and modules are self-directed and we will provide you with interactive learning opportunities and encourage you to collaborate and engage via various learning technologies. These courses involve limited or no face-to-face contact between students and module tutors.

        In addition, you will have access to pastoral support via a named Personal Tutor.

        Methods of teaching on this course

        Face-to-face teaching, lectures and seminars

        Contact hours

        On our taught courses, you will have scheduled teaching and study sessions each year. Alongside this, you will also undertake assessment activities and independent learning outside of class. Depending on the modules you take, you may also have additional scheduled academic activities, such as tutorials, dissertation supervision, practical classes, visits and fieldtrips.

        On our taught courses, the actual amount of time you spend in the classroom and in contact with your lecturers will depend on your course, the option modules you select and when you undertake your final-year project.

        On our distance-learning and blended-learning courses, discussion, collaboration and interaction with your lecturers and fellow students are encouraged and enabled through various learning technologies, but you may have limited or no face-to-face contact with your module tutors.

        The following information gives an indication of how many contact hours you can expect for each year of this course:

        Year Contact hours
        1 180
        2 192
        3 216

        Timetables

        Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

        Indicative class size

        Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to larger groups, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups led by a tutor.

        Independent learning

        On our taught courses, much of your time outside of class will be spent on self-directed, independent learning, including preparing for classes and following up afterwards. This will usually include, but is not limited to, reading books and journal articles, undertaking research, working on coursework and assignments, and preparing for presentations and assessments.

        Independent learning is absolutely vital to your success as a student. Everyone is different, and the study time required varies topic by topic, but, as a guide, expect to schedule up to five hours of self-study for each hour of teaching.

        On our distance-learning and blended-learning courses, the emphasis is very much on independent, self-directed learning and you will be expected to manage your own learning, with the support of your module tutors and various learning technologies.

        Study skills and additional support

        Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

        • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
        • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
        • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

        Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

        Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

        Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short- or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

        Assessment

        Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

        Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

        Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

        Methods of assessment on this course

        Most modules are assessed by course assignments and/or in-class tests, and an unseen formal examination in June.

        Breakdown of assessment on this course

        The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework will often depend on the option modules you choose. The approximate percentages for this course are as follows:

        Year % Exams % Practical % Coursework
        1 65 5 30
        2 83 0 18
        3 83 0 17
      • Careers and employability

        Careers and employability

        Graduates can pursue careers in the financial sector, economics or accountancy. This degree may be useful in becoming a financial risk analyst, economist, statistician or chartered accountant.

        We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

        Graduate Destinations

        Average salary six months after the course: £32000

        Go on to work and/or study:

        Go on to work and/or study
        Now working: 65%
        Doing further study: 15%
        Studying and working: 15%
        Unemployed: 0%
        Other: 5%

        Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.

      • How to apply

        How to apply

        If you are applying for a three-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.

        Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

        Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

        UCAS Code

        L1N4

        Application deadlines and interviews

        15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.

        Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.