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L1NH BSc Economics and Finance (3 years)


We take economic decisions every day of our lives, and in turn are affected by the decisions of other people and institutions. Economics is the study of these decisions and actions. Studying the way economic processes work helps us to understand the society in which we live.

The BSc Economics and Finance (L1NH) combines modules in economics with the analysis of financial markets and institutions.


Introducing your course

Are you interested in a career in finance? Then the BSc Economics and Finance degree at the University of Southampton is ideal for you. The programme combines a firm grounding in economics and econometrics, with the theoretical and empirical analysis of financial markets and institutions.
Some of the Finance modules include training and access to our Bloomberg Terminals, the standard financial trading platform in the City. You can also gain an understanding of how people make financial decisions in our behavioural economics laboratory.


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This programme combines modules in economics with the analysis of financial markets and institutions.

It is particularly appropriate for anyone looking for a rigorous understanding of the world of finance either with a view to employment in financial institutions or simply wanting to understand more about the world in which we live.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All applications for full-time study should be made through UCAS - Applications for part-time study can be made through UCAS or directly to the University.

Programme Structure

The programme is studied over three years full-time. Study is undertaken at three levels, each corresponding to one year of full-time study.

Module choices in year one are dependent on whether you have studied economics at A level. The programme structure below outlines the modules that you may typically expect to study, although this may vary depending on demand for the modules and staff availability. Eight modules are studied each year, with four in each semester. During year three you will study a dissertation, equivalent to two modules, which is a piece of independent research on a topic of your choice spread over both semesters.

Key Facts

In the 2017 National Student Survey, of our BSc Economics and Finance students:

  • 94% agreed that staff are good at explaining things
  • 94% agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEGCSE English grade C or above (or an equivalent standard in or an equivalent standard in other English language qualifications approved by the University)
A Levels:
GCE A-level
  • 3 A level subjects: AAB (including A level Mathematics at grade B or above) or ABB (including A level Mathematics at grade B or above) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification.
  • 4 A level subjects: ABBB (including A level Mathematics at grade B or above) or BBBB (including A level Mathematics at grade B or above) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification.

Queries about contextualised offers can be made to: Information about the university’s scheme to widen participation (A2S) can be found here: Access to Southampton

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 Mathematics or a science-based subject.

Most A level subjects are acceptable with the exception of General Studies. One subject such as those on the following list is accepted if combined with other academic subjects:

  • Art, including Design, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles, etc
  • Critical Thinking
  • Home Economics
  • ICT
  • Leisure Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Music, including Music Technology
  • Sports Studies including all forms of PE, Dance, etc
  • Theatre Studies including Drama and Performing Arts
  • Travel and Tourism

There may be a few places available for marginal candidates who have just missed the grades required by their conditional offer. For these students ONLY, the Admissions Tutor will consider any extra A level subject, including General Studies. Therefore, it is worth taking an extra A level as an insurance policy. There is no guarantee that extra spaces will be available.

International Baccalaureate 34 points, 17 at Higher Level, including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics
Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications to an A level applicant or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Please note that we cannot accept applicants from Greece on the basis of the Apolyterion alone; it must be supplemented by two A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5.

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students: if you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent serious and successful study (e.g. Access, Return to Study, Open University Foundation Courses), and of your capacity to pursue the course. Please note - due to the mathematical content of the courses at Southampton, you will be expected to have studied the appropriate level of mathematics relevant to the course.

Contextual Admissions

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme

A typical contextual offer is ABB including grade B in A level Mathematics from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:

We usually make our decisions based on your UCAS form alone. Only candidates who require special consideration, e.g. on grounds of age or non-standard entry qualifications, are interviewed.

All of our degree programmes require modules in mathematics (algebra and calculus) and statistics to be taken in the first year. If you have not studied mathematics for some time, you are strongly advised to prepare for these courses prior to entry.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The programme structure below outlines the modules that you may typically expect to study, although this may vary depending on demand for the modules and staff availability.

Optional modules

There is a large choice of optional modules and the list below is not exhaustive. For example, interdisciplinary modules allow students to try different methodological approaches outside of their home discipline. For more information visit the Interdisciplinary modules page. Students can also take language modules in a variety of languages. The modules range in level from absolute beginner up to near-native speaker level. For more information visit the Credit-bearing language modules page. There are also non-credit bearing courses for those who simply wish to continue languages as a hobby. Visit the Southampton Language Opportunity page.

Year in Employment

Students may decide to take a Year in Employment as part of this course. They do not need to indicate this on their UCAS application and can decide in their second year. Further information visit  the Year in Employment page. Students can also take placements and internships over the holidays. For more information visit the Excel Southampton Internship Programme page. Students can work during term-time on the IBM Business Innovation Programme, for more information visit the Business Innovation Page.

Year 1

The aim of the first year is to provide you with a firm foundation in the core subjects of your degree and an opportunity, through the choice of optional units, to broaden your field of study. Module choices in year one are dependent on whether you have studied economics at A level.

Students take optional modules each year. They can choose from Economics modules; modules from other departments and also from the Interdisciplinary modules. Note: the Economics department provides interdisciplinary modules but gives them two codes (e.g. UOSM2036 is the same as ECON1015). This is to allow our students to have access to the courses before they are offered to the whole University. UOSM modules can be taken in first, second or third year unless specified. For example, students could choose to take Social Enterprise in any year.

Everyone also takes a non-credit bearing course in Economics Skills and Employability each year to enable students to take full advantage of the opportunities on offer here.

Semester One

Students who do not have Economics A-level take Module Foundations of Microeconomics, those who have Economics A-level take Module Principles of Microeconomics.

Mathematics for Economics
Economics Skills and Employability 1
Financial Accounting 1

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Economics with Experiments
Topics in Economic History
Introduction to Management
Management Analysis
Social Enterprise
Living and Working on the Web

Language modules

Interdisciplinary modules

Semester Two
Principles of Macroeconomics
Statistics for Economics
Management Accounting 1

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Economic Perspective & Policy
Quantitative Modelling in Economics
Management and Organisations

Year 2

Year 2 comprises a mixture of compulsory and optional modules.

Students take 30 credits of optional modules in Second Year. Most modules in Social Sciences are for 15 credits, but there are some modules which are taken across two semesters and are worth 30 credits.

Semester Two

If students took Statistical Theory 2 in semester one, they must also take Econometrics 2.

If students took Introduction to Econometrics in semester one, they must also take Methods of Econometrics.

Portfolio Theory and Financial Markets
ECON Dissertation: Prelim Info

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Development Economics
Industrial Economics 2
Econometrics 2
Methods of Econometrics
Introduction to Demographic Methods
Criminal Justice Studies
Company Law
Financial Accounting 2
Financial Management
Population History
Operations Management
Globalisation, Inequalities & Power
Criminology: Policy & Practice

Language modules

Interdisciplinary modules

Year 3

During year three you will study a dissertation, which is a piece of independent research on a topic of your choice spread over both semesters.

Students take 30 credits of optional modules in Third Year.

Semester One
Principles of Finance
Economics Skills and Employability 3

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Labour Economics
Applied Econometrics
Topics in Macroeconomics 3
Cyber Lives? New Technologies and Social Change
Strategic Management
Class Structure and Social Inequality
Migration in a Globalising World
Comparing Welfare States - Evolution, Politics & Impact

Language modules

Interdisciplinary modules

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
BSc Economics and Finance2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT: Software licences - Publicly available software in public workstations and some available via iSolutions, but otherwise purchase.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects, dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards. In each year, students take a non-credit bearing module in Economics Skills and Employability. For example, first years take ECON1016. Students can also take modules to enhance their employability in particular areas. For instance, there are modules on Social Enterprise; Economics with Experiments; Ethics in Science, Engineering and Technology, and finance modules which use the University Bloomberg Suite.

Our student societies are very active. If you are interested in social enterprise, then we have a thriving Enactus society. Other societies can help you with your chosen career including the Trading and Investment Society, Surge Radio, and the Bright Futures Society. For a complete list visit the SUSU all groups web page.

IBM runs a Business Innovation Programme during term time. The EXCEL placement scheme provides internships over the Easter and Summer holiday. Students can decide to take a Year in Employment in their penultimate year. In order to be as flexible as possible, we do not require students to indicate on UCAS that they wish to take this option. They can sign up after they arrive. 

The skills you will develop are in high demand. Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in a diverse range of professions from banking and insurance to analysis, market research and economics. For example, a number of Southampton graduates go onto become fund managers, find out more by visiting the news story about City fund managers. We run training sessions, mentoring schemes and skills workshops to help you prepare for your future career.

Learning & Assessment

Our degrees are full-time honours programmes of three years duration, with the exception of the M.Econ. programme, which lasts 4 years. All programmes aim to provide knowledge of the key concepts and arguments in the relevant subjects together with the capacity to apply this knowledge in a variety of contexts. In addition, we seek to ensure that all of our students are able to use data and quantitative techniques appropriately and effectively. The overall programme structure is a flexible one, allowing you to discover and pursue your own interests - either by choice of options or, if appropriate, by changing degree course at the end of year one.

Lectures and classes

Teaching takes place during two semesters, the first running from October to February and the second from February through to June. Eight subject units are taken per year - normally four per semester - some of which are compulsory and others optional. Teaching comprises both lectures (two or three per week, depending on the module) and weekly or fortnightly small group classes. In a typical semester you would spend about twelve hours per week attending lectures and classes; in addition, we expect about twenty-eight hours of self-study (preparing for classes, writing essays and so on) bringing the weekly total to forty hours.


Modules are examined at the end of the semester in which they are taught, and in some cases a coursework mark will contribute to the overall grade for the unit. Satisfactory performance in the first year is required in order to progress to year two. Final degree classes are based upon marks from the second and third years.


The resources for teaching and learning at Southampton are excellent. The University's Hartley library, which is located close to the Division, contains a comprehensive collection of books and journals. Computer workstations are available both on the campus and at halls of residence, in many cases offering round-the-clock access. In addition, every student is provided with an e-mail account, and all rooms in halls of residence have a telephone/internet connection.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study21%19%14%
Independent study79%81%86%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment69%81%61%
Practical exam assessment0%0%0%
Coursework assessment31%19%39%

Study Locations

Hartley Library

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