Why Herts?
  • Ranked 4th nationally for Economics (The Guardian)
  • 97% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (NSS 2018)
  • Highest ‘Assessment and Feedback’ and ‘Academic Support’ scores nationwide, ranking in the top 10% across all topics explored (NSS 2018)

About the course

Indicative course structure

Economics drives business, informs policy and affects everyone’s lives. With its applied business focus, this course emphasises the economic analysis of key business functions and the industrial structure of market economies and the global environment. It will give you a detailed understanding of the principles of economics and teach you how to apply these principles to support decision making. As well as developing an understanding of the nature of pricing, investment, employment and many other decisions businesses have to take, you’ll have the option to study modules in marketing, accounting finance and human resource management.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Business Economics 2019 Course fact sheet 2 Business Economics with an Eastern Language 2019 Course fact sheet 3 Business Economics with a European Language
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Business Economics 2019 Programme specification 2 Languages

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Why choose this course?

  • To receive a broad intellectual learning experience by studying economic issues within the wider political and social environment;
  • to develop a critical understanding of the principles of economic theory;
  • for an appreciation of different approaches to economic problems and their relevance for real life circumstances; 
  • to develop the ability to apply the theories of economics to a range of decision making problems in business;
  • to become equipped with a set of subject specific and transferable skills needed to pursue a successful career.

Key staff

Dr Frank Currie
Subject Group Leader – Economics & Business Economics

Mr Jon Easter
Head of Department - Accounting, Finance and Economics

Dr Tassos Patokos
Programme Leader – Economics & Business Economics
Find out more about Dr Tassos Patokos

Course details


An economist provides specialist advice based on economic theory and knowledge. They study data and statistics and carry out in-depth research, which enables them to be able to forecast future trends and make recommendations. Economists are employed in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors, and they are highly sought after. Typical jobs relating to Economics include Financial Risk Analyst, Actuary or Statistician. Other options that use relevant skills such as analytical and problem-solving would be in sectors such as business intelligence, market research, retail merchandising and social research. 

What job can I get?

Our graduates have started their careers in roles such as emerging market analyst, fund manager’s assistant, management trainee, merchandise associate, pensions administrator, purchase ledger accountant, quality assurance analyst, settlements clerk, trainee accountant and trainee stockbroker. Recent destinations include Citibank, Friends Provident, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco and Vauxhall.

Teaching methods

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics.

Work Placement

We will very strongly urge all students to obtain relevant work experience in order to maximise their employability. Moreover, both the Economics and the Business Economics pathways allow, but do not require, all students to undertake a paid placement year on completion of the second year. If they complete this successfully they will qualify for the “Sandwich” award in their degree title. Additionally they will be eligible to attempt to obtain a City And Guilds qualification based on their placement portfolio. There are no fees for the placement year. 

Study Abroad

All students have the option to study either a semester or a year abroad at a number of institutions around the world including North and Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia and many of our students benefit greatly from taking these development opportunities.

The reach of the Programme is global and our graduates will have the attributes, cultural sensitivity and aspiration to succeed everywhere. The Economics / Business Economics curricula have a strong global perspective, and the Business School has developed international partnerships and has a wide international alumni network. 


Level 4

Core Modules


Level 5

Core Modules


Level 6

Core Modules


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements

UCAS points A Level BTEC

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 3 Years
  • Part Time, 5 Years
  • Sandwich, 4 Years
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


Start DateEnd DateLink
27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
27/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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27/09/202024/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
27/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
27/09/202024/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
27/09/202024/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


Start DateEnd DateLink
27/09/202124/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
27/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
27/09/202124/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
27/09/202124/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
We welcome applications from international and EU students