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This course combines two highly respected subjects to give you a powerful business degree with real career potential. You’ll learn from Hertfordshire Business School’s highly experienced, research-active academic team. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the role finance and economics plays in the health of an economy, as well as have the opportunity to become part of a new generation of international financial experts.

As well as deepening your knowledge of these important areas, your lecturers here at Hertfordshire will be firmly focused on your employability, giving you the advanced skills that employers today demand.

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Why choose this course?

  • Understand the role economics and finance play in analysing current problems.
  • Develop a firm understanding of key business functions, the industrial structure of market economies and the global environment.
  • Learn how to analyse data from a financial point of view.
  • Enhance your experience through a 12-month work placement or study abroad year.

What job can I get?

Just like every University of Hertfordshire course, this BA is firmly focused on employability – giving you the skills and experience to become a highly sought-after graduate. Your degree can be a launch pad into a whole range of careers, from banking to accounting, trading to IT. Whether you start an innovative small business or work for a major international brand, with your Hertfordshire BA under your belt, you’ll have an exceptional head start.

Course details

Teaching methods

Alongside traditional teaching methods of lectures, seminars and tutorials, we operate a web-based student support system called StudyNet where you can expect to find a range of material and communications about every module.

The teaching method for most modules on the course is a one hour lecture followed by a one hour seminar. Typically, a new topic will be introduced in each lecture. The seminars provide an opportunity to discuss and obtain feedback on the topic introduced in the previous week's lecture. Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examination. Coursework may take a variety of forms and could be individual or group work.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more http://www.herts.ac.uk/international/exchanges-and-study-abroad/study-abroad

Work Placement

As with all our courses students have the opportunity to complete a sandwich placement, which will usually last for one year. During this time you will be employed by the company and will subsequently be paid; for students on placement salaries have ranged from £11,500 - £14000. In past years students have completed placements with:

  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Clark & Co Accountants
  • Lloyds TSB


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Microeconomics - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics - 15 Credits
  • The Finance Professional - 30 Credits
  • Economics Tools and Techniques - 30 Credits
  • Principles of Finance - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Exploring Business Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Econometrics - 15 Credits
  • Consumers, Firms and Markets - 15 Credits
  • Financial Markets and Instruments - 15 Credits
  • Business Finance - 15 Credits
  • Enhancing Employability in Finance - 15 Credits
  • Macroeconomics - 15 Credits
  • Business Economics Techniques - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Anatomy of Financial Crises - 15 Credits
  • Money, Banking and Finance - 15 Credits
  • Analysis of Current Issues in Finance - 30 Credits
  • Financial Aspects of International Business - 15 Credits
  • Industrial Organisation - 15 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits


  • Modern Econometrics - 30 Credits
  • Industry Practice for Economic Professionals - 15 Credits
  • Corporate Financial Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Behavioural Finance - 15 Credits
  • Public Finance - 15 Credits
  • Economics of Strategy - 15 Credits

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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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...

2019 entry

72 - 168 UCAS points. 

Standard IB offer ie 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from 2017 onwards).

‘All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
21/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/201923/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
22/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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21/09/202027/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/202023/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
22/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)