The Financial Economics BSc will help you gain the professional skills and experience employers demand, putting you ahead of the competition in the graduate job market. You can apply for an optional one‐year work placement, and many students undertake summer internships in the City.
Recent placements have included: HM Treasury; RBS; GlaxoSmithKline; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Department for Work and Pensions; Ministry of Defence; Goldman Sachs; Financial Ombudsman Service.
In addition to the Financial Economics BSc, we also offer:
What is special about Economics at City?
In this short video, Dr Javier Ortega (Associate Head of Department) explains why City is different from other universities offering Economics.
- 'A' Levels: 360 UCAS tariff points (typically AAA at 'A' Level, or AAB with an additional 'AS' Level at grade B or higher. Must include 'A' Level Mathematics)
- IB: 35 points
- GCSE: English Language at grade B (or equivalent)
- Full-time EU: £9,000
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000
23 September 2013
360 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from AAA at A-level. Other qualificaiton combinations achieving 360 UCAS tariff points will be considered.UK
360 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from AAA at A-level. Other qualification combinations achieving 360 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
You must be taking Mathematics at A-Level to be considered for the BSc in Financial Economics.
- A-Level General Studies and A-level Critical Studies are not accepted.
GCSE: grade B or equivalent in English Language and Maths or Statistics
Access to Higher Education
We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits.
A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit.
It is essential that the Access course qualification is supplemented by A-level Mathematics at grade B minimum, and by grade B minimum in English Language at GCSE.
Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.
Other UK qualifications accepted include:
- BTEC National Diploma (DDD required, plus B in Maths and English at GCSE)
- Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
- Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A-levels)
- Scottish Advanced Highers
- Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A-levels)
Second-year transfer applicants
If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:
- have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, foundation years, access courses, etc.)
- have covered sufficiently similar content to that covered by our first-year students
- be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).
If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.
Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.
On your application please include:
- the exact name of the degree you are studying towards
- the institution at which you are studying
- the modules you have taken
- any scores you have achieved
This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry.
Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
35 points (Maths is required at Higher Level only for BSc Financial Economics)
International Foundation Programme
The entry requirements for applicants applying having completed such programmes varies in relation to the specific programme completed. Typically, we would ask for applicants to have achieved at least 65% in a programme verified by the university, for an applicant to be made an offer.
The School of Social Sciences accepts students from across the globe. Qualifications from where we receive most of our international applications are shown below. If your qualifications are not listed here, we may still accept you, so please feel free to contact our UG admissions team for advice.
Please be aware you can apply for a course here before you sit your school leaving qualifications. Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification. This can be done from September the year before the programme to which you are applying.
Accepted qualifications include:
- Australian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 90%)
- Bulgarian Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.8)
- Canadian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
- China (School leaving qualifications are not accepted. Applicants would need to complete a satisfactory International Foundation Programme to be accepted. See below for details)
- Cypriot Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant A-levels)
- Czech Matura (Offer typicall made on the basis of 1.0 overall, including 1.0 in Maths)
- French Baccalauréat (Offer typically around 14.5/20)
- German Abitur (Offer typically around 1.8)
- Greek Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant A-levels)
- Hong Kong Advanced Level (AAB)
- Indian HSC/ISC/SSC grade XII (Offer typically made on the basis of 90% average, including 90% in mathematics)
- Italian Esame di Stato (Offer typically made on the basis of an overall score of 90% with a grade of 8/10 in mathematics)
- Israeli Bagrut (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 85-90%)
- Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas (Offer typically made on the basis of an average score of 9/10 from all A and B subjects)
- Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM AAA)
- Norwegian Vitnemål (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
- Pakistani A-levels (offer in line with UK A-levels. Typical offer AAA)
- Polish Matura (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving an average of 85% across three extended level subjects)
- Russian (The Atestat is not sufficient for direct entry on to our undergraduate degree. Applicants would have to complete a satisfactory International Foundation Programme, please see below for details)
- Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level (AAA at Higher 2)
- Spanish Título de Bachillerato (Offer typically made on the basis of the applicant achieving between 8-9/10)
- Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) - Any offer typically made on the basis of AAA.
- Turkish Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Most students from Turkey will be required to take an International Foundation Programme, but students from selected schools may be able to apply for direct entry to an undergradute degree. To enquire about your eligibility, please use the link provided below)
- USA Advanced Placement (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving at least 15 (5,5,5) from three approved subjects). Please contact the department for further guidance, if required.
All applicants whose education is not in English will be required to achieve the appropriate IELTS/TOEFL score.
Other Suitable Qualifications
Undergraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation Programme. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
- Grade B in GCSE (or International GCSE)
- Cambridge ESOL CPE grade C or above
- IELTS 6.5
- TOEFL (internet based): 100 - 105
- TOEFL (computer based): 250
- TOEFL (paper based): 600
INTO English Language ProgrammesIf you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
Please click the links below for more information:
City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- 23 September 2013
- Full-time – three years or four years (including an optional year abroad or professional placement)
Our Financial Economics degree has been developed to meet a need in the market for highly-skilled professionals who combine the specific knowledge of financial products and markets with the analytical abilities of a trained economist.
The aim of this degree is to develop your analytical abilities in the discipline of economics, with particular reference to finance.
Graduates of this degree can demonstrate to prospective employers:
- a strong understanding of the microeconomic principles underlying various types of financial markets and instruments
- the macroeconomic role of finance
- the quantitative tools used most commonly for financial analysis
- the practical roles and obligations of the major financial institutions.
Year 1Core modules:
- Data analysis 1 and 2
- Introduction to microeconomics
- Introduction to macroeconomics
- Mathematics for Economists, Post A-level 1 and 2
- Topics in applied microeconomics
- Topics in applied macroeconomics
- Global financial markets
- Intermediate microeconomics 1 and 2
- Intermediate macroeconomics 1 and 2
- Introductory econometrics
- Intermediate mathematical methods
- Money and banking
- Development economics
- The economics of addiction
- Economics of European integration
- History of economic thought
- Industrial organisation
- International finance
- Labour economics
- Monetary economics
- Regulation and competition
- Research project (double module)
Teaching and Assessment
We teach the basic theoretical or technical points relevant to the module, through lectures and seminars which enable you to actively explore and develop your understanding of these points by means of discussion, problem-solving, computer exercises, and presentations.
Facilities and resources
Our students have access to a variety of facilities and resources, including:
- Bloomberg and Datastream real-time data
- Elsevier's extensive Handbooks in Economics series
- Free copies of the Financial Times
- Free subscriptions to The Economist.
Assessment in most cases is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests, and problem sets.
- Full-time EU: £9,000
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000
UK/EU students - The fees for UK/EU students rise each year by the rate of the cost of living in the UK and are set by the UK Government.
Non-EU international students - There is a small percentage increase, usually between 3% and 5%, each year on these fees.
ScholarshipsNew for 2013 entrants: Up to £2,000 cash each year for at least three years for students on this course. Read more here to see if you might qualify.
You have the opportunity to undertake a one-year work placement during your Economics degree at City. Our Careers Service will work with you to identify the best means of finding a placement.
Students on the Economics undergraduate programme undertook placements at the following organisations in the 2010/11 academic year:
- HM Treasury (3 students)
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Ministry of Defence
- Goldman Sachs
- Financial Ombudsman Service
Economics graduates are in great demand in professions such as banking, insurance, accountancy, fund management, management consultancy, development consultancy, telecommunications, the Civil Service, teaching, central banks such as the Bank of England and international bodies like the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Read an interview with Gary Argent (City's Director of Careers & Skills Development Service) about how undergraduates can improve their job prospects in today's workplace.
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UCAS code: L111
Applications to our undergraduate courses open on 1st September and close on 15th January (30th June for international students). Late applications will still be considered at our discretion. All applications to our undergraduate degree courses, including those from mature students, must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the UCAS online service 'Apply' which enables you to apply directly through the UCAS website (www.ucas.com).
Independent applicants such as mature and international students can also use ucasapply. The institution code for City University is C60. If you are still at school or college when you make an application, staff there should be able to assist with this process offering you help and advice.
If you are outside the UK when you make an application your local British Council Office should be able to provide assistance.
We accept a large number of international students to our undergraduate courses every year, so if your international qualifications do not reflect the grade requirements, then please feel free to contact us.