The degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to apply economic theory and analysis to financial markets and products. This course develops students understanding of current economic theory and practice and the technical mathematics and statistics that underpin them.
This course aims to develop your analytical abilities in economics, with particular reference to finance. Successful completion is a signal to prospective employers of your sound knowledge and understanding of the macroeconomic and microeconomic principles underlying various types of financial markets and instruments.
At City, you will learn the latest developments in all major fields of economics from lecturers recruited for their research excellence. Because our best researchers educate you from day one, our degrees provide good preparation for postgraduate study. Economics graduates from City are currently pursuing further study in Economics, Business, Finance and Management at LSE, UCL, Oxford and Cambridge.
On this course, you can also broaden your horizons through placement year schemes and participation in the activities of the student-led Economics Society.
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 6 (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.
The following must be combined with a B in Mathematics at ‘A’ Level or equivalent:
If you are in doubt as to whether you qualify, please get in touch
If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:
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:
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.
Acceptable international qualifications, which must include the equivalent of a grade B in Mathematics at 'A' Level, include the following. For example, the International Baccalaureate requirement of 35 points must include Mathematics at Higher Level. If you are in doubt as to whether you qualify, please get in touch.
33 points, 5 in higher Mathematics.
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 70% in a programme verified by the university, for an applicant to be made an offer.
INTO City University London offers:
These courses offer a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities.
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 International 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:
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.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, 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. Find out more about:
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University’s discretion.
When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
Dr Javier Ortega on Economics at City University London
In this short video, Dr Javier Ortega (admissions tutors for Economics undergraduate degrees at City University London) explains why City is different from other universities offering Economics.
You have the opportunity to undertake a one-year work placement between years two and three. The degree awarded is a 'BSc (Hons) Financial Economics with Integrated Professional Training'. Our Careers Service will work with you to identify the best means of finding a placement.
Recent Economics undergraduate students have undertaken placements at organisations including:
Students may take one or two terms in their second year or the first term of their third year studying at one of our partner institutions in Barcelona, Konstanz, Madrid, Rotterdam and Toulouse on the British Council Erasmus scheme. Modules at these institutions are carefully selected to ensure comparability and to satisfy the prerequisites for third year modules.
There are also opportunities for study abroad with our partner institutions in Australia, Boston, Istanbul and Seoul. For more information on the Erasmus scheme, visit www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.
We offer a free language course for City University London students.
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.
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.
The first year lays the analytical and conceptual foundations of economics with modules covering examples of the real-world application of economics to important fundamental problems.
The second year allows you to develop your core skills by intermediate-level courses. You can also begin to specialise in financial topics.
The final year provides you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge of core tools to a supervised research project in Financial economics. The final year core modules examine the financial aspect of the course while the electives allow further specialisation.
Elective modules include:
Graduates in Financial Economics are in demand in professions such as
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.
Statistics taken from Unistats.