This degree has a strong focus on the practical link between theory and real-world application. You'll learn the mathematics and statistics that underpin economics and develop professional accountancy skills and techniques.
On successful completion of this degree, you will gain multiple exemptions from professional licensing examinations with several prestigious accountancy bodies, including CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW. This means you'll be a step closer to professional qualification as an accountant.
- Learn with leading experts in the field from our Department of Economics and our Business School
- Develop a wide range of economic and quantitative skills and knowledge
- Stand out from the crowd with a professional placement year - past students have undertaken placements with organisations like PriceWaterhouseCoopers, GlaxoSmithKline, RBS and HM Treasury
- Follow in the footsteps of recent graduates who now work for major global corporations, such as KPMG, Bloomberg, RBS, Deloitte, Lombard, PwC and Ernst & Young
- Lay the foundations for further study in economics, business, finance and management - past graduates have progressed to LSE, UCL, Oxford and Cambridge.
Successful completion of City's BSc in Economics with Accounting entitles you to examination exemptions from the following professional accountancy bodies:
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world's largest professional body of management accountants offering the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business.
If you are considering a career in finance and business, the CIMA qualification will open doors with employers all over the world.
On completing this course, you will be able to apply for 8 Exemptions - all Certificate in Business Accounting modules (BA1, BA2, BA3, BA4) and all Operational Level Modules (E1, P1, F1 and the Operational Case Study).
Over three years, you will develop a coherent and systematic understanding of accountancy and economics, equipping you with transferable analytical skills and expert knowledge for your chosen career.
Develop an understanding of the underlying concepts and principles associated with economics and accounting. Build on your current mathematics knowledge, either post-GCSE or post-A level.
Introduction to Financial Accounting (15 Credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles that underlie financial accounting, as well as to their application, and to the interpretation and use of financial accounting information as part of the effective operation of a business.
Introduction to Management Accounting (15 Credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles that underlie management accounting, as well as to their application, and to the use of management accounting information in the effective management of a business.
Introduction to Microeconomics (15 Credits)
This module provides a basic introduction to microeconomic principles, theories and methods of analysis, and a framework for applying these to real-world economic problems.
Introduction to Macroeconomics (15 Credits)
This module provides a basic introduction to macroeconomic principles, theories and methods of analysis, and a framework for applying these to real-world economic problems.
Data Analysis 1 (15 Credits)
In Data Analysis 1, you will understand how an economist thinks and works. You will be introduced to the collection, manipulation, representation, interpretation, analysis, evaluation and presentation of statistical data.
Data Analysis 2 (15 Credits)
Building on the knowledge and skills acquired in Data Analysis 1, the purpose of this module is to expand and deepen your understanding of statistical data analysis and inferential statistics.
Introduction to Law (15 Credits)
The module gives students an introduction to the English legal system and to the law of contract and tort.
Mathematics for Economists Post GCSE 1 (15 Credits)
This module, together with Mathematics for Economists Post GCSE 2, will provide you with sufficient mathematical training to deal with the most relevant basic theoretical concepts contained in the rest of the economics course.
Mathematics for Economists Post GCSE 2 (15 Credits)
Having taken Mathematics for Economists Post GCSE 1, this module will introduce you to further manipulative techniques in mathematics at a post GCSE level.
Mathematics for Economists Post A Level 1 (15 Credits)
This module increases your knowledge base and provides insight into the role of mathematics in economics.
Mathematics for Economists Post A Level 2 (15 Credits)
Having taken Mathematics for Economists Post-A Level 1 this module increases your knowledge base and provides more insight into the role of mathematics in economics.
Deepen your knowledge through core modules in economics and accounting. Develop your skills of enquiry and understanding of the different approaches to problem solving.
Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (15 Credits)
Building on first year studies, the course aims to develop a wider breadth of accounting knowledge and the ability to understand accounting information in the context of recognised accounting standards and prevailing legal requirements.
Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (15 Credits)
Financial Accounting 2 is a core intermediate-level financial accounting module that closely complements and extends AF2101 Financial Accounting by examining the application of IFRS to various intermediate financial accounting concepts.
Intermediate Microeconomics 1 (15 Credits)
This module is devoted to the theory of the behaviour of individual agents in the economy. In particular, we will study the behaviour of consumers and firms, and how they interact in competitive markets.
Intermediate Microeconomics 2 (15 Credits)
This module is an extension of Intermediate Microeconomics, Part 1. Topics will include the analysis of the different market structures, monopoly and monopsony and oligopoly. To understand the latter, a brief introduction to game theory will be offered.
Intermediate Macroeconomics 1 (15 Credits)
This module builds upon Introduction to Macroeconomics (EC1009) by covering each of the main theoretical models of macroeconomics in the context of both closed and open economies.
Intermediate Macroeconomics 2 (15 Credits)
This module builds upon Intermediate Macroeconomics 1 (EC2015) by applying the main theoretical models of macroeconomics to important applied areas such as the macroeconomics of economic growth and the microfoundations of macroeconomics.
Introductory Econometrics (15 Credits)
The purpose of this module is to equip you with the basic econometric knowledge and skills expected of an Economics graduate at this level, and to lay foundations for your further study.
Intermediate Econometrics (15 Credits)
The module builds on the classical linear regression model to study estimation and inference problems arising in empirical economics. The theory is presented at an intermediate technical level, and you are trained on how to use and understand modern computer software.
Strengthen your accountancy expertise with core modules covering topics related to accountancy and financial management, including a module in company law. Further develop your techniques for practise and pursue your own academic or professional interests with elective modules.
Management Accounting (15 Credits)
The module aims to give you the ability to select and apply appropriate management accounting techniques for decision making, planning, control and performance evaluation purposes.
Financial Management (15 credits)
Starting from the basic of corporate cash flow and valuation, this module introduces you complex valuation cases, risk and return, and cost of capital. The focus is on understanding and solving practical issues in financial management using exercises and case study.
Advanced Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice (15 Credits)
This module aims to explore key theoretical financial reporting concepts, to examine the application of financial reporting issues in more depth and to inform about recent developments and major debates in financial accounting.
Financial Analysis (15 Credits)
The aim of this module is to equip you with the basic knowledge necessary for a financial statement analysis and security valuation.
Corporate Finance (15 Credits)
In this module, you will learn the key concepts that underpin modern corporate finance and their relevance to business capital structure and corporate governance.
Company Law (15 Credits)
This module provides a general introduction to company law & business organisations.
Applied Econometrics (15 Credits)
Building on the material covered in Introductory Econometrics, the module covers a variety of econometric theories and techniques in practice.
Industrial Organisation (15 Credits)
This module is designed to meet the demand by firms and economic consultancies at home and abroad for professionals having an integral knowledge of all aspects of structural and strategic firm decision making.
Money and Banking (15 Credits)
This module will develop a theoretical understanding of the nature and functions of the banking system, its relationship with central banks and regulators, and the historical development and role of central banks.
Topics in Behavioural Economics (15 Credits)
This module is designed to provide you with an overview of the insights gained from incorporating psychology into economic models, an area of research referred to as Behavioural Economics.
International Finance (15 Credits)
This module gives you an introduction to the body of literature in international finance. On successful completion of this module, you will be able to display knowledge and understanding of the international linkages between national economies in the goods and financial markets.
You will have the option to complete a one-year work placement between years two and three of your degree, putting your skills into practice in a real-world setting. If you choose this option you will graduate with a BSc in Economics with Accounting with Integrated Professional Training.
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Teaching and assessment
The degree covers a wide-range of economics topics, along with financial accounting, financial management and management accounting, producing graduates that are highly sought after in the accountancy and banking industries.
Modules in economics are led by expert staff within the Department of Economics, while accountancy modules are taught by staff from the Business School. All staff on this course are experts in their fields and will support your learning in a dynamic, energised and stimulating environment.
You will learn the basic theoretical or technical points relevant to each module, through interesting lecture sessions. You will then actively explore and develop your understanding of the topics in your seminars, through thought-provoking discussion, problem-solving, computer exercises and presentations.
Assessment is based mainly on coursework and unseen examination. Your coursework may consist of:
- Standard essays
- Individual presentations
- Group presentations and reports
- Unseen tests
- Problem sets.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Each module has a credit value of 15 or 30 credit points. Each credit point represents approximately 10 hours of student learning and assessment.
A 15 credit module would typically consist of 2 weekly lectures and one weekly class for ten weeks, giving a total of 30 taught hours, plus 120 hours of independent study, giving a total learning time of 150 hours.
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2021/22
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2021/22 entry.
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Our economics with accounting graduates are in high demand in professions such as:
- fund management
- the Civil Service
Our graduates often secure positions in high-profile organisations such as:
- Ernst & Young
- Hitachi Capital
- International Monetary Fund
- United Nations
- Wells Fargo
- World Bank
- Bank of England.
Most of our graduates become trainee chartered accountants working towards their professional accountancy qualification. Others proceed to further study at institutions including City and the LSE.
Our expert Careers Service and academic staff will work with you to find a placement that meets your area of interest and career ambitions.
Our recent economics undergraduate students have undertaken placements at a number of high-profile organisations, including:
- HM Treasury
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Ministry of Defence
- Goldman Sachs
- Financial Ombudsman Service.
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