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BSc (Hons) Economics with Accounting

Entry Year:
A world-class economics degree, enabling you to develop a strong methodological, conceptual and quantitative foundation, preparing you for a wide range of rewarding careers in economics and accounting.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


3 years or 4 years with a work placement option.


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £16,780 **


Full-time: £16,780 **

UCAS code


Application period

From September 2020


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Who is it for?

Do you want to pursue a career in the fields of economics, finance or accounting? This degree is geared towards helping you achieve your future ambitions. You will learn with leading experts in the field from our own Department of Economics and the Sir John Cass Business School, developing a wide range of economic and quantitative skills and knowledge.

This course has been developed to provide you with the strong knowledge and skills required for a career in economics or accountancy, along with highly transferable skills that will be invaluable to you when seeking employment.

Plus, once you graduate, you will be entitled to a number of exam exemptions from professional financial accounting exams awarded by several prestigious accountancy bodies.


The Economics with Accounting BSc (Hons) degree will prepare you for a broad variety of rewarding careers in the fields of economics or accountancy, providing you with strong methodological, conceptual and quantitative foundations through extensive study of economics.

Developed as a stimulating intellectual study of economics and financial accounting, you will learn to appreciate their application to a range of problems and their relevance in a variety of contexts. You will learn the latest developments in all major fields of economics from lecturers recruited for their research excellence. You will also study a range of accountancy topics, taught by staff from the Cass Business School.

By developing the ability to apply economic and accounting theory to the real world – this degree will furnish you with a valuable set of skills that are highly sought after in the accountancy, finance and banking industries. Graduates from our programmes are currently working at high-profile organisations, such as KPMG, Bloomberg, RBS, Deloitte, Lombard, PwC and Ernst & Young.

Should you wish to take your studies further on graduation, this degree will also provide you with a solid foundation for postgraduate study. Economics with Accounting graduates from City are currently pursuing further study in economics, business, finance and management at LSE, UCL, Oxford and Cambridge.

On successful completion of this degree, you will also gain multiple exemptions from professional licensing examinations with several prestigious accountancy bodies, including CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW.

To help you fulfil your future ambitions, you will also have the opportunity to broaden your horizons with our European exchange and placement year schemes, and by participating in our student-led Economics Society.


Association of Chartered Certificated Accountants

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).

For more information, please contact the relevant professional body.

We are aiming to increase the number of professional accreditations and exemptions.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical requirements:

  • 'A' Level: BBB
  • Tariff: 120 UCAS tariff points
  • IB: 29 points
  • GCSE: a minimum of grade 6 (B) in mathematics and grade 4 (C) in English
Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. 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.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 Level 3 including at least 27 at distinction and the remaining 18 at merit. The Access qualification should be supplemented by at least a grade 6 (B) in Mathematics and grade 4 (C) in English Language at GCSE.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City, University of London

INTO City, University of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

Learn more about the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Accounting. and the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

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.)
  • 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).
  • have covered sufficiently similar content to that covered by our first-year students. This is a very demanding requirement. Our first year students spend half their time on mathematics and statistics. The majority of applications for second year entry are rejected because the applicant does not have enough mathematics or statistics.

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 of 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.

If you choose to apply, please make sure you include the following information on your application:

  • 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)

33 points

European Baccalaureate


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 70% in a programme verified by City, for an applicant to be made an offer.

INTO City, University of London

INTO City, University of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

Learn more about the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Accounting. and the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.

International Qualifications

The School of Arts and 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:

  • 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:
    Apolytirion 17, + two A Levels, grades A and B minimum, or
    Apolytirion 18, + one A Level, grade A, or
    Apolytirion 19, without A Levels.
  • Czech Matura (Offer typically made on the basis of 1.0 overall, including 1.0 in Maths)
  • French Baccalauréat (Offer typically around 13/20)
  • German Abitur (Offer typically around 1.8)
  • Greek Apolytirion:
    Apolytirion 17, + two A Levels, grades A and B minimum, or
    Apolytirion 18, + one A Level, grade A, or
    Apolytirion 19, without A Levels.
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level (AAB)
  • Indian HSC/ISC/SSC grade XII (Offer typically made on the basis of 80% average, including 80% in Mathematics)
  • Italian Esame di Stato (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 80% 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 at least 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 undergraduate degree. To enquire about your eligibility, please use the link provided below)
  • USA Advanced Placement and SAT:
  1. 3 x AP with 5,5,4 from group A subjects. If not taking Calculus AB must also have SAT Maths 600, plus SAT Critical Reading and Writing both at 550 or above;
  2. 3 x SAT subject tests with 650 minimum in any two and 600 in the third. If not taking Maths level 1 must also have SAT Maths 600, plus SAT Critical Reading and Writing both at 550 or above;
  3. 2 x SAT subject tests with 650 minimum in each plus 2 x AP group A subjects with 5,4.  If not taking AP Calculus AB or SAT Maths level 1 must also have SAT Maths 600, plus SAT Critical Reading and Writing both at 550 or above;
  4. Applicants with a combination of AP group A and B subjects to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 score.

English requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE Academic: 59 overall with a minimum of 59 in each component.
English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of 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.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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 or institutions 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 institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions 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 of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th January 2021 will be considered only at City’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.

Contacting UCAS

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.

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During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course is £9,250 for each year of study.

** In 2020/21 the fee is £16,130 for the first year of study. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Whatever your background, the Economics with Accounting degree at City is an affordable option with a wide variety of funding sources and options available. Our award-winning Student Centre is on-hand to talk you through the options and provide financial advice and support.

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To help you prepare for a rewarding future, your Economics with Accounting BSc (Hons) degree is geared towards real-world application. That is why, at City, we offer you the opportunity to gain some invaluable experience and put your skills into practice with a one-year work placement between years two and three of your degree.

If you chose to complete a placement during your degree, you will graduate with a BSc in Economics with Accounting with Integrated Professional Training.

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 with Accounting undergraduate students have undertaken placements at prominent organisations, including:

  • HM Treasury
  • RBS
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Financial Ombudsman Service.

Academic facilities

City students at the Bloomberg terminals

As a student at City, you will also have access to a variety of subject-specific facilities and resources. The aim of our course is to be relevant to the modern world, covering the applied theories of economics, and ensuring you have access to industry standard tools and resources as used by professionals. These include:

  • Bloomberg and Datastream real-time data
  • Elsevier's extensive Handbooks in Economics series
  • Free online subscription to the Financial Times
  • Free online subscription to The Economist.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

The Economics with Accounting BSc (Hons) degree at City 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 Cass 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.

The programme is studied over three years full-time, but may be taken over four years in the case of a sandwich degree.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based mainly on coursework and unseen examination. Marks are weighted in a 1:3:6 ratio for the three years of study. Your coursework may consist of:

  • Standard essays
  • Individual presentations
  • Group presentations and reports
  • Classwork
  • 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:

Year 1

Written examination: 82% Coursework: 18%

Year 2

Written examination: 87% Coursework: 13%

Year 3

Written examination: 64% Coursework: 36%

Assessment weightings by year

Year 1: 10% ∙ Year 2: 30% ∙ Year 3: 60%


Your degree consists of three parts, corresponding to the three years of the full-time degree programme. Each year consists of study units or modules to a credit value of 120 credits, except the first year, which is 135 credits.

In the first year, you will develop an understanding of the underlying concepts and principles associated with economics and accounting and learn to interpret these within the context of your practice. In the second year, you will build on your previous knowledge and experience, developing your skills of enquiry in economics and accounting, and the different approaches to problem solving.

In your final year, you will develop a coherent, systematic, and detailed knowledge of your discipline. You will be able to further advance and develop techniques for practice, drawing on research and scholarship demonstrating your role as a reflective practitioner.

Year 1

The first year lays the foundations of both economics and accounting. Year one is made up of 135 credits which consists of seven core modules and two elective modules.

Compulsory core modules:

  • Introduction to financial accounting (15 credits)
  • Introduction to management accounting (15 credits)
  • Introduction to macroeconomics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to microeconomics (15 credits)
  • Data Analysis 1 & 2 (30 credits)
  • Introduction to law (15 credits).

Elective modules:

You will select one of the following two-part modules:

  • Mathematics for Economists (for post-GCSE) (30 credits), or
  • Mathematics for Economists (for post-'A' Level) (30 credits).

Year 2

Year two consists of modules that make up 120 credits. The second year builds on the year one foundations with eight core modules, as you prepare for specialisation in your final year.

Core modules (30 credits each):

  • Financial accounting 1 & 2
  • Intermediate microeconomics 1 & 2
  • Intermediate macroeconomics 1 & 2
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Intermediate Econometrics.

Year 3

Year three consists of modules that make up 120 credits.

In the final year, you will refine the knowledge and skills developed in the introductory and intermediate subject areas. An accountancy background can be strengthened by core modules covering topics related to accountancy and financial management, including a module in company law. The final year also offers a small number of elective economics modules so students can pursue their own academic interests or prepare for a specific career or postgraduate study.

Core modules (15 credits each):

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Advanced Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
  • Financial Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Company Law.

Elective modules (15 credits each):

  • Industrial Organisation
  • Money and Banking
  • Topics in Behavioural Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Nations and firms in the global economy (15 credits)
  • Computational economics (15 credits)
  • Experimental economics (15 credits)
  • Micro-Placement (15 credits).

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

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:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 20% Independent learning: 80%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 20% Independent learning: 80%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 18% Independent learning: 82%
After you graduate

Career prospects

This degree will equip you with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the economics and accounting disciplines, enabling you to develop highly valuable, transferable skills that will help you embark on a rewarding future. As a result, you will find a wide range of career and study options open to you.

Our economics with accounting graduates are in high demand, with the professional skills and experience that today’s employers are looking for in professions such as:

  • Accountancy
  • Banking
  • Development consultancy
  • Fund management
  • Insurance
  • Management consultancy
  • The Civil Service
  • Teaching
  • Telecommunications.

Are graduates often secure positions in high-profile organizations such as:

  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Hitachi Capital
  • HW Fisher & Company
  • International Monetary Fund
  • KPMG Corporate Audit
  • Lombard UK
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • United Nations
  • Wells Fargo
  • World Bank
  • Central banks, such as the Bank of England
  • International bodies, such as the United Nations.

The majority of our graduates go on to become trainee chartered accountants working towards their professional accountancy qualification. Others proceed to further study at institutions including City and the LSE.

Find out more about the careers support available at City.

92% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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