Business Economics

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About the course

Our Business Economics course enables you to become proficient in analysing problems like a seasoned economist while using in-depth theories to grasp how different business strategies can be employed and how they are applied around the world. You will gain an understanding of economic theory and build up a set of skills in economic analysis, while recognising the importance of quantitative methods and helping build mathematical and statistical skills.

Combine this with the opportunity to boost your employability through an additional year of professional experience, often with a top global business, or by studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. If you do not have the qualifications and experience to enter the BA Honours course directly, a foundation year in Business and Management will give you the academic abilities to progress to the first year of your degree. The University of Hull’s distinctive, integrated approach has earned international accreditation from AACSB – held by less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programmes.


Foundation Year

You will cover a total of six modules over the Foundation Year covering the core competencies for degree level study, and will also have a choice of subjects including business, law and politics; arts, media and social sciences; global development; society, culture and ethics; and key skills in academic English.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will be able to progress to a range of business degree courses offered at the Business School, as well as selected courses from other schools in the University including law, social sciences, education and English.


You will spend year a studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. This is an outstanding opportunity to broaden your horizons within a different culture and environment, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts while continuing your studies.

Professional Experience

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience while you earn. Spend a year working in industry, gaining invaluable experience, creating potential contacts and developing your employability.

Our professional experience programme provides the opportunity to work with companies like IBM, Boots, BP, Microsoft UK, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Walt Disney Company.

Common First Year*

Common first year structure*

  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Principles of Economics 1
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Marketing
  • One elective from:
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    • World Economy
    • Marketing Research
    • Financial Accounting 
    • Human Resource Management
    • Global Business Issues
    • Any University free elective

*The common first year structure enables students to transfer to different courses within the School at the end of Year 1. Students wishing to transfer to a more mathematics-led pathway such as Accounting, Financial Management, Business Economics or Economics must have started on a similar pathway, or upgrade their skills prior to the start of Year 2.

Year 2

  • Research Methods
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Choose two modules from another single honours programme
  • One elective from
    • Business in Asia
    • Business Project Management
    • Company law
    • Cross Cultural Issues in Business
    • Development Economics
    • Everybody Manages
    • Personal & Management Development
    • Relationships & Direct Marketing
    • Digital Marketing & Social Media
    • Starting a New Business
    • Summer School
    • University Free Elective

Final Year

  • Independent Study OR
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Business Economics
  • Applied Business Economics
  • Labour Economics (Specialising)
  • Economics of Government (Specialising)
  • One elective from
    • Sustainable Business: Principles and Practice of Green Management
    • Industrial Economics
    • Social and Not-For-Profit Marketing
    • Managing Your Money
    • Management Consulting
    • Comparative & International Human Resource Management
    • Business Strategy for Accountants
    • Internet & eCommerce
    • Sex & Work
    • Summer School
    • University free elective

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 30 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 15 credits at distinction and 15 credits at merit.
  • GCSE Maths at Grade C

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • Appropriate for those returning to study after a minimum three-year break, or those with non-UK qualifications unsuitable for UK level 4 entry.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of, or interest in, a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • Candidates with A-level qualifications in subjects other than those key to the degree will usually require a minimum of 200 points.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

This degree opens up a wide range of employment possibilities, especially in areas where knowledge of economics is an asset, such as in the City or in government. However, your broad business knowledge will mean that you can enter a variety of organisations and make a real difference.

Our dedicated World of Work Office will connect you with businesses and keep you up to date with relevant work placements, company projects and job opportunities and skills to help give you the edge in the employment market. Our annual World of Work Week offers a wide range of events and guest speakers from companies like Accenture, IBM and Procter & Gamble, providing business-focused career advice.

Our free Alumni Connect scheme is open to all graduates and provides a wide range of career resources, online events and country-specific recruitment guides, all designed to enhance your career long after graduation.