Business Studies and Economics (3 Years) [BAEcon]
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- UCAS course code
- UCAS institution code
- Degree awarded
- 3 years
- Number of places/applicants
- 50 / 1350
- Typical A-level offer
AAB. (for specific subjects please see entry requirements)
- Typical International Baccalaureate offer
35 points overall. 6,6,5 at Higher Level. No lower than 5 in any subject. (to include at least 2 of the following subjects: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology and World Development. ).
- How to apply
- Apply through UCAS.
The Business Studies and Economics specialisation is part of the Business Studies stream within the wider BA(Economic and Social Studies) degree and is a modern interdisciplinary programme focused around relevant topics found in the Economics, Accounting, Finance, Politics and Sociology subject areas. It is run by the School of Social Sciences and Manchester Business School.
The First Year introduces the majority of the transferable and intellectual skills required as a base for progressing on the Business Studies stream. Subject-based material relating to different disciplines is also presented. Economics, for example, is essential in understanding business, whilst mathematics, statistics, computer applications, accounting and finance provide basic building blocks for many of the courses which follow in years two and three. While such topics are useful for analysing business performance, a knowledge of Politics is required to enable understanding of the political and institutional contexts in which business operates. This contextual understanding of the business environment is also enhanced by studying one of the qualitative social sciences, such as Sociology, since appreciation of the organisational and behavioural dimension of business is essential. The structure of the first year of the Business Studies stream of the BA (Economics and Social Studies) programme is flexible so that at the end of the first year it is possible for a student who had initially applied for the Business Studies and Economics pathway for instance to change within the stream, and perhaps change to the Business Studies or Business Studies and Politics specialisations, depending on their academic interests.
The Second Year allows you to extend this base as required, within the framework of this interdisciplinary stream. You could, for example, decide to pursue statistical or operations research options (extending numeracy) or undertake language courses (further transferable skills). It is, however, at this second level that options delivering subject-based outcomes focused towards the stream arise (business economics, business studies extended essay and presentations) it is also in the second year that you can specialise more with the other area of your specialisation.
The Third Year delivers a greater number of subject-based options, it also includes further development of generic skills (interpersonal and team environment) by the inclusion of a compulsory business analysis project. The flexible structure of this stream means that many other modules (inc. those in Accounting and/or Finance) are also available to you within the second and third years of the degree. These can be taken alongside classical Business Studies options such as Business Law, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Management of Knowledge and Technology. All of these can also be taken together with newer options based around subjects such as Globalisation, Information Technologies, or dealing with aspects of appropriate European and international issues. In the final year students are able to choose from a wide range of different options from both areas of their specialisation.
Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. The Study Abroad website contains further information.
Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2013 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £16,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.
School of Social Sciences
Academic department overview
See: School Disciplines
Contact name: Amanda Grimshaw
Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 1473
Facsimile: +44 (0)161 275 4751
Related subject areas
Selected entry requirements
Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.
Minimum grade C in English Language and grade B in Mathematics.
Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall. 6,6,5 at Higher Level. No lower than 5 in any subject. (to include at least 2 of the following subjects: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology and World Development. ).
Irish Leaving Certificate: We would expect applicants to achieve four subjects at A2 and one subject at B2 in the Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level qualification. Including at least two subjects from the following: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology and World Development.
Scottish Highers: AAABB (including at least two of the following subjects: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology and World Development).
Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB (including at least two of the following subjects: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology and World Development).
A pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to a grade B in an A Level subject.
European Baccalaureate: Applicants studying the European Baccalaureate are expected to achieve 77% overall and no lower than 80% in English.
Other international entry requirements: The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the School of Social Sciences website.
BTEC Extended Diploma:
The University welcomes applicants studying the BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma in Business and related areas. Candidates are expected to achieve two Distinctions alongside an A-Level at grade A from the following list: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology and World Development.
Applicants studying the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business and related areas are expected to achieve a Distinction alongside two A-Levels at grades AB. Applicants must be taking an A-Level subject from the following list: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology and World Development.
Access to HE Diploma:
All applications are considered on an individual basis. As a general rule, a typical requirement would be - Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of `merit' in level 3 subjects - including 15 `distinctions'.
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Cambridge Pre-U: Applicants are expected to achieve D3, D3, M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A Level subjects.
Advanced/Progression Diploma: We would expect applicants to complete the Progression Diploma with no lower than grade A and also to achieve an A Level with grade A or above. For further information please contact Tom McCunnie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-standard educational routes:
If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Other entry requirements:
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The University recognises that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.
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Applicants submitting mitigating circumstances.
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Overseas (non-UK) applicants
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- Provide you with a broad introduction to social science disciplines.
- Through its unique structure, provide the flexibility to allow you to specialise in subject areas while offering you the support you need to develop a coherent programme of study.
- Provide an engaged and interactive learning and studying experience to encourage you to develop to your full potential and to develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to your specialisation.
- Offer teaching and learning experiences that are based on and informed by current research, both in teaching and learning methods and in specific subject areas.
- Help you develop an awareness of the contribution of the social sciences to understanding contemporary society.
- Help you develop generic transferable skills that will prepare you for employment
- Prepare you for further study in relevant areas at MA/MSc/PhD level should you wish to pursue such studies
- A Chair in Political Economy was founded at The University of Manchester in 1854, making it one of the oldest centres for the study of economics in the UK. Since then many famous names in economics have worked here, including three Nobel prize-winners.
Teaching and learning
Most course units make use of a series of formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars. These provide an excellent opportunity for you to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading to a greater depth than would be possible on your own. Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.
To get an idea of what the teaching format is like for some courses taken by BA(Econ) students, why not view a webcast of one of our 1st year International Relations lectures?
Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, an academic member of staff to whom you can turn to for general advice and support during your studies. Academic Advisors take a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on specific matters such as selecting course units and career opportunities.
Coursework and assessment
Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the BA (Economics and Social Studies) programme and the Business Studies and Economics specialization in particular, a wide variety of course units are available to students. Due to this, the general format of assessment can vary between different course units and discipline areas.
The assessment in many Economics course units is made up primarily by a final examination. The School of Social Sciences is committed to providing continued academic development to students and as part of this Economics course units also include either summative or formative assessment such as essays, projects or midterm examinations so that students can use feedback to progress further in their studies.
The range of forms of assessment in the Business Studies and Economics specialization are designed to test and enhance students academically. Essays, coursework and other midterm evaluations allow fuller development of and feedback on students' knowledge and understanding. Coursework, essays and dissertations promote the development of argument and fuller understanding of academic material and test the extent to which students can carry out work independently. Others such as presentations or group projects promote the development of teamwork. The combination of assessment methods used is intended to promote in-depth learning and understanding.
For a general guide to the types of assessment for each course unit, please visit the course module list for the School of Social Sciences
Course content for year 1
The structure of the first year of specialisations within the Business Studies stream is designed to give students a broad introduction to Business Studies. This is imbedded within the wider Social Sciences, both providing a wider context to the study of business and enabling you to make an informed choice of areas to study in your second and final years. At the end of the first year for instance it is possible for a student who had initially applied for the Business Studies and Economics pathway for instance to change within the stream, and perhaps change to the Business Studies or Business Studies and Politics specialisations, depending on their academic interests.
To see what modules and options are available in Year One please see the BA Econ Modules and Options webpage.
Course content for year 2
Course content for year 3
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