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Business Studies and Economics (3 Years) [BAEcon]

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UCAS course code
NL11
UCAS institution code
M20
Degree awarded
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Number of places/applicants
In 2013 there were approximately 1300 applications for 85 places on the Business Studies pathways of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies course.
Typical A-level offer

AAB

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall. 6,6,5 at Higher Level. No lower than 5 in any subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS. You can find out more information about the application process on the our how to apply webpage.

Course description

The Business Studies and Economics pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - is a flexible and innovative course which brings together research-led teaching from Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Politics and Sociology into a focused core of subjects which would give you knowledge and insight into the business world.

Business doesn't work in isolation and at Manchester nor does the study of it. Only by understanding the environment that businesses function in can you understand their behaviour and with the flexibility of studying on the BA(Econ) you will be able to focus on the elements that most appeal to you. As a student on Business Studies you would learn more about disciplines such as Politics which would explain the effects of government policy, regulation and public spending and how these would impact on businesses and the wider economy. Through Economics you would study the nuances of markets including those for labour and finance and the microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that affect all of us.  Sociology gives you the framework of how employees and consumers are organised and behave, as well as how to understand the demographic changes that will affect how firms must adapt to a changing population.

Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields from both the School of Social Sciences where your Economics, Politics and Sociology courses are based and Manchester Business School who teach your Accounting or Finance courses as well as other Business related courses such as Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

As the  Business Studies and Economics course has a unique and flexible structure that allows you to pursue your own areas of interest you can find more information about the courses that you would study on the 'Course Details' tab above.

You will have a great deal of flexibility as part of your course to follow the pathways and subjects that you find the most interesting and relevant, this means that if you apply to any of: Business Studies (N100), Business Studies and Economics (NL11), Business Studies and Politics (NL12) and Business Studies and Sociology (NL13) as these all share a common first year which you can switch between at the end of your first year  you should only apply for one of these courses.

You can apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of your degree. You can find more information about this on the Study Abroad website.

Open days

  • Friday 21st June
  • Saturday 22nd June
  • Saturday 27th September
  • Saturday 4th October

For further information about these open days and how to register please visit the University's open days webpage.

If you are made an offer to study at the School of Social Sciences you will be invited to attend a post-offer visit day in Late January, February or early March, A typical visit day would start at approximately 1:30pm and would be finished by 4pm. You will be invited to book onto these via email. There will be a chance to see University accommodation in the morning prior to your visit.

If you cannot attend the university or post-offer open days you would still be welcome to visit the School of Social Sciences. The University runs guided visits on Wednesday afternoons during the year. These are tours of the south campus with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible for you to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability) either before or after the tour.

guided visit webpagesocialsciences@manchester.ac.uk

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2014 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The University of Manchester offers a range of Scholarships and Bursaries to Home/EU students including the Manchester Bursary, which is available to any student who is registered on an eligible first undergraduate degree course at Manchester and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance. This bursary is additional to the government package of maintenance grants. You can find out more information about these on the Manchester Student Finance webpage

International Students can find country specific funding opportunities on the University's  international country profiles

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Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1473
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 4751
Email
Website
www.manchester.ac.uk/socialsciences

Academic department overview

See: School Disciplines

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

A-level

  • AAB.
  • Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A Level subjects: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Classics, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Use of Mathematics and World Development.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry.
  • Native Language A-Levels will be accepted as part of a typical offer.
  • Applicants re-sitting their A-Levels may have their offer increased by one grade, for example from AAB  to AAA
  • Duration of A-level study

    The University welcomes applications from applicants who have either sat their examinations early or have followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations have been taken over two years. For those studying an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor for that subject.

    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.

    GCSE

    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.

    Alternative entry requirements

    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.

    Scottish Highers

    AAABB

    Scottish Advanced Highers

    AAB

    Welsh Baccalaureate

    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.

    Our country specific entry requirements and requirements for foundation years can be found on our International Entry Requirements page. If you cannot find your country or have any questions about our entry requirements then please contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk

    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 30 `distinctions'.

    For further information please contact Tom McCunnie at tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk.

    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 tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk.

    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

    Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

    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.

    English language

    All applicants are expected to have a minimum of grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent.

    For international students equivalent qualifications would be:

    • IELTS of 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component.
    • TOEFL (IBT) 92 overall with minimum of 21 in listening and speaking, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking.
    • iGCSE English (First Language) grade C
    • iGCSE English (Second Language) grade B

    If you have other English language qualifications and want to enquire about whether you meet our English language requirements then please contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk

    English language test validity

    Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

    How to apply

    All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS. You can find out more information about the application process on the our how to apply webpage.

    Advice to applicants

    Potential candidates are expected to demonstrate why they have chosen this particular discipline in their personal statement and express why the course interests them.

    Applicants submitting mitigating circumstances.

    Mitigating circumstances may be personal of family illness, other family circumstances, change of teachers during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school of college. We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance will be included in the referee's report. We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting school.

    How your application is considered

    Applications are considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference and personal statement.

    Returning to education

    We welcome applications from those applicants returning to education. For further information please contact tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk

    Overseas (non-UK) applicants

    Applicants classed as overseas students who are studying Foundation Year Programmes, will be considered on the basis they have completed their High School education in full.

    Deferrals

    Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and two years at the maximum. Some English Language test results such as IELTS of TOEFL, are only valid from two years from the test date.

    Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

    We would normally raise our offer by one grade for applicants re-sitting their A Levels. Any exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness prior, ongoing or at the time of your exams) should be included in your personal statement or in the academic reference.

    Re-applications

    If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

    Course description

    The Business Studies and Economics pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - is a flexible and innovative course which brings together research-led teaching from Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Politics and Sociology into a focused core of subjects which would give you knowledge and insight into the business world.

    Business doesn't work in isolation and at Manchester nor does the study of it. Only by understanding the environment that businesses function in can you understand their behaviour and with the flexibility of studying on the BA(Econ) you will be able to focus on the elements that most appeal to you. As a student on Business Studies you would learn more about disciplines such as Politics which would explain the effects of government policy, regulation and public spending and how these would impact on businesses and the wider economy. Through Economics you would study the nuances of markets including those for labour and finance and the microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that affect all of us.  Sociology gives you the framework of how employees and consumers are organised and behave, as well as how to understand the demographic changes that will affect how firms must adapt to a changing population.

    Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields from both the School of Social Sciences where your Economics, Politics and Sociology courses are based and Manchester Business School who teach your Accounting or Finance courses as well as other Business related courses such as Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

    As the  Business Studies and Economics course has a unique and flexible structure that allows you to pursue your own areas of interest you can find more information about the courses that you would study on the 'Course Details' tab above.

    You will have a great deal of flexibility as part of your course to follow the pathways and subjects that you find the most interesting and relevant, this means that if you apply to any of: Business Studies (N100), Business Studies and Economics (NL11), Business Studies and Politics (NL12) and Business Studies and Sociology (NL13) as these all share a common first year which you can switch between at the end of your first year  you should only apply for one of these courses.

    You can apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of your degree. You can find more information about this on the Study Abroad website.

    Special features

    • 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.

    Course Profile:

    On the Business Studies pathways of the BA(Econ) in 2013 overall:

    • There are 37 Nationalities represented
    • An age range of 17 - 30
    • 59.2% of students are Male and 40.8% Female
    • Students are taking  192 different course units.

    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.

    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.

    Course content for year 1

    In your first year you would get a solid foundation to the study of Business as well insight into the business environment, this will mean that you to make an informed choice of what areas to study in your second and final year. The Business Studies and  Economics pathway is a modular course and in your first year you would take 120 credits overall (so between 10-12 individual course units) made up of:

    • 10 credits of Finance
    • 20 credits of Economics 
    • 20 credits of Mathematics/Statistics 20 credits of Politics
    • 20 credits of Social Sciences - e.g. Sociology, Social Anthropology or Philosophy
    • Remaining 30 credits from other disciplines - including Social Sciences, Development, Applied Statistics, Economic History or Study Skills.

    Flexibility is a key component of the BA(Econ). At the end of your first year on the Business Studies and Economics pathway for instance you can change onto another pathway such as Business Studies or Business Studies and Politics depending on your own interests, as these all share a common first year.

    For more information about the courses that you will study in the first year of your Business Studies and Economics pathway of the BA(Econ) please visit our what you will study page

    Course content for year 2

    In your Second Year you will begin to study your chosen pathway in much greater depth and would take 120 credits of courses over the year.

    If you specialise in one pathway, such as Business Studies, you can take a maximum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses) in that single pathway and the remaining 40 credits from other pathways from the BA(Econ). If you continue with both the Business Studies and Economics pathways you can again take a maximum of 80 credits in any one pathway, however you can split these between the two however you choose depending on which courses you wish to study.  

    • Some examples of some of the courses that you may be able choose as part of Business Studies include: 'Foundations of Finance', 'Introduction to Business Information Systems', 'International Business Strategy: Contexts, Concepts and Skills', 'Business Economics', 'Managerial Economics', 'Marketing Research', 'Work, Economy and Society'
    • Some examples of some of the courses that you may be able choose as part of Economics include: Operational Research, Econometrics, Development Economics, Mathematical Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Applied Environmental Economics

    To find out more information about the BA(Econ) programme structure please visit our what you will study page

    In your second year you can also take 20 units of free choice units from across the University with University College for Interdisciplinary Learning, Manchester Leadership Programme and Language course units

    Course content for year 3

    In your final year you would again take 120 credits of courses overall.

    If you specialise in a single pathway - such as Business Studies you can take a minimum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses)in that single area and up to 40 credits from other pathways from the BA(Econ). If you continue with both the Business Studies and Economics disciplines you would then take a minimum of 50 credits from each of the two disciplines, and choose the split between the two pathways that you prefer.

    • Some examples of some of the courses that you may be able choose as part of Business Studies include: Marketing, Human Resource Management, Advanced Corporate Finance, International Business Analysis Project, The Macroeconomics of Labour Markets, Business Forecasting, Money Banking and Financial Markets, Business Economics, Managerial Economics, Labour Economics, The Politics of Public Spending, Theory and Method in Demography.
    • Some examples of some of the courses that you may be able choose as part of Economics include: The Chinese Economy, Natural Resource Economics, Financial Economics, Development Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Financial Econometrics, Economic Policy Analysis, Economics of Monetary Integration in Europe.

    You can find more information about the BA (Economic and Social Studies) structure on our what you will study page.

    At the end of your course your degree title (which is on your certificate and transcript) would be: BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies, Business Studies and Economics

    What our students say

    Manchester University appealed to me not just because it's a fantastic UK university, but also because it's recognised globally as being world class. I loved having the opportunity to study such an excellent and broad variety of modules, moreover the teaching and support staff were all so friendly and readily approachable. Manchester`s social scene takes into account the enormous and diverse student population so there is a student night suited to every taste. Also, I take comfort in the fact that employer's regard my degree highly which only increases my future prospects. Manchester University is outstanding because it has offered me opportunity and choice; academically, socially and professionally across the world.

    Peter Wilks - BA (Econ) - Economics and Politics specialist

     The course structure offered here gave me a clear introduction to the various disciplines of Social Science. Even though I have committed myself to study Economics, it is really helpful to be exposed to other fields of study as they help me to keep my options open. The structure of the BA Econ helps first year students to adapt, and learn various fields, before proceeding deeper into a particular area in second and third year. I've had the opportunity to meet students who are intending to specialise in other areas and are from all over the world. Lecturers are very helpful and passionate in educating us, and some even gave us extra non-assessed materials in case anyone is interested. The study facilities available are abundant, and are really helpful not only for exam preparation, but for general knowledge as well. It is hard to believe that anyone would not enjoy it here, as the students here will have the excitement and leisure of a city life, and the advantage of being in a world-class university. Who says that you can't have the cake and eat it?

    Hariz Nazimuddin - BA (Econ) - Economics specialist

    Facilities

    • Extensive Library Facilities: With over 4 million books and manuscripts, as well as access to the largest collection of electronic resources of any UK institution students at the University of Manchester have access to one of the UK's largest academic libraries. Students can also take advantage of our extensive range of resources and services including provision for disabled and visually-impaired students.
    • Accessible Computing Facilities: With over 10,000 PCs across campus the University has one of the largest academic computing facilities in Europe. Accessibility of our IT facilities to students is key, with 24/7 access to computer facilities on campus (including a 24-hour cluster in the Owens Park halls of residence) and optional internet access and access to the University network in most halls of residence.
    • Arts, Culture and Sport: Our campus has a wide range of facilities that students can take advantage of to pursue their extra-curricular interests; these include Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum which has recently undergone a £20m extension. There are a range of sporting facilities nearby, including the Sugden Sports Centre, the Armitage site and the Manchester Aquatics Centre which are all available for students to use.

    You can find out more about where you'll be studying at Manchester by having a look at our Virtual Tour

    Disability support

    Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

    Career opportunities

    The BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies programme and the Business Studies and Economics pathway in particular would give you the skills and knowledge that you need to able to succeed in the future. With 90% of our recent graduates in work or further study six months after they graduate and 80% of those working, in professional or managerial roles (source: Unistats) our graduates have an excellent reputation for employability.

    Graduates from Business Studies and Economics are highly sought after and are able to use their skills and knowledge in a wide range of different areas. Some examples of what recent graduates from the BA(Econ) have gone on to do are (Source: DLHE):

    • Accountancy and Professional Services - Our students are regularly recruited by the `Big Four' accounting firms - Ernst and Young, KPMG, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers - as well as other graduate level employers such as Grant Thornton and BDO.
    • Finance and Banking - Our recent graduates have gone on to work for Alliance and Leicester, American Express, Bloomberg, Bank of America, Bank of New York, Cooperative Bank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley,  Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, UBS
    • Government - Our students have gone on to work for both local government and central government departments such as:   National Audit Office, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of Health, FSA, Government Economics Service,  HMRC, H M Treasury, House of Lords, Ministry of Justice, NHS, Welsh Assembly
    • Other Areas - Our students have also gone on to work for a wide range of companies including the BAE Systems, BBC, BT, Centre for Economics and Business Research, IBM,  New Economy, Thomson Reuters,

    In addition to the range of courses that you can take as part of your degree you can also improve your employability by developing your transferable skills through getting involved in course units from other parts of the University. As part of your degree you would be able to take courses from the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning - typically as optional units in your second year. These include Manchester Leadership Programme which is provided by specialists from the Careers service and helps you develop your leadership and team-working skills, as well as courses provided by Manchester Enterprise Centre which would cover topics about how successful enterprises work and how to create and implement business ideas. You can get an idea of the courses on offer on the University College website.

    Throughout your studies at Manchester - and even after you graduate - you will have access to our Careers Service. Consistently voted best in the UK by both students and employers there is a great deal of support available to you with a dedicated team of careers advisors and resources that you can access. Whether you are looking for a part time job, a summer internship or applying for a graduate scheme there's help to make yourself as employable as possible. You can find more information on the Careers Service website but examples of the support available are:

    • One to one advice such as application advice and quick tips, guidance appointments and practice interviews
    • Online and interactive services including one to one and group sessions with careers staff, experts and employers.
    • Information resources from our Careers Resource Centre and online resources such as practice psychometric tests.

    As Manchester is one of the most targeted Universities in the UK by graduate employers the Careers service also organizes fairs and events throughout the year to give you a chance to meet graduate recruiters and ask your questions; These include the `Graduate Recruitment fair', `The Finance, Business and Management Fair' and the `Postgraduate Study fair'.