BSc (Hons) Business Economics - Course overview
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Develop your skills​

The study of economics is central to understanding many aspects of commercial and organisational activity. This course is designed to provide a firm grounding in the underlying theories and analysis explaining micro and macro behaviour, thus enabling the application to real-world policy.

BSc (Hons) Business Economics with Plymouth University

The Business Economics programme is designed to give you an appropriate educational experience and ensure that you have distinct career advantages. Your studies will help you to understand the decision making process within organisations and will create the habits of mind and critical faculties appropriate to the environment in which the business economist works. The course also contains a sustainability dimension.
At Plymouth Business School we aim to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of economics and the ability to apply that knowledge to the analysis of a range of practical situations that will be useful for future learning and employment. All named awards share a common core syllabus, which stresses the integration of theory and evidence in economic analysis and research.
The degrees emphasise the acquisition of key analytical and numerical skills, and the progressive development of students’ capacity for independent research. They also offer extensive opportunities for students to combine their study of economics with other subject areas across business, social sciences and foreign languages.

Work abroad

Students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement year either in the UK or abroad. Students also have the opportunity to study a language during their degree.  
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What our students say

William Wai Yip Au Yeung studied economics at Plymouth and was recently part of the Plymouth Business School team who made it to the semi-finals of the IBM Business Challenge.
"Entering the IBM business challenge was a great way to network and develop existing skills, such as my already existing analytical and business acumen skill sets.
I really enjoyed Economics. The lecturers were great, very informal and informative. It allowed me to bring out the best of my skill sets and I really liked behavioural economics, covering topics such as Economics of happiness and game theory. Challenging yet satisfying!"
William Wai Yip Au Yeung, Business Economics Graduate.

Meet the tutor Dr Sarah Keast

As Economics Programme Manager, Sarah is responsible for the maintenance of academic standards across all Economics degree programmes.  She works closely with her colleagues in the Economics Group to ensure that each student who chooses to study Economics at Plymouth is able to reach their academic potential and is fully prepared to meet their future career development challenges.
During her career at Plymouth University, Sarah contributed to research and consultancy for both the private and public sector.  She has worked with organisations including the BBC, the South West Regional Development Agency and local councils.
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​Economics society

The Economics Society is a forum for current undergraduate students to engage with their chosen discipline. Its overall remit is to bring together current and ex- economics students in social, academic and professional contexts.

The society is run jointly by staff and students who organise a range of events throughout the academic year. These events include talks by visiting academics, visiting professional economists, and Plymouth graduates who are working in both the private and public sector. The society also organises additional events such as field trips and social evenings.

Find out more by visiting the Economics Society webpage.


Plymouth Business School has been shortlisted for Business School of the Year 2012 in the annual Times Higher Education Awards. Read more...
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Entry requirements

GCSE: Maths and English Language grade C. Plus:-A level/AS level: 260 points (including a minimum of 160 points from two A levels or a double award).
Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered. If you do not have English as a first language you will be required to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing).
For further information visit the course entry requirements page.