BSc (Hons) Financial Economics - Course overview
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Have you ever wondered how financial markets work, and how they impact global economies? What is the relationship between prices, inflation and interest rates? The Financial Economics degree provides a range of analytical and quantitative skills, exploring the movement of money, how to make more money, and the risks involved.

​BSc (Hons) Financial Economics

Financial Economics aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of economics and finance plus the ability to apply that knowledge to the analysis of a range of practical situations that will be useful for future learning and employment.
The course emphasise the acquisition of key analytical and numerical skills, and the progressive development of students’ capacity for independent research. It also offer s extensive opportunities for students to combine their study of economics with other subject areas across business and social sciences and with the study of a foreign language.
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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. We got the opportunity to meet a large assortment of people and really put our current knowledge to good use. 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."
William Wai Yip Au Yeung, Economics Graduate

​Meet the tutors 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.


The third year is normally spent in paid employment with a private or public sector organisation. Students follow a training programme agreed with the employer and are supervised by a member of the academic staff throughout the year. Please visit the placements and work based learning web pages here.
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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 organising 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.
To hear a student view on studying this course watch Dmitris's Vlog.

​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 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.


A number of scholarships are available if you decide to study an economics degree with Plymouth University.
For further details visit the economics pages
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