Financial Economics with Econometrics - BSc (Hons)

Studying Economics gives you the opportunity to analyse some of today's profound problems, such as poverty and economic growth, developing economies, environmental protection, and financial and monetary crises. You also consider the dilemmas facing households, firms and governments, such as the provision of education, roles of labour markets and regulation of markets. On this programme you also explore the economic tools and models used in financial markets and for forecasting.

Overview

As a Kent Economics student, you develop the skills to analyse and discuss these crucial areas and are challenged to contribute and defend your own theories and solutions.

Our School of Economics is ranked highly among UK universities for graduate prospects. Our economists are internationally recognised for their research and are also exciting and innovative teachers who place a particular emphasis on making economics relevant to the real world.

The School provides outstanding academic support. Each student has a dedicated academic adviser and we also run a peer mentoring scheme where experienced final-year students offer advice and support to new students.

We are an international community with academic staff and students from many countries so you develop a global perspective on your subject.

Our degree programme

This degree introduces you to the tools that economists have developed in financial and money markets. Their work has been enormously influential in contributing to the development of financial instruments used by households, firms and governments when making decisions about saving or borrowing.

You also study additional modules that examine the way in which economists construct and use mathematical and statistical models for forecasting and prediction. These can be used to help policymakers reach decisions concerning a range of economic problems. The School of Economics has particular strengths in the econometric analysis of microeconomic, macroeconomic and financial datasets.

The first year of this programme introduces you to the way in which economists think about different issues and develops the kinds of tools that economists use for analysing real economic problems.

In your second and final years, you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Our wide range of modules means you can tailor your degree to support your particular career ambitions; for example, you can choose modules that prepare you for life as a professional economist.

Year in Industry

You have the option to take this programme with a year in industry. In previous years students have worked at:

  • Bank of England
  • Government Economic Service (GES)
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • PwC
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply.

Year in Computing / Year in Journalism

The Year in Computing and the Year in Journalism are both free-standing, self-contained years and can be taken after stage 2 or 3 (that is, between your second and final year, or after your final year). You can take a Year in Computing or a Year in Journalism if you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Kent, studying a non-computing or non-journalism degree programme respectively.

You can only apply for a Year in Computing or a Year in Journalism once you are a student at Kent.

Extra activities

You may wish to join the following student-run societies:

  • the Economics Society, which organises lecturers and conferences, as well as social events
  • Kent Investment Society, which focuses on the financial markets. It is made up of analysts, head analysts and committee members, who each cover a particular financial market. In previous years, the Society has organised an annual virtual trading competition.

The School of Economics also hosts events that you are welcome to attend. These include:

  • public lectures and seminars
  • employability workshops
  • networking events.

Professional network

Many of our staff advise UK, European and international organisations. These include:

  • the Treasury (UK)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (UK)
  • Bank of England
  • European Commission
  • European Central Bank
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • European Central Bank (ECB)

These links mean we can bring real-life examples and scenarios into our teaching, ensuring it is up to date and relevant.

Flexible tariff

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    ABB-BBB from three full A levels including A level Mathematics grade B and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

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    Access qualifications are not accepted for this programme.

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    BTEC qualifications are not accepted for this programme.

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    34 points overall or 15 points at HL, including Mathematics 5 at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year in industry)

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £12600
  • International full-time £16800

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Teaching and assessment

All of our modules are taught by a combination of lectures and small group sessions, which include seminars, computing practicals, problem sets, debates and role-play games. On average, you have a total of 12-14 hours of lecture, seminar and other formal contact time per week.

The School of Economics is committed to making sure that you leave Kent with much more than just a degree in Economics. We put great emphasis on the development of transferable skills, including numeracy, analytical problem solving, data analysis, and written and oral communication, as well as subject-specific skills for further study at postgraduate level.

The modules are assessed by continuous assessment of coursework throughout the year and an end-of-year exam in the final term. A number of modules at each stage are assessed solely through coursework.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

  • To provide a flexible and progressive curriculum that is suitable for students who have or have not studied economics or finance before.
  • To provide a stimulating education in the principles of economics and finance along with their application to the real world, in which high quality teaching motivates students to achieve their full potential.
  • To stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts
  • To provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of economic systems and to foster an understanding of alternative approaches to the analysis of economic phenomena
  • To provide students with the ability to abstract and to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world.
  • To develop in students the ability to apply economic knowledge, analytical tools and skills in a range of theoretical, applied and policy problems.
  • To provide a range of options to enable students to study selected areas of economics and financial economics in depth, the teaching of which is informed by the research and scholarship of academic staff
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to employment in a related area to economics and finance or further study in economics and/or finance.
  • To develop in all students, through the study of economics and finance, a range of skills that will be of value in future employment; for example, working in the City of London.
  • To develop in all students, through the study of economics, a range of skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • The main concepts, principles, theories, models and methods of modern economic analysis and their application in different areas of Economics and Finance.
  • The history and development of economic ideas and the differing methods of analysis that have been and are used by economists.
  • The analytical skills that allow students to formulate and consider a range of economic and finance problems and issues.
  • The mathematical, statistical and computing methods used in Economics and Finance.
  • Economic data and methods used to analyse such data.
  • Economic analysis of policy.
  • Specific problems, issues and policies in a range of areas in Economics and Finance. 
  • Key concepts affecting decision-making.
  • Critical discussion of economic problems, issues and policies in politics and media.
  • An economic or finance topic chosen by the student and submitted as a supervised dissertation or extended essay in final year.

Intellectual skills

  • Ability to abstract the essential features of a complex system.
  • Ability to think about what are the important variables and fixed parameters in solving a problem.
  • Ability to analysis complex issues using deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • Ability to organise and use information to analyse complex issues and test different hypotheses.
  • Ability to review critically alternative explanations and analyses of a problem.
  • Ability to manage a supervised final year dissertation or extended essay on an economic topic chosen by the student.

Subject-specific skills

  • Analytical skills in Economics and Finance.
  • Ability to apply economic principles and analysis to a range of issues, problems and policies in economics and finance.
  • Ability to abstract the essential features of an economic or finance issue, problem or system.
  • Knowledge of the principal sources of economic and financial data and information and ability to use and present this information.
  • Be able to carry out economic and/or econometric analysis of economic and/or financial data.
  • Knowledge and ability to make and provide advice on how to make economic decisions.
  • Ability to synthesise and compare critically different economic analyses of an economic or finance issue. 
  • Ability to research the literature on an economic or finance issue.
  • Ability to apply economic skills to investigate a supervised final year project on an economic or finance topic chosen by the student.

Transferable skills

  • Effective communication of analysis and ideas both orally, aurally and in written form 
  • Ability to assemble, analyse, use and present data.
  • Understanding and ability to use economic, mathematical and quantitative methods to analyse issues and problems.
  • Ability to analyse and make decisions, using economic concepts, e.g. opportunity cost and strategic behaviour.
  • Development of Information Technology skills through using statistical and econometric packages.
  •  Independence in initiating and executing work.
  • Ability to think critically about proposed analyses and solutions to a problem or issue.
  • Become responsible for managing own learning and academic performance. 
  • Manage a supervised final year dissertation or extended essay on an economic or finance topic chosen by the student.

Independent rankings

Economics at Kent scored 89% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Over 93% of final-year Economics students were satisfied with the quality of their course in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our Economics graduates have developed careers in accountancy, banking and finance, journalism, management consultancy and business. The additional skills you learn in financial economics and forecasting on this programme open up a broader range of opportunities, too. Recent graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Deloitte
  • the Government Economic Service
  • HMRC
  • Citibank
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Bank of America
  • Schroders
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Barclays.

Help finding a job

The School of Economics supports and advises you in deciding what to do after your Economics degree. We offer:

  • one-to-one advice from a member of our employability team
  • employability workshops
  • talks from alumni and outside employers.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Work experience

Internships, either for a week or two or for the whole summer, can be a valuable addition to your studies. We provide guidance and assistance on where to look and how to apply.

Career-enhancing skills

Alongside a thorough understanding of economic issues, you develop key transferable skills that will appeal to employers. These include the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions succintly
  • work independently
  • use your initiative and be proactive
  • work as part of a team and independently
  • manage your time and plan effectively
  • problem solve.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering. 

Applications

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.

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