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BSc Joint Honours

Economics and Accounting

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Key Course Information

Entry Year

2017

Course length

3 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *

ABB

Faculty

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Attendance

Full-Time

Professional Year Out

No

UCAS Code

LN14

School

Queen's Management School

*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.

Overview

Economics is concerned with how people make choices in conditions of resource scarcity and the results of these choices for society. Many of the world’s most pressing issues such as global warming/climate change, underdevelopment, rising inequality, inflation and financial instability are economic in nature. In understanding these problems, economists make use of a wide variety of analytical techniques borrowed from numerous other fields including history, philosophy, mathematics and statistics.

A BSc Economics degree provides you with an opportunity to develop a firm understanding of human behaviour, not only in commerce, but also in wider society. The models used by economists are as much qualitative (expressed in words) as they are quantitative (mathematical). This is reflected in our BSc programmes as students will be provided the opportunity to gain quantitative, analytical, computing, presentation, and writing skills. These transferable skills are highly sought after across industry, and also provide an excellent platform for future entrepreneurs.

Why Queen's?

Exemptions: Joint Economics and Accounting students are eligible for exemptions from some professional accountancy examinations.

Placements: opportunities exist for summer and year-long placements with a variety of organisations including HM Treasury and major consultancy firms. Study USA provides funded opportunities for study at a US university.

Prizes and Awards:

KPMG Prize for Best Graduate in BSc Economics.

McKane Medal for Best Final Honours Student in Economics.

PwC Prize for Best Level 1 Student in Economics or Organisations.

Shaw Memorial Prizes for the two Best Performing Second-year Students in the BSc Economics and BSc Business Economics degrees.

Foundation Scholarships for Best Level 1 and Best Level 2 Students in Economics.

Did you know?

Economic graduates are the second highest earners in the UK according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Entry Requirements

 

Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

BSc (Econ) Single Honours

A-level: ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade A

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O2 in Mathematics

BSc (Econ) Major Honours with a Minor in Finance

A-level: ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade B

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics

BSc (Econ) Major Honours with a Minor in a Modern Language

A-level: ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade B

    • For French option: normally A-level French grade B or AS-level French grade B or GCSE French grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language
    • For Spanish option: normally A-level Spanish grade B or AS-level Spanish grade B or GCSE Spanish grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language
      (Note: if the language is studied at a higher level then the grade required at that level must be achieved.)

Irish Leaving Certificate: 

    • For French option: H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 in French (or evidence of linguistic ability) + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics
    • For Spanish option: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Spanish (or evidence of linguistic ability) + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics

BSc (Econ) Joint Honours in Economics and Accounting

A-level: ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade B

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degreeprogramme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

How to Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

For candidates applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2015.

Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).Those applying for entry in February 2016 should apply prior to 15 January 2015.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Course Content (including module information)

BSc Economics

Year 1

 

  • Principles of Economics
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Applied Economics
  • Statistical Methods
  • Market Theory
  • Financial Institutions and Markets

 

 

BSc Economics with Finance

 

Year 1

  • Principles of Economics
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Statistical Methods
  • Market Theory
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Accounting for non-specialists

BSc Economics and Accounting

Year 1

  • Principles of Economics
  • Market Theory
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Legal Study and Basic Contract Law
  • Introductory Management Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems

BSc Economics with a language

Year 1

  • Principles of Economics
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Statistical Methods
  • Price Theory
  • +2 language modules

BSc Economics

Year 2

  • Economics Growth Theory
  • Game Theory with Economics Applications
  • Managerial Economics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Macroeconomic Policy: Theory and Evidence

BSc Economics with Finance

Year 2

  • Managerial Economics
  • Economics Growth Theory
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Macroeconomic Policy: Theory and Evidence
  • Financial Market Theory

BSc Economics and Accounting

Year 2

  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting

Optional:

  • Financial Market Theory
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Performance
  • Industrial Organisation

BSc Economics with a language

Year 2

  • Managerial Economics
  • Economics Growth Theory
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Macroeconomic Policy: Theory and Evidence
  • +2 language modules

BSc Economics

Year 3

  • Applied Econometrics
  • International Trade

Optional:

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Labour Economics
  • Economic History
  • Public Economics
  • Dissertation Module
  • Advanced Microeconomics

BSc Economics with Finance

Year 3

  • Applied Econometrics

Optional:

  • Capital Markets
  • International Finance
  • Financial Engineering
  • Economic History
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Fixed Income Instruments
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Public Economics
  • International Trade

BSc Economics and Accounting

Year 3

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Law of Business Organisations
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Taxation

Optional:

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Advanced Business Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Economic History
  • Public Economics
  • International Trade

BSc Economics with a language

Year 3

  • International Trade

Optional:

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Labour Economics
  • Economic History
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • International Trade
  • Public Economics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • +2 language modules

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

Learning and Teaching

Queen’s University Management School is one of the largest Schools in the University with more than 1300 full-time undergraduate students and 300 plus postgraduate students.  The School has been delivering high quality programmes for more than 40 years and was one of the first schools in the UK to introduce undergraduate management education.  Since then, QUMS has been developing and enhancing its teaching portfolio for both local and international students and boasts students from more than 20 different nationalities. 

In recent years, the School has benefited from significant investment resulting in many new academic appointments and state-of-the-art facilities including computer teaching labs with specilaised software and a Trading Room in Riddel Hall.  In addition, the new McClay library houses an excellent selection of Management and related texts and there are extensive IT facilities throughout the campus. 

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.  In line with this, one of QUMS’ primary objectives is to deliver innovative learning and teaching programmes that provide students with the competences and skills to make a positive contribution to business, economic and civic life.

On the BSc Economics programme we achieve these goals by providing a range of learning environments which enable our students to engage with subject experts both academic staff and industry guest speakers, develop skills and attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree programme are:

  • Lectures: these introduce foundation information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading.  As the module progresses this information becomes more complex.  Lectures, which are normally delivered in large groups to all year-group peers, also provide opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification on key issues as well as gain feedback and advice on assessments.  Additional lectures are also delivered by employer representatives and staff from a range of organisations are involved in the delivery of workshops and more practical sessions. In addition to the academic content of the lectures and workshops, this enables employers to impart their valuable experience to QUMS Economics students, introduces important local employers to our students and allows our students to meet and engage with potential future employers.
  • Seminars/tutorials: a significant amount of teaching is carried out in small groups (typically 15-20 students). These sessions are designed to explore, in more depth, the information that has been presented in the lectures.  This provides students with the opportunity to engage closely with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of their peers. During these classes, students will be expected to present their work to academic staff and their peers.
  • Computer-Based and Other Practical Sessions: these provide students with the opportunity to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts.
  • E-Learning technologies:information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online.  A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.
  • Self-directed study:  this is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
  • Work placements: The BSc Economics programme does not have a compulsory placement year. However, the School actively supports any student who wishes to avail of an optional placement year, normally between the second and final year of the degree programme.  The School has a dedicated Placement Office which facilitates students in sourcing and securing appropriate placements which will augment their classroom-based learning experience.  In addition, the School encourages students to seek other work-based and/or educational related experiences, whether that is through the summer placement programme (a 3-4 month internship in a local organisation working on a very specific project), Erasmus programmes with other European Universities, or studying abroad in universities with which the School and/or University has an existing relationship.
  • Student Support Systems: QUMS has an active and co-ordinated student support system to assist students in making the transition from school to university. This includes:
  • assigning each student an Adviser of Studies to assist with the choice of modules at the beginning of each academic year;
  • assigning each student a Personal Tutor (an academic member of staff) when they begin the degree programme.  The Personal Tutoring System includes individual scheduled appointments with personal tutors, small group tutor meetings (4-5 students) and e-mail contact to discuss academic matters, academic performance, skills development, careers and/or prospective placements and issues related to University policies and practices.  Students meet their Personal Tutor at induction and during the first and second year of study they are expected to meet with their Personal Tutor at least once per semester.
  • A Peer Mentoring Scheme whereby students in second and third year of their degree programme volunteer to mentor Level 1 students. Developing the programme themselves, with support from academic staff in QUMS, the mentors organise informal meetings, regular contact and a series of events ranging from ice-breaker type events to employer-led sessions with the Level 1 students.
  • a formalised induction for all undergraduate students.  For Level 1 students, this includes several half-day sessions the week before the programme begins to allow students to familiarise themselves with the campus and the degree programme.  During Level 1 there are a number of follow-up sessions throughout the year. Topics such as academic writing, referencing, plagiarism, communication skills, examination preparation and managing time effectively are all covered in these practical sessions.
  • Personal Development Planning to encourage students to engage in independent learning.

Career Prospects

Those pursuing a career in Economics should enjoy working with numbers and dealing with ambiguous and incomplete information as they attempt to understand and provide solutions to economics related problems to a range of stakeholders such as the banking industry, investors, government, industry etc.  They should also be effective communicators and work well with people. Economists must be prepared to take on challenges and be able to adapt to a constantly changing and dynamic business environment.  

Many of the skills that students will acquire during their studies at Queen’s will be of great value in a range of different career and life situations. Core transferable skills include the ability to learn independently, problem solve, understand and interpret very sophisticated economic and financial information and work productively as part of a team. 

Graduate Careers and Achievements

Students graduating with a degree in Economics from Queens’ are well placed to secure a range of employment opportunities in economics and related areas in the public and private sectors. In recent years, students have secured positions in economic analysis and appraisal with a range of government and other public sector organisations, specialist careers in banking and investment appraisal, as well as more generalist positions in economic consulting. 

The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract BSc Economics graduates.

Further study is also an option open to BSc Economics graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, as shown on the Queen’s University Management School website.

Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers.  Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.  See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives:  Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s.  Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. 

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students).  Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts.  As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies.  These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment (general):  The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module.  Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. Modules are typically assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and a final written unseen examination. Continuous assessment consists of: class tests, computer generated practical experiments where students have to manipulate economic-related data, case study research and analysis of a particular macroeconomic issue, academic essays exploring and critiquing specific economic issues. and small group project and presentations whereby groups of three/four students work on a particular economics related task to provide possible solutions.

Feedback (general):  As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers.  University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted. 
  • Face to face comment.  This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid.  In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time. 
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work. 

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