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Programme Specification

BSc Business Economics with International Study

Academic Year 2022/23

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Programme Title BSc Business Economics with International Study Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code BEC-BSC-SI UCAS Code L110 HECoS Code 100450 - Economics - 100
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme Full Time - 4 Academic Years
Total Credits for Programme 480
Exit Awards available No

Institute Information

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast


Queen's Management School

Quality Code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England

Level 6

Subject Benchmark Statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies

Business and Management (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

No accreditations (PSRB) found.

Regulation Information

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)


Programme Specific Regulations

Stage 1
Students will be allowed to proceed from Stage 1 to Stage 2 only when they have passed all Stage 1 modules.

Stage 2
Students must have the written permission of the Programme Director to intermit their studies. Students may only undertake a second placement year or study abroad year with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Education.

On successful completion of module ECO3041 Additional Year - International Study, the degree will be awarded with “with International Study”

Students with protected characteristics

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)


Educational Aims Of Programme

Foster a stimulating and supportive learning environment which promotes intellectual, professional and personal development

Encourage critical thinking, independent enquiry, and an international outlook

Develop students' skills base, leadership capacity and connections with practice in ways which will enhance their ability to make valuable contributions to the economy and society

Promote engagement with issues of ethics, responsibility and sustainability, and maintain respect for social and cultural differences, showing openness, fairness, and equality of opportunity in relation to selection, learning, assessment, and support

Provide students with the opportunity to pursue appropriately demanding programmes of study focused on Economics with special application to business

Provide students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in Economics or cognate subjects with the necessary study skills and subject knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

critically evaluate information

apply logic and reasoning

pursue independent enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between stages. A combination of teaching methods are used to enhance these skills. Students are encouraged to evaluate information and think independently throughout their course, in lectures, small group tutorials, and interactive learning sessions.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessment methods including assignments, presentations, class tests and examinations are used to evaluate cognitive skills. Students are awarded marks for their ability to demonstrate critical thinking and originality.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

communicate ideas in both written and presentational forms

use ICT software effectively

work both independently and in groups

manage their own time and workloads effectively

engage with employers and practitioners

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their communication, IT, team working and employability skills

Methods of Assessment

Students are asked to prepare and deliver presentations, and structure and write assignments, which encourages them to improve their oral and written communication skills. These formats also give students experience of using a range of software, and allows them to advance their technical abilities. Some assessments are group based, which helps develop an awareness of how to work as a team, whilst others are individual based, which promotes time management skills.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

appreciate the importance of internationalisation

engage with issues around ethics, responsibility and sustainability

understand relevant mathematical and statistical techniques

understand analytical methods, both theory- and model-based

appreciate the history and development of economic ideas and the differing methods of analysis that have been and are used by economists

apply core economic theory and economic reasoning to applied topics

relate differences in economic policy recommendations to differences in the theoretical and empirical features of the economic analysis, which underlie such recommendations

discuss and analyse government policy and to assess the performance of the UK and other economies

understand verbal, graphical, mathematical and econometric representation of economic ideas and analysis, including the relationship between them. Also relevant might be appropriate techniques to enable manipulation, treatment and interpretation of the relevant statistical data.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Acquisition of core knowledge is through students’ own study supported by lectures, tutorials, on line material, projects, essays, quantitative exercises and directed reading. The core material for each module is presented in lectures. Learning is consolidated by means of weekly tutorials which are typically organized around topics for discussion or problem sets. The international dimension to various issues are included in modules throughout the course, and concerns around ethics, responsibility and sustainability are embedded when discussing topics

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is designed to promote effective learning given the objectives of each module. At level one, course work assessment is formative and summative with the emphasis on supportive feedback to enable all students to acquire a solid foundation in economics and quantitative techniques regardless of their previous background. Summative assessment is also by means of an end of semester unseen written examination. At levels two and three coursework is used for both summative and formative assessment with a view to encouraging sustained independent learning. Relevant discussion of the international and ethical aspects to any subject is also regarded as a positive.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

apply key concepts that are present in most decision problems, including opportunity cost, incentives, equilibrium, disequilibrium, stability, strategic thinking and the relevance of marginal considerations.

be familiar with the principal sources of economic information and data relevant to industry, commerce and government, and have had practice in organizing and presenting data in an informative manner.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject specific skills are developed and practiced in the course of preparation for and participation in tutorials, through solving problem sets, through researching and writing of essays, through taking part in projects and through preparation for mid-and/or end of semester examinations

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is both summative and formative. It takes the form of essays, problem sets, projects, presentations and unseen examinations

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits


Duration Pre-requisite


S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Accounting ACC1002 1 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 0% 20% 80%
Quantitative Methods ECO1009 1 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 0% 0% 100%
The Economy ECO1013 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES -- 50% 0% 50%
Organisational Behaviour MGT1009 1 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 60% 40% 0%
Financial Institutions and Markets FIN1001 1 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 25% 0% 75%
Data Analysis and Optimisation ECO2023 2 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 40% 10% 50%
Macroeconomic Policy and Performance ECO2002 2 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 40% 0% 60%
The Digital Business MGT2018 2 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 100% 0% 0%
Human Resource Management MGT2013 2 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 60% 40% 0%
Leading for Change MGT2019 2 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 40% 0% 60%
International Business MGT2011 2 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 100% 0% 0%
Operations Management MGT2005 2 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 40% 0% 60%
Financial Decision Making FIN2006 2 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 25% 0% 75%
Managerial Economics ECO2009 2 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 100% 0% 0%
Additional Year - International Study (UG) ECO3041 3 120 YES YES 40 weeks N YES -- 100% 0% 0%
International Economics ECO3036 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 50% 50% 0%
Business Start Up MGT3031 4 40 YES YES 24 weeks N -- YES 55% 45% 0%
Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Business and Management MGT3034 4 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 100% 0% 0%
Economic History ECO3020 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 75% 25% 0%
Quantitative Business Economics ECO3039 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 100% 0% 0%
Environmental Economics ECO3037 4 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 25% 25% 50%
Supply Chain Management MGT3013 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 100% 0% 0%
Labour Economics ECO3019 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 100% 0% 0%
Public Economics ECO3012 4 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 30% 0% 70%
Innovation Management MGT3011 4 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 100% 0% 0%
Business Ethics MGT3012 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 60% 40% 0%
Public Sector Management MGT3018 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 100% 0% 0%
Economics of Corporate Strategy ECO3013 4 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 100% 0% 0%


Students take ECO3039 and ECO3013 plus at least 2 optional modules from Economics and up to 2 optional modules from Management