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Undergraduate Programme Specification

BSc Economics with International Study

Academic Year 2022/23

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Programme Title BSc Economics with International Study Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code ECO-BSC-SI UCAS Code L100 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 Business 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

Economics (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.

Provide students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in Economics 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
Students are introduced to computer software packages for use in a range of modules.

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 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 by means of problem sets, quantitative analysis and report writing, problem solving in groups, individual and group presentations and end of semester unseen written examinations.

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. Relevant discussion of the international and ethical aspects to any subject is also regarded as a positive.

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits


Duration Pre-requisite


S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
The Economy ECO1013 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES -- 50% 0% 50%
Mathematics for Economists ECO1004 1 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 0% 0% 100%
Statistical Methods ECO1003 1 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 0% 20% 80%
Communicating Economics ECO1014 1 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 70% 30% 0%
Financial Institutions and Markets FIN1001 1 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 25% 0% 75%
Macroeconomic Policy and Performance ECO2002 2 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 40% 0% 60%
Industrial Organisation ECO2012 2 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 30% 10% 60%
Economic Growth ECO2001 2 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 40% 20% 40%
Introduction to Econometrics ECO2008 2 20 -- YES 12 weeks N YES -- 40% 0% 60%
Game Theory ECO2011 2 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 40% 0% 60%
Microeconomics of Markets ECO2024 2 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 60% 0% 40%
Additional Year - International Study (UG) ECO3041 3 120 YES YES 40 weeks N YES -- 100% 0% 0%
Public Economics ECO3012 4 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 30% 0% 70%
International Economics ECO3036 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 50% 50% 0%
Economics Dissertation ECO3021 4 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 80% 20% 0%
Applied Econometrics ECO3015 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N YES -- 100% 0% 0%
Economics of Networks and Institutions ECO3032 4 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 60% 0% 40%
Environmental Economics ECO3037 4 20 -- YES 12 weeks N -- YES 25% 25% 50%
Labour Economics ECO3019 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 100% 0% 0%
Economic History ECO3020 4 20 YES -- 12 weeks N -- YES 75% 25% 0%


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