BSc Economics and Management

Minal Sthankiya Economics and Management Aston University

The key attraction for me choosing to join Aston was the placement year - and I was right. It equipped me with so many skills that I wouldn't have developed until later on in my career.” 

Minal Sthankiya
Assurance, Ernst & Young

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB*
(*variable offers are available)
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

Develop a theoretical and an applied approach to the world of business economics. Understand how macroeconomics underpins everything we do, while getting down to the detail with microeconomics in specific business cases.

Integrated placement year
TEF Gold Award for teaching quality (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017)
On average, employed Aston business graduates see their wages increase by £11,700 (49%) over a five year period after graduating
Ranked top 30 in the UK for Economics (Complete University Guide, 2019)

Course information 

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: LN12
Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB 
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A*- C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade B/5
GCSE English – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,950 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2018). More on fees

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

The Economics and Management course looks at different aspects of economics and management, combining them to enable our graduates to excel in their professional lives and broaden their career options. 

Those who pursue a more management orientated career are equipped with skills to analyse how changes in the economic environment affects their organisations and therefore make more informed and better decisions.Those who pursue a more economics orientated career are equipped with practical management skills that enable them to effectively manage the teams they lead.

With the broad management skills that are also taught on the course, your time at Aston will transform you into a highly attractive graduate in this competitive area.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Year 1

In your first year you will study a wide range of modules designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of management.  You will consider the economic, financial, human and legal issues managers deal with and the tools and techniques that they use. The core modules are:

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Law for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Introduction to Microeconomics 
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics 

Year 2

In the second year, you will begin specialising in Economics and Management subjects. These modules will lay a solid foundation towards your final year studies.  In addition to developing a good understanding of theories, there is also an emphasis on application of the theories towards understanding how businesses and economies operate and subsequently devise polices to enhance how they function.The core modules are as follows: 

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Markets, Games and Strategy 
  • Virtual Business Simulation 
  • Quantitative Methods 
  • Introduction to Econometrics 

Students must choose one module from the following options: 

  • Strategic Finance 
  • Corporate Financial Management 

Students must also choose one module from the following options: 

  • Business, Government and Society 
  • International Business and Emerging Market Economies 
  • International Business Economics 

Year 3 - placement year

You will spend this year in professional placement, or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This placement year is compulsory for all UK and EU students. 

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

The final year continues the subjects studied in Year 2 with further specialisation in Economics and Management subjects, and a strong emphasis on application of theories towards understanding and enhancing the functioning of businesses and economies.

During your final year you will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Further Topics in Microeconomics 
  • Further Topics in Macroeconomics 
  • Strategic Management 
  • Competition Policy

Students must choose one module from the following options: 

  • Microeconometrics 
  • Macroeconometrics 

Students must also choose one module from the following options: 

  • Environmental Economics      
  • International Trade
  • Regional and Urban Economics 
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship
  • Derivatives  
  • Behavioural Economics 

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. 

Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. 
For example, all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of academic and internal employers.

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course director

Jon Guest

Jon joined Aston Business School as a Senior Teaching Fellow in September 2017 and is also a Teaching Associate at Warwick Business School. He previously worked at Nottingham Trent University, Warwick Business School and Coventry University. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2011 in recognition of his work in developing teaching methods that promote a more active learning environment in the classroom. 

Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3196
Email: j.guest1@aston.ac.uk

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of business skills needed to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.  

Economics and Management graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

Graduates from the Economics and Management degree typically find employment in the fields of economics, management, finance and education. Recent graduates have been employed in roles such as:

  • Finance Graduate - Nestle
  • Technology Consulting Graduate Scheme - KPMG
  • Consultant - Vantage Point Consultancy
  • Consulting Graduate Scheme - Accenture
  • Corporate Finance Associate - Grant Thornton
  • Commercial Banking graduate scheme - RBS 
  • Consultant, Financial Services - Ernst & Young

I'd love to hear from you.

Jon Guest Economics and Management
Jon Guest, Course Director

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