BSc Economics and Management (EAM)

Aston University Economics and Management

I chose to study at Aston because of the reputation of Aston Business School and the opportunity to undergo a placement year.” 

Amit Bagga
Corporate Finance Associate, Grant Thornton

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB

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 detail with microeconomics in specific businesses cases.

Integrated placement year
Professional accreditation exemptions
Strong focus on application in a real-world business context
Ranked Top 30 in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2017)

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: 35/34 points. Minimum scores of 6,6,5 at Higher level. 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.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,630 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2017). More on fees

This 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.

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 they use. The modules are:


  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • International Perspectives in Organisations
  • Law for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Information Technology for Business
  • Introduction to Micro Economics 
  • Introduction to Macro Economics 

Year 2

In the second year, our students start specialising in Economics and Management subjects. The modules will lay a solid foundation towards the studies in the final year.  In addition to developing a good understanding of theories, there is also emphasis on application of the theories towards understanding how businesses and economies operate and subsequently devising polices to enhance their functioning.

  • Business Policy
  • Business Game
  • Business, Government & Society
  • Financial Management
  • International Business Economics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Regional and Urban Economics
  • Introduction to Econometrics I
  • Introduction to Economterics II
  • Emerging and Transitional Economies 

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 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 in the vein as 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:

  • Strategic Management*
  • Derivatives
  • Economics of Multinational Enterprise
  • Applied Econometrics and Forecasting
  • Economics of Business Organisations
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Competition Policy: Theory
  • Competition Policy: Practice  
  • Macroeconomic Policy

You will also undertake two single or one double optional module from the list below:

  • Financial Economics
  • International Trade
  • International Finance
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship      

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 external employers


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

Joseph Bromfield

Joseph joined Aston Business School in a permanent capacity in September 2015, having worked temporarily as a lecturer at Aston in early 2015, and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Aston for three years whilst undertaking a PhD.

Phone: +44(0) 121 204 3162
Email: j.bromfield1@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

  • Association of International Accountants

Our integrated placement year course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you gain valuable practical management experience within accounting, finance or management

We have links to over 1000 different organisations and advertise around 3000 posts each year to our students.

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 placement year at ABS.

The economics and Management programme at Aston is one of very few Economics related programmes to offer a sandwich placement year, giving you an advantage in the graduate employment market.

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.

Economics and Management course director
Joseph Bromfield, Course Director

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