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

The study of Economics and Management subjects with strong focus on application.

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)

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

Course information 

Entry requirements

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
GCSE English – grade C
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 for International students (2017)More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

The degree looks at different aspects of economics and management. The synergy that is created by studying the fields of economics and management together enables our graduates to excel in their professional lives. Many employers regard our graduates as highly sought-after members of policy making and business teams.
The degree is designed to broaden the career options of our graduates and increase their employability. 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.
Aston Business School graduates are regularly recruited by some of the most successful and prestigious organisations around the world.

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Subject guide & modules

A broad-based common first year provides a solid grounding in a wide range of business and management subjects. This helps to underpin your future more specialist studies. There is the flexibility to change course within Aston Business School after year 1.

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 - Optional 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        

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. 

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.

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

Personal development

Our degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working, presentations and business simulations 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.

Facilities & equipment

Our teaching accommodation has very recently been completely refurbished and all lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids. Extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies.

Aston Business School has dedicated computer suites for the exclusive use of its undergraduates and many campus areas are WI-FI networked. The university library facilities are extensive, modern and accessible and specialist staff are available to help you find the information you need.

I'd love to hear from you.

Economics and Management course director
Joseph Bromfield, Course Director

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