Economics and Management (EAM)

The economics component of this degree  will enable you to look at management issues more critically and analytically.

Why choose this course?

  • Applies economic theory and practice in a real world business context
  • Top ten UK Business School (The Times and Complete University Guide rankings)
  • Excellent paid professional placement opportunities
  • Outstanding graduate employment record

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 (340 UCAS points)
IB: 35 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 National 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: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. (2013).  More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

The Economics and Management Degree is essentially a management degree. It will provide you with the knowledge base and also the broader practical management skills to ensure that you are fully prepared for the domains of senior management.

The economics component will enable you to look at management issues more critically and analytically. This course ensures students remain competitive in the graduate employment market. Many employers regard economics graduates as highly sough-after members of a business team. Aston Business School graduates are regularly recruited by some of the most successful and prestigious companies 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:

Year 2

In your second year your studies start to specialise to help you develop a theoretical understanding of economic subjects whilst retaining the management education tradition at Aston.
*double module


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

This year is more applied; it focuses on the analysis of organisations’ main strategic functions and emphasises the application of economic theories to both policy analysis and the understanding of business organisations.

During your final year you will study the following compulsory modules:
You will also undertake two single or one double optional module from the list below:
*double module

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 external employers

Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

For further information, see the programme specification (PDF).

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

Graduates in economics are employed in a variety of commercial sectors as well as in government agencies, consulting, education and charitable organisations. As an economics graduate with your placement year experience you are likely to be very highly valued within the graduate job market.

Aston Business School has an outstanding record of producing successful graduates. Of our 2007 graduates over 80% reported being in graduate-level employment within 6 months of graduating.

Further details of ABS graduate destinations

Personal development

Our business 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 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.

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.

Teaching staff

Aston Business School employs over 120 academic staff in all key areas of Business, Economics, Management, Marketing, Law, Business Psychology and Finance. In the 2008 RAE over 90% of Aston Business School research was rated as internationally significant with high levels of expertise classed as world leading.

Dr Rakesh Bissoondeeal
Course Director
Rakesh is a lecturer in the Economics and Strategy Group. He teaches second year microeconomics and macroeconomics and macroeconomic policy to final year students. He has published his research in international journals on topics such as inflation, exchange rates and forecasting.

John Overend
John's academic interests are within macro-economic policy and forecasting models particularly as they relate to the motor industry.

Dr Graham Leask
Graham is in the Economics and Strategy Group. His research interests include competitive strategy in industry dynamics; measuring the value of strategic actions; measurement and improvement of sales and marketing activities.

Further information

Emma Lowbridge
Admissions and Recruitment Co-ordinator
Aston Business School Undergraduate Office
+44 (0) 121 204 3030

Placement Profile

Placement Profile

Naveed Ahmed

Placement year

I would definitely recommend a work placement to anyone. You learn what it means to work full-time and have real responsibility within an organisation. In addition it helps your graduate employment prospects.

Open Days & visits

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Fees & funding

Fees & funding



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