About the course
How are financial and business decisions influenced by economics? How will the current economic crisis, Brexit and the US Election outcome impact pension schemes? How will they affect business spending and growth?
We make financial and economic decisions every day, at home and in the workplace. Although we may be free to make our own choices, we are influenced by the actions of other people and institutions across the world. BSc Accounting with Economics explores how these decisions are made and examines the external forces driving them.
On this professionally accredited course, you learn how to be a more effective accountant, business consultant or manager by combining accounting knowledge with economic theories. By understanding key accounting principles, as well as how the economy functions, fluctuates and impacts organisations, you can make better informed recommendations that positively influence business strategy and performance.
You are encouraged to take on a paid industry placement in your third year to put your knowledge into practice and further develop your professional skills.
You acquire knowledge and practical skills by exploring topics such as:
- financial and management accounting
- the preparation of financial statements
- costing, budgeting and performance evaluation
- micro and macroeconomics
- international trade
In your first year, we also introduce you to important aspects of marketing, management and finance. These core areas ensure you gain a fully-rounded business education, providing a solid foundation for your second and final years and future career.
In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation (subject to approval). This will give you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.
This course combines expertise from two highly ranked departments, Essex Business School (EBS) and the Department of Economics.
EBS is a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and champion business ethics and sustainability. We encourage students to make responsible decisions for the good of business and society. Consequently, your course will explore important issues of management accountability and explore the political, cultural and social implications of corporate actions.
"I chose Accounting with Economics because I think these subjects will be important to the future growth and success of my country - Malaysia. The teachers are great at explaining accounting concepts and take their time when demonstrating calculations. I enjoy learning in the trading floor and gaining practical Bloomberg experience. The careers support and help with my CV have been invaluable; I gained a placement as a Finance Assistant with not-for-profit organisation Love Support Unite (LSU Ltd)."
Nur Aqilah Binti Hanisab, BSc Accounting with Economics (to be awarded 2017)
Completion of our course provides you with accreditations and exemptions from the following professional bodies:
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
This means that you are able to gain a professional qualification by taking fewer exams when you graduate, giving your career a head start.
We enable you to study abroad for a year with the four-year version of this course and you will not pay tuition fees during this year (2017 entry). In all other areas, your course remains the same as the three-year BSc Accounting with Economics.
Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. We have exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.
Alternatively, on a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external organisation. You do not pay tuition fees during this year (2017 entry) and a work placement can give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market by providing you with key contacts within the industry.
The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. Our students have gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins.
Our expert staff
You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team of academics and practitioners with wide-ranging research interests. Their expertise ensures you learn about the issues facing today’s accountants and economists.
EBS is an internationally diverse place to study, ranked amongst the UK’s top 20 business schools (Chartered Association of Business Schools). You’ll often see our academics talking to the media about contemporary business issues.
EBS academics specialise in areas including:
- accounting and economic development in the public and third sectors
- regulation and corporate social responsibility
- finance and banking
- accounting and finance in developing economies
- contemporary financial markets and their participants
The Department of Economics is rated consistently highly for student satisfaction and is top five in the UK for research, with over 90% of research rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014).
Our economics researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs. Many also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.
Our BSc Accounting with Economics is based at our Colchester Campus.
Our landmark zero carbon Essex Business School building is set around a lush winter garden. The Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate.
Our new building provides you with excellent facilities:
- a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Terminals offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics
- light and spacious lecture theatres
- study pods and innovation booths for group working
- a café with an adjacent sun terrace
- study skills workshops
Our Colchester building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, the University’s research and technology park. Parkside Office Village is situated on the site, providing potential networking and work experience opportunities with a range of exciting businesses.
You also benefit from the learning resources available within our Department of Economics:
- extensive software for quantitative analysis, available in computer labs across the university
- the lively Economics Society, an active and social group where you can explore your interest in your subject with other students
In 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers).
Our recent graduates enjoy rewarding careers at large organisations and dynamic SMEs such as:
- WeFarm, a social enterprise helping farmers out of poverty
- Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency
Many have also started their own successful businesses. Recent examples include:
We understand the skills and knowledge employers want and ensure you develop them throughout your studies by including modules in career development and professional skills as part of your course. We give you the opportunity to take part in employability opportunities, such as employer talks. The University’s Employability and Careers Centre provides further advice on securing work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
UK entry requirements
GCSE: Mathematics C
IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C or above.
Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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English language requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.
Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.
The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.
Applicant Days and interviews
Resident in the UK? If your application is successful, we will invite you to attend one of our applicant days. These run from January to April and give you the chance to explore the campus, meet our students and really get a feel for life as an Essex student.
Some of our courses also hold interviews and if you’re invited to one, this will take place during your applicant day. Don’t panic, they’re nothing to worry about and it’s a great way for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about the course. Some of our interviews are one-to-one with an academic, others are group activities, but we’ll send you all the information you need beforehand.
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Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. In 2017 we have three undergraduate Open Days (in June, September and October). These events enable you to discover what our Colchester Campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
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If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
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