Business Economics BSc (Hons) – 2021 entry
Start date: October 2021
Why choose this course
Our BSc (Hons) Business Economics course combines a broad basis of economics with a specific focus on how businesses operate, and how managers make decisions.
While mathematical techniques remain important, as a business economics student you will usually study less mathematical and econometric intensive modules compared to our other economics courses.
Our teaching is at the forefront of the field and is influenced by real industry insights. All academics within our School of Economics are research-active and some are advisers to world-renowned organisations.
We are ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 by subject.
What you will study
Our BSc (Hons) Business Economics course will help you to develop skills that are highly sought after in today’s challenging economic environment.
You’ll gain the tools needed to analyse a wide range of business scenarios and solve increasingly complex problems. You’ll learn how businesses interact, their role within the economy, and the strategic decisions that managers take.
This course will help you to hone skills that are highly valued by employers – from problem-solving and critical thinking, to competence in giving written and oral presentations.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Economic decisions are at the heart of every society, shaping the future of individuals, organisations, regions and nations. This hints at the variety of careers available to economists and the range of skills you can expect to develop by studying one of our courses.
Our graduates are highly successful in securing quality jobs. Our economics courses are ranked 4th by ‘value added’ in The Economist’s British University Rankings 2017.
The problem-solving nature of the subject, the highly relevant and applied focus of our courses, and the potential for experience you can gain from your Professional Training placement are all appealing to employers.
Recent graduates from our School of Economics have entered roles such as:
- Consultant, Ernst & Young
- Analyst, Bank of England
- Financial Crime Associate, Deloitte
- Assistant Economist, Home Office
- Data Analyst, Nexmo
- Technical Business Analyst, Acturis Ltd
- Telecom Analyst, Efftel.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
We provide teaching on this course through lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions, which total about 12 hours each week. The purpose is to use, rather than just study, economics.
In tutorials we’ll encourage you to present your own ideas and develop the verbal skills that will stand you in good stead for the future. Classes and workshops are practical sessions in which you’ll develop the ability to apply and use economics.
For each hour of teaching, you are expected to spend two to three hours in private study. There are also modules where we require you to work in groups.
We pride ourselves on the levels of supervision you will receive, creating a warm and friendly environment in which to study. The student experience at the School of Economics is vital to the success of our courses, and you’ll be encouraged to express yourself and develop your full potential.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
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Other international qualifications
If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you may be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
Professional training £1,850
BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)
BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)
Professional training £1,850
- Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms.
- Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
- Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
- Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
Professional Training placement fees
If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.
See the information about 2020/21 academic year Professional Training placement fee.
There are no associated costs with this course.
You may wish to purchase a STATA software licence for six to 12 months – £35 to £75 approximately. You may also want to buy an EViews software licence – £35.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Surrey EU Undergraduate Scholarships
Application Deadline: 30.09.21
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Asylum Seeker Bursary
Application Deadline: 30.06.21
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You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Business Economics placements
Our Professional Training placements offer you the opportunity to put your skills and understanding of economics into practice in a business environment. You’ll be able to gain invaluable experience for your future career.
Placements are available in a range of organisations, including large corporations, city institutions and government departments.
Some examples of organisations that students have worked with include:
- Bank of England
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- The Walt Disney Company
- Reckitt Benckiser
- Menzies LLP
- Morgan Stanley.
Applying for placements
You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.
Find out about more about the application process.
Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas during your second year (typically in the autumn).
Our international partner universities include:
- Brock University, Canada
- George Mason University, USA
- Monash University, Australia
- Ryerson University, Canada
- The University of Hong Kong, China
- Singapore Management University, Singapore
- University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA
- University of Sydney, Australia.
Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and they enable you to enhance your international outlook.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online guide has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.