Business Economics BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Our BSc in Business Economics combines a broad basis of economics study with a specific focus on how businesses operate, placing less emphasis on mathematical techniques than other economics programmes.
Many academics within the School of Economics are advisers to world-renowned organisations, meaning our teaching and research is at the forefront of the field and is influenced by real industry insights.
What you will study
On our BSc Business Economics course, you will develop skills that are highly sought after in today’s challenging economic environment, as organisations strive to solve increasingly complex problems.
You will gain the tools needed to analyse a wide range of business problems such as how businesses interact, their role within the economy, and the strategic decisions taken by management.
The student experience at the School of Economics is vital to the success of our courses and, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, feedback and workshop sessions, you will be encouraged to express yourself and supported to achieve your full potential in a warm and friendly study environment.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||LN11||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||LN12||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||LN13||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||60 months||LN14||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and 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 real-world environment, gaining 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 have participated in this scheme include:
- Bank of England
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- The Walt Disney Company
- Reckitt Benckiser
- Menzies LLP
- Morgan Stanley.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
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.
Graduates of our courses are highly successful in securing quality jobs. The problem-solving nature of the subject, the highly relevant and applied focus of our courses, as well as the potential for experience gained from your Professional Training placement greatly appeals to employers.
Our recent graduates from the 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.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check 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 enable students to enhance their international outlook.
Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of economics, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.
In your third year you might then want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.
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 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 prospectus 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.
"I would highly recommend completing a placement year. It helps you understand what work life is like and gives the confidence to apply for graduate schemes when you get to final year."
"I think university has really allowed me to grow in confidence, meet great people, gain real life work experience and develop great skills."
Paris Stylianides is Co-Founder and Head of Strategy & Growth at Jobcha. He graduated from Surrey's BSc Business Management in 2006.
"I think University makes people come out of their shell more. I became more confident in my abilities, I discovered new things about myself and met some inspirational people on the way."
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.