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BA (Hons) Finance & Economics

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Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

This course is delivered by the AACSB-accredited Business School, an accreditation attained by fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide. It recognises our focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching and student learning.

Accredited by industry-leading bodies, this degree offers a solid foundation in accounting, finance and economics during year one, before offering you the opportunity to specialise in the second and final year. You will also have flexibility to transfer to an alternative accounting and finance pathway should you wish to, all in order to align your studies with your future career aspirations or perhaps help you to keep your options open.  

Businesses of all sizes need to have a global perspective and this course will equip you with the analytical and technical skills required to understand key developments in international markets and teach you how to use these skills. This degree is particularly suited to careers in international finance, but has many applications in a wider business context as well.

The second year of this course opens the door to travel, as those interested in studying abroad can attend one of our international partner institutions for the second semester. We currently have partners in Australia, Canada and Europe.

Year three gives you the opportunity to experience a real-world working environment with an optional 30-week placement, which can be completed at home or abroad, allowing you to execute the theoretical and practical skills developed on campus. At the same time, you’ll be developing a network of contacts, bolstering your CV, and ultimately improving your employability. 

100% of our final year students said that this course provided them with opportunities to apply what they had learnt. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day. Or you could watch the online presentation to find out more about this course.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

For September 2020 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in May to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week work placement


AACSB, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 4.4mb)


Our accounting, finance and economics courses offer an optional placement year, which is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. Your placement will last for a minimum of 30 weeks.

We are proud that our students have played their part in the success of top firms including JP Morgan, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Motorola. The average salary for our Accounting, Finance & Economics placement students is £15,000–£19,999 per annum.

What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Our students perform very well on placement and a number of firms return to us year-on-year to source BU placement students.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate excellent problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
  • Think logically and have an appreciation of mathematical concepts
  • Show self motivation and effective time-management skills.

How to apply

Entry requirements


Combining an understanding of economics with a good grounding in financial principles is a valuable skillset to have in today’s corporate environment.

When you finish your degree, you’ll be well-placed to find a job in this competitive sector – 91% of our students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their course. 

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Amy Veryard

At Bournemouth University not only have I been educated in Finance , I have also been helped to develop professionally and as a person.

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