Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LN11 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LN12 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LN13 4 years with foundation year
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LN14 5 years with a foundation year and professional training
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 the 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
BSc (Hons): ABB
BSc (Hons) with foundation year: CCD
Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade A (7) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
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.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
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.
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
"I completed a 50-week placement at Goldman Sachs in the private wealth management division. It was a great opportunity to get some longer-term experience in a professional environment before leaving university." Henry Lea, student
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, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
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
The 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.