Bachelor in Business Economics


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Program Description

The BA (Hons) Business Economics degree at Lincoln has been designed to provide a theoretical understanding of the economic decisions faced by business in market economies, with a focus on a practical application within national and international settings.

This course aims to explore business, industrial, macroeconomic and international economic contexts from an economist’s analytic perspective. Students will have the opportunity to develop key skills in economics, finance and business.

The course combines topics in business and economics with the opportunity to develop the skills and problem-solving abilities that will be valuable in solving the multifaceted problems faced by today’s business managers.

This course is aimed at students who wish to study an economics degree, have not followed economics or mathematics at A-Level, or equivalent, and who are looking for a programme without a strong mathematics component.

How You Study

Business Economics combines the study of economics with a wide variety of business and finance-related topics. In the first year, the course covers basic economics and quantitative techniques combined with other functional business areas. In the second year, along with topics on fundamental econometrics and finance, an economic perspective is cast over industries and firms.

During the final year, students are able to choose optional modules drawn from business, finance and economics. Students have the opportunity to undertake a substantive independent research project on a topic of their choice, with guidance from their academic supervisor.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

In the first year, assessment is 45% coursework, 10% practical exams, and 45% written exams. In the second year, it is 64% coursework and 36% written exams. In the third year, it is 79% coursework, 4% practical exams, and 17% written exams.

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Assessment methods may include essays, examinations, oral presentations and practicals. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.


Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teachings and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BCC
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Read less