Bachelor in Economics and Finance


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Program Description

The BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance degree at Lincoln offers a combination of core economics and finance topics enabling students to develop into economists with a specialism. The programme aims to equip students with the skills to analyse financial and economic events and their impact on markets.

During the Economics and Finance programme, students have the opportunity to gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the economy and the crucial role played by the financial sector globally. Teaching introduces advanced financial techniques, including pricing and portfolio management.

Students are supported to develop high-level advanced analytical skills that are valued in the business and financial sectors for decision making, portfolio planning, risk management and working within financial markets.

The programme is available as either a three-year BSc degree or a four-year MEcon. The fourth year of MEcon includes the opportunity to undertake a substantive research project in an area of particular interest. Continuation on to the MEcon is dependent upon students fulfilling the progression requirements.

How You Study

This course covers topics such as macro and microeconomics, financial management and econometrics. Teaching explores how financial management decisions can improve the performance and efficiency of organisations, and how capital markets operate both theoretically and behaviourally.

Students can learn how to interpret financial information, manipulate data using statistical software packages and analyse contemporary economic issues.

Students have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement after the second year. Work placement can allow students to gain valuable experience and apply their learning in practice. Please note that students who choose to undertake a work placement do not pay tuition fees for that year, but are required to cover their travel, accommodation and general living costs.

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

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.


This course is taught in the David Chiddick Building, which is based in our city-centre campus. It provides students with dedicated teaching and learning spaces and comprises lecture theatres, workshop rooms, IT laboratories and a café. Software including Stata, EViews and SPSS is available for students to use, as well as Datastream, the source of financial and economic data, and

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 to include a grade 5 (B) in Maths, a 4 (C) in English and one further GCSE graded at 4 (C) or above. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may 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