BSc (Hons)

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3-4 years

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Course Overview

Employment, inflation, house prices, wealth, and poverty affect us all in different and dynamic ways, and the key to understanding why often lies in economics.

BSc (Hons) Economics aims to equip students with the tools and frameworks to analyse economic issues, as well as the skills necessary to explore and explain new trends as they emerge in the current dynamic economic environment.

Fundamental to the study of the subject is a commitment to fostering respect for good academic practice and standards. We encourage students to develop the confidence to challenge established wisdom.

Why Choose Lincoln?

Subject ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction*

Hands-on experience during a work placement year

Access to industry-standard Bloomberg Terminal

Real-world experience of the Stock Exchange

Tailor your degree with a range of optional modules

*Guardian University Guide 2023 (out of 75 ranking institutions)

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How You Study

Teaching on this programme reflects the research expertise of academic staff and enables students to tailor their learning in line with interests and career aspirations.

The first year of this course introduces students to core micro, macro and international economics. There are modules in econometric analysis that aim to help students develop expertise in the statistical techniques used to analyse and interpret economic data.

Intermediate micro and macroeconomics are studied in the second year and are prerequisites for the advanced modules that are covered in year three.

A range of optional modules are also available in the second and third years.

This course offers the option to take a year-long work placement after the second year of study. This provides the opportunity to gain experience and apply learning in practice. Students are expected to source their own placement, and tutors can provide support during the process if required. Those who choose to undertake a placement do not pay tuition fees for that year, but must cover their own travel, accommodation, and living costs.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Introduction to Accountancy 2024-25ACC1109MLevel 42024-25This module aims to introduce students to the nature and mechanics of financial information. This is done in a manner which encourages a critical reflection upon the construction and uses of such information. Fundamental accounting concepts are considered and their application in the maintenance of the ledgers and preparation of financial statements. In particular, students can be introduced to the detail of double entry book keeping and the associated financial reports of sole traders, partnerships, limited companies (including those in a manufacturing environment) and simple not for profit organisations. This is an accredited module which can improve students’ chances of gaining professional qualifications and hence improve chances of employability.CoreIntroduction to Finance (Applied) 2024-25ACC1110Level 42024-25This module introduces students to the skills which will be required in the financial industry and those which will be developed as students progress to advanced levels of their studies. This is done in a manner which encourages a critical reflection upon the construction and uses of such information. Both management and financial accounting are considered. The module aims to develop students' ability to produce and understand financial statements and the role of financial information for a variety of possible users and explore the different, often conflicting, needs of these groups. These skills are highly sought after by employers.CoreMathematics for Economics and Finance 2024-25ECO1002MLevel 42024-25It is impossible to read or practice modern economics without an understanding of mathematics and the mathematical methods applied in the literature. The purpose of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to further develop an understanding of mathematical methods and to enable them to use mathematics in a series of economics applications.CorePrinciples of Economics 2024-25ECO1003MLevel 42024-25This module aims to provides the non-Economist with with an amalgam of economic theory and contemporary comment which prepares them for a further study in economics. There is a grounding in basic tools and concepts. It provides ideas about labour markets and market structure, the market, inflation and deflation, growth and stagnation, and balance of payment issues and exchange rates.CoreStatistics for Finance and Economics 2024-25ECO1028MLevel 42024-25Statistics for Finance and Economics aims to develop an appreciation and understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in the application of statistical methods in business decision making. It supports students’ preparation for using econometrics software/ packages (Excel and Stata) that are essential for students who wish to pursue further studies or a professional career in economics, finance, or related fields.CoreLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Year 1 2024-25FIN1014MLevel 42024-25Initiated from 2015 and officially founded in 2018, the LSMIF is set up with a structure similar to any other professionally run fund management company with students running every aspect of the fund, from CEO to analyst. It is one of only few of this kind in the United Kingdom. The fund uses money raised from donors to invest in shares of companies listed on London Stock Exchange. It is organized, run and managed the same way as an investment company in the real world. The fund has got sponsorship and advisory support from UK leading wealth management companies such as Brewin Dolphin and Mattioli Woods with senior officers from them joining the Board of Advisors. This fund gives students the opportunity to work as analysts, investment managers, CFO, CIO, CEO etc. Students also have the chances to meet, discuss and learn from experts in the field in Quarterly Investment Committee Meetings series. Students are given additional training relating to their works.OptionalFundamentals of Econometrics 2025-26ECO2003MLevel 52025-26This module is designed to introduce the principles and methods for statistical and econometric modeling. It provides students with the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills of using econometrics software packages that are essential for students who wish to pursue further studies or a professional career in economics, finance or related disciplines. Real-world data can be used in this module to help students to develop problem-solving skills.CoreHistory of Economic Thought 2025-26ECO2007MLevel 52025-26The module is designed to provide an overview of the development of political economy and its evolution into the subject of economics from the 18th Century onward. It seeks to introduce key figures in the history of economics and their classic texts, and through giving students an opportunity to develop an understanding of the historical contexts in which they developed their ideas, aims to enable the concepts and models used in other economics modules to be analysed more thoroughly.CoreIntermediate Macroeconomics 2025-26ECO2004MLevel 52025-26The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of macroeconomic theory and macroeconomic policies which are crucial for efficient functioning of an economy. Students have the chance to examine thoroughly macroeconomic theories and policies of a market economy in both closed and open economy contexts. In order to conceptualise at the level of the macroeconomy, this course provides students with the opportunity to develop the tools of modern macroeconomic theory in the context of the global economy and aims to explain the determination of aggregate output; of employment and prices; the tools of monetary and fiscal policy used by governments to fight inflation and unemployment and to promote growth in the economy.CoreIntermediate Microeconomics 2025-26ECO2005MLevel 52025-26The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to develop a theoretical underpinning for the final level economics modules. The module examines the theory of the consumer behaviour, the theory of the firm, and the action of firms in differing market structures. The module ends with an analysis of general equilibrium. The module emphasises the use of diagrams and reasoning in the analysis of microeconomic problems and solutions that affects consumers, producers and policy-makers.CoreInternational Economics 2025-26ECO2006MLevel 52025-26This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge of the gains to be made from trading internationally. It focuses also on the gains to be made from economic integration and the globalisation process. The module also seeks to examine the main patterns of trade and exchange and aims to demonstrate how free trade can be influenced by government and the future risks of protectionism.CoreCompetition and Regulation 2025-26ECO2103MLevel 52025-26This module explores some key areas of microeconomic policy for business. At its heart it is a consideration of competition theory and industrial structure. This informs the analysis of competition policy in sectors, such as telecoms and airlines. This is extended to a consideration of injecting competition into the state sector. Other areas of state intervention are explored where activities are taxes; prices are regulated; or industry is incentivised to relocate. Throughout, concepts and applications are made relevant to real world examples.OptionalContemporary Issues in Banking 2025-26FIN2138MLevel 52025-26In the last couple of decades the banking industry was at the heart of dramatic changes, including deregulation, financial innovation and globalization. This module is designed to examine these developments and their effects on the banking sector. The module continues by providing students with the opportunity to analyse contemporary issues in banking that emerged as responses to these global developments. These issues include the provision of credit and in particular credit rationing, securitization of debt, and competition and mergers in the banking sector.OptionalFinancial Markets and Institutions 2025-26FIN2139MLevel 52025-26This module is designed to make students aware of international financial markets and institutions. The need for financial markets and institutions is the underlying scope of the module and students have the opportunity to investigate this importance for their own countries.OptionalLIBS International Year Abroad 2025-26MGT2286MLevel 52025-26Lincoln International Business School (LIBS) believes that an option to study overseas is a valuable educational opportunity for our students. The optional year is intended to: - enable students to benefit from studying similar subjects within a cross cultural environment, by exposing students to a wider academic and cultural experience; - facilitate reflexivity in learning and personal and professional development; - enhance their future employment opportunities by increasing their cultural and professional mobility. This module is optional for all taught on campus undergraduate students within Lincoln International Business School. Study Abroad is a year long module which enables students to spend time studying abroad at one of the University's approved partner institutions. During the year spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. As many partner institutions support internships it is anticipated that some students will elect to combine study (minimum one semester equivalent) with work and or a period of volunteering. Eligible students must have completed their second year of study to a satisfactory standard (normally with an average of a 2.2 or above, dependent upon partner requirements) standard and successfully completed the application process. Upon completion of the study period abroad, each student will be required to submit a portfolio including a reflection on the experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.OptionalLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Year 2 2025-26FIN2146MLevel 52025-26The LSMIF will be designed to provide students with the essential knowledge on the following main knowledge blocks - at intermediate level for Year 2: - How stock markets work and how to read financial data - Valuation techniques including cash flow projections, dividend growth modelling, and comparative analysis. - Market timing and technical analysis. - Asset allocation optimization - Quarterly investment committee meetings with experts from the industry. - Investment discussion meetings.OptionalProfessional Practice 2025-26MGT2037MLevel 52025-26This module is aimed at those students who have decided to take a year out of formal studies to gain accredited work experience and are registered on a degree programme with an accredited professional practice element. The Professional Practice Year aims to give students a continuous experience of full-time work within an organisation. It should be a three way co-operative activity between employer, student and University from which all parties benefit. Students can choose to pursue a variety of options including a placement year, a consultancy project or a work-based dissertation. Potential costs relating to this module are outlined in the Features tab.OptionalAdvanced Macroeconomics 2026-27ECO3010MLevel 62026-27This module aims to provide students with the baseline models and methods in modern macroeconomics necessary for advanced analysis. Skills can be developed in analysing major macroeconomic theories and their policy implications.CoreAdvanced Microeconomics 2026-27ECO3011MLevel 62026-27This module aims to provide students with more analytical and critical treatment of the topics than intermediate microeconomics. Using advanced techniques, including mathematical analysis, models are developed to explain the behaviour of individual economic agents in competitive and other types of markets.CoreEconometrics: Cross-sectional and Panel Data 2026-27ECO3203MLevel 62026-27Econometrics: Cross-sectional and Panel Data builds on Fundamentals of Econometrics and looks at further and advanced topics in econometric analysis. The module aims to further students' econometric modelling skills by using real-world empirical applications in the fields related to economics, finance, and rural and urban economics. The topics covered will reflect the development of contemporary applied econometrics. These topics include cross-sectional and panel data regression, instrumental variables regression, experiments and quasi-experiments, and discrete choice model.CoreEconometrics: Time Series Data  2026-27ECO3204MLevel 62026-27Econometrics: Time Series Data seeks to provide an understanding of recent advances in econometrics for testing theories in economics and finance. It can provide technical skills necessary to pursue a wide range of empirical research in economics and finance and offer the opportunity to develop some advanced time series skills.CoreEconomic Policy Analysis 2026-27ECO3004MLevel 62026-27This module provides students with an opportunity to explore the way in which economic theory and evidence can be used to analyse policy issues. The process by which economic policy is made given the choices that are available can be explored. The module aims to make students aware of the difficulties that the policy diviner faces when seeking to forge acceptable trade-offs in a world of diverse, competing interests.CoreIndependent Study and Research Design (Econ) 2026-27ECO3205MLevel 62026-27Independent Study provides an opportunity for students to undertake a piece of original research that broadens and deepens the application of digital skills and extend their knowledge base independently. From this basis a specialty or expertise in economics could emerge that could be extended with further skills and knowledge over time. It is an extended piece of work that entails the expression of thought and creativity and the application of analytical skills and critical reasoning.CoreBehavioural Finance and Economics 2026-27ECO3003MLevel 62026-27This module aims to widen the concepts and motivations in understanding the economic activities of agents, and develops an appreciation of why these are different from standard/neo-classical economics. The module draws on the recent research from the area of behavioural finance, biology and psychology to present a foundation, upon which to build a more critical understanding of the rational economics foundations. The module covers alternative modus operandi for economic interactions, such as Prospect Theory and other models. The module investigates situations and the assumptions about behaviour which gives rise to certain behavioural biases, which constitute observable phenomena. These are then generalised to the “probable effects” on markets.OptionalEuropean Economies and European Integration 2026-27ECO3013MLevel 62026-27European Economies and European Integration firstly looks at the historical development of European economies. It then focuses on the history and development of European institutions. The later part of the module focuses on policy issues. These include trade liberalisation, migration and labour, the budget, agricultural reform, regional policy, currency union and establishing a common commercial policy. The final section includes fiscal policy, improving competitiveness, enlargement and transition economies.OptionalHousing Economics 2026-27ECO3008MLevel 62026-27Housing Economics is designed to complement other spatially oriented modules to provide an economic analysis of housing markets. It explores the nature of housing economics with an emphasis on regional and local house prices. The constraints on the first time buyer; consumption; and construction will feature. The module discusses various aspects of the ripple effect such as space, quality and vintage.OptionalLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Year 3 2026-27FIN3035MLevel 62026-27Initiated from 2015 and officially founded in 2018, the LSMIF is set up with a structure similar to any other professionally run fund management company with students running every aspect of the fund, from CEO to analyst. It is one of only few of this kind in the United Kingdom. The fund uses money raised from donors to invest in shares of companies listed on London Stock Exchange. It is organized, run and managed the same way as an investment company in the real world. The fund has got sponsorship and advisory support from UK leading wealth management companies such as Brewin Dolphin and Mattioli Woods with senior officers from them joining the Board of Advisors. This fund gives students the opportunity to work as analysts, investment managers, CFO, CIO, CEO etc. Students also have the chances to meet, discuss and learn from experts in the field in Quarterly Investment Committee Meetings series. Students are given additional training relating to their works.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

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.

Work Placement Year

All full-time students on this course have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement after the second year. A work placement can allow students to gain valuable experience and apply their learning in practice. Students are expected to source their own placements and tutors can provide support and advice during this process if required.

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.

Broaden Your Horizons

Lincoln International Business School students can expand their horizons, visit our partner universities, and see international business in action by joining funded international trips to exciting overseas destinations. Places are awarded competitively to eligible students each academic year.

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Student Managed Investment Fund

Lincoln International Business School offers the Student Managed Investment Fund (LSMIF), which is an investment fund created, operated, and maintained by students within the school, with everything running within the real-world environment of finance.

One of only a handful of its kind in the UK, students will be managing real money with the objective of making positive returns while managing risk. Industry veteran and long-time lecturer Hao Quach can help support the students throughout, utilising his years of experience in all aspects of investment banking and 20 years teaching in many countries.

Trading Simulation Event

Students on the programme are given the opportunity to practise real-life trading at a simulation event. During the event, delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading, you get the chance to understand and experience different roles and practices within the trading sector, such as buyers, investors, asset managers, and hedge funds.

Bloomberg Terminal

Students can use our Bloomberg Terminal, which is designed to help industry professionals make better-informed investment decisions by offering the latest market news along with historical data and an international network to communicate securely and reliably. Bloomberg offers a practical resource for students to reinforce the theories they learn in lectures, and enable them to become familiar with the tools used by today’s financial services professionals.

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What Can I Do with an Economics Degree?

Our BSc (Hons) Economics gives students the opportunity to develop the research, analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills relevant to roles in market-focused areas such as forecasting, financial analysis, banking, insurance and accountancy. Opportunities can exist in management, as a professional economist, in government departments or financial services. Some students go on to postgraduate study.

The course built upon more complex ideas and introduced me to new and interesting fields within economics. All of the lecturers really care about the course and their students.

Working in Partnership

Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.

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Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

128 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

A Level: ABB

International Baccalaureate: 32 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Distinction

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs to include a grade 6 in Maths, a 4 in English and one further GCSE graded at 4 or above. Equivalent Level 2 Maths qualifications are not accepted.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We will 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.


Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

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The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at Lincoln is to join us for one of our Open Days. Visiting us in person is important and will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.

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