BA (Hons) Business / Economics

Want to lead businesses and understand the driving forces behind your decisions? Business and Economics gives you the complete picture.

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This course is now closed for applications for 2019 entry.

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Overview

Learn how organisations work in the real world. Explore what they do, how they compete, and why they succeed. Studying business, you’ll develop practical skills and a strategic mindset. 

With our combined degree you can do even more. With economics in the mix, you’ll look at how organisations allocate resources and make decisions. And you’ll discover how that impacts big topics like employment, the distribution of wealth, productivity and growth, government spending and international trade.

 

Applying theory to real-life situations

We run enterprise competitions and offer advice for budding entrepreneurs with our Innospace start-up incubator. And to hone your economics skills we provide leading financial software including Bloomberg and STATA. You’ll also have access to professionals from industry during guest lectures and placement opportunities.

The combination of business and economics gives you great analytical, evaluation, and problem-solving skills. Whether you want to start your own company or manage a global team in a major company, these two subjects can give you a great start to your career.

Features and Benefits

  • Business and economics experts – learn from world-class academics and leading professionals who are advisors to organisations like AJ Bell, the United Nations, UEFA and the World Trade Organization.
  • Study in Manchester– the city boasts one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and is home to big businesses and a thriving start-up scene.
  • Learn your own way – choose an equal split between business and economics, or focus on one subject more than the other.
  • Jump straight in - even if you haven’t studied economics or mathematics at A Level.
  • Add to your degree – complete an optional placement year in industry or study abroad at one of our partner universities across Europe, Asia or the USA.
  • Access Bloomberg and Stata - the leading software platforms used by global banks and institutions for data and analytics.
  • Test your skills in real-life scenarios - get involved in business start-up competitions and live consultancy projects.
  • Boost employability – develop your CV, attend key industry events and masterclasses and network with recruiting employers at our Professional Development Weeks.
Quote from related course: “The Business School has many opportunities to network with large companies, such as KPMG, Bupa and Aldi. It was quite eye opening to see what they were looking for in their management trainees.” Mardiyyah Islam, BA (Hons) Economics.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"We’re at the heart of shaping post-Brexit debates, economic development, sports governance, core cities, and devolution in Manchester and the North West.”

Professor Donna Lee, Director of Future Economics.

Career Prospects

Our business graduates have found jobs with companies like IBM, Credit Suisse, and BMW. Our economics graduates have found jobs with organisations like HM Treasury, PWC, and Office of National Statistics. And our joint honours students? With expertise in two subjects, you’ll have the best of both worlds.
 
You’ll develop a wide range of skills – from management to analytics. They’ll come in useful in sectors like banking, manufacturing, insurance, retail, and government.
 
If you have good language skills, you could build a career anywhere in the world. Our graduates are working across Europe, Asia, and South America. Or if you feel like being your own boss, why not start your own business or consultancy? You could also carry on studying with a postgraduate degree.

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“We teach a mainstream core curriculum in economics, international business; the impact of sports governance and the development of sport as a business.  But as a modern university, we go much beyond that…”
 
Listen to what Donna Lee, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Through the study of business-related units, you will be able to gain skills in different areas of business and make informed decisions about business strategy and operations. Your studies will draw on disciplines including business planning strategy, creative thinking, accounting and finance, human resources, leadership, marketing and data analysis.

Economics is concerned with how we use resources. Studying the economics units on this programme will develop your knowledge of the factors influencing how governments, companies, financial institutions and individuals invest and allocate their money. Economists evaluate and compare the costs and benefits of different courses of action, considering issues such as employment, the distribution of income and wealth, government spending, investment, productivity and growth, international trade and finance.

Combined Honours programmes offer students the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations. In the first year you will study each subject combination equally and the core units for year one are shown below.

Year 1

You will study two units from business and two units from economics equally. 

Business units: 

  • Dynamic Business Environments
  • Understanding and Managing People

Economics units: 

  • Micro/Macro Principles 1
  • Foundations of Quantitative Analysis in Economics and Finance

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Core Units

Understanding and Managing People

You will study key issues from four main themes: 1.Individuals and work 2. Groups and social interaction 3. The nature and context of understanding and managing people with work and behaviour in organisations and 4.Personal and professional development

Managing People in a Contemporary Economy

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the wider world of work. It introduces students to tools for analysing the external environment (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT etc.) in order for them to understand how social-economic factors influences organisational and HR strategies. It examines features of the contemporary economy such as labour markets, changes in workforce demographics, changing composition of the economy (rise in service and knowledge work, decline of manufacturing) and the global economy. It explores the implications of specific contexts of the contemporary economy for managing people; for example, service workers, knowledge workers, precarious workers, an international workforce, social care, and differences in public/private sector work.

Foundations of Quantitative Analysis in Economics and Finance

Quantitative methods allow analysts to express theories and concepts accurately and succinctly. Thus, in this unit, theories and scenarios will be described and their effects measured. It will include a review of mathematical principles, introduction to financial analysis, differentiation, economic and business applications, introduction to statistics, graphical analysis tools, introduction to probabilistic analysis, random variables and estimation, and bivariate analysis.

Micro/Macro Principles 1

This unit covers introductory theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The former covers theories of supply and demand, elasticity estimations and utility theories. The latter covers models such as the circular flow of income, the four sector Keynesian model and the Phillips Curve.

Units of study available in Year 2 of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of Economics units is informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor and, for some units, the grades you achieved in Year 1. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative Business options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Marketing and Operations
  • Managing People, Technologies and Organisations
  • Business Research Methods

Indicative Economics options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Microeconomics and Macroeconomics Principles
  • Current Issues in Economics

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

Business Management

Economics

For those on the four-year degree route, Year 3 will be spent on either placement or studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Those on the three-year full-time route will progress directly to their final year of study.

Units of study available in your final year of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of Economics units is informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative Business options available in Final Year may be: 

  • Global Strategy 

Indicative Economics options available in Final Year may be: 

  • Microeconomics and Macroeconomics Principles 3
  • Economic Policy Making

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

BA Business Management

BA Economics

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Placement options

We offer four-year placement and overseas study routes, where you have the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement or studying overseas, after which you will return to study for your final year. You can make a decision on whether to follow this route at the end of your first year of study.

Department of People and Performance

Our People and Performance Department brings together industry leading professionals and academics with specialisms in strategy, innovation, enterprise, human resource management, entrepreneurship and sports management.

The department provides academic leadership for a broad undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, providing real-life business expertise underpinned by cutting-edge business management theory.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

Money Matters

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How to apply

This course is no longer available through clearing.

Check out our undergraduate prospectus to find a list of other courses we have available.

Check out our Clearing section to find a full list of courses we have available.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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