Business Economics, BA Hons

  • According to the Economist, we are one of three universities leading the way in keeping economics degrees relevant
  • Enhance data-handling skills through free Reuter Certification and OANDA trading platforms
  • Study a degree ranked first in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017).



You will study courses in quantitative methods, professional practice, economic history and managerial economics in this highly regarded programme.

A range of optional courses will enable you to tailor the programme to your own particular interests. You will gain practical skills in investigation, information management and presentation, and transferable skills in analysis, decision making and communication, all of which are highly valued by employers.

You will work on an extended project in your final year and have the option to undertake a work placement to help develop core skills.

Our academics adopt a real-world approach to the teaching of economics to prepare you for your career. Sara Gorgoni, in our economics department was interviewed by the BBC about how universities are rethinking the way they teach economics to offer more practical classes.

We have had many guest economics experts:

  • Ha-Joon Chang, Economist and author, University of Cambridge
  • John McDonell MP
  • Massimo D'Alema, Former Prime Minister of Italy and President of FEPS
  • Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Minister – Treasury
  • Markus Berndt, Head of Division at the European Investment Bank
  • Keir Starmer MP.


Our economics programmes were ranked:

  • First in London for student satisfaction in both the Guardian University Guide 2016 and the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

According to the Economist, we are one of only three UK universities taking a broader approach to economics. We are leading the way in which the subject is taught, and are considered a leading model by many universities.

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide expertise and training in the principles of economics and their application appropriate for students of business economics
  • To provide students with an understanding of international businesses and the challenges in global economic governance.

Degree re-structure

This degree is currently being restructured in collaboration with employers, professional bodies and student feedback. This ensures we develop degrees that are aligned with latest industry trends and gives you the opportunity for subject specialisms. (This is standard UK practice across institutions).

The degree structure and courses listed will be updated once these are confirmed.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels. No more than 12 points should come from AS-levels. 

GCSE English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C are required.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education
  • Access courses
  • Level 2 alternatives like Functional Skills and Key Skills for English and mathematics.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test. 

Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 5 or 5.5 can study our pre-sessional English language programme prior to degree studies.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

Direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 is available for qualified applicants.

We welcome applications from mature students.

What people say

"I will remember the warm and friendly atmosphere from both the students and the staff. But mostly the variety of cultures I came across. My three years at Greenwich were very exciting, full of interesting new experiences and people."

Raissa Sawane (Cote d'Ivoire)   
BA Hons Business Economics graduate

Extra information


 Students are assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Seminar presentations
  • A project.

You can also access online electronic journals and database (ORBIS, Thomson One, Datastream, FDI Markets). Your data-handling skills will be enhanced through acquiring the free Reuter Certification offered by Thomsons-Reuters to Reuters Datastream practitioners, by a simple test.

There is an opportunity to be trained in using OANDA trading platforms and helping to boost your career prospects.

Professional recognition

Exemptions from some examinations of professional bodies.

Students who complete the sandwich year (work placement) may gain an additional qualification, the Diploma of Professional Experience (DPE).


Graduates from this programme may pursue employment opportunities in accounting, financial services, the City market sector, advertising, insurance, journalism, the civil service or education.

Work placement

The Business School has a dedicated Employability Office to assist students in securing a placement during their sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies they also offer a range of internships, mentoring schemes and networking opportunities.

Previous university students have secured placement years at Microsoft, FTI Consulting, Sandals Resort International, IBM and Northern Trust.


We have strong connections with companies in Canary Wharf, one of the UK's financial centres. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to start your career.

You will connect with employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Team who focus on developing your employment skills. They also provide you with CV support and will invite you to employment fairs to network with employers and recruiters from industries. The team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

We are actively improving job prospects for graduates through the support we provide. According to survey findings, 93 per cent of 2014/15 Greenwich graduates looking for work were already in jobs or further study by January 2016.

Experience abroad

You can participate in the Erasmus+ international exchange programme. This will help improve your language skills and give you experience of living and working in another country. The Erasmus+ Scheme provides a grant towards the cost of studying abroad for a year. 

Extracurricular activities

Our Greenwich Employability Passport scheme recognises and rewards your participation in additional activities such as part-time work, volunteering, student societies or industry guest lectures.

We will also encourage you to join societies such as Trading and Investment and take part in competitions like the UK Trading Challenge. We are proud that our team of first year Greenwich students won the competition, beating teams from many other universities. 

The Economics and Business Society provides an additional forum for you to meet and discuss current trends with faculty and guest speakers. Our Pluralism in Economics Society aims to get you more involved in economic debate and develop your critical thinking when discussing economics.

Business start-up

You will be encouraged to enter the university's Enterprise Challenge which rewards student entrepreneurship and innovation. Previous winners received a prize of £5,000 for their idea of developing an enterprise and study hub.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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