Economics with Banking, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

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3 years full time

6 years part time

4 years sandwich programme



Course structure

This innovative economics degree has been designed to take a broader approach to economics and to enable students to confidently apply economic theory to the world.

This degree will give you a rigorous grounding in economic theory, as well as solid training in quantitative subjects. You will also have the opportunity to gain subject-specific knowledge of the behaviour and practice of banks, international regulation and finance, and the place of financial systems in microeconomics. 

You will study courses in micro and macroeconomics, global banking and finance, economic history, and monetary economics. Other subjects include applied econometrics and quantitative methods. You will also undertake a project in economics and international business.

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.

Expert speakers

We have had many guest economics experts:

  • Ha-Joon Chang, Economist and author, University of Cambridge
  • John McDonnell 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.


The aims of this degree are:

  • To provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of actual economies and to underpin this with techniques in economic analysis using mathematical and econometric models and economic data
  • To provide subject specific knowledge of behaviour and practice of banks, other financial intermediaries and the place of the financial system in the economy
  • To provide you with the ability to understand the major debates in monetary economics.


Our economics subjects are ranked:

  • Top 5 for student satisfaction in London (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Top 5 for student satisfaction and graduate prospects in London (Complete University Guide 2018).

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.

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 the 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:

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

GCSE mathematics with a minimum of grade B and English language 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

"Like Kai Liu, I am proud to walk through these buildings on a daily basis, feeling that I am connecting to my roots and being part of the continuous history of cross-cultural exchange between the UK and China."

Feng Zhang 
Economist. Researcher. Cultural ambassador.

"From university I have gained valuable knowledge that is going to determine my future life. I have good friends and I have become a better person in the sense of presenting myself and talking to people."

Aicha Sam (Ivory Coast)    
BSc Hons Economics with Banking graduate

"It was nice to know that what I'm actually doing and the career I want to take, I'm actually good at it."

Colin Stevens    
BSc Hons Economics with Banking 

"I think the University of Greenwich really teaches economics in a completely different way from any other university."

Vince Taddeo   
BSc Hons Economics with Banking

Extra information


Students are assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Take-home tests
  • Oral presentation
  • Portfolio assignments
  • Coursework.

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.


Graduates in economics with banking can pursue a range of entry-level jobs in banking, finance, insurance, stock markets, sales and marketing. You can begin your career with government enterprises, public undertakings, investment firms, education, advertising, commercial management and research, business journals and newspapers.

Outstanding alumni careers: Feng Zhang - Economist. Researcher. Cultural ambassador.

Work placement

You can gain the insight and practical skills that employers seek in graduates. Our Employability Office will assist you in securing a placement before the sandwich year. Working with over 200 companies, our team also offer a range of mentoring schemes and networking opportunities. Previous university students have secured placements at IBM and Northern Trust.

The sandwich year (work placement) will appear as a 30 credit course on your Diploma if completed successfully.


In addition to a placement, you can also do internships during your summer breaks. These will appear on your graduate diploma, showcasing your experience to employers.

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. 


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.

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 encourage you to join societies such as Trading and Investment and take part in student 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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