Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Economics with Law

Do you aspire to become an expert in economics? Modern economics is an exciting and challenging subject which, explores the production, distribution and consumption of wealth and resources. You’ll cover topics including financial markets, globalisation, international and local trade, consumption and the way government and international policies influence these processes. You’ll also develop your legal skills, studying the English legal system and method as well as law in context.

Your law minor means you’ll be eligible for entry into our Graduate Diploma in Law programme, enabling you to convert your degree to a 'qualifying' law degree. You will also have the opportunity to apply your skills in a work environment by taking our optional four year degree course, which contains an industrial placement, working full-time for a public or private sector organisation.

Key features

  • Feel confident and be inspired by a course rated 16th out of 70 in the Guardian League Tables 2013. Our Plymouth Business School was shortlisted for Business School of the Year 2012 in the annual Times Higher Education Awards.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of economics and acquire key analytical and numerical skills. All named awards share a common core syllabus, which stresses the integration of theory and evidence in economic analysis and research.
  • Your Law minor means you’ll be eligible for entry into our Graduate Diploma in Law programme, enabling you to convert your degree to a 'qualifying' law degree. You’ll have a choice of legal subjects including contract, property law, constitutional law, European law, and media and information law. 
  • Tailor your degree to match your interests and your career goals, by studying economics alongside other subjects including business, social sciences and languages.
  • Apply your skills in a work environment by taking our optional four year degree course, which contains an industrial placement, working full-time for a public or private sector organisation.
  • Engage with current and past economic students with our Economics Society. Hear talks from visiting academics and professional economists and find out what our graduates are up to now. The Economics Society also awards a graduation prize for best academic paper in the final year.
  • Money matters - a number of scholarships are available if you decide to study an economics degree. For further details visit the economics pages. 
  • Think sustainably – in your final year you may choose to take Environmental and Resource Economics and analyse the issue of environmental and resource scarcity and the possible policy responses to market failure. 
  • Open doors to a wide range of career roles including industry economist, financial risk analyst, credit analyst and chartered accountant. Our accomplished and analytically-adept graduates are snapped up for high-flying and varied careers with KPMG, HM Treasury, Ernst and Young, and other private and public sector organisations. Our postgraduate programmes draw many students back to continue their learning.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll explore the world of economics and learn how to interpret economic data. You’ll build up a range of principles and theories and develop quantitative methods and study skills that will provide a firm foundation for further studies. You’ll also be introduced to the key areas of law and gain an understanding of the English, EU and international legal systems, and examine law in context to understand its relationship with other areas of study.
    Core modules
    • ECN1001PP Introduction to Business and Financial Economics

      The module provides an introduction to the subject of business and financial economics it combines an understanding of theory and frameworks with the practical skills necessary to apply acquired knowledge to a business, industrial or financial context.

    • ECN1005 Contemporary Economics

      This module provides an introduction to selected contemporary economic topics and the basic tools of economic reasoning.

    • ECN1011 Principles of Economics A

      This module provides an introduction to the theories and concepts of modern microeconomics and mathematical techniques, and applies them to a range of contemporary issues.

    • ECN1012 Principles of Economics B

      This module provides an introduction to the theories and concepts of modern macroeconomics and statistical techniques, and applies them to a range of contemporary issues.

    • LAW1219 Legal Studies (Law Minor)

      This module focuses on providing an overview of key substantive areas of law with the integration of the development of legal problem solving skills for students on the Law Minor programmes.

    • LAW1220 Introduction to Law (Law Minor)

      This module focuses on providing an overview on the skills necessary to study law; of the English, EU and International legal systems; and of key substantive areas of law with the integration of the development of legal problem solving skills for students on the Law Minor programmes.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll build on the core syllabus of the first year, and develop your knowledge of theories and methods that are central to modern economic analysis. You’ll study micro and macro economics in depth and improve your quantitative skills with econometrics. You’ll also have a choice of law modules including consumer law, media and information law, tort and human rights.
    Core modules
    • ECN2005 Econometrics

      This module provides an introduction to basic econometric techniques with an emphasis upon learning through practical investigation and experimentation.

    • ECN2006 Microeconomics

      This module develops concepts and theories of microeconomics analysis at an intermediate level and applies them to a range of contemporary issues.

    • ECN2012 Macroeconomics

      This module develops concepts and theories of microeconomic analysis at an intermediate level and applies them to the analysis of real world issues of macroeconomic stability, growth and government policy.

    • EPIE200 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    Optional modules
    • ECN2008B Contemporary Business Economics

      This module develops and applies concepts of economics and industrial organization to the analysis of the behaviour of firms, industries and markets.

    • ECN2009 Economic Perspectives

      This module provides an introduction to the philosophy of science and considers economics within that context. The course introduces the different schools of thought within economics and examines different methodological approaches used within the social sciences, with a core focus on those used by economists.

    • ECN2011 Financial Economics

      This module provides an introduction to financial economics. The course considers theory, empirical evidence and practical application.

    • LAW2215 Environmental Law

      The module provides an examination of key themes in environmental law, with a focus on the generation, application and enforcement of this law within a critical and applied context.

    • LAW2216 Human Rights Law

      This module focuses on the law relating to human rights with reference to national, regional and international law principles. It examines the development and scope of fundamental rights in both theory and practice, and the legitimate limits and restrictions on rights in the interests of balancing conflicting interests in democratic societies.

    • LAW2218 Family Law

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • LAW2219 Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law

      This module focuses on the key and topical issues in Immigration, Nationality and Refugee law in the UK. The UK¿s system of immigration control is fully considered and there is some emphasis on the application of decision making to those entering the UK both for immigration purposes and as refugees. There is consideration of the global and European context and of the influence of policy, politics and the media in the field.

    • LAW2220 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW2226 Tort Law (Law Minor)

      A module for Law Minor students introducing principles and concepts of tort law and examining the principles involved in a number of selected torts. The Law of Tort is concerned with the creation and imposition of civil rights obligations on people generally. It is focused on the legal protection of a number of key rights, such as the right to bodily integrity, reputation, enjoyment of property and privacy amongst others.

    • LAW2229 Jurisprudence: law, society and justice

      This module follows jurisprudential inquiries into themes and topics relating to the concept of law and the intersection between law and society. It analyses key ideas and theories on the development of legal concepts and regulatory frameworks. It adopts a broad range of theoretical perspectives from sociology, cultural studies and economics to examine the phenomenon of law, providing a platform for developing rich interdisciplinary discussion and reflection.

  • Optional placement year
  • Get paid for hands-on work experience and develop your economic flair during our optional industrial placement. We'll support you to find the most suitable private or public sector placement. With the guidance of your host organisation, plus support from academic staff on your course, this provides an extremely valuable opportunity to apply and deepen your knowledge and to develop a range of skills that will be invaluable to your future career.
    Core modules
    • EPIE300 Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation.

    • EPIE301 The Placement Project

      This module requires students to produce a project relating to their placement experience.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll research a dedicated honours project on a subject of your choice. You’ll learn more about the global economy and specialise in business, finance or economics topics of your choice. You can study a number of economics topics including economics of renewable energies in the UK and issues relating to environmental and economic sustainability. Law options include criminal law, media and information law, environmental law, and business regulation and corporate governance.
    Core modules
    • ECN3017 International Economics

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and capital markets.

    • ECN3020 Economics Project

      This module allows students to undertake supervised economic research in an area of interest to them using quantitative or qualitative research methods.

    Optional modules
    • ECN3018 Economic Growth and Development

      This module covers issues in economic growth and development. The focus is on studying the proximate (i.e. factors accumulation and productivity) and the fundamental (i.e. institutions, culture, geography and climate) determinants of economic growth.

    • ECN3019 Games and Strategy

      This module develops and explores ideas in game theory, and applies them to the analysis of a range of contemporary economic, business, political and social problems.

    • HRL308 Gender at Work

      This module will explore the gendered nature of work and employment and the competing theoretical perspectives which attempt to explain the differential labour market outcomes for women and men. Gender also impacts significantly upon our experiences of organisational life, consequently this module will focus on organisations and the way in which their environments, processes and practices systematically and informally work to produce gendered identities and gender inequities.

    • LAW3229 Environmental Law

      The module provides an examination of key themes in environmental law, with a focus on the generation, application and enforcement of this law within a critical and applied context.

    • LAW3230 Family Law

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • LAW3231 Criminal Law (Law Minor)

      This module provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of criminal law for Law Minors, including an introduction to modes of participation, and detailed analysis of selected offences and defences.

    • LAW3233 Commercial Law

      In outline this module covers elements of commercial law, trading, commercial relations and practice. It includes aspects of commercial transactions, agency, regulation enforcement and remedies.

    • LAW3235 Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law

      This module focuses on the key and topical issues in Immigration, Nationality and Refugee law in the UK. The UK¿s system of immigration control is fully considered and there is some emphasis on the application of decision making to those entering the UK both for immigration purposes and as refugees. There is consideration of the global and European context and of the influence of policy, politics and the media in the field.

    • LAW3238 Sex, Power and Legal Control

      This module examines how law and society controls and regulates sexual behaviour and conduct and why and how it criminalises and punishes certain activities and sexual expression. In particular it will focus on the enactment and implementation of laws relating to sexual autonomy and sex crime and examine how these are practically operationalized within the criminal justice process. Within this context the impact upon those affected by such legal regulation is also examined.

    • LAW3239 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW3244 Jurisprudence: law, society and justice

      This module follows jurisprudential inquiries into themes and topics relating to the concept of law and the intersection between law and society. It analyses key ideas and theories on the development of legal concepts and regulatory frameworks. It adopts a broad range of theoretical perspectives from sociology, cultural studies and economics to examine the phenomenon of law, providing a platform for developing rich interdisciplinary discussion and reflection.

    • LAW3248 Law, Literature and the Screen

    • MAR321 Carriage of Goods by Sea

      The study of the law relating to charterparties and bill of lading contracts, and liability for pollution.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Economics programme specification 3261

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104

A levels

Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies.

BTEC

18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject 

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application. 

Access

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction

GCSE

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above. 

International Baccalaureate 

26 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.

Other

14-19 Diplomas are accepted – please enquire. 

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Learn more about foundation years with the Faculty of Business.

English language requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Law

Are you ready to make your mark? From national competitions to High Court appeals and community projects, our students are prepared for a career in the legal profession and beyond.

With strong public and private sector connections, our degree will ground you in the fundamentals of law.

View the LLB (Hons) Law course page for more information.

William Wai Yip Au Yeung, BSc (Hons) Economics graduate, with the Business School team who made it to the semi-finals of the IBM Business Challenge.

William Wai Yip Au Yeung, BSc (Hons) Economics graduate

Entering the IBM business challenge was a great way to network and develop existing skills such as my analytical and business acumen skill sets. We got the opportunity to meet a large assortment of people and really put our current knowledge to good use.

“The lecturers were great, very informal and informative. I really liked behavioural economics covering topics. Challenging yet satisfying!”

Find out more about what William has to say about the course

Careers in economics

Competition for graduate jobs is fierce. The combination of academic excellence and practical knowledge we encourage on this course will help you stand out when it comes to entering the world of work.

Our students graduate ready to take on all sorts of finance and economics roles – from industry economist to financial risk analyst.

Where could you go with economics at Plymouth?

The Economics Society

Run jointly by staff and students, the Economics Society organises a range of events from field trips and social evenings to talks from visiting academics, professional economists and Plymouth graduates.

Come together with current and past economics students in social, academic and professional contexts.

Visit the Economics Society Facebook page to find out more

Plymouth Business School partnership with CMI

Chartered Management Institute membership for PBS students

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership, being at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking. Plymouth Business School engages in a partnership with CMI to offer students free membership, enabling them to use ManagementDirect - the online multimedia knowledge base providing instant answers to every managerial challenge you can think of.

Find out more about our partnership and how to join CMI

Meet some of our staff

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies

Faculty of Business Potential High Achievers Scheme

We recognise that our students are the future business leaders of the world. We know that our applicants will thrive in this environment, and we want to ensure our best applicants believe in this.

We will be contacting applicants who are not only on course to achieve top marks but who have an outstanding personal statement. 

As recognition of the potential we think an applicant has we will then change their offer to unconditional. Your place at the University of Plymouth will then be confirmed and you can go ahead and make arrangements for your accommodation and move to Plymouth in September.

Find out all the details

Looking for foundation level entry to Business courses?

The following foundation level programmes are currently being updated for a 2019/20 start:

  • BA Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year
  • BSc Business Management (2 year fast track and 3 year programme) with Foundation Year
  • BSc Economics with Foundation Year
  • BSc Events Management with Foundation Year
  • BSc Marketing with Foundation Year
  • BSc Maritime Business and Logistics with Foundation Year
  • BSc Maritime Business and Maritime Law with Foundation Year
  • BSc Tourism and Hospitality Management with Foundation Year

Look out for further details here and on our UCAS pages.

If you are interested in hearing more about these developments, let us know at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk and we'll keep you up to date.

International study pathways with the University of Plymouth International College

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Business. With 96% of all students progressing on to their chosen University of Plymouth degree, the UPIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with UPIC