Gain a detailed knowledge of economics and learn how to apply its principles to the everyday operations of financial institutions and business processes. You study both finance and economics to gain a wider understanding of the corporate world and international financial markets. Thanks to the international focus of the course, it is well suited for study by international and UK students. This course gives you an in-depth knowledge of economics and finance, and covers key areas such as • financial and management information • macroeconomics • micro-economics • industrial economics • international financial markets. In the first year, you get a broad grounding in economics and finance to ensure that you have a sound platform on which to build. Throughout your course, we regularly provide you with opportunities to develop your IT and numerical skills. In your second year, you start to specialise and focus on different forms and concepts of economics whilst also studying more in-depth finance modules. **Work placements in the UK and overseas** In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme. Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity, with a substantial salary, and support you while you are there. Previous students have gained placements with organisations such as HM Treasury, PwC, Oxford Economics and Mercedes AMG. Each year you study an employability module. This helps you narrow down the career options available to you, prepare for your placement and then apply what you learn on placement to graduate role applications. **Professional exams and exemptions** Each year we give you the opportunity to complete a Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) exam as part of your degree. We pay for your tuition material, the exam and student membership of the CISI. If you pass all three exams you graduate with the CISI Investment Advice diploma alongside your degree. **Professional recognition** This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) as a route to the CISI Investment Advice Diploma. From this course you can graduate with a professional industry recognised qualification as well as your academic degree and you are eligible to apply for CISI Associate membership. You can also gain professional exemptions from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).