This course aims to equip students with grounding in accountancy, financial markets, investment appraisal and risk management, along with a thorough background to economics, qualitative and mathematical research methods, always highlighting the link between theoretical aspects and real-world applications. The degree programme is intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in economic and financial principles. It gives students strong foundations for further studies in economics, finance and allied disciplines and will equip them with the necessary skills for successful job employability. It provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the wider international economic context. The programme examines the factors that shape sustainable economic and financial decision-making and the developments in government policy that impact on the regulatory environment. Our degrees provide you with vocationally relevant knowledge and understanding, and, depending on modules taken, you will qualify for partial exemption from Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations. In relation to placements, we provide access to high-quality internship opportunities across a variety of employers. In particular, our students are highly successful in securing both summer and year-long internships and placements with Government Economic Service placement scheme (e.g. the Treasury, Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Health, Office for National Statistics) and a range of private sector companies involved in marketing, finance and the voluntary sector. Support to secure a placement comes from both the University’s Career and Employability Services and the Economics staff (particularly in relation to the Government Economic Service placement scheme). In our experience the completion of a placement is a transformative process that feeds into the performance of returning students through enhancing their professionalisation in terms of time-management and attention to detail.