Economics and Finance

This programme will allow you to combine the study of economics in general with a specialism in financial markets and corporate finance. It will allow you to gain an understanding of the workings of modern economies and the financial markets that lie at their heart. You will study how firms, individuals and governments make decisions that shape society at large. You will also learn how the financial markets, which moderate these decisions, function. In doing so, you will develop skills that will be of great value for your future life and career, including those related to modelling, data and analytical thinking.

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Key Facts



BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 Year Pathway + 3 Year Degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates


Degree Overview

Economics provides us with different ways of thinking about the world and how it functions. It helps us to understand how individuals, businesses and governments do behave; and gives us insights into how they should behave. At one extreme, economics informs the decisions that governments make about some of the most pressing issues of our day, including climate change and inequality. It informs how businesses make decisions about everything from pricing and advertising to investments in product development and corporate strategy. At the other extreme, it can help us as individuals to make better decisions about our own lives; including how hard we should work and how much we should save for our retirements.

The study of finance consists of two main branches – financial markets and corporate finance. Corporate finance focuses on the finance function within firms. It is concerned with the raising of capital to fund the creation, development and expansion of businesses. It considers how firms decide which projects or acquisitions to invest in; how to organise the firm’s capital structure in order to fund those investments; and how and when to return capital to investors. Financial markets play a crucial role intermediating between investors who have excess funds and individuals, firms or governments who have a need for those funds. Money markets, bond markets, equity markets and derivatives markets involve different forms of intermediation, based on a variety of financial instruments which distribute risks and returns differently between lenders and borrowers.

At Bangor Business School, we have a team of highly qualified and experienced academics with interests in a wide variety of topics in economics and finance; including behavioural finance, corporate finance, regulation, quantitative economics and public finance. Our team is engaged in world class research in economics and finance, and regularly works with policymakers in government, regulators and think-tanks as well as practitioners in the financial sector. They are dedicated to bringing their insights from the worlds of policy, practice and research to help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of economics and finance.

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  • You will be taught by research active staff, with expertise in a wide variety of topics in economic and finance.
  • You will learn from staff who are engaged with policymakers in government, regulators, as well as practitioners in the financial sector.
  • You can combine your study of economics and finance with optional modules from within the Business School (such as sustainability, banking or accountancy) or elsewhere in the University (such as language study).

Why Study this Degree

Bangor University is world-renowned expert in Banking teaching on this course.

Bangor University offers 'Careers and Employability Fair' which is held every year and provides an opportunity for students to meet recruiters and learn more about post-graduation employment opportunity.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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Bangor University

Founded in 1884 and dedicated to academic excellence for more than 130 years, Bangor University is among the oldest degree-awarding institutions in the UK.

With around 11,000 students from over 120 nationalities, international students find Bangor a truly welcoming community and a special place to study.

Bangor University has been ranked among the top 70 global institutions and 1st in Wales for their impact on society outside their research and teaching, in 2020. And ranked among the top 15 in the UK for teaching quality that same year.