Students in Business School

Combine your study of economics and finance with data science in a unique degree for analytical thinkers who aspire for global impact

Key information

Award

BSc

Duration

3 years

full-time

Minimum entry

Three A-level offer: A*AA

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

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  • UCAS course code: L1N3
  • ECTS: 180
  • Start date: October 2023
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Overview

A first-of-its-kind degree that offers you rigorous study of economics and finance, combined with data science and its applications.

The curriculum you'll study has been designed with input from industry and public policy leaders, ensuring you access to expertise in each discipline.

You'll develop analytical skills and coding capabilities through in-depth study across all three subject areas.

The rich array of modules gives you the flexibility to study all three subjects in the final year, or specialise in one.

You'll also take specialist modules on essential skills identified by employers, from effective communication and teamwork, to emotional intelligence and corporate social responsibility.

On the course, you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills to join the next generation of economists, policy experts, business leaders, and researchers, and address the big issues of our time.

Find out more about BSc Economics, Finance and Data Science

Structure

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Big Issues in Economics, Finance, and Business 
  • Introduction to Data Science 
  • Mathematics Foundations 
  • Statistics 
  • Data Structures  
  • Macroeconomics 1 
  • Microeconomics 1 
  • Accounting 
  • Essential Skills 1

Year 2

Core modules

  • Corporate Finance  
  • Macroeconomics 2 
  • Microeconomics 2 
  • Econometrics 1 
  • Econometrics 2 
  • Databases and Cloud Computing 
  • Machine Learning 
  • Operations Research 
  • Essential Skills 2

Year 3

Core modules

You'll take all the modules below.

  • Laboratory of Methods in Economics, Finance and Data Science
  • Final Project
  • Essential Skills 3
  • I-Explore

Optional modules

You'll take six modules - either entirely from one of the three disciplines, or a selection from across all three.

Economics

  • Industrial Organisation 
  • Game Theory 
  • Energy Economics 
  • Health Economics 
  • Public Economics 
  • Monetary Economics 
  • Applied Econometrics 

Finance

  • Asset Pricing  
  • Advanced Macroeconomics 
  • Advanced Corporate Finance 
  • Risk Management 
  • Climate Change and Finance 
  • Project Management

Data Science

  • Advanced Machine Learning  
  • Text-mining in the social sciences 
  • Marketing Analytics 
  • Organisational Behaviour 
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship 

 


Download the programme specification [PDF] – this is the most up-to-date version available for this course. It may change for your year of entry. If/when changes to this course are approved by the College, we will update this document and the information on this course page.


I-Explore

Through I-Explore, you'll have the chance to deepen your knowledge in a brand new subject area, chosen from a huge range of for-credit modules.

All of our undergraduate courses include one module from I-Explore's wide selection. The module you choose will be fully integrated into your course's curriculum and count as credit towards your degree.

Find out more about I-Explore

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Teaching will balance theoretical understanding with experiential learning, enhanced by digital innovation. You will learn through a combination of: 

  • Lectures to introduce you to the topics of study
  • Tutorials for you to discuss and apply your understanding of topics covered in lectures in interactive small group sessions 
  • Computing labs where you develop coding skills used in activities and projects throughout the degree  
  • Independent learning supported and guided by academic staff
  • Group projects to help you build teamwork and leadership skills that will prepare you for professional practice

 Our virtual learning environment gives you online access to all teaching materials including recordings of all lectures, while you can interact with peers and teachers through online discussion forums. 

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mix of individual and group coursework activities as well as examinations. 

Examples of assessed coursework

  • Problem sets 
  • Project reports  
  • Presentations 

Examples of examinations

  • In-class or online quizzes 
  • Final examination

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

A-levels

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2023 entry is A*AA overall, to include:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in two other subjects (Further Mathematics and/or Economics are useful, but not required)

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.


Additional Mathematics support

Our A-level Mathematics online course covers a range of key topic areas to help you gain a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques required to succeed in your A-level Mathematics exams.

This optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus with the aim of developing your thinking skills, fluency and confidence.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is available free of charge via the EdX website. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2023 entry is 39 points overall, to include:

  • 7 in Mathematics* at higher level
  • 6 in a second subject at higher level
  • 6 in a third subject at higher level

Mathematics Higher Level for award in 2023

For entry in 2023, the Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or the Applications and Interpretation syllabi* will be accepted at higher level with no preference.


Additional Mathematics support

Our A-level Mathematics online course is available free of charge via the EdX website.

Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

Advanced Placements

The grades detailed below are the minimum requirements for students offering only Advanced Placements as their exams for entry to Imperial.

If you are studying a High School Diploma that is accepted by Imperial alongside Advanced Placements, requirements may apply to both your Diploma and Advanced Placements.

Please consult our country index to check whether we accept your High School Diploma programme for admission.

Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC

Additional Mathematics support

Our A-level Mathematics online course is available free of charge via the EdX website.

Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

Selection process

Assessing your application

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant. Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones.

Post-application interview 

Applicants demonstrating sufficient potential shall be invited to an interview.

The interview process will include a pre-interview online quiz. Quiz performance may be used to inform interview questions, but will not be a criteria in the selection process.

If you are invited to interview, quiz details and interview dates will be sent directly to you.

Foundation programmes

A foundation course is a one-year preparation course, designed for international students, which leads to undergraduate programmes in the UK. Foundation programmes are normally for school-leavers who have studied a non-British curriculum but wish to pursue a degree at a UK university.

Foundation programmes are offered by many UK universities, but only two would be considered for entry to Imperial: 

  1. UCL’s Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE), and 
  2. Warwick’s International Foundation Programme (IFP) in Science & Engineering

UCL UPCSE

A year-long programme for international students whose school leaving qualifications do not allow them direct entry to UK universities. Students must complete four modules across the year – two compulsory and two elective modules:

ModuleStatus
Research and Academic Skills: Science and Society Compulsory
Academic English Compulsory
Biology Elective
Chemistry Elective
Mathematics Elective
Physics Elective
Information correct at time of publishing, but subject to change
Summary of the table's contents

To be considered for admission to Economics, Finance and Data Science, international students studying UCL UPCSE must achieve:

  • 80% overall
  • 80% Mathematics
  • 80% in two further subjects

Warwick IFP Science and Engineering

A year-long programme for international students whose school leaving qualifications do not allow them direct entry to UK universities. 

To be considered for admission to Economics, Finance and Data Science, international students studying Warwick IFP Science and Engineering must achieve:

  • 80% overall
  • 80% Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science or 80% Mathematics, Statistics and Further Mathematics, and Computer Science or 80% Mathematics, Statistics and Further Mathematics, and Mathematical Modelling and Interdisciplinary Mathematics

To meet these requirements, students should choose from the following IFP pathways:

  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics

Contextual admissions

We want to make sure that the Imperial learning community is as diverse as the society we serve. So to make our admissions process as fair as possible, we have introduced admissions schemes for Home students that allow us to consider your application in the full context of any additional barriers you may face.

Find out if you meet the eligibility criteria for our contextual admissions schemes.

All candidates who are predicted to achieve AAA including Mathematics will be guaranteed an invitation to interview. Applicants who have completed their qualifications when applying must meet the minimum entry requirements to be guaranteed an invitation.

Read more about the contextual admissions scheme in this department and others.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students who apply for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

View our terms and conditions on visas.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View Imperial College Business School's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Imperial College Business School

T: +44 (0)20 7589 5111
E: business.school@imperial.ac.uk

Tuition fees and funding

We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.

Home rate of tuition

2023 entry

£9,250 per year.

Inflationary increases

Fees shown relate to the year of entry advertised only. You should expect and budget for your fees to increase each year. Find out more about our tuition fees payment terms, including how inflationary increases are applied to your tuition fees in subsequent years of study.

Which fee you pay

Whether you pay the Home or Overseas fee depends on your fee status. This is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status. Find out how we assess your fee status.

Government funding

If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course.

You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.

Overseas rate of tuition

2023 entry

£36,700 per year.

Inflationary increases

Fees shown relate to the year of entry advertised only. You should expect and budget for your fees to increase each year. Find out more about our tuition fees payment terms, including how inflationary increases are applied to your tuition fees in subsequent years of study.

Which fee you pay

Whether you pay the Home or Overseas fee depends on your fee status. This is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status. Find out how we assess your fee status.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

Most Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across different accommodation options.

Read our rough guide to university spending in London.

Careers

This course is set against the backdrop of increasing demand for graduates with academic training in economics and finance, whose analytical skills are complemented by data science and coding capabilities.

You will develop the skills needed to succeed in a range of roles in industries such as technology, finance, consulting and the public sector, including central banks, regulatory bodies, as well as think-tanks and international organisations. 

You will have access to our specialist careers service, which offers you support, advice and skills training, as well as linking you to an established network of top employers and alumni.

Find out more about career development and opportunities

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: L1N3
  • UCAS institution code: I50
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You can start and track your application on UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices.

Application deadlines

25 January 2023 at 18.00 (UK time).

Any questions?

Explore our step by step guide on how to apply. You can also find answers to your questions about admissions.

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