Business with Finance and Economics

BA (Hons)
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The BA (Hons) Business with Finance and Economics course at RGU will provide you with a comprehensive grounding across the key business disciplines. In addition, you will gain specialist understanding of how to interpret communicate and apply financial and economic information to improve strategic decision making in business.

The course will provide you with the tools and techniques to predict and respond to global economic shifts such as those seen during the financial crisis or the more recent COVID-19 pandemic. The finance aspects of the course will prepare you to work in areas such as financial services, insurance or within a range of business or public sector organisations.

The course is part of the BA (Hons) Business and Management programme delivered at Aberdeen Business School.

Aberdeen Business School is Business School of the Year 2020 (Times Higher Education 2020 Awards)

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

4 years

Year 1

You will be introduced to the key business functions of marketing, finance and human resource management in Year 1. In addition, you will tackle specialist modules in economics, the digital business environment and the emerging area of sustainability management. Through studying a range of modules you will develop the intellectual and practical skills to form the foundation for your degree.

Year 2

You can continue your studies in Aberdeen or can opt to spend one semester studying abroad. Modules undertaken provide more focus on your chosen specialism with personal and business finance and business economics all featuring. You will also build on the foundations introduced in year 1 with a focus on entrepreneurship and business law.

Year 3

In year 3 you have four options: a year-long placement, an academic year at one of our partner institution abroad, a taught route or the ‘Connect to Business’ route offering you the flexibility to tailor your study to your own interests and career aspirations.

Year 4

Year 4 is the pinnacle of your course. Your learning will take on a more strategic and global focus. You will examine the purpose of key international organisations and will explore corporate financial decision making. You will also undertake a significant piece of independent research in the form of a thesis. For this you will receive guidance and support from a dedicated Thesis Supervisor.

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Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

Throughout this course, approximately a quarter of your time will be spent learning in large groups and three quarters of the time you will be taught in a small group tutorial or computer lab environment.

In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to build on your business creativity, exploring how to generate and develop viable commercial ideas in the Business Ideas and Opportunities module. You will work in multidisciplinary teams, develop your creativity skills and showcase your ideas as part of an annual Trade Fair held on-campus.

Our Year 3, Connect to Business option allows you to undertake short term financial/economic projects with a range of different organisations, developing your employability skills through an exciting and flexible programme of work-related experiences.

Your course resources will be available on CampusMoodle, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and will enhance your learning experience and keep you up-to-date with coursework and assignments.

How long is a BA (Hons) Business with Finance & Economics course?

The duration of the Business with Finance & Economics degree is 4 years.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - 80 students per group, 3 -6 hours per week
  • Seminars - 25 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 25 students per group, 6 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1-to-1 working with a supervisor, up to 2 hours per week (in year 4)

Independent Study

In addition to lectures and tutorials, you will spend approximately 24 hours per week outside of the class working on your own. This involves undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for tutorial assignments, team meetings and researching and writing course reports.

Staff delivering on this course

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this.  This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Other staff members include local business owners and industry professionals who offer you the opportunity to learn through business-led workshops, guest lectures and masterclasses.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 6 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 written assignments, including essays

Year 2

  • 4 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 5 written assignments, including essays

Year 3

Taught Route

  • 6 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 oral assessment  

Connect to Business Route

  • 2 portfolios

Placement Route

  • 1 written assignment, including essays

Year 4

  • 2 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 5 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to undertake a one-year salaried work placement or 12 week unpaid placement on ‘Connect to Business’ route.

It is an opportunity to consolidate and apply the learning you have gained in Years 1 and 2, and to acquire real world business experience that further develops your professional skills and business acumen. During your placement you can expect to work in the UK or abroad and report to a Manager who will assess your performance on a regular basis. You also continue your academic learning by compiling a portfolio to provide evidence of your employability.

Study Abroad

You may choose to study abroad either for one term of Year 2 or both terms of Year 3 which will offer additional educational and cultural experiences and provide international business insights. Study abroad destinations include Europe, USA and Canada.

Job Prospects

This course will prepare you for a career in any business environment albeit with a focus on financial and economic decision making. The breadth of the course is such that you may wish to apply your skills in a more broad based managerial position or in a specific role within a finance or commercial team.

Is Business with Finance & Economics a good career choice?

This course is part of the Business and Management Programme. Previous graduates of the programme have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Business Analyst
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Consultant,
  • International Broker
  • Stockbroker

What is needed for a BA (Hons) Business with Finance & Economics degree?

Standard Entry Requirements

Entry to Year 1

  • SQA Higher: ABBB
  • GCE A Level: BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H2H2H2H3
  • IB Diploma: 29

Entry to Year 2

  • SQA Advanced Higher: BBC
  • GCE A Level: ABB
  • IB Diploma: 31

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

Entry to Year 1

  • SQA Higher: BBB/BBCC

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2.

Applicants from Foundation Pathway Providers

Entry to year 1 or year 2 may be possible for students who have completed a Foundation Certificate or Foundation Undergraduate Pathway programme, from an approved UK provider, at 60% or above. For courses which require a specific subjects match, such as English or Maths, these would need to provided in addition to the Pathway Programme Certificate or result.

Advanced Entry

All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

International Students

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Academic Year 2022-2023

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820
Year 3 (Full placement year) £1,820
Year 3 (Full academic year) £1,820
Year 4 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,000
Year 2 £6,000
Year 3 (Full placement year) £6,000
Year 3 (Full academic year) £6,000
Year 4 £6,000

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,000
Year 2 £6,000
Year 3 (Full placement year) £6,000
Year 3 (Full academic year) £6,000
Year 4 £6,000

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £15,450
Year 2 £15,450
Year 3 (Full placement year) £15,450
Year 3 (Full academic year) £15,450
Year 4 £15,450

Academic Year 2021-2022

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820
Year 3 (Full placement year) £1,820
Year 3 (Full academic year) £1,820
Year 4 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,000
Year 2 £6,000
Year 3 (Full placement year) £6,000
Year 3 (Full academic year) £6,000
Year 4 £6,000

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,000
Year 2 £6,000
Year 3 (Full placement year) £6,000
Year 3 (Full academic year) £6,000
Year 4 £6,000

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £15,000
Year 2 £15,000
Year 3 (Full placement year) £15,000
Year 3 (Full academic year) £15,000
Year 4 £15,000

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:


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