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I'm rather confused about what course to apply for this year (entry 2011). I don't know if I should study pure economics or economics/finance? I asked my economics teacher and he said it doesnt matter they dont care if you've studied either of them, I basically want to end up working in the finance industry(hopefully abroad). Wondered if anyone could help me decide? I'm looking to apply to AAB university's if that makes any difference.
Also I'm sorry if someone has asked this question before I did look but couldn't see it.
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prob economics and finance but i would major in economics. I only say this because if you want to work in finance the fact that you have it in the title just gives you a little more credence if your applying somewhere with a numpty HR department.
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Thanks, I had a big think about this today and am going to apply to pure economics and do optional units in finance so I can make up my mind at what I want to do with my life, but I am going to apply for one finance course just in case I change my mind again. Want to try and keep as many doors open as possible, could always specialise in finance afterwards I guess.
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Personally I would only do a pure Econ degree if I was 1) wanting to do an Msc in pure Econ or 2) really that enthusiastic with pure Econ. Otherwise I would do Econ and Finance (in this case) because I too want to work in finance. Courses in Finance don't necessarily help you practically, but they give you a good introduction to financial concepts like CAPM, APT, EMH, valuations, derivatives, corporate finance, etc.

That said, applying for pure Econ is probably a good idea since you have some flexibility in units and usually you can still switch Econ courses at the start of your second year.
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(Original post by Mustard-man)
Courses in Finance don't necessarily help you practically, but they give you a good introduction to financial concepts like CAPM, APT, EMH, valuations, derivatives, corporate finance, etc.
To be fair though you can get that from taking a module or so in financial economics which most unis tend to offer.
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I've recently completed a degree in business economics - a few of my friends did pure economics, some did financial economics. You'll be suprised how similar the courses actually are, often all the modules you do are exactly the same. Whereas in the next term, you may do a module which is compulsory, whereas the financial economics people can do it as an option (and have something else to do which is compulsory)

But this is from 2nd year onwards. Don't worry about it too much now, in first year all the modules of the different economics courses are exactly the same (they were at my uni anyway) - once you've been at uni for a bit and get to know about the modules taught you can request to change to a different type of economics (we were allowed to do this upto the first few weeks of second year)
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I honestly don't think it will make much difference at all in terms of employment prospects.

The thing that put me off a lot of Economics and Finance courses was the fact you had to study accounting modules, whereas on pure Economics degrees you can take the financial modules which are more interesting and avoid any accounting modules. (For example, I'm doing a pure Economics degree, but I can take modules in Portfolio Theory, International Banking, Options and Futures, Economic Finance, Empirical Finance, etc.)
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Generally the difference between most Econ + Finance compared to straight Econ is your forced to take some extra modules such as Accounting (as ACS said). I would pick pure Econ personally.
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Hello what have you become now
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thanks so much on the insights! This thread helped me a lot!! I am choosing pure Econ instead of Econ and finance.
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I feel the advantage of learning about finance is being under-represented here. Yes, there are less optional modules and flexibility if you take an Econ and Finance degree, but having taken Finance and Accounting modules will help significantly for the analysis of securities if you work in the finance sector in the future. In fact, quite a few Economics models learned in courses is not very practical or applicable in jobs, but doing more finance/accounting can help you pave the way in qualifying for the CFA. Nevertheless you need to consider where your interests truly lie or are you just doing it to get into a career which I do not recommend.
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(Original post by NiceEconTeacher)
I feel the advantage of learning about finance is being under-represented here. Yes, there are less optional modules and flexibility if you take an Econ and Finance degree, but having taken Finance and Accounting modules will help significantly for the analysis of securities if you work in the finance sector in the future. In fact, quite a few Economics models learned in courses is not very practical or applicable in jobs, but doing more finance/accounting can help you pave the way in qualifying for the CFA. Nevertheless you need to consider where your interests truly lie or are you just doing it to get into a career which I do not recommend.
Actually this article may help and helps illustrate some job prospects of Economics graduates: https://wearequrious.com/career/econ...areer-options/
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