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BSc (Hons) Economics & Finance

BSc Economics & Finance

BSc Economics & Finance

BSc (Hons) Economics & Finance

Programme Overview

The Economics & Finance programme at ISBF has been developed by some of the best minds at the London School of Economics (LSE), from the eponymous departments which are ranked 5th and 4th in the world respectively (QS 2020). This programme combines two highly sought-after disciplines and is ideal for you if you wish to understand the functioning of global financial markets, their valuation and volatility, and how all these are inter-related with economic policies and growth.

The programme curriculum starts by building a strong base in mathematics, statistics, economics and finance. Using this, you will go on to specialised courses in both disciplines, such as micro and macro economics, monetary economics, international economics, corporate finance, asset pricing and financial markets, and quantitative finance, besides pursuing higher level courses in mathematics and applied statistics, or econometrics. 

By the end of the programme, you will have developed into one of the most analytically sound graduates in the country, with a thorough understanding of economic and financial techniques and their applications. This will equip you to pursue a career in areas like economic/financial research, investment banking, corporate finance, actuarial science, central banking, policymaking, data science, private equity and hedge funds.

Note: This Bachelor’s of Economics & Finance programme is one of its kind. Most Indian universities tend to offer finance courses as electives on programmes specialising in Economics, Business, Commerce, Business Administration or Management. That is why this world-class Finance programme produces peerless Finance graduates in the Indian context. 

First Year
CourseLSE Course AuthorCourse Information Sheet
Introduction to EconomicsO. Birchall with D. Verry and M. BrayPDF link
Principles of Banking and FinanceM. Buckle, E. BeccalliPDF link
Mathematics 1 (Half Course)M. AnthonyPDF link
Mathematics 2 (Half Course)M. AnthonyPDF link
Statistics 1 (Half Course)J.S. AbdeyPDF link
Statistics 2 (Half Course)J.S. AbdeyPDF link
Second Year
CourseLSE Course AuthorCourse Information Sheet
MacroeconomicsV. Polito with C. BrendonPDF link
MicroeconomicsA. DaripaPDF link
Elements of EconometricsC. DoughertyPDF link
Principles of Corporate FinanceH. Zhong, P. Frantz, R. Payne, J. FavilukisPDF link
Third Year
CourseLSE Course AuthorCourse Information Sheet
Asset Pricing and Financial MarketsR. PaynePDF link
Monetary EconomicsY. AksoyPDF link
Quantitative FinanceA. PattonPDF link
Elective –  from courses being offered

Popular electives include Valuation and Securities Analysis (PDF Link); Mathematical Economics (PDF Link); Further Mathematics for Economists (PDF Link); Machine Learning (PDF Link); Business Analytics, Applied Modelling and Prediction (PDF Link); Entrepreneurship (PDF Link); Management and Innovation of e-business (PDF Link).

The academic session for this programme will start with two weeks of Foundation Courses in Applied Mathematics, Logic and Statistics.

To pursue this programme, you must have studied Mathematics up to Class XII. There is no other stream or subject-related eligibility criterion. No existing knowledge of Economics or Finance is assumed by teachers at the outset of the programme. 

You are a good fit for this programme if:

  • You have a keen interest in Economics as a subject, and also wish to better understand financial markets and instruments.
  • You enjoy reading about current affairs in these disciplines, eg. what the central bank is doing, how certain stocks or stock market indices are performing, etc.
  • You like solving complex problems analytically, including by using mathematical tools and techniques.
  • You aspire to pursue a Master’s degree in Finance and pursue a career in the financial services sector (eg. investment banking, actuarial science, etc.)

Postgraduate Study

Having received an LSE undergraduate education, you will have a significant edge while applying for top Master’s programmes around the world. You could look to pursue postgraduate study in economics, finance, banking, investment management, international finance, financial entrepreneurship and business administration (MBA), to name some.

Professional Qualifications

This programme would equip you with a very strong foundation, and plenty of curricular overlap, using which you could pursue professional qualifications Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Management (FRM) and actuarial science.

Work

Graduates of this programme are sharp, analytical and quantitatively sound, aside from having thorough knowledge of both economics and finance. This will make you an attractive prospect for employers in many sectors. Given below is an indicative list of career paths that this programme will help you take.

Financial Analysis/Research (Academic or Corporate)

Corporate Banking

Central Banking

Economic Research (Academic or Corporate)

Credit Analysis

Treasury

Actuarial Science

Financial Planning

Fin-tech

Investment Management

Corporate Finance

Financial Entrepreneurship

Investment Banking

Trading

Management/Strategy Consulting

Private Equity

Quantitative Finance

Data Science

Hedge Funds

Policy Research

Business Analytics

Prateek Kansal
BSc (Hons) Economics & Finance, ISBF
2nd Year International Transfer to LSE (2017)
AResearch Assistant, Department of Accounting, LSE (2019)

After school, I got rejected from LSE. ISBF was the best options to get into LSE and I successfully got it. The entire success doesn’t belong to me; it belongs to all the faculty members and staff members. Everyone has contributed to it.

Simran Pachnanda
BSc (Hons) Economics & Finance, ISBF Batch of 2018
MS Finance, Stockholm School of Economics
Course Assistant, Stockholm School of Economics

It has been an outstanding journey for me because I wanted to engage in more extra-curricular and co-curricular activities and I couldn’t have come to a better place. The best thing about ISBF when it comes to joining clubs and societies is that here things are more open-ended, you just need to want to participate or learn something. My parents were all for ISBF after interacting with nearly all faculty members. The moment you start studying at ISBF you realise that the programmes are much better than elsewhere. I also have been fortunate to have learnt from excellent faculty members who nurtured my interest to pursue a Master’s in Finance.