BA (Hons) Economics and Management - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Economics and Management

UCAS codeL1N1

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Gain an advanced understanding of key economics and business concepts

Course Overview

Why take this course?

The subjects of economics and business management work well together. With less of a technical and mathematical focus than our three BSc (Econ) (Hons) economic programmes, this course has an industry-relevant focus on the application of economics.

If you don’t know whether to choose a traditional business or economics degree, this course offers the best of both worlds. Through this highly ranked course (ranked 15 out of 70 universities for economics in the Guardian League Table 2018), you can be confident you will be taught by experts and fully prepared for a career in business and management.

What will I experience?

  • We are one of the few universities to offer a full Bloomberg Suite – the leading trading and information platform used by professionals worldwide. Graduates are awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, which is highly regarded by employers.
  • The opportunity to gain a Chartered Institute of Marketing Introductory Certificate in Marketing.
  • This course shares a common first year with several business courses allowing you to change should you develop a particular subject interest during your first year.
  • Many of our students spend a placement year in industry in organisations such as IBM’s UK Corporate Office in Portsmouth, Microsoft, BMW and the Government Economic Service.
  • Choose to study abroad through our links with overseas universities.
  • In the most recent National Student Survey, 100% our students agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 92% were satisfied overall with the course.

What opportunities might it lead to?

If you plan to work in the areas of business and management, you will find this course highly beneficial.

You will learn how a firm grasp of economic principles can help to make more informed managerial decisions. Our graduates have successfully gained roles in organisations such as Toyota, Total Gas and Power, and Majestic Wine.

This course has EPAS accreditation, which is a scheme operated by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a European network that promotes and enhances excellence in management development internationally. This means that you will benefit from studying a course which is recognised for its high quality student experiences of internationalisation and corporate engagement.


Regine Banzeula, BA (Hons) Economics and Management student

This course highlights the importance of strategic management in organisations. The whole programme has been tailored to develop employability skills.

Regine Banzeula, BA (Hons) Economics and Management student


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  • How they apply theory to real-world issues by looking at current affairs 
  • The ability to gain relevant work experience in the local community as well as through a placement year
  • The friendly and challenging environment that will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge employers need

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

This course shares a common first year with several other undergraduate programmes in the Portsmouth Business School.

Your first year provides you with a broad understanding of how business operates. Business-related themes take more of a leading role at the beginning of the course.

Core units in this year include:

  • Economics for Business
  • Business Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Operations and Systems

Portsmouth Business School is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Accredited Study Centre. In your first year you will have the opportunity to gain the CIM's Introductory Certificate in Marketing alongside the Marketing Principles and Practice unit.

Year two

You will start to apply the theory you have learnt in your first year to real-world business issues. There’s also an introduction to the practices and procedures for undertaking business and economics-related research in preparation for your final year.

Core units in this year include:

  • International Economics for Management Programmes
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • International Business
  • Business and Employment Law
  • Employability, Research and Professional Development

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Innovation Management
  • Quantitative Approaches to Decision Modelling
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • Organisational Analysis, Theory and Design

Year three*

In year three, you can focus on the areas that interest you the most and learn how economic analysis can assist in developing a more complete understanding of strategic business management. There is also an independent study project, which allows you to perform in-depth research involving primary or secondary data. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to pursue a project which is connected to the industrial placement.

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic Management
  • Industrial Organisation and Competition 
  • Dissertation/Business Research Project/Work Based Learning

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Business Consultancy Project
  • Development Economics
  • Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
  • International Banking and Financial Instruments
  • Labour Economics
  • Project Management for Enterprise
  • Public Sector Economics

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement).

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


We go to great lengths to ensure you will have an excellent learning experience with a high level of support. Teaching is usually undertaken in lectures supported by smaller group seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions. Extensive use is also made of information technology and other teaching innovations.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 25% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 75% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 16% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 84% studying independently and 0% on work placement


There is a mix of formal examinations and coursework assessment throughout your course including:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • self-led independent study project

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 58% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year two students: 45% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 51% by coursework
  • Year three students: 28% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 72% by coursework

Tutor's view


Sheila Dutton

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for students, adopting a range of teaching methods to enhance the learning experience. Through various forms of assessment, you have the opportunity to develop important employability skills. A wide variety of options are available, allowing you to tailor your degree to your own particular interests.

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Facilities & Features

Bloomberg Suite

You can use this essential business research tool and gain real-life financial experience. Created by the Mayor of New York, Mike Bloomberg, the system is used by over a quarter of a million finance professionals globally. You too can virtually access the same data, analytics and software used by city traders via one of our Bloomberg terminals.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

Placements Office

Take advantage of our Faculty’s Placements Office. Advertising a great variety of work placements, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

A good class of degree in Economics or a related subject should enable you to obtain a fulfilling and financially rewarding job. An economist’s perspective is always valued in many areas of business and you can be successful securing work in a variety of areas. Employment spans the finance sector (including banking, accountancy and investment analysis), the corporate sector (including management training) and the public sector. However, you will also have relevant and applicable skills for roles in management, marketing, sales, advertising, human resources and IT.

Alternatively, you can choose to continue your studies to postgraduate or PhD level.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • financial analyst
  • account manager
  • trader in financial assets
  • purchasing and acquisitions officer
  • econometrician

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Doing a work placement could be the best decision you make during your time at university. We strongly encourage you to take a placement year as an integral part of this course.

Work experience will help significantly with getting a job after you graduate, and you may even go on to work full-time for your placement employer. Plus, it can also be the best way of finding out whether a particular career path is for you.

Our Placements Office is the one-stop shop for all things placement related. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business-related placement opportunities, we are always on hand to advise and help you through the recruitment process and beyond.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply now or visit us

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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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