BA (Hons)

Economics and Management

Gain an advanced understanding of key economics and business concepts

L1N1UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

The subjects of economics and business management work well together. With less of a technical and mathematical focus than our other programmes, this course has an industry-relevant focus on the application of economics.

If you feel torn between a traditional business or economics degree, this course offers the best of both worlds and could be the most appropriate choice for you.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use the Portsmouth Business School's specialist software and facilities to access data relating to economics and business
  • Opt to do a year in industry to gain meaningful work experience and build up your employability skills
  • Choose to study abroad through our links with overseas universities


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. It will equip you with a strong economic background which will enable you to stand out from the crowd. You will learn how a firm grasp of economic principles can help to make more informed decisions.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • the government sector
  • commercial banks
  • insurance companies
  • regulatory bodies

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

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Economics and Finance
Programme specification


Accounting, Economics and Finance

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • 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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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 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 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)

Teaching and Assessment

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.

How are you assessed?

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
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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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Monitor 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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Career prospects

Where next?
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

Employment boosting opportunities
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

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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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