BA (Hons) Financial Management for Business - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Financial Management for Business

UCAS codeNN30

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Discover the role of finance in a business context

Course Overview

Why take this course?

If you are torn between a pure business and pure finance degree, you will find this degree a healthy mix that ensures a well-rounded understanding of the business world.Taught by experts, many with real-life experience, the topics are brought to life to ensure a full understanding.

This degree requires you to demonstrate analytical and numerical skills alongside commercial awareness – expertise that this course aims to develop further.

You can:

  • Personalise your degree through the broad variety of options available, making your degree specific to your interests.
  • Do an optional year in industry to gain meaningful work experience and build up your employability skills.
  • Study a common first year with seven other degree programs.

What will I experience?

On this course, you will:

  • Be taught by experts in their field, including Chartered Accountants, Company Directors and Financiers.
  • Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade.
  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of the department’s partnership scheme with local charities.
  • Work within an international cohort alongside students from over 140 countries.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The study of major business disciplines will allow you to pursue a career in commerce or use your financial expertise to forge a career within finance. With exposure to so many areas of the business community, our students regularly earn managerial level roles beyond their time with us.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • commercial banking
  • corporate finance
  • chartered accountancy
  • investment banking
  • financial management
  • real estate
  • financial planning
  • insurance
  • further study at postgraduate level


Areanna Bodden, Financial Management for Business student

I enjoyed the way tutors used different teaching methods in order to enhance knowledge and skills that will be used in my future career.

Areanna Bodden, Financial Management for Business student


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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Structure & Teaching

Year one

The first year provides you with a broad understanding of how business operates. Your studies in the first year will form an essential base for your development in the following years.

Core units in this year include:

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

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

The second year has a slightly different approach. Alongside the core elements of your degree, you will have the chance to tailor your studies to your individual interests and your preferred career path.

Core units in this year include:

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting for Business
  • Management Accounting for Operational Control
  • Corporate Governance, Financial Crime, Ethics and Controls

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Personal Finance
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Accounting Packages and Systems
  • Taxation
  • Business and Employment Law
  • Foreign language

Year three*

After the optional placement year you will be well prepared to tackle your final year. You will undertake a project or dissertation, which allows you to carry out an in-depth investigation of a subject of your choosing.

Core units in this year include:

  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Management Accounting for Strategic Analysis and Control

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Dissertation
  • Independent Study unit
  • Work-based Financial Project
  • Financial Investment
  • International Accounting
  • International Financial Management
  • Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment
  • Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
  • Business Consultancy Project
  • Business Improvement and Creativity

*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 undertaken in a variety of ways, from lectures supported by smaller group seminars to practical workshops and tutorials. 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: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 79% studying independently and 0% on work placement


You will encounter a balance of formal examinations and varied methods of coursework assessment throughout the course including:

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

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: 60% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 27% by coursework
  • Year three students: 28% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 72% by coursework

Tutor's view


Amy Davidson
Course Leader

This degree builds on core business principles, offering you a financial perspective resulting in a robust bank of knowledge ahead of your career in business. It is a key step on your journey to becoming a young professional.

Do you have a question? Please email me:

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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 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.

Volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau

We are proud to be able to offer some students the opportunity to train as financial counsellors, and use their new skills to help others. Each year a small number of students train as a Citizens Advice Bureau counsellor in order to specialise in offering debt advice to the population of Portsmouth.

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?

Finance is the UK's competitive advantage and because of this, there is a variety of national and international roles available to our numerate and commercially astute graduates.

If you wish to widen your focus to industry and commerce in areas such as banking, insurance and investment, fund management, consultancy and law, this highly numerate and practical degree will put you ahead of the game.

You’ll also have the option to go on to do taught or research-based courses at a higher postgraduate level.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • commercial finance analyst
  • bid pricing executive
  • finance internship
  • graduate econometrician
  • hedge fund manager

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Final year students are offered the opportunity to undertake relevant work experience by carrying out accounting, auditing and finance projects for local charities.

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

Apply for 2018 entry

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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