BSc (Econ) (Hons)

Business Economics

Focus on economical issues within the world of business

L112UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

Economic analysis is a core business function. It enables organisations to understand crucial factors such as efficiency and profitability in a changeable international business environment.

This course is intended for the student who is seeking to use their understanding of economics in a business environment. The course places particular emphasis upon decisions which are taken by managers of organisations, as well as the structure and regulation of industry.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use specialist software to access macroeconomics, industry and company level data
  • 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?

The analytical abilities, independent skills and familiarity with group work gained on this course will make you an attractive candidate for employers once you graduate. A career as an economist in either central government or the private sector, or a role in the financial and business sector would all be potential employment options for after you finish the course.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

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

 

Amy Riggs, BSc (Econ) (Hons) Business Economics student

I found everything I was looking for in the course at Portsmouth.

Amy Riggs, BSc (Econ) (Hons) Business Economics student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
L112
Duration
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
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

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

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000 p/a**
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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Contact
admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 5566
Department
Economics and Finance
Programme specification

Subject:

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 common first year among some of our economics-based courses provides you with a broad understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods.

Core units in this year include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Business Accounting
  • Economic Issues

Year two

In this year you will take your knowledge of micro-economics and macro-economics to a greater depth. Business-related themes such as managerial and decision economics will also be studied in detail and you will begin to become acquainted with popular techniques for analysing economic data.

Core units in this year include:

  • Econometrics
  • Research Methods
  • Econometric Methods
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Managerial and Decision Economics

Optional units in this year include:

  • International Economics
  • Economics of Crime and Social Issues
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Market
  • Study Abroad (year long)

Year three*

In your final year, there is a particular focus on the world of business and industry. Several optional units allow you to concentrate on developing your knowledge in certain areas and for you to learn more advanced and specialised econometric techniques. There is also an independent study project, which requires you to work as a group with other students in order to perform in-depth research in a selected area of economics.

Core units in this year include:

  • Labour Economics
  • Business Competition and Regulation
  • Applied Economics: Research Review and Design
  • Applied Economics: Empirical Research

Optional units in this year include:

  • International Banking and Financial Management
  • Advanced Topics in Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometric Analysis
  • Financial Economics
  • Financial Statement and Data Analysis
  • 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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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.

Computing

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 well remunerated position. An Economist’s perspective is always valued in many 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 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
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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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