BSc (Econ) (Hons)


Study the principles and applications of modern economics

L100UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

Why are some countries so rich and others so poor? Should the Eurozone be dismantled and countries like Greece go back to having their own currency? Why do footballers receive such high salaries?

If you are interested in debating these types of issues and wish to gain a deep understanding of what factors affect economic policy, then this course could be for you. The BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics course is intended for students who are considering practising as an Economist in the future. It also provides an excellent basis for pursuing the study of economics at higher level.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use specialist software for the purpose of analysing economic 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?

We introduce you to real-world problems faced by individuals, companies and governments. Discussion of relevant everyday issues will hopefully give you a taste of the issues experienced by economists today and prepare you for the world of work. 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
Nikolay Vasilev, BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking student 2012

The lecturers are able to transform pure theory lectures into an interesting discussion or debate with everyday life examples.

Nikolay Vasilev, economics student

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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
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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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 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. You will also begin to become acquainted with techniques which are in widespread use for analysing economic data.

Core units in this year include:

  • Research Methods
  • Business School Work Placement
  • Econometric Methods
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • International Economics

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Foreign Language
  • Economics of Crime and Social Issues
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Market
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • Study Abroad (year long)

Year three*

In the final year, the subjects of macroeconomics and microeconomics are studied in greater depth. Also, you are introduced to more specialist econometric techniques. Furthermore, there is an independent study project, which initially 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:

  • Advanced Topics in Economics
  • Econometric Analysis
  • Applied Economics: Research Review and Design
  • Applied Economics: Emperical Research

Optional units in this year include:

  • Business Competition and Regulation
  • Development Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Financial Statement and Data Analysis
  • International Banking and Financial Management
  • Labour Economics
  • 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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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 economics degree should enable you to obtain a fulfilling and financially rewarding job. An economist’s perspective is always valued in many sectors and you can be successful securing work in a variety of roles. 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
  • Graduate 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

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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