Economics, Finance and Banking
Draw on economic theories and principles, and utilise data analysis for financial evaluation
Why take this course?
This course will help you deepen your knowledge of economics and finance, and develop your understanding of the financial services sector.
It combines theoretical and applied aspects of economics, finance and banking alongside an understanding of business decisions and strategy. You’ll interpret trends, identify market risks and assess public policy arguments as well as develop your financial forecasting techniques.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade. On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.
- Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
- Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
What opportunities might it lead to?
The University is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- the government sector
- commercial banks
- insurance companies
- regulatory bodies
The best aspect of the course was that the lecturers were very approachable and willing to help us overcome any difficulties.
Tsvetana Dargova, MSc Business Economics, Finance and Banking student 2012
- 1 year full time, 2 years part time
- A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject which includes some element of Economics, Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0. Other qualifications
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17: full time: £6,400, part time: £2,130 in year 1 and £4,270* in year 2
2016/17: full time £12,700, part time: £4,230 in year 1 and £8,470* in year 2
*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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Structure & Teaching
You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering economic theories and principles and how they can explain the existence, nature and operation of retail, wholesale and international banking. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in economic research on a topic of your choice.
Here are the units you will study:
Contracts, Markets and Regulation:
You will learn about contemporary economic theories which assist with identifying issues, problems and solutions, and how these are applied to decision-making. Topics include the objectives of the firm, creating and sustaining competitive advantage, consumer behaviour and strategic choices, advertising and innovation, principal-agent theory, property rights and the boundaries of the firm, regulation, social welfare and public policy.
You will gain a strong practical understanding of the econometric tools you will be using throughout your study of finance. The teaching philosophy is to take an applied approach, in order to provide you with a strong, intuitive understanding of the most important statistical techniques and how to apply them successfully to a wide variety of practical situations in finance. To do this, you will use the main statistical packages, such as Eviews and SPSS.
Finance and Financial Markets:
In the first part of this unit you will study corporate finance and financial decision-making. You will learn about the ideas and techniques used by corporations to make decisions on investment, financing, dividend policy and capital structure. In the second part you will study finance from the financial markets’ perspective, covering stock and bond pricing models, portfolio investment and risk management using derivatives, such as futures, forwards, options and swaps.
In this unit you will study commercial and investment banking at national, international and global levels. Topics covered include money and the banking system, banking structures and regulations, risk management in banking, scale and scope economies and the measurement of competition in banking, determinants of bank crashes and failures, global banking and regulation, global financial markets and instruments and derivatives-related financial crises.
Research Methods and Dissertation:
You will need to complete a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice.
Teaching and Assessment
We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, in-class exercises and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and aim to integrate new teaching technologies into our economics classrooms.
How are you assessed?
You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.
Facilities & Features
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.
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. More specialised software and equipment is also 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.
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
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.
Students have access to an amazing amount of data and information about companies around the world and to the Bloomberg suite, which has 25 trading terminals and allows students to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade virtually.
Alisa-Elena Lature, MSc Business Economics, Finance and Banking student
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Careers & Opportunities
This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and banking sectors. Opportunities include business professionals and commercial, industrial and public sector managers, as well as many other positions with responsibility for decision making. We liaise closely with employers and professional bodies to ensure that all our courses are relevant to their business and recruitment needs. Our overall aim is to help you find a fulfilling and financially rewarding job once you graduate.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- financial analyst
- account manager
- trader in financial assets
- purchasing and acquisitions officer
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
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