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Portsmouth Business School

Explore the teaching and research activities taking place within our Business School

Portsmouth Business School produces graduates with the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to make lasting positive impacts on local and global economies, societies and the lives of individuals.

The School is home to our internationally-recognised research, which is helping entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), governments and big business to find solutions to the challenges they face. Our commitment to small business is evidenced by our Small Business Charter Award. In 2018 alone, we worked with more than 300 small businesses on bespoke projects.

Our research is reflected in our teaching which is delivered by academic experts who have a great deal of professional and research experience. Our Business School academics were recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. We nurture future leaders in business and management through an emphasis on experiential and active learning.

We also collaborate with local and international businesses and other organisations to give students access to placements, projects and degree apprenticeships.

No 3 Influential Business School in the World for teaching power - Financial Times

No 3 in the world

The Financial Times (2021) ranks us as one of the most influential business schools in the world for teaching power. 

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Small Business Charter

Recognition of our expertise, activity and impact in supporting the growth of small businesses and encouraging student entrepreneurship.

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BQF Gold

As gold members of the British Quality Foundation (BQF) we can offer excellent networking opportunities. 

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We have a reputation for exceptional teaching. Students participate in career-enhancing activities through live-client projects, volunteering roles, work experience (both in the UK and overseas), networking with experts and alumni, and employability workshops.

Our students gain business experience through our excellent links with regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Final year students work in teams on a Business Consultancy Project, through which they solve genuine business problems, using the knowledge and skills they acquire during their studies. 

Our students looking to set up their own companies can take part in the Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme, the Accelerating Women's Enterprise project, the NEST business start-up space, and Innovation Connect

Much of our teaching makes uses of new digital technologies, including video and online materials, which allow our students to work flexibly. We also have new Rapid MOOC technology that allows faculty staff to create educational videos and presentations using a green screen.

We also offer apprenticeship degrees – including our MBA in Strategic Leadership – which allow our students to work while they study.

Subject groups

Within Portsmouth Business School we deliver teaching and research within the following six subject groups. Find out more about each group below.


Our teaching areas

Explore the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer within the following areas.


Our business and management research was recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. 65.8% of our research outputs, 100% our research environment and 100% of our impact cases were judged as world-leading and internationally excellent.

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Our research areas

Our research centres

Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centre – find out more below. 

We aim to meet the holistic and multi-disciplinary research needed to inform blue governance mechanisms. We takes a more expansive view of Blue Economy to encompass marine and freshwater systems and conceptualises them as development spaces.

Our staff

Our staff contribute to student life in many ways. Whether it’s through lectures, seminars, sharing of research in their teaching, supervising student work or as research supervisor, we offer support in a variety of ways to make studying a valuable, life changing and enjoyable experience.

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Dr Zoe Dann

  • Job Title Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law
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  • Department Strategy Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Professor Andy Thorpe

  • Job Title Professor of Development Economics | Interim Associate PVC (Research, Innovation and External Relations)
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  • Department Portsmouth Business School
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Mrs Jill Brown

  • Job Title Head of Postgraduate Business Programmes
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  • Department Portsmouth Business School
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law

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Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office. 

+44 (0)23 9284 6970