Economics and Management BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
L1N1
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Location
Main site
Recognised
Yes

Overview

Want to kick-start your career in business, but not sure whether to focus on economics or business and management? This BA (Hons) Economics and Management degree course, which has less of a technical and mathematical focus than our other economics courses, gives you a solid foundation in both subjects.

You’ll learn effective management skills while developing analytical ability. You’ll cover a range of business areas, like business strategy and operations management, and pair it with a deep understanding of economics.

This degree course gives you the skills and know-how to take on roles in business at a managerial level. Your economics knowledge will open doors to roles in areas such as banking, accounting, tax consultancy and risk management.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Learn to become an effective manager with guidance from experts with years of experience in business
  • Get a deep understanding of economics and learn the skills to use professional tools, like our Bloomberg Suite, used by traders to track and analyse market movements
  • Get the Bloomberg Certificate when you graduate, demonstrating to future employers that you know your way around this professional tool
  • Tailor your studies to your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the opportunity to get the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate in Marketing
This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

Work experience and career planning

To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course that'll develop your skills and build links in the industry.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.

Placement year

Build confidence and experience in the field, with an optional paid placement year after your second year of study. We’ll help you find the perfect placement with an organisation that matches your career ambitions.

You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year and experience working in management or economics. You’ll return to complete your studies with first-hand knowledge of the industry and valuable experience on your CV.

Previous students have secured placements at big name organisations, such as Rolls-Royce and Cummins UK.

Careers and opportunities

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be suited to managerial-level roles in any company or organisation. You could pursue a career in areas such as:

  • commercial and investment banking
  • accounting
  • tax consultancy
  • risk management
  • marketing
  • management training
  • sales
  • advertising
  • human resources
  • IT

Previous graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Toyota, Total Gas and Power and Majestic Wine in roles including:

  • financial analyst
  • account manager
  • trader in financial assets
  • purchasing and acquisitions officer

You could also go on to do postgraduate study or research with this degree.

Our Careers and Employability service offers support and advice for up to 5 years after your studies.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by EPAS, a scheme operated by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This European network promotes excellence in management development.

The EPAS accreditation lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Intermediate Economics
  • International Business
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • Data and Research Methods for Economics

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Innovation Management
  • Quantitative Approaches to Decision Modelling
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • Organisational Analysis, Theory and Design

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic and International Management
  • Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy
  • Economics Research Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include: 

  • Business Consultancy Project
  • Development Economics
  • Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
  • International Banking and Financial Instruments
  • Labour Economics
  • Project Management for Enterprise
  • Public Sector Economics

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • practical sessions

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. 

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 76% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 25% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 75% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 16% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 84% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

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

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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 and 42% by coursework
  • Year two students: 45% by written exams 4% by practical exams and 51% by coursework
  • Year three students: 28% by written exams and 72% by coursework
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    How to apply

    Want to start this course this year?

    There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

    Want to start this course in 2019?

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – L1N1
    • our institution code – P80

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    To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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    • +44 (0) 23 9284 2991

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