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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
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022
Accredited
Yes

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Overview

From allocating departmental budgets to reacting to changes in government monetary policy, successful managers in business make effective economic decisions every day.

This BA (Hons) Economics and Management degree gives you a solid foundation in both subjects, with less of a technical and mathematical focus than our other economics courses.

In your first year you'll examine the key concepts of business economics, including how internal and external economic forces affect businesses. You'll also cover core business topics including marketing, accounting and people management.

In years 2 and 3, you'll build on your economics and management knowledge and study specialist topics that suit your ambitions and interests in areas such as ethics and sustainability, entrepreneurship, risk management and labour economics.

You'll have the opportunity to enhance your career prospects and apply your skills in the workplace on a placement year in industry between years 2 and 3. You can also spend your sandwich year studying abroad at a partner university in countries such as Czech Republic, USA, Spain , Italy, Japan, Sweden, Croatia, Hungary and The Netherlands.

When you graduate, your economics knowledge, management skills, business acumen and analytical ability will make you an asset to any organisation. Your economics skills will open doors to roles in areas such as banking, accounting, tax consultancy and risk management.

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.

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Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This means that you won't have to take some of the CIMA exams if you want to be CIMA certified after you graduate. You'll have completed part of your professional qualification by doing this degree. Find out more about these exceptions on the CIMA website.

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Economics and Management degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 29–30

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAB–ABB
  • UCAS points – 128–136 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

The balance between business and economic applications is something I enjoy about my course. This has allowed me to tailor my studies and skills according to my interests and ambitions in my career.

Ivy Maingi, BA (Hons) Economics and Management student

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 how microeconomic and macroeconomic factors affect business decision making
  • Analyse market movements and learn to make fast-paced investment decisions using our Bloomberg Suite, the trading platform used by professionals
  • Get the Bloomberg Certificate as part of your studies, demonstrating to future employers that you know your way around the Bloomberg Suite
  • Tailor your studies to your interests and career ambitions

You can also:

  • Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
  • Study abroad through our links with overseas universities
  • Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme
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I loved my time at the University of Portsmouth and built friendships that will last a lifetime. I studied Economics and Management and completed a work placement in Prague in my third year. I worked for a leading consultancy and solutions provider of risk management.

Tyler Everitt, Alumnus

Careers and opportunities

When you complete your degree successfully, you’ll be suited to managerial-level roles in any company or organisation. Our graduate employment rate is 92% (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019).

Previous graduates of this course have secured roles such as:

  • Commercial analyst
  • Product manager
  • Claims handler
  • Sales consultant
  • Financial analyst
  • Account manager
  • Trader in financial assets
  • Purchasing and acquisitions officer

Graduates of this course have gone onto work for companies such as:

  • National Grid
  • Cummins (power solutions)
  • Prospect Legal
  • H & M
  • Toyota
  • Total Gas and Power
  • Majestic Wine

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

Economics placements
Economics placements

Economics students Mani, Jason and Ting-yi tell of their experiences doing work placements at Microsoft, ONS and HM Treasury.

I think it’s really important for students to be really immersed and engaged in the real business environment. One of the most exciting opportunities is taking an industrial placement between the second and final year.

I relied on the placement office massively, they were so helpful. Like reviewing my CV before I was applying and stuff, they ran mock assessment centres and interviews and I went to them which I found so beneficial. The responsibility was pretty big right form the beginning.

At Microsoft they encourage you to join the extracurricular stuff they have going on so I joined the social impact team. While there I had the opportunity to lead and create events. One of the first things I did was coordinating big bank meetings for the business development department. I wrote a report called ‘Changes in the Economy since the 1970’s’ and it got published on the website.

Come the end of the placement I managed to oversee the entire thing, working with the chancellors office you get a lot to do. That year long experience really does something to a student, when they come back in their final year they are a true economist. You’re really encouraged to do placements which I had a great time doing so I’d definitely recommend it.

Work placement year

You can boost your employability by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree.

Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:

  • Microsoft
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Eaton Power Management

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.

You'll get careers support throughout your studies and for 5 years after you graduate.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.

What you'll study on a BA (Hons) Economics and Management degree

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

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

Modules

Core modules in this year:

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

There are no optional modules in this year.

In your second year you have the option to spend the year at one of our partner universities. You'll have a wide choice of destinations, from Europe, to Canada, Australia, China and Japan. 

Learn more about your study abroad options

Core modules in this year:

  • Intermediate Economics
  • International Business
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • Data and Research Methods for Economics
  • Personal Development Planning for Economists (Level 5)

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Behavioural Economics and Game Theory
  • Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • International Economics
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-Wide Language Programme)
  • Regional Economic Development and Inequality
  • Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability

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.

Learn more about placements

Core modules in this year:

  • Strategic and International Management
  • Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy
  • Economics Research Project
  • Personal Development Planning for Economists (Level 6)

Options to choose from in this year include: 

  • Business Improvement and Creativity
  • Development Economics
  • Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
  • International Banking and Financial Instruments
  • Labour Economics
  • Project Management for Enterprise
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management
  • Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment
  • Business Improvement & Creativity
  • Critical Leadership: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives
  • Operations Strategy and the Supply Chain
  • Responsible and Sustainable Business

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Alternative economic courses

Not quite sure this course is right for you? Take a look at our other economics courses to compare you options.

If you'd like to know more about the banking sector or want to bring more money-savvy knowledge to your business career, take a look at our Economics Finance and Banking degree.

If you want to build a solid foundation on your way to becoming a professional economist by studying economic theory and practicing to an advanced level, take a look at our Economics degree.

Study year abroad

Between your second and third year you can study abroad at one of our partner universities. This allows you to experience a different culture, enhance your CV so you stand out in the job market, grow your confidence, and open up personal and professional opportunities.

We have partnerships with Universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Classes are delivered in English.

You'll get support from the faculty's Global Support Office and UoP Global with identifying and applying to suitable destinations, and ongoing contact and support during your year abroad.

Assessment

Your assessment will depend on which modules you take. The majority of assessment is through coursework, but assessment methods are likely to include:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • self-led independent study project
The way you're assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
  • 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

We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we are keeping a blended model which will include some online learning.

The majority of your learning (around 80%) will be face-to-face and will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • practical sessions

For more about what your teaching and learning will be like in 2021/22 visit our Covid information pages.

In this course there's an emphasis on using the latest software and tech to support your learning and develop your practical knowledge.

We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. You'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.

Giorgio Bendoni, Teaching Fellow

Giorgio has had a long career in the Navy before moving into managerial positions within the Aviation and Marine Industry and the Technology sector.  He teaches on a variety of courses at undergraduate level including: Intermediate Microeconomics; Quantitative Economics; Economics of Money Banking and Financial Markets; International Banking and Financial Management.

Alexis Stenfors, Senior Lecturer

Alexis joined us to teach economics and finance subjects after an extensive career in the foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives markets, having been a trader at HSBC, Citi, Crédit Agricole and Merrill Lynch. He is the author of an a popular book discussing his time in the finance industry: ‘Barometer of Fear: An Insider’s Account of Rogue Trading and the Greatest Banking Scandal in History’ (London: Zed Books, May 2017).

Paul Lovejoy, Senior Teaching Fellow

Following an initial spell in manufacturing industry, Paul has spent most of his career in local and regional economic development.  This has included roles as an economist supporting regional venture capital funds, as a director of an international consultancy company and as a leader of economic development agencies.  Paul now specialises in teaching economics to students who are new to the subject.

 
Adam Cox, Principal Lecturer

Adam leads the engagement with local authorities and business to develop ways of using economics to solve business and public policy problems. He specialises in teaching microeconomics to those how have not studied economics previously. 

Pierre Failler, Professor

Pierre is globally respected for his ongoing research into marine resources management. Whilst leading a number of high profile research projects, he specialises in teaching Development Economics. 

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

In 2021/22, we're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Economics and Management degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops for about 12 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You’ll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They’re also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Student engagement officers

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have support from student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

Study support tutors

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course – face-to-face, by phone and email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • Academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • Reflective writing skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student returning to study, specialist support is available.  

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,500 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

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

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

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

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Preparing for a degree in economics

To prepare for a degree in economics, keep up-to-date with economic issues by reading newspapers and publications such as The Economist and Financial Times and look at the work of organisations such as the OECD, World Bank and HM Treasury.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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