Economics and Management BA (Hons)
BA Hons Economics and Management
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.
Alternative economic courses
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.
This course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).
92% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
BA (Hons) Economics and Management degree entry requirements
- 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
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
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.
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
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.
Careers and opportunities
When you complete your degree successfully, 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
- Tax consultancy
- Risk management
- Management training
- Human resources
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.
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.
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.
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 currently being studied
Core modules in this year include:
- Economics for Business
- Business Accounting
- Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
- Marketing Principles and Practice
- Managing People in Organisations
- Business Operations and Systems Management
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules 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:
- Behavioural Economics and Game Theory
- Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship
- Financial Management
- Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
- Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
- Organisational Analysis, Theory and Design
- International Economics
- Modern Foreign Language (Institution-Wide Language Programme)
- Regional Economic Development and Inequality
- Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability
- Study abroad
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.
Core modules 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 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.
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.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- Analysis of topical case studies
- Written reports
- 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 modules 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
Teaching methods on this course include:
- Practical sessions
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.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
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.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December
- Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
Extra learning support
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 face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
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
- 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 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.
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,500 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.
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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, 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
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). 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.