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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 2020, September 2021
Accredited
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.

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.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Programme Accreditation System (EPAS). 

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Economics and Management degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

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.

Qualifications or experience
  • 120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

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.

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

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

Careers and opportunities

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be suited to managerial-level roles in any company or organisation.

What can you do with an Economics and Management degree?

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

What jobs can you do with an Economics and Management degree?

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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
  • 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

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.

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 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

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Practical sessions

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.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

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:

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.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, 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.

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.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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