Economics and Management BA (Hons)
BA Hons Economics and Management
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.
This course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).
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
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
- tax consultancy
- risk management
- management training
- human resources
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical sessions
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.
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 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).
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.
Graeme is a macroeconomics expert. He has previously worked in the private sector for a boutique economics consultancy firm, and in the Government Economic Service at the Office for National Statistics and the Office for Budget Responsibility.
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 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
Each academic year is 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
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
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
BA (Hons) Economics and Management degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.