Financial Management BA (Hons)
BA Hons Financial Management
The business world is more complex and diverse than ever, and the demand for financially literate graduates has never been higher.
This BA (Hons) Financial Management degree course gives you a thorough understanding of the business world, and is ideal if you want a career in business finance.
You’ll develop a thorough knowledge of financial decision-making, learn analytical skills valued by both the corporate world and the finance industry, and develop commercial awareness.
After the course you will have gained the skills needed to work in the finance industry including managing the financial functions of a business.
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.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Learn skills in areas such as business accounting, managing people, corporate governance and working as a team
- Be taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff and expert academic researchers
- Use our Bloomberg terminals, where you’ll analyse real-time financial market data, and get the Bloomberg Certificate, which is highly regarded by employers
- Have the chance to network with potential employers and work with real businesses on projects
Careers and opportunities
After the course, you can use the financial expertise you’ve developed to work in the finance industry or manage the financial functions of a business.
Many of our graduates have gone onto managerial-level roles. Routes they’ve pursued include:
- further study at postgraduate level
After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
I like my course because I enjoy the excellent teaching. I also find the applied exams and the module lecture hand-outs very helpful.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Financial Management course
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.
Core units in this year include:
- Business Accounting
- Economics for Business
- Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
- Marketing Principles and Practice
- Managing People in Organisations
- Business Operations and Systems Management
You can also get the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate in Marketing, which is highly sought after by employers for both marketing and non-marketing roles.
Core units in this year include:
- Corporate Financial Management
- Financial Reporting for Business
- Management Accounting for Operational Control
- Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- Personal Finance
- Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
- Accounting Packages and Systems
- Business Law
- Foreign language
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 units in this year include:
- Advanced Corporate Financial Management
- Strategic Management
- Strategic Management Accounting
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Independent Study Project
- Work-based Financial Project
- Financial Investment
- International Financial Management
- Business Improvement and Creativity
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.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year in the UK or abroad to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. This will also help you stand out from other candidates when you apply for jobs after the course.
Previous students have completed work placements at:
- GE Aviation
- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you can carry out auditing, accounting and finance projects for local charities in your final year. Our Careers and Employability service can help you find other relevant other work experience during your course, including placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that complement your studies and enhance your CV.
Your personal tutor also supports you with your career planning and helps you develop your workplace skills.
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 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 methods on this course include:
- small-group seminars
- practical workshops
- one-on-one tutorials
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this course.
Louisa Burton, Teaching FellowLouisa is a University of Portsmouth graduate and ACCA qualification holder, whose extensive professional experience includes accounts, taxation, charity audits, and corporate auditing at Ernst & Young.
Her teaching specialisms are audit and taxation. She also works on projects to improve student employability and professional skills, by linking students with local charities to complete practical work experience while they study. Louisa is currently carrying out research into fraud risk in charities.
Tat-Thanh Nguyen (Frank), Lecturer
The first ever ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) Chartered Accountant qualified in Vietnam, Frank has international experience in various industries, including: accountancy (KPMG & PwC), trading & services (Marubeni) and banking (Techcombank and Maritime). His research interests are in the intersection of Accounting, Finance & Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain
Alan Graham, Lecturer
Alan has 20 years experience in industry and public practice with Deloitte, where he helped to audit Alan Sugar's Amstrad Corporation. He has worked for North American and French corporations and been involved in group accounting, operational reviews and acquisition deals.
His research interests focus on pedagogical issues surrounding the teaching of writing skills and also ethics teaching for accountants. He's also interested in the role of the financial controller in business organisations and in the area of football finance.
Professor Andrew Wood, Head of Accounting and Financial ManagementAndrew has worked in universities for more than 20 years, and arrived in Portsmouth from the University of Essex, where he led on learning and teaching for Essex Business School.
Before working in academia, he worked as assistant to the Treasury Committee at the House of Commons, where the inquiries he worked on included the role of the Bank of England and the conduct of economic policy around the time of the exchange rate mechanism crisis (“Black Wednesday”).
His research interests are in the area of behavioural finance - especially asset pricing and trading anomalies, and corporate finance practices.
Michael O'Connor, LecturerMichael trained in tax with Arthur Andersen and KPMG in Ireland, and has held senior roles at both private companies, public entities and international consultancies in Russia, Central Asia, Africa and China. He has also worked as a trainee and provided training services at the European Commission.
A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Michael was a co-organiser of the 5th European Research Conference in Microfinance that took place at Portsmouth Business School in 2017. He has had a lifelong fascination for technology which he also tries to instil in classes.
Christina Philippou, LecturerChristina qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PKF (now BDO), undertaking audits across a variety of business sectors, preparing financial statements, performing due diligence work and providing business services to SMEs.
She then spent 8 years working as a forensic accountant for Deloitte in London, including disputes and expert witness work; fraud, insider trading, bribery and corruption investigations; regulatory and US sanctions compliance work; as well as anti-money laundering, compliance, and fraud risk reviews.
Christina’s research is in the areas of forensic accounting and sport governance.
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 mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early 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
- a self-led project
- an optional dissertation
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 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 60% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 27% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 28% by written exams and 72% by coursework
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
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.
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.
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – NN30
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
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Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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.
- Subject area
- Accounting, Economics and Finance