Financial Management BA (Hons)
BA Hons Financial Management
Effective financial management is core to all successful businesses and the demand for financially literate graduates has never been higher.
On this BA (Hons) Financial Management, you'll learn the skills and knowledge you need to plan, organise and control business finances and make good financial decisions. You'll also learn core business skills in areas such as marketing and people management.
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. You'll learn how to manage money and use funds effectively, and apply what you learn using real-life business scenarios and data.
Between years 2 and 3, you can apply your skills on a paid year-long industry placement or experience a new culture by studying abroad.
Successful businesses need people with financial acumen, and the skills you develop on your degree will be valuable in all areas of business. Specialist areas you could go into include corporate finance, investment and commercial banking.
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.
If you want to build a solid foundation on your way to becoming a chartered accountant by developing your analytical techniques, economic expertise and strategic insight, take a look at our BA Hons Accounting with Finance course.
100% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
- A levels – ABB–BBC
- UCAS points – 112–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
- 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 course you'll:
- Develop core transferable skills which employers value
- Be taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff with experience in industry and expert academic researchers
- 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
- Have the chance to network with potential employers and work with businesses on projects
- Get experience with specialist software and resources you'll use in your career – these include the SAP Next Generation Lab and S&P Global Market Intelligence data
- Tailor your studies to focus on the specialist topics that interest you
- Develop transferable skills you can use in any area of your life and career, such as analytical skills, resilience, time management skills and communication skills
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
Careers and opportunities
The blend of business skills and financial knowledge you develop on this degree provides many career options when you graduate.
Many of our graduates with a degree in financial management have gone onto managerial-level roles. Others have used their financial skills to start their own businesses.
Areas graduates have gone into include:
- Commercial banking
- Corporate finance
- Chartered accountancy (with further study)
- Investment banking
- Financial management
- Real estate
- Financial planning
- Project management
- Further study at postgraduate level
Organisations graduates have gone onto work for include:
- The NHS
- The "Big 4" accountancy firms – Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers
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 to develop your skills and build links in the industry. You'll get careers support throughout your studies and for 5 years after you graduate.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.
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
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
All modules below are worth 20 credits each.
- 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.
All modules below are worth 20 credits each.
- Corporate Financial Management
- Financial Reporting for Business
- Management Accounting
- Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance
All modules below are worth 20 credits each.
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- Personal Finance
- Accounting Packages and Systems
- Business Law
- Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship
After your second year, you’ll get the opportunity to take an optional placement year, working in an organisation to gain valuable experience and put your skills to work.
You’ll get mentoring and support throughout your placement. We’ll help you find a placement that supports your interests and workplace ambitions. Many students go on to work for their placement employer after the course.
Previous students have completed work placements at:
- GE Aviation
- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
All modules below are worth 20 credits each.
- Advanced Corporate Financial Management
- Strategic Management
- Strategic Management Accounting
- Business Analytics (20 credits)
- Business Improvement & Creativity (20 credits)
- Collaborative Accounting Community (20 credits)
- Dissertation (40 credits)
- Financial Investment Project (20 credits)
- Independent Study Project (20 credits)
- International Financial Management (20 credits)
- Professional Accounting Practice (20 credits)
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.
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 degree 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 and 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'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 modules 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
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- 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 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.
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.
Maths and stats support
The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
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.
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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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 – NN31
- 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 abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.