Financial Management BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
NN30
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 2019

Overview

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, so it’s ideal if you want a career in business finance without specialising in accountancy.

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’ll have all the skills you need to work in the finance industry or be a manager responsible for the financial functions of a business.

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 experts such as chartered accountants, company directors and financiers
  • 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
In your first year, 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.

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.

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.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional paid work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Past students have secured placements at well-known organisations such as the National Physical Laboratory and Lockheed Martin. Many students go on to work for their placement employer after they finish the course.

You’ll apply for your placement in the second year with support from our Placements Office. You’ll get:

  • sessions with potential placement employers
  • access to a database of vacancies
  • regular placement opportunity updates
  • help with application forms and the application process

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:

  • commercial banking
  • corporate finance
  • chartered accountancy
  • investment banking
  • financial management
  • real estate
  • financial planning
  • insurance
  • 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.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

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)
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.

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.

​What you'll study

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.

Units currently being studied

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

Core units in this year include:

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting for Business
  • Management Accounting for Operational Control
  • Corporate Governance, Financial Crime, Ethics and Controls

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Personal Finance
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Accounting Packages and Systems
  • Taxation
  • Business and Employment Law
  • Foreign language

Core units in this year include:

  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Management Accounting for Strategic Analysis and Control

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Dissertation
  • Independent Study
  • Work-based Financial Project
  • Financial Investment
  • International Accounting
  • International Financial Management
  • Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment
  • Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
  • Business Consultancy Project
  • 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.

Learning 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
  • referencing
  • 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​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • small-group seminars
  • practical workshops
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

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.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 76% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 76% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, and 79% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • 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

Apply

How to apply

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.

Not quite ready to apply?

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.

How to apply from outside the UK

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. 

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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