Birds eye view of Shanghai at dawn. BA (Hons) International Business.
UCAS Code
N123
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 2021, September 2022
Accredited
Yes

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Overview

Gain international business skills by living and studying abroad for a year as part of your degree. You’ll have first choice from our wide range of university partners, from Europe to Australia, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand and the USA. If you want, you can divide your year abroad and experience 2 new cultures and countries.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure which area of business and management you want to work in, as you’ll explore a broad range of business specialisms on this course. These include marketing, accounting, operations and leadership. Your module options include subjects such as international finance, tourism and cross-cultural awareness. During your year abroad you’ll be able to extend your understanding of global business by taking modules that explore business from a non-UK viewpoint.

No matter which sector you eventually work in, business is now global. This course will maximise your employability. You’ll graduate with both a broad understanding of modern business and the confidence and ability to work internationally. 

Students that go abroad are more likely to obtain first-class honours, more likely to be in graduate employment or further study, more likely to have a higher average starting salary, and less likely to be unemployed than their non-mobile peers.

Universities UK International: ‘Gone International, Rising Aspirations’, 2019

What you'll experience

  • Excellent support through our International Exchange Workshops that'll help you make the right choice of destination for your year abroad.
  • All teaching in English at whichever partner university you choose.
  • The chance to explore lots of different areas of international business and management to find the specialisms that interest you.
  • The option to specialise in a particular area of business if you find your passion.

You can choose to

  • Live and study abroad in not just 1 country, but 2.
  • Do an additional paid work-placement year in Year 3, either in the UK or abroad.
  • Gain a second degree in international business from the University of Applied Sciences in Munster (see details below).
  • Get practical experience as part of our Business Consultancy Project, offering advice to local small businesses.
  • Get support for setting up your own business from our Entrepreneurs in Residence.
  • Learn a foreign language as part of your studies.

Earn a second degree

We offer the chance to gain a dual degree in international business. This means that you can earn 2 degrees in 4 years instead of the normal 6 years. The degrees are: 

To achieve this you must:

  • spend your year abroad at Munster University of Applied Sciences
  • complete a 1-year work placement in your third year (either in the UK or abroad)
  • pass all relevant assessments at both universities
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Accreditation 

This course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This accreditation shows that your learning will have an international outlook, that you’ll engage with employers and that you’ll learn about ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) International Business degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 29–30

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.

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM

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.

Ideal skills and qualities for this course

In addition to meeting the course's entry requirements, we’re looking for good written, IT and analytical skills. You'll need adaptability, resilience, open-mindedness and a global mindset to thrive on this course.

We’d encourage you to read the business sections of a quality newspaper and get some work experience (of any kind) as this will help you to be better prepared for the course.

Choosing to study abroad was by far the best decision I made during university. I moved to Lille, in France, to study at EDHEC Business School and it provided me with the opportunities to travel across Europe and meet people from all across the globe, while improving my confidence and independence.

Molly Jones, Alumna of BA International Business

Careers and opportunities

This degree will open doors to a wide variety of careers in the business world. Being able to talk about your international experience and global business learning will give you an advantage when applying to multinational companies in particular.

Previous graduates of this course have secured roles such as:

  • Business consultant
  • Project analyst
  • International sales assistant
  • Business development manager
  • Commercial marketing assistant
  • Work package manager
  • Mortgage and protection adviser
  • Financial services assurance associate
  • Customer accounts manager
  • Business graduate scheme
  • Account executive
  • Marketing and sales executive
  • Product manager
  • Content curator
  • Junior account manager
  • Events coordinator
  • Start-up programme manager

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Virgin Media
  • Kantar (data insights and consulting)
  • IBM
  • Graphic Design House
  • NATS (air traffic control)
  • Cross Manufacturing Ltd (engineering)
  • Asia Pacific Inspection
  • BAE Systems
  • Gilroy Corporate Communications
  • Liquid Hub (drinks marketing)
  • Kitchen Cut (software)
  • Prospect Capital (finance)
  • GSMA (worldwide mobile)
  • Microsoft
  • Hundred Houses (charity)

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Bespoke work experience and careers support

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you finish your course, our Careers and Employability Service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We'll help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

From the moment you enrol until 5 years after graduation you'll have the support of our Careers and Employability Service. Alongside this we run our own Business and Law 'Career-ready' programme, which gives you free access to events, networking and experiences tailored to the business world.

Optional work placement year

You can boost your employability even more by taking an optional paid placement year straight after your year abroad (in Year 3). This placement could be in the UK or overseas.

Previous students have had placements in organisations such as: 

  • UBS Wealth Management
  • Prysmian Group
  • L'Oreal
  • IBM

Many of our students are offered a graduate job by their placement employer.

You could also set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement. Our placements team will help you find the right placement and you'll get mentoring and support through regular contact with teaching staff throughout the year.

If you don’t want to take a whole placement year we offer plenty of other ways to get great work experience whilst you study, from summer internships to entrepreneurial support.

If you want to qualify for the dual degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Munster you must do a placement in your third year. This placement can be in the UK or overseas and you'll be supported by both universities.

Your year abroad

You must spend your second year abroad studying business modules at a partner university. You'll have the option to split the year into 2 x 6 month sections and experience 2 different universities and countries if you wish.

Many students from Portsmouth take the opportunity to study abroad, but students on this course get priority when placements are being allocated.

We recognise that spending a year abroad is both exciting and a little scary. In your first year you'll take a whole module dedicated to helping you prepare and make the right choice about where you study. Throughout your time away you'll have the full support of your course leader, our global office and our placements team.

You do not pay any fees to the overseas university, but you'll continue to pay a reduced tuition fee to Portsmouth during your year abroad. You'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant

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What you'll study on this BA (Hons) International Business 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

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do

As well as getting an overview of the main financial principles and conventions of business accounting, you'll learn how to interpret annual reports and other related documentation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose of accounting in the financial management of a business entity
  • Interpret an annual report for a quoted company
  • Describe the main financial principles and conventions
  • Identify and use budgeting, basic costing principles, concepts and cost classifications
  • Identify and use costing techniques and methods for analytical and managerial problem-solving purposes
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a set coursework exercise (20% of final mark)
  • a portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll study concepts, principles, decision frameworks and practices that relate to major aspects of operations management.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles, decision frameworks and practices of operations and systems management in business
  • Understand the contribution of operations and systems management to the performance and sustainability of businesses
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 4 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • project output (20% of final mark)
  • coursework (30% of final mark)
  • a 60-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll engage in problem-based learning and expand upon the use of economic and financial theory to evaluate a range of relevant and contemporary issues.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the key concepts of economics
  • Explain topical economic issues and Government policy decisions
  • Define and explain basic financial principles
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a business innovation development project (20% of final mark)
  • 8 quizzes (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to apply theories, identify key issues and develop appropriate recommendations for action. You'll reflect on your experiences of working in organisations, being managed, and managing others, and explore this within the context of effective management and the achievement of individual and organisational goals.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the nature of work and management in organisations with diverse membership
  • Consider equality, diversity, cross-cultural and ethical issues in the management of people
  • Select and apply a range of appropriate theoretical and conceptual frameworks in the analysis and potential resolution of management issues within an organisational context
  • Identify and apply key activities in people management practice, and consider their potential impact in achieving organisational goals, and the role of line managers in their implementation
  • Review and discuss contemporary issues in managing people in organisations and identify the implications of these for managers and other employees
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 40-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a project (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll attend weekly lectures, and weekly group seminars, using case studies to explore marketing in greater detail.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the significance of marketing as a management process and discuss it in the wider context of the organisation
  • Understand the importance and relevance of the global marketing environment to sustainable and ethical marketing decision making
  • Use resources to gather data to undertake a marketing audit
  • Identify key marketing problems and opportunities within an organisation
  • Recognise the stages within a marketing plan and be able to differentiate between strategic and tactical marketing decision making
  • Identify, recognise and apply the key model, tools and concepts associated with marketing decision making
  • Recognise the elements of the marketing mix and explain how they are used to inform marketing decision-making
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a Business Innovation Development project (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get to know key concepts and case studies in lectures, and engage in problem-solving activities in seminars.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Show a basic understanding of numerical methods and calculations
  • Utilise mathematical and statistical techniques to analyse data
  • Interpret analysis results and communicate to a range of different audiences
  • Formulate and build a basic model of management and business problems
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
  • 24 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 116 hours studying independently. This is around 4 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a Business Innovation Development project (20% of final mark)
  • a 6-hour portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

The group project will culminate in an informed recommendation of a new business venture idea, addressing a current social/ecological issue.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explore your role in, and experience of, a ‘simulated working group’ with diverse membership
  • Understand and contribute to small scale research, analysing your findings and delivering them appropriately to your target audience
  • Offer a supporting case for the success of a business innovation, in the context of the subject disciplines you studied in year 1 and your knowledge of the business world
  • Demonstrate co-operative working, with effective use of communication, problem solving and team working skills
  • Reflect on your personal experience, skills and performance to develop ‘actions’ for the future
  • Use key academic skills relating to the creation of original content
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lecture
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment (20% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (30% of final mark)

What you'll do

On this module you'll develop the skills and knowledge to transform into a more employable global student. In the first semester you'll get assistance when applying for your study abroad year. In the second semester you'll prepare to leave the exchange and get the required skills to apply for a placement.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Successfully apply for a suitable partner institution for your study abroad period
  • Evaluate your personal employability skills through the preparation of a CV
  • Develop your interview techniques, ready for the placement period
  • Access the placement office online facilities to enable full usage when abroad
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 24 hours studying independently.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through:

  • a bid application at the end of the first semester (0% of final mark) - this is an informal assessment but a prerequisite for your study abroad year and must include your suitability for the country and partner, your research and preparation, the skills you'll develop and any risk and how you'll overcome them

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broader knowledge and understanding of the subject specialism(s)
  • Reflect on your learning, strengths, weaknesses and performance in another country, in a different academic system
  • Use a wider range of transferable skills, based on what you learn from different culture and inter-cultural competencies
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

Year 3

You have the option to take a paid work placement either in the UK or overseas in Year 3. If you take this option you'll study these modules when you return to Portsmouth in Year 4. 

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll explore theory and practice, and get an overall picture of what it means to be a sustainable business in today's global economy. You'll also get a critical appreciation of the strategies and practices that companies can use to contribute to the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the main characteristics, ideologies and debates shaping the economic, political and socio-ecological context in which global sustainable business take place: including the foundations of market economies, good governance and theories linking economic growth with environmental and social outcomes
  • Critically evaluate the challenges and opportunities for business and sustainable development arising from globalisation
  • Communicate your findings in a professional manner
  • Analyse from sustainability, ethical and business perspectives
  • Compare, contrast and critically assess strategies for developing innovative business models to advance progress towards sustainable development goals
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll study strategy, through formulation and implementation, and through practice with strategic activities and tools. You'll learn to diagnose strategic issues, analyse the industry a company is competing in as well as a firm's capabilities, and synthesising ideas into creative strategy insights, strategic issue selling, and reflecting upon their practice as strategists.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the strategic environment of an international company and use the findings to design creative strategic solutions
  • Evaluate strategic options and communicate appropriate recommendations
  • Critically reflect upon strategic practice of practitioners, practices, and activities involved in strategy creation
  • Critically appraise 'strategy-as-practice' literature, based on the experience of engaging in strategic activities
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 1-hour lectures
  • 9 x 1 hour seminars
  • 2 x 2 hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 35-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

These organisations are small to medium size, or a local unit of a larger organisation, from the private, public or third sector (such as charities, not-for-profits and community organisations).

You'll first competitively bid against other teams for specific client project briefs, such as developing a business case for expansion, increasing sales or improving internal processes. Some briefs may feature a combination of business goals.

Once your group has been assigned to a specific project, you'll spend 40–50 hours a week working on the project as a team (depending on team size). You'll probably spend a fair bit of time off campus, liaising with your client, and meeting key stakeholders to conduct tasks such as surveys and interviews.

Over the duration of this module, you'll develop essential graduate skills, including teamwork, project management and consultancy, and learn how to integrate business concepts from your degree studies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Work effectively in a consultancy project team whilst developing your skills in communications, cross-cultural competence, creativity and conflict resolution
  • Build effective relationships with a client and other stakeholders
  • Develop and manage a consultancy project, using relevant problem-solving and project management methods
  • Critically apply business and management theories and concepts, to analyse a client's situation, research and evaluate solutions and develop sustainable recommendations with an outline implementation plan
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word essay (70% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word essay (30% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also get an understanding of the basic principles of business forecasting.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Implement schemes of business analysis
  • Distinguish the important and relevant information necessary to undertake a research project
  • Interpret quantitative evidence and research findings
  • Articulate findings effectively
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 152 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop your knowledge and understanding around the application of ideas, methodologies, processes and techniques for improving and sustaining organisational performance.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically discuss the nature and evolution of continuous improvement
  • Evaluate the use and application of high performance and continuous improvement methodologies, tools and techniques
  • Evaluate the use and relevance of various business change and improvement systems, models and techniques
  • Analyse and discuss cultural, human and behavioural factors contributing to the successful implementation and continuation of business improvement
  • Critically assess the creative environment and use a range of tools and techniques to enhance organisational and employee creativity and problem-solving
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine how you can extract data from enterprise resource planning systems into both a data warehouse such as SAP BW and an in-memory database such as SAP HANA. You'll look into areas such as query design, selecting data warehousing software, data mining and visualisation, and text mining and sentiment analysis.

What you'll do

You'll compare information systems (IS) theory against real-world practice through case study analysis and, where applicable, visits to employer sites.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate contemporary issues shaping information systems theory and practice
  • Use digital technologies to locate and engage with appropriate materials
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and critically analyse the evidence and arguments available to support or challenge the claimed impact of business systems
  • Engage constructively in activities to generate and evaluate knowledge of contemporary and future information systems trends and developments
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour supervised time in studio/workshops
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • an oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a portfolio (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also focus on the critical issues associated with managing these processes. You'll get an introduction to product/service development, as well as issues impacting on the development of new products and services.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate product and service development management theories, models and concepts
  • Compare and contrast key decisions and tools used inn product and service development projects
  • Compare and contrast emerging external factors that influence product and service development
  • Critically evaluate product and service development in light of ethical and environmental sustainability issues
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll critically engage with and explore applications of competing theories in traditional and contemporary areas of leadership. You'll also develop your personal leader/leadership profile and development plan.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate debates of leader versus leadership and management versus leadership
  • Evaluate arguments, assumptions and theoretical differences in traditional and current leadership research
  • Compare, contrast, and critically evaluate leadership theories
  • Identify and justify links between theory and practice in leadership
  • Develop self-awareness of your leader/leadership ability
  • Formulate action plans to develop your potential
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • a 2,500-word essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word portfolio (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll take a high level, in-depth look at the impact and importance of culture in selected areas of business activity.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine what is meant by culture and its influence on the individual’s behaviour
  • Analyse the nature of differences in workplace behaviour, in a cross cultural context
  • Articulate the need to develop cross cultural competence as a business attribute
  • Justify the significance of the cross cultural dimension in the increasingly multicultural globalised working environment
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 30-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe and assess the use of financial statements in evaluating a company’s financial position
  • Apply and analyse knowledge of financial analysis techniques to explain items in published financial information
  • Evaluate and synthesise information on the theoretical developments of financial analysis in relation to items in publicly available financial data
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word report (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word report (40% of final mark)
  • an oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn more about how to achieve a competitive advantage and manage the decision making process using information systems.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Appreciate the need for a strategic approach to information systems
  • Understand how information systems may be applied to achieve a competitive advantage
  • Understand the role and nature of information systems in the management decision making process and its contribution to organisational knowledge
  • Understand the implications of the internet and e-business
  • Understand the management issues associated with managing IT services and an IT project
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critically informed understanding of the extent of inequality and discrimination at work. You'll also learn about the factors that contribute to workplace disadvantage and the interventions designed to alleviate it.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate theoretical and conceptual perspectives of equality and diversity
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity issues in the workplace
  • Collect and synthesise relevant information related to equality and diversity issues
Teaching activities
  • 33 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 6 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 161 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (20% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine how the significance of the supply chain can alter and contribute to the overall strategy of an organisation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and reflective knowledge of global supply chains, their environment and their impact on wider society
  • Investigate and analyse international supply chain case studies, using theoretical problem solving techniques
  • Evaluate opportunities for supply chain development and improvement
  • Research and analyse the wider supply chain environment
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 6 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 5 x online tests (10% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour set exercise (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn about HR planning, talent acquisition and talent management in a legal, ethical and business focused framework. You'll further develop your knowledge and understanding of human resource management (HRM).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand key contemporary labour market trends and their significance to organisations
  • Undertake core talent planning activities and know how to contribute to the development of resourcing strategies including managing and planning recruitment and selection activities effectively, within the expectation of the law and best practice
  • Understand the development of performance management in organisations and evaluate the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that contribute to high performance organisations
  • Critically evaluate the key perspectives, principles, policies and practices that inform decision making
  • Apply knowledge and understanding regarding how to manage grievance, discipline, dismissal and redundancy effectively, ethically and lawfully within the workplace
  • Demonstrate understanding of people resourcing and talent management and be able to select and apply appropriate practitioner and academic resources to identify people resourcing and talent management issues and propose relevant and realistic solutions
Teaching activities
  • 12 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 12 hours of tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn about methods of project management for enterprise (business), and the tools and techniques for scheduling and planning projects.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Differentiate between the characteristics of projects and ongoing tasks
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of planning tools to plan, monitor and control projects
  • Communicate, lead and/or participate in project teams
  • Apply the fundamental aspects of a methodology (e.g. PRINCE2 or Agile)
  • Develop and deliver meaningful project schedules, using software such as Microsoft Project
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 3-hour workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework project (50% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour exam (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

This is a practical module you and you'll take an active role in each seminar session. You'll develop "whole picture" thinking when pursuing your career.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Use appropriate models and frameworks to critically assess different aspects of sales management within an organisation
  • Present solutions to shortfalls in sales performance in a professional manner
  • Critically evaluate the significance of sales management and leadership, and recognise how to manage a sales force efficiently and effectively
  • Analyse ethical issues within the sales arena
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word professional report (20% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute group presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll go to practical workshops and learn to draw on marketing theory learned in other modules. You'll consider the implication of different technological innovations for the consumer and for organisations.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Develop a critical awareness of current and future trends in technology
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of technology on sustainable, ethical and responsible marketing
  • Critically appraise the impact of current and future technology trends on marketing activity and decision making
  • Synthesise and disseminate research findings and implications
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework project (20% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word report (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

This will provide the framework for independent student learning, to ensure the accomplishment of all the stated learning outcomes.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main financial markets and institutions, and the theory of financial intermediation
  • Demonstrate & evaluate how financial instruments such as money market instruments, bonds and stocks are priced, as well as to demonstrate competence in calculating the yields of these assets.
  • Apply specific techniques to the analysis of the term structure of interest rates, options, futures and foreign currency
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how economic news impacts on asset prices, and how financial institutions may respond to price expectations
  • Critically evaluate and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of dividend valuation models and the criticisms advanced in the literature
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000 word portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

This module has a strong focus on ethical and environmental issues.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain how marketing concepts and techniques can be applied to the marketing of social issues
  • Examine how marketing approaches can be used to change behaviour and encourage ethical, responsible and sustainable consumerism
  • Apply marketing concepts and techniques to address a real social issue and achieve behavioural change
  • Deliver an effective and professional visual presentation
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll use it in situations such as buying a house, negotiating your salary, corporate take-overs and agreeing to commercial contractual conditions. On this module you'll learn about basic negotiation concepts such as distributive and integrative bargaining, two-party and multi-party situations and more advanced topics such as the impact of culture and psychology on judgement and decision making.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate the key principles and theories of negotiation
  • Apply the principles of negotiation to develop the practical skills needed to plan and conduct negotiations
  • Critically reflect on your own negotiating styles and strategies
  • Develop and appraise interpersonal skills through practical exercises and simulations
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour written exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

Before your final assessments, you'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally through simulations and practice negotiations

What you'll do

You'll examine the internal and external strategies adopted by multinational firms to maximise shareholder wealth, and other related topics.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the strategies used by multinational firms to maximise shareholder wealth, and how these affect the investment choices of multinational firms
  • Apply and critically compare multinational company (MNC) theories, including exchange rate determination
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of how economic news impacts on asset prices, and how financial institutions may respond to price expectations
  • Undertake foreign exchange risk management, the financing of foreign operations and foreign investment analysis
  • Examine and apply techniques to determine the cost of capital for foreign investments
  • Learn how to manage a multinational firm's financing and investment decisions, including cross-border mergers and acquisition
  • Learn techniques for the measurement and management of a multinational firms exposure to exchange rate and interest rate risks
  • Examine and demonstrate why multinational firms list their stocks on international stock exchanges
  • Examine how and why multinational firms use bank markets, such as the Eurobond market, currency options and futures markets, and interest rate and currency swaps
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word report (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critical and practical understanding of tourism.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically understand the tourism experience concept
  • Think independently, analytically and creatively with the variations in consumer behaviours
  • Identify and communicate clearly about current issues in tourism
Teaching activities
  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • an 800-word coursework report (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word coursework report (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll critically explore challenges faced by local, national and global Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) and identify appropriate marketing strategies to address these.

To take this module, you must have completed a marketing module at Level 4 and one at Level 5.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically analyse destination marketing material produced by various organisations
  • Show a comprehensive understanding of the significance of branding in destination marketing at local, national and global levels
  • Critically evaluate the challenges facing destination marketing organisations (DMOs)
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 12 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll apply economic models to a range of issues in public economics and public finance.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Justify government intervention in markets and understand the implications of this on efficiency and equity
  • Assess how the size and composition of the public sector has changed over time and how its structure differs across economies
  • Examine the key concepts that underlie tax theory, the characteristics of tax systems, and variations in patterns of taxation
  • Analyse the links between central government and devolved regions
  • Prepare effective written materials
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Select a suitable topic for investigation, understand its relationship with current developments in the respective subject area(s) and define clear research objectives or questions
  • Identify, access and critically evaluate a range of appropriate literatures that are pertinent to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of an empirical research project
  • Derive relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss them in relation to relevant literatures
  • Safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
  • Understand the likely effects of recommendations derived from the research project where this is appropriate.
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars/workshops
  • Guidance and support from your allocated supervisor
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 388 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • an 8,000-word dissertation (100% of final mark) – based on the following weighting: literature review (25%), methodology (20%), findings and discussion (25%), conclusions and recommendations (10%), format and presentation (10%) and research topic, intro and aims (10%)

What you’ll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in organisation studies and human resource management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in accounting and financial management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in organisation studies and human resource management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in organisation studies and human resource management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in organisation studies and human resource management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

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.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • practical sessions

We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. You'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.  

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

Assessment

How you're assessed will depend on the modules you select. As well as online assessments and coursework you may be assessed using:

  • examinations
  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports and essays
  • presentations
  • practical projects

As a guide, students on this course are typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 75% by coursework (taken while on study abroad)
  • Year 3 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework

We'll give you feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

 

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course.

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Dr Georgiana Busoi

  • Job Title Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Email Address georgiana.busoi@port.ac.uk
  • Department Marketing
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Media ready expert

Dr Alan Tait

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address Alan.Tait@port.ac.uk
  • Department Strategy Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Media ready expert

Dr Francisco Romera

  • Job Title Lecturer for Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Email Address Francisco.Romera@port.ac.uk
  • Department Strategy Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

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.

In 2021/22, we're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for this degree.

Your total study time will depend on the modules that you take, but in your first year this is what your week may look like:

  • timetabled teaching activities (lectures, seminars, tutorials, classes and workshops) = about 13 hours a week
  • independent study (research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group) = about 22 hours a week

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 and where you spend your year abroad.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

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 support via video, phone and face-to-face 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.

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.

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. They're available face-to-face, by phone, 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, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.

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

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.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

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.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year. This fee may be subject to annual increase
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including our Transition Scholarship). This fee may be subject to annual increase
  • International students – £15,500 a year. This fee may be subject to annual increase

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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 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.

In your second year, for your placement abroad, you’ll need to fund the costs of travel, transport, accommodation and your living costs. The exact costs will depend on the destination. Depending on the location of your placement, there may be further costs for communication or specialist clothing.

When you spend your year at a partner university you don't pay any tuition fees to that university. You will need to pay a small percentage of the annual tuition fee to the University of Portsmouth in your year abroad. This funds the support and assessment we give during your year away. 

You'll still be eligible for your tuition fee and maintenance loans and you may be eligible for extra funding through Erasmus+ or the Government's travel grants scheme

You can learn more about funding your year abroad on our study abroad pages

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – N123
  • 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

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. 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.

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