Business Economics BSc (Econ) (Hons)

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UCAS Code
L112
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 2018

Overview

Want to understand why corporations expand, the impact of entrepreneurs on the world of business or the role of government in regulating markets?

This BSc (Econ) (Hons) Business Economics degree course gives you detailed knowledge of the economic issues and challenges that companies and organisations face. You'll study the economics of a business environment and how this affects the decisions managers make. You'll also learn about the structure and regulation of industry.

A degree in business economics could lead you to a role with commercial firms working in areas such as market intelligence analysis or business forecasting. You could also pursue a career in non-commercial organisations such as competition and regulatory agencies.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn from active researchers, whose expertise on topics such as consumer confidence and executive pay has a direct impact on society and the economy
  • Track real-time financial and trade data using our Bloomberg suite – you'll receive the Bloomberg Certificate when you graduate to demonstrate your ability to employers
  • Learn how to use econometric software packages that professional economists use, such as eViews
  • Have the choice to study abroad through our links with overseas universities

Work experience and career planning

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

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Placement year

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

Students have completed work placements at:

  • IBM’s UK Corporate Office in Portsmouth
  • Microsoft
  • BMW
  • the Government Economic Service

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Previous students have gone on to work in roles such as:

  • financial analyst
  • account manager
  • trader in financial assets
  • purchasing and acquisitions officer
  • econometrician

They've worked in big name companies including:

  • Hewlett Packard
  • Amazon
  • Samsung

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

After you leave the University, 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 for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 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.

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.

​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 is worth 40 credits.

What you'll study

Core units in this year include:

  • Business accounting
  • Issues in business economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics for economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics for economics

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Econometric Methods
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • Quantitative and Research Methods for Economics

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Behavioural economics and game theory
  • Corporate financial management
  • Economics of money, banking and financial markets
  • International economics

Core units in this year include:

  • Applied economics
  • Industrial organisation and competition policy
  • Labour economics

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Advanced topics in economics
  • Behavioural finance and the psychology of investment
  • Development economics
  • Econometric analysis
  • Financial economics
  • International banking and financial instruments
  • Public sector economics

​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

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free 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.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • practical sessions
  • independent study

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

You’ll get a timetable 4 weeks before the start of a teaching block.

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. 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: 25% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 75% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 26% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 74% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 82% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Analysis of topical case studies
  • Written reports
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Self-led independent study projects

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: 62% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 34% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 65% by coursework

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.

Apply

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. 

How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

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