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Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday).


Do you get a buzz out of discussing economic issues – like the consequences of the Brexit vote, climate change, and government debt – and want to learn more about economics with like-minded students and economic experts?

On this BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics degree course, you’ll learn to become a professional economist with expert understanding of markets, trade, commercial policies and political perspectives.

Your valuable skills will be useful as an economist working within business, banking or the government.

90% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

94% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Grapple with economic issues both at home and globally
  • Build a strong foundation in economic theory, and use it to develop your analytical, financial and research skills
  • Learn from active researchers, whose expertise on topics such as monetary policy and behavioural economics has helped shape our society and the economy
  • Use the same software as professional economists
  • 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
  • Study at a university ranked in the top 15 in the country for Economics in the Guardian university guide 2018 league table
  • Learn to apply your economic knowledge to inform decisions and tackle challenges in your career
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities

This degree shares some elements from several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

Careers and opportunities

Once you've graduated, you'll be suited to managerial-level roles in any company or organisation.

“The best part of my course are lecturers who are genuinely interested in the subject, case studies and applying theory to real life situations. I am also happy to have received a Bloomberg certification as a part of my second year studies. This is a very well respected qualification worldwide

Joe Hart , BSc Econ Hons Economics student

What you'll study on this BSc Econ (Hons) Economics 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.


Core modules in this year include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Issues in Economics
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Statistics for Economics
  • Business Accounting

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econometric Methods
  • International Economics
  • Quantitative and Research Methods for Economics

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Behavioural Economics and Game Theory
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Foreign Language
  • Study Abroad (year long)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

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

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Economics
  • Econometric Analysis
  • Economics Research Project 

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy
  • Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment
  • Development Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management
  • International Banking and Financial Instruments     
  • Labour Economics
  • 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 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.

Placement year

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

Previous students have completed placements at:

  • Government Economic Service
  • Bank of England
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • IBM
  • Amazon
  • BMW

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

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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 portfolio.

I’ve been so fortunate to secure a prestigious placement at the Government Economic Service – it’s given me the extra motivation to work hard for the rest of my course!

Alexandra Piper, BSc Econ Hons Economics student

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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

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 methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • practical sessions

There's an emphasis in using the latest software and tech to support your learning, and put your knowledge to practice.

Teaching staff profiles

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

Giorgio Bendoni
Giorgio has had a long career in the Navy before moving into managerial positions within the Aviation and Marine Industry and the Technology sector.  He teaches on a variety of courses at undergraduate level including: Intermediate Microeconomics; Quantitative Economics; Economics of Money Banking and Financial Markets; International Banking and Financial Management. 
Alexis Stenfors

Alexis joined us to teach economics and finance subjects after an extensive career in the foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives markets, having been a trader at HSBC, Citi, Crédit Agricole and Merrill Lynch. He is the author of an a popular book discussing his time in the finance industry: ‘Barometer of Fear: An Insider’s Account of Rogue Trading and the Greatest Banking Scandal in History’ (London: Zed Books, May 2017).

Paul Lovejoy

Following an initial spell in manufacturing industry, Paul has spent most of his career in local and regional economic development.  This has included roles as an economist supporting regional venture capital funds, as a director of an international consultancy company and as a leader of economic development agencies.  Paul now specialises in teaching economics to students who are new to the subject. 

Graeme Chamberlin


Graeme is a macroeconomics expert. He has previously worked in the private sector for a boutique economics consultancy firm, and in the Government Economic Service at the Office for National Statistics and the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Adam Cox
Adam leads the engagement with local authorities and business to develop ways of using economics to solve business and public policy problems. He specialises in teaching microeconomics to those how have not studied economics previously. 
Pierre Failler

Pierre is globally respected for his ongoing research into marine resources management. Whilst leading a number of high profile research projects, he specialises in teaching Development Economics. 

Ask me anything about BSc (Hons) Economics
An 'ask me anything' session with BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics Course Leader, Alan Leonard.

Watch this video for answers to questions such as 'How does the course further a students career prospects?' and 'What opportunities are there on this course to use cutting edge equipment?'

How you'll spend your time

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

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • exams
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • self-led independent study project

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: 62% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 34% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 62% by written exams and 38% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 62% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

See the 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

​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 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.


How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up 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.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L100
  • our institution code – P80

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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