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UCAS Code
L100
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

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Overview

Economics is about more than maths. When you study economics you get a set of tools that allows you to understand how the world works. And when you understand how something works, you can change it.

You'll learn all the core economic theory you need to be an economist using real, topical data from organisations such as HSBC, Barclays, the Bank of England and the UK Government's annual budget. You'll also learn a set of skills that you can use in roles beyond finance.

You'll learn:

  • how to use data to communicate a variety of challenging financial, ethical and social issues
  • how to present an argument
  • how economics influences decision making in a wide range of scenarios, from people's behaviour, to environmental sustainability, to investments and government policy making

After your second year you can apply this knowledge on an optional paid placement. Previous students have worked at places like the Office for National Statistics, Amazon, or the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

“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

Course highlights

  • Benefit from expert teaching that's informed by our academics' close relationships with organisations such as the Bank of England and the Office for National Statistics
  • Gain a Bloomberg Certificate (a trading platform that's used by 250,000 financial service professionals) in our dedicated Bloomberg Suite
  • Be employment-ready by using the same software as professional economists, including Eviews, Datastream and STATA
  • Understand how economics affects society through our research expertise in behavioural economics and environmental resource economics
  • See economics from a different angle by spending a year abroad at a partner university in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe or the Far East
  • Get support to set up your own business from our Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme
  • Learn a foreign language as part of your degree
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Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This means that you won't have to take some of the CIMA exams if you want to be CIMA certified after you graduate. You'll have completed part of your professional qualification by doing this degree. Find out more about these exceptions on the CIMA website. 

Entry requirements​

BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics 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 – AAB–ABB
  • UCAS points – 128–136 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–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

We're looking for good literacy and good numeracy skills. As well as teaching you how to use theories and tools to understand economic data, this course has a strong focus on interpreting and communicating that data in ways people can understand.

Students who've got the most from this course are those who have an interest in analysing current economic, social, and financial issues and how they affect society.

Careers and opportunities

The Covid pandemic has highlighted how important the skills of economists are in shaping the societies we live in. The behavioural economics and the understanding of the economics of inequality, development and resourcing you can gain on this course will equip you to help both business and society recover.

On average, both men and women with an economics degree earn more over their lifetime than people with any other degree except medicine.

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The impact of undergraduate degrees on lifetime earnings (2020)

Graduates of this course have gone on to jobs as:

  • control analyst
  • account manager
  • investment manager
  • business analyst
  • banking consultant
  • compliance analyst
  • research specialist

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

  • Ernst and Young
  • Healthcare of America (HCA)
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Halifax
  • IBM
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Southern Coop
  • Omnicom Group

Graduates of this course also go on to postgraduate study.

Work placement year

You can boost your employability by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree.

Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:

  • Government Economic Service
  • Bank of England
  • Microsoft
  • Office for National Statistics (ONS)
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • IBM
  • Amazon
  • BMW
  • DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £16,500. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.

You could also set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.

Economics placements

Economics students Mani, Jason and Ting-yi tell of their experiences doing work placements at Microsoft, ONS and HM Treasury.

I think it’s really important for students to be really immersed and engaged in the real business environment.

One of the most exciting opportunities is taking an industrial placement between the second and final year.

I relied on the placement office massively, they were so helpful. Like reviewing my CV before I was applying and stuff, they ran mock assessment centres and interviews and I went to them which I found so beneficial. The responsibility was pretty big right form the beginning.

At Microsoft they encourage you to join the extracurricular stuff they have going on so I joined the social impact team. While there I had the opportunity to lead and create events.

One of the first things I did was coordinating big bank meetings for the business development department. I wrote a report called ‘Changes in the Economy since the 1970’s’ and it got published on the website. Come the end of the placement I managed to oversee the entire thing, working with the chancellors office you get a lot to do.

That year long experience really does something to a student, when they come back in their final year they are a true economist. You’re really encouraged to do placements which I had a great time doing so I’d definitely recommend it.

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

Study abroad year

Between your second and third year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities. This allows you to experience a different culture, enhance your CV to stand out in the job market, grow your confidence, and open up personal and professional opportunities.

We have partnerships with universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. All classes are delivered in English.

You don't pay any fees to the overseas university, but you will 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.

Opeyemi Otunga, BSc Economics student

Portsmouth is an incredibly friendly and welcoming environment… we’ve got a lot of supportive lecturers and everybody’s willing to help you.

Opeyemi Otunga, 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.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll also use appropriate tools to analyse microeconomic issues.

What you'll learn

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

  • Identify appropriate economic theories and interpret their uses, particularly in relation to the sustainable and socially optimal use of scarce resources
  • Review economic problems using logical and creative approaches involving skills of abstraction and simplification
  • Express findings orally or in writing
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 coursework portfolio (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also be introduced to the key concepts which are used to develop the macroeconomic models which make up the foundations of economic policy. You'll learn to work with tools to define and use macroeconomic frameworks.

What you'll learn

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

  • Identify appropriate theories and interpret their uses in the context of the UK and global macroeconomies
  • Review economic problems using logical and creative approaches involving skills of abstraction and simplification
  • Understand the role played by central banks and other international regulatory bodies in establishing monetary policy
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 portfolio (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look into the use of theory and the development of economic thoughts and ideas. To take this module as part of the BSc Economics course, you also need to take the Issues in Economics module, or to take this as part of the BSc Economics, Finance and Banking course you'll also need to take the Issues in Finance and Banking module.

What you'll learn

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

  • Explore the extent to which economics can explain contemporary global issues within the global economy
  • Communicate complex economic ideas in ways that can be understood by non-specialist audiences
  • Examine the development of economic thought through a focus on key issues in economics
  • Undertake personal development planning and reflection
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-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 4.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word portfolio (0% of final mark, pass mark of 40)
  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)

What you'll learn

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

  • Interpret a range of mathematical functions and equations that are typically used by economists
  • Select and apply mathematical procedures to solve economic problems
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 48 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 128 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through:

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

What you'll do

You'll develop the basic statistical skills needed in the study of econometrics and data analysis at levels 5 and 6.

What you'll learn

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

  • Indicate how inferences about a population can be drawn from an analysis of sample data
  • Show an appreciation of the use of specific probability distributions
  • Construct a confidence interval and test a hypothesis in relation to a population parameter
  • Produce statistical results with the aid of an econometric software package
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of seminars
  • 24 hours of practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 128 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 500-word reports (20% of final mark, each)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll learn

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

  • Prepare financial statements for sole traders and limited companies
  • Interpret the Annual Report of a company to analyse its performance
  • Discuss how the main financial principles and conventions impact accounting
  • Apply budgeting and the basic costing principles, concepts and cost classifications
  • Apply the financial techniques you learn to analytical and managerial problems
  • Explain the need for good corporate governance and social and ethical responsibility in business
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 1-hour lectures
  • 22 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 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:

  • 2,000-words of reporting (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll reinforce your academic and study skills, and develop key employability skills. Depending on your degree pathway, your portfolio will link to either the Issues in Economics or Issues in Economics, Finance and Banking module.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Reflect on the skills and knowledge required to fulfil the Learning Outcomes and subject benchmark threshold standards at Level 4
  • Implement a Personal Development Plan to enhance personal, academic, and career achievements
  • Identify the qualities and skills that contribute to the employability of economics graduates
  • Develop the writing skills required to complete academic and employability tasks, such as essays, reports and covering letters
Teaching activities
  • 10 hours of tutorials
  • 38 hours of guided independent study 
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll use your knowledge to identify the key challenges for policy matters and to review, discuss and critically evaluate analytical techniques for studying macroeconomic issues.

What you'll learn

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

  • Articulate and explain key variables in the UK and global macroeconomies, as well as their evolution over time and associated challenges for policymakers
  • Articulate and explain analytical techniques for studying macroeconomic issues
  • Assess the relative merits of the different monetary policy approaches adopted by central banks and other international regulatory authorities
  • Translate real-world macroeconomic problems into analytical models and vice versa and employ appropriate analytical techniques to graphically and mathematically study macroeoconomic issues
  • Communicate descriptions, analysis, and findings in a structured, clear, factual, and ethical manner
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 2,000-word portfolio (30% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also develop your understanding of essential numerical problem solving and graphing techniques.

What you'll learn

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

  • Articulate and explain core principles of microeconomic theory at an intermediate level, particularly in relation to the socially optimal allocation of scarce resources
  • Calculate solutions to numerical microeconomic problems using appropriate mathematical techniques
  • Demonstrate abstractions of microeconomic problems through the construction of appropriate diagrams
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 1,500-word online test (25% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word coursework exercise (75% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also gain experience using online business information systems to complete independent research.

What you'll learn

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

  • Identify and apply appropriate methods for the analysis of economic and financial data
  • Deliver an effective oral presentation
  • Develop policy recommendations in a specific area of economics
  • Review a sample of academic research
  • Prepare personal development planning materials to demonstrate key employability skills
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
  • 12 x 3-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 8.5 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 (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,500 word report (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,000 word portfolio (0% of final mark)
  • a 1,500 word written assignment (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also achieve competence in using an econometric software package to estimate economic relationships.

What you'll learn

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

  • Apply statistical concepts relating to probability theory and probability density functions
  • Outline/implement routine estimation and testing procedures
  • Interpret econometric results and to recognise when a regression model is incorrectly specified
  • Undertake an econometric analysis using professional conventions
  • Perform an analysis of data in time-limited conditions that mimic those faced in a professional working environment
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 500-word portfolio (10% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word report (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)

What you’ll do

The portfolio links with the 'Data and Research Methods for Economics’ module.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Review and employ the skills and knowledge required to fulfil the learning outcomes and subject benchmark threshold standards at Level 5
  • Implement a personal development plan to enhance personal, academic and career achievements
  • Examine opportunities for industrial placements
Teaching activities
  • 6 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 18 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 18 hours studying independently over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word portfolio (pass or fail)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll examine game theory in the context of economic research, and look into the effect of underlying human behaviour on economic situations.

What you'll learn

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

  • Examine the relevance and position of game theory in economic research
  • Differentiate between types of games and their uses in strategic thinking
  • Analyse different games and use a variety of tools to find equilibria
  • Contrast the approaches and predictions of standard economic versus behavioural models
  • Understand the underlying structures driving human behaviour in economic situations
  • Appraise appropriate methods to identify and study observed behavioural phenomena
Teaching activities
  • 4 hours of tutorials
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 148 hours studying independently. This is around 4.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000 word coursework exercise (25% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (75% of final mark)

What you'll do
You'll also learn about the role that a central banks' monetary policy and financial regulations play.
What you'll learn

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

  • Explain the structure, conduct and performance of banking and financial markets
  • Understand the role of financial regulation in the banking and financial sectors
  • Explain the analytical techniques for studying money, banking and financial markets
  • Assess the relative merits and limitations of analytical techniques for studying money, banking and financial markets
  • Translate real world economic problems into analytical models and vice versa
  • Employ appropriate analytical techniques to graphically and mathematically study money, banking and financial markets
  • Review academic literature relating to banking and finance in order to make policy recommendations
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 report (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an introduction to public policy towards private firms and organisations, among other topics.

What you'll learn

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

  • Understand issues relating to corporate social responsibility and how it might influence decision making within organisations
  • Review academic literature relating to managerial and decision economics in order to make policy recommendations
  • Compare and contrast different theories that managers use when making decisions in the firm and interpret their effectiveness in an international context
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 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute in-class exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 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: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

What you'll do

You'll learn how to access systematic statistical data on inequality in income, wealth and well-being, and how to calculate measures of inequality such as the Gini Coefficient. You'll also analyse the extent and causes of inequality in Great Britain since World War II, and the policies adopted by different British governments and local initiatives that have promoted and increased inequality.

What you'll learn

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

  • Evaluate alternative definitions of a just economy, the ethical case for it and practical obstacles to achieving it
  • Identify and access alternative data sources on geographical inequalities globally and for Britain
  • Calculate and present alternative measures of inequality in incomes, wealth and well-being
  • Define the main dimensions of inequality in modern Britain at regional and local levels
  • Present a chronology of the development of UK regional and urban policies since 1945
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, project supervision meetings, practical classes and workshops.

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 2,500-word report (75% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour practical set exercise (25% of final mark)

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)

What you’ll do

You'll explore current theoretical literature as well as empirical evidence. As part of your assessment, you'll be given market data of different asset classes, such as stock prices and ETFs, for a particular time frame and asked to analyse and discuss key concepts introduced throughout the teaching block. This will asses your technical critical evaluation competencies. You'll also be asked to discuss and evaluate competing approaches to portfolio management whilst making use of theoretical, empirical, as well as anecdotal evidence to support their arguments.

This module assumes a basic knowledge of financial assets. You'll have ideally attended one of the following modules, or any other finance-related module:

  • Introduction to Finance for Accountants [Accounting with Finance BA]
  • Issues in Finance and Banking [Economics, Finance and Banking BSc]
What you’ll learn

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

  • Understand and evaluate competing approaches to portfolio management
  • Understand appropriate techniques for measuring risk for different assets
  • Understand portfolio performance evaluation
  • Understand competing approaches to stock selection
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures (to cover core learning theories and concepts)
  • 12 x 1-hour workshops (you'll analyse real world data using specific software and packages, such as Excel)
  • 12 x 1-hour drop-in sessions (to enhance your understanding of concepts and tasks covered in lectures and seminars, and for any queries you have)
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 4,000-word portfolio (100% of final mark)

Year 3

Core modules

What you’ll do

You'll also build an understanding of how to apply economic analysis to problems such as environmental pollution and unemployment.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of core economic theories and principles
  • Apply relevant analytical methods in micro and macroeconomics
  • Understand the issues surrounding the sustainable and socially optimal use of scarce resources
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 1,500-word coursework assignment (20% of final mark)
  • a 1.5-hour exam (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also develop your skills in estimation, testing, and critical analysis in model formulation.

What you'll learn

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

  • Interpret and critically assess econometric results presented in economics and finance research
  • Formulate, estimate, and test the adequacy of econometric analysis
  • Select and apply appropriate statistical approaches in order to undertake an analysis of economic data
  • Perform an econometric analysis to professional standards, under time-constrained conditions that would be typical of employment settings
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 2,000-word coursework report (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll complete a personal development planning (PDP) portfolio, develop your key employability skills and reflect upon options for work, enterprise and/or further study after graduation.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Employ the skills and knowledge required to fulfil the learning outcomes and subject benchmark threshold standards at Level 6
  • Extend personal development planning to cover personal, academic and career goals after graduation
Teaching activities
  • 4 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 20 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 20 hours studying independently over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word portfolio (pass/fail)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll develop an understanding of public policy towards private firms and organisations, as well as a critical awareness of the main economic instruments used for competition policy.

What you'll learn

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key theories and principles of industrial organisation
  • Apply appropriate methods to analyse a case relating to international competition policy, highlighting issues relating to fair competition between firms
  • Critically evaluate the implications of different industry structures and firm-level strategies on equality of market outcomes
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 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop analytical skills in the application of theory and empirical research to financial management.

What you'll learn

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

  • Articulate core concepts and principles of behavioural finance at final year undergraduate level
  • Critically discuss and evaluate relevant empirical research literature
  • Demonstrate competence in the application of theory and empirical research to long-term stock market investment decisions
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 24 hours of 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 2,000-word written assignment (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also build an understanding of the key principles involved in the analysis of a firm's financial decisions.

What youlll learn

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

  • Explain the major theories of financial economics, as well as their relevance and application to practical investment decisions
  • Deploy appropriate quantitative and modelling techniques, to understand central concepts in financial economics
  • Apply appropriate analytical methods to explore the relationships between financial and economic variables
  • Compare, contrast and critically evaluate the relevant empirical research 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 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll learn

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

  • Apply theory and appropriate techniques to advanced corporate financial management issues including aspects of financial inclusion and responsible finance
  • Understand the link between contemporary issues in financial press and underlying strategic financial management topics, on an industry/individual company basis
  • Assess and produce group reports to management, addressing specific real-life strategic financial management scenarios
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 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 2,000-word report (40% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to outline the difficulties and opportunities of financial risk management and banking on an international scale. You'll also investigate comparative institutional and policy approaches to the regulation of international banking and financial markets.

What you'll learn

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

  • Understand the function and complexity of international banking and financial markets by addressing a realistic problem scenario
  • Organise and present appropriate data to frame a problem in the area of banking and finance and identify a solution
  • Understand the issues surrounding the effective regulation of financial systems
  • Implement strategies involving financial derivatives in measurement and management of financial risk, hedging, speculation, and arbitrage
  • Critically evaluate and demonstrate knowledge of the empirical research literature in the area
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 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also compare and contrast competing theoretical models and policy stances, as well as critically evaluating contemporary debates on key issues such as unemployment, inflation, discrimination, and job searching.

What you'll learn

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

  • Conceptualise labour market behaviour using logical and creative approaches, including skills of abstraction and simplification
  • Analyse trends in labour markets and policy formation
  • Critically evaluate current policy-making, particularly in relation to equality and diversity in labour markets
  • Effectively present your findings, whether orally, or in written form
  • Summarise and report concisely on key labour market indicators
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12x 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 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% 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 do

You'll develop graduate skills in critical analysis and research design.

To take this module, you also need to take the Econometric Analysis module.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Combine and examine current research literature in a particular area of economics and propose an appropriate means to investigate the topic, including research ethics
  • Consider the essential features from a complex system to provide a usable framework for independent research and evaluation
  • Use established techniques of analysis and enquiry within a specialist field of economics, in line with ethical guidelines
  • Organise and present economic data to frame an appropriate problem and identify a solution
  • Produce a clear, well-written report containing an analysis of available evidence
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of tutorial
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 368 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 1,000-word set coursework exercise (10% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (10% of final mark)
  • a 7,000-word dissertation (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop an integrated understanding of the use of different instruments and policies with respect to economic development, ethical standards and welfare.

What you'll learn

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

  • Analyse the historic economic development experiences of the developing world
  • Apply analysis in the context of contemporary economic thinking and models
  • Examine current economic strategies and policy initiatives that aim to enhance economic growth, reduce poverty and inequality, and promote sustainable resource use
  • Critically evaluate the suitability of development policies in different contexts
  • Apply economic techniques and evaluation methodologies when analysing contemporary problems facing the developing world
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour seminars
Assessment

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

What you'll do

You'll develop graduate skills in critical analysis and research design.

You should have some training in research methods in advance of studying this module.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Evaluate current research literature in a particular area of economics and propose an appropriate way to investigate the topic
  • Review the essential features from a complex system to provide a usable framework for independent research and evaluation
  • Use established techniques of analysis and enquiry within a specialist field of economics or business management
  • Organise and present economic data to frame an appropriate problem and identify a solution
  • Produce a clear, well-written report containing an analysis of available evidence
  • Critically self-reflect on your personal and professional development at Level 6
Teaching activities
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 24 hours of lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 276 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 1,000-word set coursework exercise (10% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (10% of final mark)
  • a 7,000-word dissertation (80% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

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.

Alternative economics courses

Not sure this course is right for you? Take a look at our other economics courses to compare your options.

If you're not sure whether to focus on economics or business management, take a look at our Economics and Management degree, which combines elements of both.

If you'd like to know more about the banking sector or want to bring more money-savvy knowledge to your business career, take a look at our Economics Finance and Banking degree.

Your facilities

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Bloomberg Suite

Learn economic trading with real-time financial market data.

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TEAL room

Our technology enhanced active learning space promotes social learning.

Discover our TEAL learning space

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Business Suite

Experience the boardroom in our replica business suite.

Discover our Business Simulation Suite

Teaching​

We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we are keeping a blended model which will include some online learning.

The majority of your learning (around 80%) will be face-to-face and will include:

  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • practical sessions

For more about what your teaching and learning will be like in 2021/22 visit our Covid information pages.

In this course there's an emphasis on using the latest software and tech to support your learning and develop your practical knowledge.

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.

Assessment

Your assessment will depend on which modules you take. The majority of assessment is through coursework, but assessment methods are likely to include:

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

Teaching staff profiles

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

Dr Joe Cox

Dr Joe Cox

I have a particular interest in entertainment markets (video games, movies and music) and how the emergence of the digital economy has affected key behaviours. I'm also currently researching the impact of the digital economy on the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, focussing on crowdsourcing and citizen science projects.

Read my profile

Professor Pierre Failler

Professor Pierre Failler

I'm director of the Centre for Blue Governance. I specialise in development economics, particularly environmental or ecological economics. I explore the interfaces between the use of natural resources and the development of countries. My particular area of expertise is the sustainable use of oceans and coastlines.

Read my profile

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.

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:

Types of support

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.

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and help with maths 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.

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 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,500 a year (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 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.

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 – L100
  • 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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