Economics, Finance and Banking BSc (Econ) (Hons)

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UCAS Code
LN13
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

If you have an interest in the banking industry and how financial markets work, this BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking course is ideal.

You’ll get a thorough understanding of economics and learn apply it to the fields of finance and banking,

After the course, you'll be set for a career in investment banking, tax consultancy or risk management and your money-savvy knowledge will make you a valuable asset to any business.

What you'll experience

On this degree course you'll:

  • Learn from active researchers, whose expertise on topics such as herding behaviour and anti-competitive practice in foreign exchange markets has helped shape our society and the economy
  • Get a foundation in economics with a focus on the world of finance, covering topics on money, banking and financial markets
  • Tailor your studies to focus on the topics that match your career ambitions
  • Get your hands on the latest econometric software, such as eViews
  • Analyse market movements and learn to make fast-paced investment decisions using our Bloomberg Suite, the trading platform used by professionals
  • Get the Bloomberg Certificate as part of your studies, demonstrating to future employers that you know your way around the Bloomberg Suite
  • Study at a university ranked in the top 15 in the country for Economics in the Guardian university guide 2018 league table
  • Develop your maths and statistics skills with support from our Maths Cafe team
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad through our links with overseas universities
This degree shares some first year elements with several other economics courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

Work experience and career planning

To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course that'll develop your skills and build links in the industry.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.

Placement year

After your second year, you’ll get the opportunity to take an optional placement year, working in an organisation to gain valuable experience and put your skills to work.

You’ll get mentoring and support throughout. We’ll help you find a placement that supports your interests and workplace ambitions.

Previous students have secured placements at:

Many students go on to work for their placement employer after the course.

Careers and opportunities

The skills you learn on this course are in high demand. When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for work in areas such as commercial and investment banking, accounting, tax consultancy and risk management.

Previous students have secured positions in organisations including Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Barclays Corporate Banking in roles such as:

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

You'll receive help and support from our Employability and Careers service throughout your studies, and for 5 years after you graduate.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional 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 worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Issues in Finance and Banking
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Statistics for Economics

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econometric Methods
  • Quantitative and Research Methods for Economics

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • International Economics
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • Behavioural Economics and Game Theory
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Foreign Language
  • Study Abroad (year long)

Core units in this year include:

  • International Banking and Financial Instruments
  • Financial Economics
  • Applied Economics: Research Review and Design
  • Applied Economics: Empirical Research

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Advanced Topics in Economics
  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management
  • Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment
  • Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Econometric Analysis
  • 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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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

How you'll spend your time

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

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

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

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.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • examinations
  • 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 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: 62% by written exams and 38% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 37% by written exams and 63% by coursework

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – LN13
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.