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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 2023




Good financial decision making is key to the success of any business. With this financial management degree you'll gain the knowledge and skills to plan, organise and control business finances. You'll also explore other key business functions such as marketing, managing people and operational management, giving you an understanding of how finance affects and underpins a whole business.

As the course progresses you'll be able to focus on your interests through optional modules. You can explore data and analytics, accounting or financial systems in more detail, depending on what kind of role you'd like when you graduate.

Graduates of this course have gone on to be finance managers in business, accountants, or to work in financial services.

Course highlights

  • Be employment-ready by using industry-standard software and databases such as Oracle, SAP, Sage and S&P Capital IQ
  • Gain skills in modelling and visualising financial and business data in our data analytics modules
  • Benefit from the opportunity to gain additional certifications, for example the ACCA Data Analytics certificate
  • Apply your learning by helping local charities and student entrepreneurs with their finances
  • Gain a Bloomberg Certificate (a trading platform that's used by 250,000 financial service professionals) in our dedicated Bloomberg Suite
  • Feel supported throughout your studies through our peer mentoring, maths support and our team of friendly staff who'll get to know you well

No. 3

influential business school in the world

Financial Times Teaching Power Rankings 2021


This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

You may need to have studied specific subjects – 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

As well as meeting the entry requirements for this degree we're looking for people who are team players and who embrace a challenge.

Having a curious mind is important, because employers value graduates who can adapt to new situations and find solutions to complex problems.

Facilities and clinics

10th December 2018
CCI Facilities and Students

Accounting Clinic

Volunteer to help solve financial issues for fellow students who are setting up their own businesses.


Professional Accounting Practice

Help local charities with their financial and accounting issues through this practical module.

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Business analytics software

Use industry standard business analytics software such as Microsoft BI, Python, and Tableau.

Bloomberg suite

Access data from the world's global financial markets and gain experience using industry standard software.

Students in the bloomberg suite facility
Discover our Bloomberg Suite

SAP Next Generation Lab

Gain practical skills with cloud-based software such as SAP and S&P Capital IQ, in our dedicated lab.

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Explore the lab

Maths cafe

No problem is too small or too tough for our Maths Café tutors, who are on hand every day during term-time to help you if you get stuck or need something explained.

Learn more about the Maths Café

Careers and opportunities

The blend of business skills and financial knowledge you'll develop on this degree prepares you for many career options.

Job vacancies in the financial services sector in the UK rose by 38% in 2021 and surveys show that 32% of UK firms are suffering shortages in financial, professional and business services skills (Soaring demand for financial services skills, 2021).

Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs at companies such as:

  • IBM
  • NHS
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • KPMG
  • PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Amazon
  • Alliotts LLP (accountancy firm)
  • Conde Nast Publications
  • Ergonomic Technology Solutions

Graduates of this course have gone on to jobs as:

  • accountant
  • insolvency administrator
  • financial advisor
  • sales representative
  • payroll administrator
  • computer system validation consultant

(Data sourced from HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey.)

You could also choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level, or set up your own business with help and support from the University.

Female student at computer

Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Futureproof your career

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:

  • Boeing Defence UK
  • TK Maxx
  • Coopervision
  • Samsung
  • Cummins

Many of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employers.

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.

Study abroad year

In your second year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant.

Students that go abroad are more likely to obtain first-class honours [and] more likely to be in graduate employment than their non-mobile peers.

Universities UK International: 'Gone International, Rising Aspirations', 2019

What you'll study

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, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.


Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Accounting – 20 credits
  • Business Operations and Systems Management – 20 credits
  • Economics – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Data Analytics – 20 credits
  • Managing People in Organisations – 20 credits
  • Marketing Principles and Practice – 20 credits
  • My Skills Level 4 – 0 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Business and Law Undergraduate Work Placement Event Group B – 0 credits
  • Corporate Financial Management – 20 credits
  • Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance – 20 credits
  • Financial Reporting for Business – 20 credits
  • Management Accounting – 20 credits
  • My Professional Skills - Level 5 – 0 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Accounting Packages and Systems – 20 credits
  • Accounting in the Community (Level 5)  – 0 credits
  • Bloomberg L5 – 0 credits
  • Business Analytics – 20 credits
  • Business Law – 20 credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship – 20 credits
  • Financial Markets and Institutions – 20 credits
  • Investment Analysis – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language – 20 credits
  • Professional Development - Level 5 – 0 credits
  • Study Abroad (Year Long) – 120 credits
  • Taxation – 20 credits

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 your placement. We’ll help you find a placement that supports your interests and workplace ambitions. Many students go on to work for their placement employer after the course.

Previous students have completed work placements at:

  • Microsoft
  • GE Aviation
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management – 20 credits
  • My Professional Skills - Level 6 – 0 credits
  • Strategic Management – 20 credits
  • Strategic Management Accounting – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Accounting in the Community (Level 6)  – 0 credits
  • Advanced Business Analytics – 20 credits
  • Bloomberg (L6) – 0 credits
  • Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment – 20 credits
  • Business Improvement & Creativity – 20 credits
  • Dissertation – 40 credits
  • Financial Investment Project – 20 credits
  • Independent Study Project – 20 credits
  • Professional Accounting Practice – 20 credits
  • Professional Development – 0 credits

Alternative accounting courses

This BA Accounting with Finance course is your best option if you want to qualify as an accountant and go on to work as a chartered accountant. The course is accredited by 3 accounting bodies and offers the quickest route to qualified accountant status.

If you've done some of an accounting degree at another institution and you're interested in a career in accountancy this ACCA and CIMA accredited top-up BA Accountancy and Financial Management is a good choice. Although designed primarily for international students this top-up doesn't include any English language or communication modules.


Our teaching has been developed to maximise skills that employers are looking for. In our classes you'll engage in activities that both enhance your learning and develop your communication, presentation and team working skills. Where appropriate, you'll use computer packages that are valued within the accounting and finance professions.

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're keeping a blended and connected model which will include some online learning. Around 20% of your timetabled teaching will be online.

The majority of your timetabled teaching will be face-to-face and will include:

  • seminars
  • practical workshops
  • computer workshops
  • group work
  • 1-to-1 tutorials
  • guest speakers from the profession and industry

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


We use a diverse range of assessments and we focus on the types of work you'll be expected to complete in the workplace.

Assessment methods are likely to include:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • presentations
  • self-led project or dissertation
  • group work
  • portfolio creation
  • essays
  • exams

Teaching staff profiles

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

Alan Graham

I'm a Chartered Accountant (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) with experience in public practice in the areas of audit and consulting.

I have many years' experience of working in industry in senior financial management positions and I'm a qualified Certified Fraud Examiner.

My research interests focus on ethics teaching for accountants, football finance and the role of the financial controller in businesses.

Read my full profile

Christina Philippou

I qualified as a chartered accountant with PKF (now BDO), where I specialised in auditing across a variety of business sectors. I then spent 8 years working as a forensic accountant for Deloitte in London. I joined the University in 2015.

I'm particularly interested in forensic accounting and fraud in sport and I've done a lot of research on the finances of football. I created a football finance course for the Premier League's Elite Academy Managers programme (EAM) and I'm Director of Policy at 'Fair Game'.

Read my full 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.

We use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies.  As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

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 15 hours a week
  • independent study (research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group) = about 20 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 to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week 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 access to our 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 a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

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 (2023)

  • 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 – £17,200 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 show your accommodation options and highlight 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.

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)


How to apply

To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – NN31
  • 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.