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Marketing BA (Hons)

Learn about all the tools of marketing, from advertising, to branding, to product development, whilst also understanding how marketing interacts with all the other parts of a business. You’ll have the chance to work with real clients and take a paid placement year.

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University of Portsmouth Connected Degree - 3 year course with 4th year placement

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UCAS code:

N500

Accreditation:

This course is Accredited

Typical offer:

112-120 UCAS points from 3 A levels, or equivalent

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Marketing is about so much more than advertising. This BA (Hons) Marketing degree explores the wider role that marketing plays in business and how it can shape the behaviours of consumers and society. 

On this CIM accredited course you’ll discover what makes a brand, how to develop new product concepts, and why understanding consumers is so important. You’ll specialise in topics that interest you by choosing optional modules after your first year, with the chance to study topics such as project management or B2B marketing.

You’ll finish your degree with an in-depth understanding of how marketing can grow an organisation, and with experience working on a range of practical projects to boost your marketing portfolio. You’ll learn to create effective communications, apply your skills and knowledge to real-life scenarios, and work with live clients throughout your studies. 

When you graduate you’ll already have experience of industry standard software such as Hubspot and Excel, with opportunities to earn certifications in these softwares as you study. 

If you choose to complete an industrial placement year after your second or third year, you’ll have a year of industry experience too. 

You’ll enter the job market ready to apply your marketing skills in any sector that interests you — whether you want to work in a specific area of business, for a marketing agency, or as a freelancer.

I chose my course because of the variety of options, a great reputation and a stellar support system.

Joseph Economos, BA (Hons) Marketing

Course highlights

  • Explore the key foundations of marketing, such as consumer behaviour and brands, and focus on the areas that really interest you in your second and third years

  • Work on live briefs with real clients as part of your assessments

  • Use the same software used in industry

  • Earn additional certifications in areas such as SEO and Google Analytics as part of your degree

  • Network with industry speakers and explore how marketing is used across different sectors 

  • Learn from teaching staff who have worked in industry and are actively researching the rapidly changing world of marketing

  • Secure a paid placement year with the support of our dedicated Placement Team

90%

of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

No. 3

influential business school in the world

Financial Times Teaching Power Rankings 2021

Accreditation

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The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. University of Portsmouth has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Accredited Degree partnership. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and their content is reflected in our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

The University of Portsmouth has earned business accreditation from the AACSB in recognition of the outstanding quality of its business and management education. Less than six percent of the world's schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation.

Business and management studies at the University of Portsmouth is ranked 2nd of the modern universities by research power

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Read more about our business and management research

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The majority of UK students apply through Clearing once they receive their A level / T level results in August 2024, so as an international student if you already have your exam results you can apply when Clearing opens. 

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Entry requirements

BA (Hons) Marketing degree entry requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find 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 - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

You may need to have studied specific subjects or GCSEs - 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.

Worried about your grades?

If you're not sure you meet the entry requirements, or need some help to get uni-ready, then we offer this course with a foundation year to bring you up to speed. When you successfully finish, you'll get a guaranteed place on this course.

Explore BA (Hons) Marketing with Foundation Year

Ideal skills and qualities for this course

Students who do well on this course are those who really want to know what it means to 'understand the customer', and who have a curiosity around what makes certain brands so successful.

Experience with creative tools or software is useful but not essential as you'll get all the support you need to develop your skills on the course.

Careers and opportunities

You'll graduate from this course with projects and certificates to demonstrate your competence with tools and you'll have real-world experience to talk about in interviews. That experience might be through a work placement, or through our marketing consultancy project module.

You'll also have an understanding of business and how the marketing function fits into business, which is a skill you'll be able to apply to any sector that interests you.

Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs such as:

  • marketing executive
  • social media account manager
  • advertising planner
  • ecommerce trading executive
  • international project manager
  • customer relationship executive
  • field marketing executive
  • operations manager: sales and marketing
  • recruitment consultant

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

  • Microsoft
  • Sky
  • BMW Financial Services
  • FatFace
  • Quintessentially (luxury lifestyle management)
  • Pendragon (automotive)
  • Blue Reef Aquarium
  • Immediate Media Co. (content and platforms)
  • The Bank of England

Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.
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Futureproof your career

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

Rachel Holden

I learned how to think deeply and critically, which is essential for my job which involves understanding human behaviour and culture and making strategic decisions for brands. It enabled me to build connections in the creative/marketing industry that have led me to where I am today.

Rachel Holden, BA (Hons) Marketing 2017 graduate, and Senior Strategist - Nike at Wieden + Kennedy

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What can you do with a Marketing degree??

Read our blog to discover the jobs you can get with a Marketing degree, and the skills you can take into the workplace.

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Work placement year

You can boost your employability by taking an optional paid placement after the second or third year of your degree.

Previous students on this course have had placements in organisations such as:

  • Warner Bros
  • Nissan
  • Renault
  • Rolls Royce
  • Nintendo
  • Panasonic
  • Bosch
  • Golf Breaks
  • Gamemode One Inc

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

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Katarzyna's placement led onto a job she loves:

"My role has included organising the project's data, creating the newsletter, updating the website and posting on social media, as well as organising online events. Recently I supervised the filming of a short, promotional video."

Katarzyna Stachurska graduate from BA Marketing in 2021

Read about Katarzyna's journey from placement to job

The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £19,800 for students in the Faculty of Business and Law. 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 during your placement year, or take a voluntary placement.

Ways to enrich your study

Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme (EiR)

We have more than 20 experienced business entrepreneurs on our free EiR programme who can help you develop your business idea.

"I have a business idea, but I was not too sure about it. After this meeting, I felt so encouraged and positive about it! I felt so motivated to pursue my business venture. He gave me real life advice and helped me how to approach my ideas."

Rabab El Habchi Mahir meeting EiR Mark Smith

Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme (EiR)

Study abroad year

Between your second and third 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

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Modules

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.

What you'll study

Foundation year

If you're not sure you meet the entry requirements, or need some help to get uni-ready, then we offer this course with a foundation year to bring you up to speed.

  • You'll study on the University of Portsmouth campus with access to all facilities, support and societies
  • When you finish your foundation year successfully, you get a guaranteed place on BA (Hons) International Development
  • Get used to how lectures, seminars and tutorials work, so you can move on to your degree ready for success
  • Learn how to meet the demands of taking on a bachelor's degree at university

Explore BA (Hons) Marketing with Foundation Year

Core modules

You’ll explore topics ranging from financial principles and reporting standards through to budgeting, costing and analytical problem-solving. You'll gain an understanding of accounting’s indispensable role in informing strategy and operations for organisations, and finish this module with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to guide organisations towards financial control.

With ethical foundations, you’ll apply tools spanning surveys, ethnography and data analytics to best inform responsible segmentation, targeting and positioning - while advancing visualisation skills to communicate insights and persuade executive teams. This module provides the core training needed to keep the voice of diverse consumers and people’s wellbeing at the centre of modern brand growth strategies.

By adopting an audience-centric mindset, you'll actively apply creative processes and emerging technologies, from photography to augmented reality, to convey compelling brand visions across platforms. With legal and ethical insight, you'll shape authentic content and interactive experiences that inform, inspire and engage diverse communities.

Students delve into the realms of debate and critical thinking in the context of marketing and International Business studies.

In this module, students engage in a collaborative virtual project with peers from partnering international universities. This experience allows students to enhance their virtual collaboration skills, cultivate cross-cultural awareness and hone their interpersonal communication abilities — essential for their future in business.

The module tutors act as personal tutors, supporting students in their progress and welfare requirements. The skills and knowledge gained in this module directly complement other core modules studied in the first year along with fostering important employability and career management expertise.

Discover marketing's vital role in organisational strategy and decision-making. You'll explore concepts like environmental analysis, segmentation and positioning, and learn how to identify opportunities and issues in a company's situation. With assessments that focus on applying models to real companies, you'll get hands-on practice conducting audits, developing plans and advising on marketing activity

Core modules

Through a series of practical assessment activities, students will gain hands-on experience in creating and implementing digital marketing strategies tailored to engage audiences online and using various social media platforms.

This module offers a strong practical orientation and enables students to develop essential digital marketing skills while building a portfolio of evidence that showcases their ability to thrive in the workplace.

The final assessment artefact on this module is linked to work undertaken by students on the non-credit bearing module Employability and Professional Development.

Unlock your potential to captivate audiences and drive results as you discover how impactful storytelling inspires consumer action. By exploring frameworks from strategy through and critiquing work, you'll understand how great marketing artfully blends form, function and meaning. You'll generate ideas individually and in groups, using your learning to produce portfolios of ethical campaigns and brand guidelines that are ready to launch.

Students are provided with an overview of academic research methods and then have the opportunity to apply this knowledge by undertaking a practical piece of research for a live client. This module addresses UoP Hallmarks 1-10.

Optional modules

Learn to interpret brand performance metrics and optimise engagement, and uncover how brands become cultural icons when they tap into purpose and values. You'll gain a global perspective on brand strategies across different sectors, and finish this module prepared to make tactical decisions that build brand equity.

Combining world-class research with real entrepreneurial experiences, you’ll develop business ideas within teams, evaluating concepts and building executable models. You'll work together to examine issues in venturing, from opportunity recognition to scaling. With an emphasis on personal employability, you’ll identify your strengths while refining your presentation and networking skills. This module fuels your entrepreneurial spirit and helps you turn ideas into realistic propositions — so that you'll graduate with portfolio pieces to showcase your business knolwedge and experience.

You’ll examine issues affecting the development of new products and services — from intellectual property protection to forming strategic alliances. Using case studies, you’ll contrast private sector and public sector innovation, and determine how to ensure financial viability. By the end of this module you’ll be able to critically appraise how the successful management of innovation enables organisations to build a sustainable competitive advantage over time.

Explore event theories and planning models as you develop theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills for successfully planning, marketing and executing events. Through group projects that mirror the way you'll work in industry, you’ll explore a range of event types and tailor your marketing plans to suit their needs — whether for business, cultural, or sporting events.

You'll explore the major factors, issues and forces that shape trade and operations across borders. Using current affairs coverage, you'll participate in discussions to demonstrate your appreciation for the socioeconomic, cultural and institutional contexts that impact the international marketplace. By the end of this module you'll have a crucial perspective on how global businesses navigate complex realities while sustaining success, so that you're ready to enter today's international firms.

Apply your learning in a diverse team with students from an overseas partner University. You'll build your sensitivity, communication and project management skills so that you finish this module prepared to work in international business.

Gain hands on experience putting theory into practice, and using product management tools and frameworks to develop your own creative new product idea. With assessments centered on analysing real organisations, you’ll evaluate decisions related to resourcing, positioning and launch - leaving you equipped to prepare watertight business cases for investment. Upon completion, you'll have the strategic vision and product innovation skills to help brands create a portfolio of profitable new products.

You’ll examine communication techniques and crisis response protocols through an ethical lens — making sure to balance transparency, advocacy and strategy. You’ll recommend improvements to reputation management processes by considering lobbying, campaign development and metrics to evaluate effectiveness.

Core modules

You'll develop analytical abilities and critical thinking as you dive deep into an academic or industry topic. With structured support, such as workshops, seminars and 1:1 appointments, you'll formulate intriguing research questions, engage meaningfully with literature, and select appropriate methods. This module cultivates an enterprising spirit as you tackle new territories beyond textbook learnings. The highlight is conceiving and executing your own investigation to derive impactful conclusions. You'll reflect on each step while adhering to research ethics, ultimately producing a dissertation that demonstrates intellectual curiosity and creativity. Join us to showcase your passion through an inspiring piece of work!

Explore how brands, communications and incentives can alter behaviours from sustainability to social justice. With a focus on ethical issues, you'll evaluate tactics to encourage conscious consumption and civic action, and learn to develop hard-hitting campaigns that confront to some of society's most pressing challenges. This module empowers you to pursue purpose as well as profit, and prepares you to use your marketing skills as a force for good.

This module incorporates a Marketing Simulation game that allows you to test your marketing knowledge and compete with peers in groups to see who can most successfully run a business. You'll use this opportunity to develop a strategic approach to planning business development and then reflect on the outcomes to build their understanding of marketing strategy.

Optional modules

The module explores challenges faced in advertising, and in doing so links to other areas of the curriculum such as branding and ethics. Students will discuss the different objectives of advertising campaigns and the different media that can be used in achieving this. The module addresses the UoP Hallmarks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Assessment for this module requires students to review and reflect on current industry practice which requires application of knowledge and enables development of cognitive and transferable skills.

Examples of past projects are: developing options for a bank for use of their banking halls for community financial education; creating a strategy for a facilities management firm to improve their marketing; helping a social enterprise to find ways to grow their user base with new service offerings. You'll develop skills in teamwork, project management, design thinking and consultancy, and learn to practically apply business concepts from across your degree studies. After an introduction to the organisation, your client will provide ongoing direction and guidance, and you'll be giving them regular progress updates. For most of the time, you'll be part of an independent, diverse team, managing priorities to achieve the project aims. You'll be supported throughout the module by your seminar tutor. Much of your learning will be off-campus, meeting key stakeholders and conducting tasks such as customer surveys and interviews. We encourage an experimental and entrepreneurial approach, and you'll learn key skills in the seminars and online lectures. The coursework is a mix of 60% group work and 40% individual assessment.

Exploring the models and best practices related to ideation, development and launch, you’ll understand the processes that bring ideas to market. Analysing factors from sustainability to globalisation, you’ll tackle the contemporary issues impacting development in the modern landscape. This module will equip you with understanding to give you a cutting edge in the jobs market. With assessments focused on addressing real-world cases, you'll boost your strategic skills to manage initiatives smoothly from vision to rollout, leaving you prepared to champion disruption responsibly across industries ahead.

Build on your prior knowledge by exploring how macro and micro cultural forces shape workplace behaviour, competence needs and communication approaches. You'll use both creativity and critical thinking to actively apply perspectives from sociology and psychology to real-world case studies. From this, you'll learn to identify nuances across diverse settings and to make effective workplace recommendations. By the end of this module you’ll have essential skills in cross-cultural analysis that are crucial for thriving in our increasingly interconnected world of business.

You'll explore core concepts and tools as well as the ethical issues and digital dynamics shaping modern B2B strategy. Through guest lecturers and case studies, you'll discover how leading B2B brands engage networked partners and buyers. You'll evaluate marketing tactics across the end-to-end customer journey, and formulate data-driven solutions tailored specifically to B2B marketing. You'll finish this module with specialist knowledge to thrive in B2B marketing careers across tech, manufacturing and professional services.

Within a series of practical workshops, students will learn about key tools and technologies that can be used to engage an audience and how to identify, understand and evaluate key digital marketing metrics. Students then use this knowledge to critically evaluate a case study data set and make practical, responsible and ethical recommendations for the organisation. This module has a strong practical focus and seeks to further develop cognitive, practical and transferrable digital marketing skills. It addresses UoP Hallmarks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

We conduct a deep dive into the economic, political, and socio-ecological contexts that shape the modern business environment. You'l explore the foundations of market economies, principles of good governance, and the intricate relationships between economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social well-being — and develop a critical perspective on the ideologies and debates that influence sustainable business practices worldwide. You'll unravel the complexities of globalization, which presents both challenges and opportunities for businesses striving to achieve sustainable development goals. You will critically evaluate these multifaceted impacts and learn to communicate your insights effectively to diverse stakeholders, positioning yourself as a trusted advisor in the global business arena. Finally, you'll be introduced to sustainable business strategies. You'll discover the latest strategies and business models that enable organizations to drive progress towards sustainable development goals. Through critical analysis and evaluation from sustainability, ethical, and business perspectives, you will gain the ability to design and implement cutting-edge solutions that create shared value for society, the environment, and the bottom line.

Successful completion of the placement will be recognised in the transcript of achievement and the degree certificate will state `in the sandwich mode¿. In addition, students may choose to receive a Certificate of Professional Practice from the Faculty of Business and Law. The placement year is a vital tool in preparation of the University¿s hallmarks of a Portsmouth graduate that will be knowledgeable, informed, intellectually curious, responsible, self- aware and self- motivated, independent learners. The Placement Office (PO) acts as the initial point for students on Placement. Placement Tutors responsibility it is to liaise with the student for the duration of the work Placement and arrange a visit around the mid-point. The visit will evaluate the learning activities undertaken in the Placement, appraise future learning activities and attend to any welfare matters arising. The learning and teaching strategy is that of work-based learning, including reflection, networking, evaluating progress and using the portfolio and visits to develop skills as an independent, critical and reflective learner. In addition, the visiting tutor may discuss preparation for the final year study project and end of placement assessment. Students undertaking Placement outside the UK may receive a virtual visit via telephone or eMail. Placement students are expected to complete the Placement Portfolio for the duration of the placement outlining the key learning activities undertaken. During the placement year students will be invited back to attend a ¿Placement Student Day¿ normally, at which students will be able to discuss their placement experience with the PO or course leader.

Changes to course content

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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Alternative marketing courses

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

If you know you want to focus on the digital aspects of marketing and get very hands-on with creating content take a look at our BA (Hons) Digital Marketing degree.

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Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) room

Our technology enhanced active learning space promotes social learning.

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Business Simulation Suite

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Teaching

Around 20% of your timetabled teaching will be online.

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

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • ICT sessions

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.

The lecturers are all very friendly and open. They make it so much easier to communicate with and make the course more enjoyable.

Mary Ratcliffe, BA Marketing

Assessment

Your assessment will depend on which modules you take. Assessment methods are likely to include:

  • projects
  • portfolio work
  • live client work
  • presentations
  • group work
  • essays
  • exams
  • multiple-choice tests

Teaching staff profiles

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

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Miss Georgiana Busoi

Programme Lead (Marketing)

georgiana.busoi@port.ac.uk

Marketing

Faculty of Business and Law

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Professor Sarah Turnbull

Professor of Marketing

Associate Head (Research and Innovation)

Sarah.Turnbull@port.ac.uk

Marketing

Faculty of Business and Law

PhD Supervisor

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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 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 you

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 independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

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.

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.

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

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase) 
  • International students – £17,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase) 
  • International students – £17,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

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 course costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights 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 – £1,385 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £1,385 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £2,875  a year (subject to annual increase)

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – N500
  • our institution code – P80

Apply now through UCAS

 

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.

Looking for this course with a foundation year?

Take a look at BA (Hons) Marketing with Foundation Year

To start this course in 2025, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – N500
  • our institution code – P80

Apply now through UCAS

 

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.

Looking for this course with a foundation year?

Take a look at BA (Hons) Marketing with Foundation Year

Applying from outside the UK

As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things. 

You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

Find out what additional information you need in 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.