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University of Portsmouth

Economics and Management

UCAS Code: L1N1

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


120-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56-60.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29-30

29 points from the IB Diploma. 664 at Higher Level - 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

120-128 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Applied economics

**Overview**
From allocating departmental budgets to reacting to changes in government monetary policy, successful managers in business make effective economic decisions every day.

This BA (Hons) Economics and Management degree gives you a solid foundation in both subjects, with less of a technical and mathematical focus than our other economics courses.

In your first year you'll examine the key concepts of business economics, including how internal and external economic forces affect businesses. You'll also cover core business topics including marketing, accounting and people management.

In years 2 and 3, you'll build on your economics and management knowledge and study specialist topics that suit your ambitions and interests in areas such as ethics and sustainability, entrepreneurship, risk management and labour economics.

You'll have the opportunity to enhance your career prospects and apply your skills in the workplace on a placement year in industry between years 2 and 3. You can also spend your sandwich year studying abroad at a partner university in countries such as Czech Republic, USA, Spain , Italy, Japan, Sweden, Croatia, Hungary and The Netherlands.

When you graduate, your economics knowledge, management skills, business acumen and analytical ability will make you an asset to any organisation. Your economics skills will open doors to roles in areas such as banking, accounting, tax consultancy and risk management.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).

**What you'll experience**
- Learn to become an effective manager with guidance from experts with years of experience in business

- Get a deep understanding of economics, and how microeconomic and macroeconomic factors affect business decision making

- 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

- Tailor your studies to your interests and career ambitions

You can also:
- Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course

- Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme

**Careers and opportunities**
When you complete your degree successfully, you’ll be suited to managerial-level roles in any company or organisation.

You could pursue a career in areas such as:

- Commercial and investment banking

- Accounting

- Tax consultancy

- Risk management

- Marketing

- Management training

- Sales

- Advertising

- Human resources

- IT

You could also go on to do postgraduate study or research with this degree.

**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.

You'll get careers support throughout your studies and for 5 years after you graduate.

**Entrepreneurs in Residence**
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

- Economics for Business
- Business Accounting
- Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
- Marketing Principles and Practice
- Managing People in Organisations
- Business Operations and Systems Management

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

- Intermediate Economics
- International Business
- Managerial and Decision Economics
- Data and Research Methods for Economics

Optional modules in this year currently include:

- Behavioural Economics and Game Theory
- Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship
- Financial Management
- Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
- Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
- Organisational Analysis, Theory and Design
- International Economics
- Regional Economic Development and Inequality
- Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability
- Study abroad

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. Previous students have secured placements at big name organisations, such as Rolls-Royce and Cummins UK. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

- Strategic and International Management
- Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy
- Economics Research Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:

- Business Improvement and Creativity
- Development Economics
- Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
- International Banking and Financial Instruments
- Labour Economics
- Project Management for Enterprise
- Public Sector Economics
- Advanced Corporate Financial Management
- Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment
- Business Improvement & Creativity
- Critical Leadership: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

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.

Assessment methods

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

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

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year one students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year two students: 45% by written exams 4% by practical exams and 51% by coursework
- Year three students: 28% by written exams and 72% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Applied economics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Economics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
79%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Economics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£23k

£29k

£29k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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