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University of Portsmouth

Economics

UCAS Code: L100

Bachelor of Science in Economics (with Honours) - BSc Econ H

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

Economics

**Overview**
Do you get a buzz out of discussing economic issues such as the consequences of the Brexit vote, climate change and government budgets? Do you want to develop skills valued by employers while you learn with like-minded students and economic experts?

On this BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics degree, you'll learn to become a professional economist with expert understanding of markets, trade, commercial policies, and political perspectives.

In year 1, you'll develop a thorough understanding of foundational economics topics and theories, and learn how these apply to daily life.

In years 2 and 3, you'll learn how to use your economics knowledge and skills in the situations you'll encounter in your career. You can also study specialist modules that match your interests and career ambitions in areas such as competition policy, financial risk management and game theory.

After year 2, you'll have the chance to enhance your career prospects and apply your skills in the workplace on a placement year. You can also spend your sandwich year studying abroad.

Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms. When you complete the course, you'll be able to work as an economist within business, banking or the Government. The economics knowledge and analytical, communication and decision-making skills you develop are also valuable in many other business functions and industries.

This degree shares some first-year elements with several other economics courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course after year 1 if you develop an interest in a specific subject area.

**What you'll experience:**

* Grapple with economic issues that affect the UK and the rest of the world

* Build a strong foundation in economic theory, and use it to develop your analytical, financial and research skills

* Learn from active researchers, whose expertise on topics such as monetary policy and behavioural economics has helped shape our society and the economy

* Use the same software as professional economists, including 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

* Learn to apply your economic knowledge to inform decisions and tackle challenges in your career

You can also:

* Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course

* Study abroad through our links with overseas universities

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

**Careers and opportunities**
Economists are at the heart of analysing contemporary issues in the private and public sectors, such forecasting the implications of proposed Government policies or estimating consumer demand.

The logical, rigorous and analytical nature of your economics training will also suit many business functions.

You could also study a postgraduate qualification or apply for a graduate development scheme.

**Work experience and career planning**
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

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

**Placement year**
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Microeconomics
- Macroeconomics
- Issues in Economics
- Mathematics for Economics
- Statistics for Economics
- Business Accounting
There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Intermediate Microeconomics
- Econometric Methods
- International Economics
- Quantitative and Research
- Methods for Economics

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Behavioural Economics and Game Theory
- Economics of Money
- Banking and Financial Markets
- Managerial and Decision Economics
- Financial Management
- Foreign Language
- Study Abroad (year long)

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. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced Economics
- Econometric Analysis
- Economics Research Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy
- Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment Development Economics
- Financial Economics
- Advanced Corporate Financial Management
- International Banking and Financial Instruments
- 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 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

You’ll be assessed through:

analysis of topical case studies
exams
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 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: 33% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 62% 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
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,300
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
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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
79%
Male students
21%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
med
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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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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