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Economics

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

128-136 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

128-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 60-62.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-31

30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level - 31 points from the IB Diploma. 765/774 at Higher Level.

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

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

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD-DDM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDD-DDM

128-136 Tariff points.

T Level

M-D

UCAS Tariff

128-136

128-136 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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Economics

**Overview**
Economics is about more than maths. When you study economics you get a set of tools that allows you to understand how the world works. And when you understand how something works, you can change it.

You'll learn all the core economic theory you need to be an economist using real, topical data from organisations such as HSBC, Barclays, the Bank of England and the UK Government's annual budget. You'll also learn a set of skills that you can use in roles beyond finance.

You'll learn:
- how to use data to communicate a variety of challenging financial, ethical and social issues

- how to present an argument

- how economics influences decision making in a wide range of scenarios, from people's behaviour, to environmental sustainability, to investments and government policy making

After your second year you can apply this knowledge on an optional paid placement. Previous students have worked at places like the Office for National Statistics, Amazon, or the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

**Course highlights**
- Benefit from expert teaching that's informed by our academics' close relationships with organisations such as the Bank of England and the Office for National Statistics

- Gain a Bloomberg Certificate (a trading platform that's used by 250,000 financial service professionals) in our dedicated Bloomberg Suite

- Be employment-ready by using the same software as professional economists, including Eviews, Datastream and STATA

- Understand how economics affects society through our research expertise in behavioural economics and environmental resource economics

- See economics from a different angle by spending a year abroad at a partner university in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe or the Far East

- Get support to set up your own business from our Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme

- Learn a foreign language as part of your degree

**Accredited by**
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This means that you won't have to take some of the CIMA exams if you want to be CIMA certified after you graduate. You'll have completed part of your professional qualification by doing this degree.

**Careers and opportunities**
You'll get 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.

Modules

**Year 1 core modules**
Microeconomics – 20 credits | Macroeconomics – 20 credits | Issues In Economics – 20 credits | Mathematics for Economics – 20 credits | Statistics for Economics – 20 credits | Business Accounting – 20 credits | Personal Development Planning For Economists – 0 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.

**Year 2 core modules**
Intermediate Macroeconomics – 20 credits | Intermediate Microeconomics – 20 credits | Data And Research Methods For Economics – 20 credits | Econometric Methods – 20 credits | Personal Development Planning For Economists – 0 credits

**Year 2 optional modules**
Behavioural Economics and Game Theory – 20 credits | Economics Of Money, Banking And Financial Markets – 20 credits | Managerial And Decision Economics – 20 credits | Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits | Regional Economic Development and Inequality – 20 credits | Study Abroad (Year Long) – 120 credits | Investment Analysis - 20 credits

**Year 3 core modules**
Advanced Economics – 20 credits | Econometric Analysis – 20 credits | Personal Development Planning For Economists – 0 credits

**Year 3 optional modules**
Industrial Organisation And Competition Policy – 20 credits | Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment – 20 credits | Financial Economics – 20 credits | Advanced Corporate Financial Management – 20 credits | International Banking And Financial Instruments – 20 credits | Labour Economics – 20 credits | Public Sector Economics – 20 credits | Applied Econometrics Research Project - 40 credits | Development Economics – 20 credits | Economics Research Project - 40 credits

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.

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
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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

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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.

72%
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

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

77%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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
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.

£24k

£24k

£33k

£33k

£41k

£41k

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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