Economics BSc (Econ) (Hons)

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UCAS Code
L100
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

Do you get a buzz out of discussing economic issues – like the consequences of the Brexit vote, climate change, and government debt – and want to learn more about economics with like-minded students and economic experts?

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

Your valuable skills will be useful as an economist working within business, banking or the government.

90% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

94% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Grapple with economic issues both at home and globally
  • 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
  • Track real-time financial and trade data using our Bloomberg suite – you'll receive the Bloomberg Certificate when you graduate to demonstrate your ability to employers
  • Study at a university ranked in the top 15 in the country for Economics in the Guardian university guide 2018 league table
  • Learn to apply your economic knowledge to inform decisions and tackle challenges in your career
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities

This degree shares some elements from several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

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.

Placement year

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

Previous students have completed placements at:

  • Government Economic Service
  • Bank of England
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • IBM
  • Amazon
  • BMW

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

Careers and opportunities

Armed with expert economic skills and knowledge, you’ll be set to take on careers in the business and government sectors as well as economic consultancy or policy analysis.

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

  • Microsoft
  • Zurich
  • KPMG
  • The Office for Budget Responsibility

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • financial analyst
  • account manager
  • trader in financial assets
  • purchasing and acquisitions officer
  • graduate econometrician

You can also continue your studies to postgraduate or PhD level.

You'll receive help and support from our Employability and Careers service throughout your studies, and for 5 years after you graduate.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

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 shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Issues in Economics
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Statistics for Economics

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econometric Methods
  • International Economics
  • Quantitative and Research Methods for Economics

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Behavioural Economics and Game Theory
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Foreign Language
  • Study Abroad (year long)

Core units in this year include:

  • Advanced Topics in Economics
  • Econometric Analysis
  • Applied Economics: Research Review and Design
  • Applied Economics: Empirical Research

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management
  • International Banking and Financial Management
  • 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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching 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

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical 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.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • practical sessions

There's an emphasis in using the latest software and tech to support your learning, and put your knowledge to practice.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your working hours may be different when you're on work placement.

You may need to go to work placements and other course events in the evenings and at weekends. When on placement you'll work 37.5 hours a week.

You're encouraged to attend weekly seminars on Thursdays to see what other scientists are working on and the relevance of their work to your studies and future career.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed​

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 units 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

Apply

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L100
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.