Digital Economy at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

Overview Explore digital economics as you investigate digital production, consumption and exchange on this Master's degree. You'll explore fundamental principles and emerging trends in the digital economy and economics, and prepare for a range of careers across the technologically-driven financial and professional industries. You'll investigate the impact of the digital economy on key behaviours in society, with a particular focus on the entertainment industry, crowdsourcing and citizen science projects, and develop your specialist knowledge of financial theories and their practical applications. You'll stand out in the job market when you graduate with a detailed financial understanding and practical data analytics skills from using industry software in our Bloomberg suite. Course highlights

  • Use the Bloomberg suite and industry-standard data analytics software
  • Explore principles and emerging trends in the digital economy and economics
  • Discover the impact of the digital economy on society
  • Learn from lecturers with professional experience and research expertise
  • Hear from industry guest lecturers and experts
  • Study alongside students across a range of accounting, economics and finance courses
Careers and opportunities You’ll graduate from this MSc Digital Economy Master's with an understanding of the business, finance and accounting industries, and the skills you need to make an impact in the workplace wherever you decide to take your career. After this course you could work in professional roles from across the marketing, analytics and financial sectors. You may become a financial analyst, work in FinTech or RegTech companies, or pursue a Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) qualification. How you'll spend your time We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities. We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us. Course structure On this course you can expect:
  • to study full time
  • to study over 12 months if you start this course in September
  • to study for 13 months if you start this course in January
Teaching Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject. You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face. Teaching methods on this course include:
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • online learning
  • workshops


Core modules in this year include:

  • Research Methods and Dissertation (45 credits)
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics (15 credits)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (15 credits)
  • Database Design and Implementation (15 credits)
  • Digital Economy: Business, Markets and Institutions (15 credits)
  • Digital Economy: Society, Culture and Policy (15 credits)
  • Innovation Dynamics and Data Science (15 credits)
  • Market Structure and Competition (15 credits)
  • Statistics and Data Modelling I (15 credits)
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Behavioural Finance (15 credits)
- Competition Policy and the Regulation of Markets (15 credits)

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through:

  • exams
  • coursework
  • reports
  • presentations
Full details of assessment can be found in the modules in the 'What you'll study' section on our website. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent professional experience.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (taken after January 2015). An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (taken after January 2015). An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
PTE AcademicAn overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)91 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12000 Year 1
England £12000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £12000 Year 1
Scotland £12000 Year 1
Wales £12000 Year 1
Channel Islands £12000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £12000 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.
Digital Economy at University of Portsmouth - UCAS