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Economics University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.

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.

Careers and opportunities
Once you've graduated, you'll be suited to managerial-level roles in any company or organisation.

Course details

Modules

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

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 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 Financial Management Foreign Language Study Abroad (year long)

Optional Placement year
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 Options to choose from 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.

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.

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. 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.

Assessment method

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


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.
A level 112-120 Tariff points from 3 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM - DDM
Access to HE Diploma 112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 54-60.
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 29 points 29 points from the IB Diploma, with 655/754 at Higher Level - 29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 at Higher Level.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112-120 Tariff points.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **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.**

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