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University of Portsmouth

Economics, Finance and Banking

UCAS Code: LN13

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

Entry requirements


112-120 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

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

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

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM-DDM

112-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

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 | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Financial mathematics

**Overview**
If you have an interest in the banking industry and how financial markets work, this BSc (Econ) (Hons) Economics, Finance and Banking course is ideal.

You’ll get a thorough understanding of economics and learn apply it to the fields of finance and banking.

After the course, you'll be set for a career in investment banking, tax consultancy or risk management and your money-savvy knowledge will make you a valuable asset to any business.

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

**What you'll experience**
* Learn from active researchers, whose expertise on topics such as herding behaviour and anti-competitive practice in foreign exchange markets has helped shape our society and the economy

* Get a foundation in economics with a focus on the world of finance, covering topics on money, banking and financial markets

* Tailor your studies to focus on the topics that match your career ambitions

* Get your hands on the latest econometric software, such as 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

* Study at a university ranked in the top 15 in the country for Economics in the Guardian university guide 2018 league table

* Develop your maths and statistics skills with support from our Maths Cafe team

* Have the opportunity to study abroad through our links with overseas universities

**Careers and opportunities**
The skills you learn on this course are in high demand. When you complete the course, you’ll be prepared for work in areas such as commercial and investment banking, accounting, tax consultancy and risk management.

**What jobs can you do with an Economics, Finance and Banking degree?**
Previous students have secured positions in organisations including Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Barclays Corporate Banking in roles such as:

* financial analyst

* actuary

* investment analyst

* trader in financial assets

* purchasing and acquisitions officer

* econometrician

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

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 currently available
Year 1
Core modules in this year include:

Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Issues in Finance and Banking
Mathematics for Economics
Statistics for Economics
Business Accounting
There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:

Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Econometric Methods
Data and Research Methods for Economics
Options to choose from in this year currently include:

International Economics
Financial Management
Managerial and Decision Economics
Behavioural Economics and Game Theory
Financial Management
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:

International Banking and Financial Instruments
Financial Economics
Development Economics
Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Advanced Topics in Economics
Advanced Corporate Financial Management
Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investment
Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy
Development Economics
Econometric Analysis
Labour Economics
Public Sector Economics
Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy
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’ll get the opportunity to take an optional placement year, working in an organisation to gain valuable experience and put your skills to work.

You’ll get mentoring and support throughout. We’ll help you find a placement that supports your interests and workplace ambitions.

Previous students have secured placements at:

Lloyds Banking Group
Santander
Office for National Statistics
BRUIN Financial
IBM
Amazon
BMW
Government Economic Service.
Many students go on to work for their placement employer after the course.

Work experience and career planning
To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course that'll develop your skills and build links in the industry.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.

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

Assessment methods

How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:

analysis of topical case studies
written reports
examinations
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: 37% by written exams and 63% 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.

85%
high
Financial mathematics

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.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

93%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
68%
Male students
32%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

Mathematics

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.

£20,821
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

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