• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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You’ll get a thorough understanding of economics and learn apply it to the fields of finance and banking.

After the Economics, Finance and Banking (Econ) (Hons) course from University of Portsmouth, 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

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.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • practical sessions

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

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.

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.

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Issues in Finance and Banking
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Statistics for Economics
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econometric Methods
  • Quantitative and Research Methods for Economics
  • International Banking and Financial Instruments
  • Financial Economics
  • Applied Economics: Research Review and Design
  • Applied Economics: Empirical Research

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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