BSc (Econ) (Hons) Business Economics – University of Portsmouth #small #business #grant

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Business Economics

Why take this course?

Economic analysis is a core business function. It enables organisations to understand crucial factors such as efficiency and profitability in a changeable international business environment.

This course is intended for the student who is seeking to use their understanding of economics in a business environment. The course places particular emphasis upon decisions which are taken by managers of organisations, as well as the structure and regulation of industry.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use specialist software to access macroeconomics, industry and company level data
  • Opt to do a year in industry to gain meaningful work experience and build up your employability skills
  • Choose to study abroad through our links with overseas universities

What opportunities might it lead to?

The analytical abilities, independent skills and familiarity with group work gained on this course will make you an attractive candidate for employers once you graduate. A career as an economist in either central government or the private sector, or a role in the financial and business sector would all be potential employment options for after you finish the course.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • the government sector
  • commercial banks
  • insurance companies
  • regulatory bodies

I found everything I was looking for in the course at Portsmouth.

Amy Riggs, BSc (Econ) (Hons) Business Economics student

Year one

This common first year among some of our economics-based courses provides you with a broad understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods.

Core units in this year include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Business Accounting
  • Economic Issues

Year two

In this year you will take your knowledge of micro-economics and macro-economics to a greater depth. Business-related themes such as managerial and decision economics will also be studied in detail and you will begin to become acquainted with popular techniques for analysing economic data.

Core units in this year include:

  • Econometrics
  • Research Methods
  • Econometric Methods
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Managerial and Decision Economics

Optional units in this year include:

  • International Economics
  • Economics of Crime and Social Issues
  • Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Market
  • Study Abroad (year long)

Year three*

In your final year, there is a particular focus on the world of business and industry. Several optional units allow you to concentrate on developing your knowledge in certain areas and for you to learn more advanced and specialised econometric techniques. There is also an independent study project, which requires you to work as a group with other students in order to perform in-depth research in a selected area of economics.

Core units in this year include:

  • Labour Economics
  • Business Competition and Regulation
  • Applied Economics: Research Review and Design
  • Applied Economics: Empirical Research

Optional units in this year include:

  • International Banking and Financial Management
  • Advanced Topics in Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometric Analysis
  • Financial Economics
  • Financial Statement and Data Analysis
  • Public Sector Economics

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Teaching and Assessment

We go to great lengths to ensure you will have an excellent learning experience with a high level of support. Teaching is usually undertaken in lectures supported by smaller group seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions. Extensive use is also made of information technology and other teaching innovations.

How are you assessed?

There is a mix of formal examinations and coursework assessment throughout your course including:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • self-led independent study project

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