Taught course

Economics, Finance and Banking

University of Portsmouth · School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant or related subject, which includes some element of statistics or quantitative methods, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content


Sharpen your knowledge of economics and finance, and gain a deep insight into the financial services sector as you learn to interpret trends, identify market risks and assess public policy.

If you have some knowledge of statistics or quantitative methods our Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) recognised course will help you to open doors to ambitious roles in the finance, banking, business and public sectors.

Rather than specialising in just one area, we'll make sure you gain an in depth overview of economics, finance and banking, and you'll graduate with a diverse and transferrable skill set.

You'll combine theory, research and data analysis to learn how to respond to real-world economic issues. You’ll develop the specialist knowledge, professional skills and forecasting techniques that'll make you a real asset to the financial services and banking sectors.

Course highlights
  • Use our industry-standard Bloomberg terminals and software to access data from the world's global financial markets
  • Earn your Bloomberg Market Concepts training certificate
  • Benefit from a student membership to the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), attend talks and network with industry professionals with the option to earn the internationally recognised a Certificate in Corporate Finance
  • Combine theory, research and data analysis to respond to real-world economic issues
  • Evaluate economic theories, principles and strategy, learn how to interpret trends and identify market risks, assess public policy arguments, and develop financial forecasting techniques
  • Complete an independent research project, based on economic research in a topic of your choice
  • Learn from teaching staff with rich research experience and strong industry knowledge
Careers and opportunities

This comprehensive degree prepares you for a range of careers, giving you the knowledge, technical ability and networking opportunities that allow you the freedom to consider your career options as you study.

You could go on to work in the finance and banking sectors, business and commerce, industry, or the public sector. You'll be taught the methods, processes and technologies used by real-world industry experts.

As a student on this course you'll have a membership with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). You'll cover all the material needed to take the CISI Corporate Finance Technical Foundations paper and earn an internationally recognised Certificate in Corporate Finance. The CISI membership will also provide you with access to events, forums, webinars and an international network of 45,000 financial practitioners.

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support You'll benefit from:
  • Networking events
  • Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • 1-to-1 appointments
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Support starting your own business

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

023 9284 2991