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Discover the Schools that sit within our Faculty of Business and Law, and explore our teaching and research activities

In the Faculty of Business and Law, our research and teaching covers most areas of law, business and management.

Our culture is informed by the University's strategic mission to 'create, share and apply knowledge to make a difference to individuals and society.’

Through our research we deliver positive impact to society and industry, and find solutions to pressing issues around the world. We frequently collaborate with businesses, SMEs and public sector organisations around the world delivering excellence in research. See how we performed in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Our research informs our teaching, which cultivates – through experiential and active learning – an entrepreneurial spirit in our students, and prepares them to address complex business problems with critical knowledge, confidence, integrity and social responsibility. All of our degree courses include year-long work placements and overseas study opportunities. Many courses also include business consultancy projects.

Our alumni have achieved extraordinary success in their professional lives – including John Flint, former CEO of HSBC; Nick Austin, chair and co-founder of the UK's biggest Toy Company, Vivid Toy Group; and Rachel Lowe, the creator of the popular 'Destination' board game.

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  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • School of Strategy, Marketing and Innovation 
  • School of Organisations, Systems and People 
  • School of Law


Our teaching is recognised for its excellence nationally and internationally by professional accrediting bodies including the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Our students learn the tools to tackle problems facing business and society, and address them responsibly and sustainably. Through the Business Consultancy Project, students work in teams with a business to improve a real business problem. Many companies have implemented the student recommendations following the project.

We continually improve and enhance our curriculum and student support to ensure our graduates develop self-worth and are fully prepared to become skilful professionals and socially responsible global citizens.

We have some of the best equipment and facilities in the sector for studying business and law subjects. Our Bloomberg suite allows students to access the same data, analytics and software used by finance professionals in the field, our Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) room offers an excellent cooperative learning environment, and our Business Simulation Suite with a mock boardroom for student role play. We also have a mock courtroom where our students practice courtroom skills in a realistic setting, supported by barristers.

Our teaching areas

Explore the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer within the following subject areas.


Our work was recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. For business and management 65.8% of our research outputs, 100% our research environment and 100% of our impact cases were judged as world-leading and internationally excellent. Our law submission to REF 2021 also had notable successes with 47% of our research outputs judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our research has international reach and consistently attracts funding from National Research Councils, the EU, major charities and international organisations. Much of our work is aimed at addressing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Our research areas

Explore the work we're doing across our research areas within the Faculty of Business and Law.

Our research centres

 Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below. 

We aim to meet the holistic and multi-disciplinary research needed to inform blue governance mechanisms. We takes a more expansive view of Blue Economy to encompass marine and freshwater systems and conceptualises them as development spaces.


We're proud to hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises our achievements in advancing the careers of women and addressing gender inequality.

Our staff

Academic staff in our faculty encourage an environment of action and impact that is reflected in our business and law courses. Our experienced and qualified lecturers, researchers and administrators support an international faculty where diversity and differences inspire all we do.

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Professor Jeremy Richard Lockwood Howells

  • Job Title Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law
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  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Dr Zoe Dann

  • Job Title Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law
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  • Department Strategy Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Professor Andy Thorpe

  • Job Title Professor of Development Economics | Interim Associate PVC (Research, Innovation and External Relations)
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  • Department Portsmouth Business School
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Mr Peter Hooley

  • Job Title Director of Business Development
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  • Department Portsmouth Business School
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law

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To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office. 

+44 (0)23 9284 6970