Financial Management BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Financial Management
Good financial decision making is key to the success of any business. With this financial management degree you'll gain the knowledge and skills to plan, organise and control business finances. You'll also explore other key business functions such as marketing, managing people and operational management, giving you an understanding of how finance affects and underpins a whole business.
As the course progresses you'll be able to focus on your interests through optional modules. You can explore data and analytics, accounting or financial systems in more detail, depending on what kind of role you'd like when you graduate.
Graduates of this course have gone on to be finance managers in business, accountants, or to work in financial services.
- Be employment-ready by using industry-standard software and databases such as Oracle, SAP, Sage and S&P Capital IQ
- Gain skills in modelling and visualising financial and business data in our data analytics modules
- Benefit from the opportunity to gain additional certifications, for example the ACCA Data Analytics certificate
- Apply your learning by helping local charities and student entrepreneurs with their finances
- Gain a Bloomberg Certificate (a trading platform that's used by 250,000 financial service professionals) in our dedicated Bloomberg Suite
- Feel supported throughout your studies through our peer mentoring, maths support and our team of friendly staff who'll get to know you well
No.3 Influential business school in the world (Financial Times Teaching Power Rankings 2021)
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This means that you won't have to take some of the CIMA exams if you want to be CIMA certified after you graduate. You'll have completed part of your professional qualification by doing this degree. Find out more about these exceptions on the CIMA website.
- A levels – ABB–BBB
- UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Ideal skills and qualities for this course
As well as meeting the entry requirements for this degree we're looking for people who are team players and who embrace a challenge.
Having a curious mind is important, because employers value graduates who can adapt to new situations and find solutions to complex problems.
Facilities and clinics
Volunteer to help solve financial issues for fellow students who are setting up their own businesses.
Professional Accounting PracticeHelp local charities with their financial and accounting issues through this practical module.
Business analytics software
Use industry standard business analytics software such as Microsoft BI, Python, and Tableau.
Access data from the world's global financial markets and gain experience using industry standard software.
Next Generation Lab
Gain practical skills with cloud-based software, such as SAP and S&P Capital IQ, in our dedicated lab.
No problem is too small or too tough for our Maths Café tutors, who are on hand every day during term-time to help you if you get stuck or need something explained.
Careers and opportunities
The blend of business skills and financial knowledge you'll develop on this degree prepares you for many career options.
Job vacancies in the financial services sector in the UK rose by 38% in 2021 and surveys show that 32% of UK firms are suffering shortages in financial, professional and business services skills (Soaring demand for financial services skills, 2021).
Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs at companies such as:
- Ernst & Young
- PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
- Alliotts LLP (accountancy firm)
- Conde Nast Publications
- Ergonomic Technology Solutions
Graduates of this course have gone on to jobs as:
- insolvency administrator
- financial advisor
- sales representative
- payroll administrator
- computer system validation consultant
(Data sourced from HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey.)
Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.
Work placement year
You can boost your employability by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree.
Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:
- Boeing Defence UK
- TK Maxx
Many of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employers.
The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £16,500. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.
Ways to enrich your study
Study abroad year
In your second year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant.
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What you'll study
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.
Core modules in this year include:
- Business Accounting – 20 credits
- Business Innovation Development Project – 0 credits
- Business Operations and Systems Management – 20 credits
- Economics for Business – 20 credits
- Managing People in Organisations – 20 credits
- Marketing Principles and Practice – 20 credits
- Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis – 20 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Corporate Financial Management – 20 credits
- Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance – 20 credits
- Financial Reporting for Business – 20 credits
- Management Accounting – 20 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
- Accounting Packages and Systems – 20 credits
- Accounting in the Community – 0 credits
- Bloomberg – 0 credits
- Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship – 20 credits
- Financial Markets and Institutions – 20 credits
- Introduction to Business Analytics – 20 credits
- Investment Analysis – 20 credits
- Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
- Personal Finance – 20 credits
- Professional Development - Level 5 – 0 credits
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 your placement. We’ll help you find a placement that supports your interests and workplace ambitions. Many students go on to work for their placement employer after the course.
Previous students have completed work placements at:
- GE Aviation
- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced Corporate Financial Management – 20 credits
- Dissertation / Financial Investment Project – 20 credits
- Strategic Management – 20 credits
- Strategic Management Accounting – 20 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
- Accounting in the Community – 0 credits
- Bloomberg – 0 credits
- Business Analytics – 20 credits
- Business Improvement & Creativity – 20 credits
- Collaborative Accounting Community – 20 credits
- Independent Study Project – 20 credits
- International Financial Management – 20 credits
- Professional Accounting Practice – 20 credits
- Professional Development – 0 credits
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.
Alternative accounting courses
Not quite sure this course is right for you? Take a look at our other accounting courses to compare your options.
This BA Accounting with Finance course is your best option if you want to qualify as an accountant and go on to work as a chartered accountant. The course is accredited by 3 accounting bodies and offers the quickest route to qualified accountant status.
If you're an international student, or you're in the UK but English isn't your first language, and you've done some of a degree at another institution you may be able to transfer to this BA Accountancy and Financial Management top-up degree either in your second or third year to gain a full bachelors degree.
Our teaching has been developed to maximise skills that employers are looking for. In our classes you'll engage in activities that both enhance your learning and develop your communication, presentation and team working skills. Where appropriate, you'll use computer packages that are valued within the accounting and finance professions.
We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we're keeping a blended model which will include some online learning.
The majority of your timetabled teaching will be face-to-face and will include:
- practical workshops
- computer workshops
- group work
- 1-to-1 tutorials
- guest speakers from the profession and industry
To learn more about how our teaching and learning have evolved visit our Covid information pages.
We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. In addition to our dedicated teaching team, you'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.
We use a diverse range of assessments and we focus on the types of work you'll be expected to complete in the workplace.
Assessment methods are likely to include:
- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports
- self-led project or dissertation
- group work
- portfolio creation
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.
I'm a Chartered Accountant (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) with experience in public practice in the areas of audit and consulting.
I have many years' experience of working in industry in senior financial management positions and I'm a qualified Certified Fraud Examiner.
My research interests focus on ethics teaching for accountants, football finance and the role of the financial controller in businesses.
I qualified as a chartered accountant with PKF (now BDO), where I specialised in auditing across a variety of business sectors. I then spent 8 years working as a forensic accountant for Deloitte in London. I joined the University in 2015.
I'm particularly interested in forensic accounting and fraud in sport and I've done a lot of research on the finances of football. I created a football finance course for the Premier League's Elite Academy Managers programme (EAM) and I'm Director of Policy at 'Fair Game'.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for this degree.
Your total study time will depend on the modules that you take, but in your first year this is what your week may look like:
- timetabled teaching activities (lectures, seminars, tutorials, classes and workshops) = about 15 hours a week
- independent study (research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group) = about 20 hours a week
You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
Supporting your learning
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Types of support
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
You'll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They're also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.
In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to our student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.
The Maths Cafe offers free advice and help with maths 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.
You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.
They can help with:
- academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
- reflective writing skills
- critical thinking skills
- delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.
As well as support from faculty 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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.
They'll help you to:
- discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
- liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
- access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
- liaise with external services
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)
You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – NN31
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.