MSc Economics Finance And Banking – Your course starts here
Whether you're starting your Master's degree with us or returning after your first year, we're pleased to welcome you to the University. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to get started.
Welcome message from Professor Gioia Pescetto, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law
Welcome to the Faculty of Business and Law. We're pleased that you've chosen to be with us this year. We wish to ensure that you feel welcome and comfortable.
Your decision to study a course in Business, Economics or Law will provide incredible opportunities as you develop your knowledge and skills. Our expert academics and practitioners will help shape your understanding of critical issues within the discipline. Engagement with your subject will open new frontiers of knowledge as you develop and work towards your goals and aims for the future. The experiences you have during your time here will be instrumental in shaping your life, both academically and socially.
Do seriously consider every opportunity open to you and take as many as you can. Your time with us will be a period of personal growth for you. You will make friends for life and take important decisions. Always remember that we are here for you.
I wish you the best with your studies. Be bold, be confident, and never settle for second best!
Staying safe on campus
We’ll have all appropriate safety measures and a few restrictions in place. And every building will be open in line with Government guidance – including teaching spaces, communal spaces, toilets, cafes and the library. For more information about how we're ensuring your safety on campus, head to the 'Campus and city life 2020/21' page.
Due to coronavirus, we've made some changes to teaching to keep you safe. You'll take part in most large teaching sessions online. And any face-to-face teaching will be in small groups with social distancing measures in place. We've set up sanitisation stations across campus, one-way systems in busy areas and protective screens at certain locations.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the pandemic, we may need to make further changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these changes.
International and EU students
If you're joining us from overseas, find out about our International Orientation events and what you need to do during your first week.
If you can't travel to the UK, or you don't feel safe to travel, your course's first teaching block will be delivered completely online. The majority of Orientation events will also be online, so you'll still be able to get involved in welcome talks and social activities, as well as meet other new students.
Meet your lecturers
We're looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to your first lecture. Below you'll find information of key lecturers who'll teach you during your first teaching block.
A welcome message from Lester C Hunt, Head of the Economics and Finance Subject Group
We welcome new and returning students to the Economics and Finance Subject Group. You join us for a year of substantial economic change, when an ability to think systematically and factually about the consequences of the global pandemic, the US election, and Britain’s transition to a new trade rules, will be valued skills. We are making some changes to the ways in which we interact. But the fundamentals of our approach – focus, intent, commitment, and enthusiasm – remain unaltered.
It will be particularly important this year that we work together. Our experience since March is that communication has become more important when we meet less often. So please stay alert to emails for news and updates as things will change often and regularly check the University web pages. Ask often, whether your query be great or small. And never be afraid to ask for support and guidance if you are finding the year difficult.
Higher education is changing and we are embracing the new. We look forward to working with you and on behalf of our subject group I wish you every success in this year’s journey through the world of economics.
Your week 1 timetable
You'll need your student account details to access many of your online induction activities. If you haven't already activated your student account, please activate it now. Your username will consist of 'UP' followed by your student ID number (for example, UP123456).
Welcome to the University of Portsmouth and your postgraduate degree. In this section you will find links to induction presentations and links to key services at the University. Presentations will be live but available on catch up.
This induction programme is deliberately limited; we resist the temptation to say too much too soon -- you haven't come here to study our policies and regulations, after all. We think it best to give you the information you need when you need it. And we'll distribute that information through the Economics and Finance PG Students Moodle site. But if there is anything you'd like to know that we haven't covered, then please ask: email Course Director Chris Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Monday 5 October
12.00pm–1:00pm: Welcome to your Economics and Finance postgraduate course
A presentation from the Economics and Finance Subject Group's Director of Postgraduate Programmes, Chris Reid. Chris will provide some key information to get you started on your course. This is a live meeting but will also be available on catch-up.
2.00pm–3.00pm: An introduction to key services
In this session Course Director Chris Reid explains some of the key services within the Business School and University that are here to help you with your studies. This is a live meeting but will be available on catch-up.
Chris will leave the meeting after his presentation and any questions. But the link will remain live for you to say hello to each other and share - a virtual café. Some of you are Portsmouth graduates and are familiar with the University, teaching style, staff, etc., and will be able to help those new to the institution.
Tuesday 6 October
10.00am–11.00am: Planning for success
Course Director Chris Reid discusses key factors that influence success as a postgraduate student. This is a live event but will be available on catch up.
2.00pm–3.00pm: Academic integrity
Chris discusses the Business School's framework for academic integrity. Chris has chaired the faculty's academic malpractice process and and shares some observations from his experience. He will be happy to offer confidential advice on safer assessment whenever you should need it. This is a live event but will be available for catch-up.
Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.
We recommend you bookmark, favourite or save a link to this webpage so you can revisit it before you arrive and when you're on campus.