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BSE in Economics
|Degree programme: BE||Faculty: Economics, Management and Informatics Department|
|Mode: Full-time||Start in: September|
|Credits: 180||Duration: 3 years|
Message from the Program Coordinator
The BSE in Economics at Portucalense University is designed to offer the students a great learning experience, in order for them to acquire the needed skills to be able to perform the duties that are required nowadays in a highly competitive labour market. The great learning experience is assured by the quality of our staff: Very demanding and ambitious, while at the same time being always available to guide the students through the road of knowledge in this field. The proof of our expertise is in the successful experience of some of our previous students in Economics, which have developed stable and important careers in different companies throughout the Portuguese economic landscape.
We take advantage of the broadness of the economics field and its importance in the labour market. To hold our degree means opening the doors to different career paths in companies: Our students can become accountants, financial controllers, project managers, and perform consultancy work in different areas, alongside other career paths that can be opened. Students are also provided with the much needed knowledge tools and with a creative environment to start their own business. Our BSE in Economics, given the different courses in the program, also intend to give our students more generic skills, such as logics and problem-solving, which end up being useful in a variety of situations in life. Summing up, we prepare our students for the labour market and we offer them a better way to embrace society and life in general.
Naturally, a key “component” of the University is in its people. Our students are able to meet other students, possibly making friendships and work partnerships that could make an important difference in their own BSE experience. The University provides a perfect environment for the students to share their greatness.
Ricardo Biscaia (PhD)
Objectives and Programme Content
It is intended that the students in the first cycle of Economics develop the following technical and behavioural skills:
1. To be able to interpret and explain the organization of the economic process and the markets, its purpose, its structure, operating conditions and their dynamics;
2. To understand the profile of the different agents and their economic performance at different levels of analysis: microeconomic, macroeconomic, sectoral, etc .;
3. To be able to use quantitative analysis tools to convert information into knowledge, which is appropriate to the study of the real economy problems;
4. To compare and evaluate theories, methods and alternative models for the treatment of economic problems;
5. To develop and analyse feasibility studies; economic-financial studies of companies performance, reports, maps of accounting and companies’ financial statements;
6. Apply concepts and tools of economic analysis when approaching new events and in different contexts.
Why choose this course
This course presents a curriculum aligned with the strategic plan of UPT, aimed at a dynamic approach and constant adaptation to the specific needs of the labour market, incorporating the most updated knowledge to address these needs. This course has also in account the regional reality in which it UPT operates and the global context in which organizations operate, thus ensuring higher employment rates.
Considering the options offered to the students throughout their academic career in the degree in Economics and at the time of its conclusion, the students will have developed skills to enter the labour market in the following areas and sectors:
- Industrial sector;
- Financial market;
- Consulting and auditing;
- Portuguese and international organizations;
- Business associations;
- Central public administration, regional and local levels;
- Teaching and research.
· High school or Bachelor level degree
· Minimum English Proficiency level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2 – Independent - Vantage or upper intermediate
· Evaluation of the CV
· An interview (live or Skype)
Program Content/ Presentation
The program offers a broad range of courses, which allows a degree holder to understand not only a set of sub-fields in the Economics framework, but also some of the directly related fields, such as Accounting, Law, or Management. Not only this allows the students to be ready for different challenges and paths in their labour market career, but also allows them to understand where their talents and preferences are, which may help in understanding and designing their preferred career path. The university has their own set of experts in this related fields, also providing BSEs in these areas, but also Master degrees. This assures the quality of our staff in these related fields.
In the first year of the course, the students are taught the basics of Economics through the Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses, while getting courses in the related fields of Accounting, Mathematics and Statistics, Management, Law, and Computer Science. As the students advance to the completion of the BSE, the courses approach different subsets of the Economics field, such as Public Economics, Industrial Organization, Regional and Urban Economics, European Economics, Economic Development; and other related courses, which gives the students the knowledge to become full-fledged Economists.
An highlight of the BSE is the course in “Entrepreneurship”, in which students are taught to prepare a business plan for their ideas and have to defend them in front of Portuguese entrepreneurs. With this course, along with the support given by the University, students may have a good platform to kick-start their own company, provided the success of their ideas.
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