Finance

Study Finance and graduate with a university degree

91% student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey

Studying finance involves the investigation of how company managers and investors make financial decisions, how they manage risk and how financial markets function.

The course addresses issues such as: how do stock markets work? How can I make money by trading futures and options? What would be the implications for Britain of adopting the Euro? How can companies reduce foreign exchange risk? Do shareholders benefit from corporate takeovers? Does corporate governance matter? Why do financial crises occur? What types of securities should be included in an investment portfolio?

Finance teaching at Stirling is highly rated, with 100 percent of students satisfied with their overall study experience (The National Student Survey, 2011). You will gain a thorough grounding in the theoretical and analytical skills needed for a career in corporate finance, investment management or financial services.

Entrance requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:
BBC

IB Diploma:
32 points

Essential subjects:
Mathematics preferred.


Three-year Honours degree

SQA Adv. Higher:
ABB

GCE A-level:
ABB

IB Diploma:
35 points

Essential subjects:
To include Accountancy and Economics. Preference given to those with Mathematics.

Other qualifications

HNC/HND:

Minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not available.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

Mathematics Standard Grade (3), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or equivalent.

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those students who do not meet the required criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language skills

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).

Course contact

Professor Graeme Acheson University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
UK
+ 44 (0) 1786 467341 www.stir.ac.uk/management

Alternative routes

Students from accredited colleges can enter the course in Year 3.

Find out more

http://www.stir.ac.uk/management

Degree course

Students take Finance plus two other subjects in the first three semesters.

Semesters 1 - 3

You will take core modules in the following:

  • Finance I: An examination of the two key aspects of corporate finance: the financing decision and the investment decision. The evaluation of investment risk and return. Introduction to financial securities and financial markets. Basic principles of security valuation
  • Accounting I: An understanding of the basic concepts required to prepare and analyse financial statements
  • Accounting II: An examination of the basic accounting techniques used by management accountants to help in decision making and in the formulation of future plans

In addition to these core modules, you must also study one Economics module.

Semesters 4 - 8

You are required to take the following advanced modules:

  • Finance II
  • External Reporting
  • Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • International Finance
  • Securities and Investment
  • Financial Analysis
  • Finance Dissertation

Additional advanced modules may be selected from any advanced semester Accountancy or Finance option, or from those required by the particular degree course being followed.

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You will have numerous opportunities to develop appropriate work-related skills at every stage of your studies, culminating in the Professional Development and Practice module in Semester 8 which helps you prepare for entering the workplace.

Teaching and assessment

Student learning takes place in lectures, tutorials, computer-based workshops and through independent study. Each module is assessed by a combination of examination and coursework. Assessed coursework may comprise of essays, problem-solving exercises or tests.

Development of Personal Transferable Skills

  • IT skills through completion of computer workshops (EXCEL & SAGE) and assignments, and by obtaining module information using Succeed
  • Communication skills through active tutorial participation; written coursework and oral group presentations
  • Self management through meeting coursework deadlines (set release and deadline dates)
  • Inter-personal skills through sharing skills and understanding in tutorials and practical computer sessions and group presentations
  • Research skills through the coursework research project
  • Critical reflection through awareness of how personal skills meet the needs of an employer in an accounting / business setting.  
  • Academic skills of problem solving, numeracy, analytical and logical thinking.

Combined degrees

Finance can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Accountancy (BAcc)* NN43
Business Studies NN13
Economics LN13
Mathematics GN13

*Students can also exit with a BA in this subject combination

(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)

Related degrees

The course has five distinctive attributes:

  • It provides the opportunity to study finance in depth while also providing a broad understanding of the wider business environment.
  • The curriculum is regularly updated and so includes the latest developments in finance theory and practice, providing graduates with a cutting edge in the jobs market.
  • Reflecting the global nature of finance, the course is taught by staff from many different countries, bringing a wealth of experience into the classroom.
  • The course allows for flexible study. Students can switch to a related degree course at any stage up to the mid point in their studies. They can also combine finance with another subject.
  • Students on the finance course have the option of studying for a semester at a partner University in Europe or at Universities in North America, Asia and Australasia.

Annual Visits

There are annual visits by professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

We also host the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) for students in Year 4. The BAT is a professional and unique way to demonstrate
your strengths and connect with financial employers worldwide.

Study abroad

You may apply to study at a European university as part of the ERASMUS programme. In addition, you may also apply to study in the US under the University’s exchange scheme with a wide range of universities in North America, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.

Rating

Accounting and Finance has been rated joint first in Scotland in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Our students

I enjoyed my time at the University, it was a good place to learn. The lectures were interesting and the lecturers themselves were all very nice and helpful which made the course easier. I felt that I learnt a lot during my course.

Nadya Zusmanov BA(Hons) Finance and Maths 2013

Studying Finance here at Stirling has given me a grounding in both the academic and practical side of the subject. After completing my BA here I returned to postgraduate study due to the School's supportive and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The wealth of resources available and the community fostered within the School make it an outstanding place to study at any level.

Sinead Urquhart BA(Hons) Finance 2010

 

94% of University of Stirling 2012 graduates have found work, or are in a further programme of study within 6 months of graduation. The Telegraph ranks Stirling in the top 12 UK universities for getting a job.

Career opportunities

Where are our graduates now?

Finance graduates are currently working in a wide range of countries around the world including: UK, Norway, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Mongolia, Ireland, Canada, Vietnam and China. 

Finance graduates are contributing to the financial performance of organisations such as:

  • Investec Asset Management
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Local authorities across the UK
  • Inspired Business Investments Ltd
  • Alliance & Leicester
  • Clydesdale Bank plc

Recent Finance graduates have progressed into careers as:

  • Inland Revenue Officer, HMRC
  • Customer Relationship Advisor, Santander
  • Commercial Strategy Analyst, Virgin Atlantic 

Graduates of Stirling’s Finance degree from five to ten years ago are now working as:

  • Management Associate, Bank of Ireland
  • Senior Analyst, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Group Administration & HR, Inspired Business Investments Ltd
  • Process Manager, Alliance & Leicester

Some of our more established graduates are currently employed as:

  • Security Analyst, Tsubasa Securities (Japan)
  • Senior Partner, Clydesdale Bank plc
  • Group Financial Controller, Melrose Resources Plc
  • Finance Director, Marsh & McLennan
  • Associate Director, MBAP (Canada)
  • Project Manager, Glasgow’s Helping Heroes

Career Development Centre

The University has an excellent Career Development Centre, situated in 3A1, which not only provides access to professional career advice and employment resources, but also runs career planning units and workshops.

Internship – What they are and why you should consider doing one?

An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to students (or interns) over a fixed period of time, which enables the student to gain practical experience. The Career Development Centre has details of internships available around the world with large private sector organisations, as well as opportunities with smaller local businesses which are promoted through the Third Sector Internship Scheme, the Saltire Foundation, and our very own Stirling Internship Programme. As a student, you will automatically be registered onto the University’s Vacancy & Events System which means that you will receive regular updates regarding new opportunities as they become available.

Six reasons why you should consider an internship:

  1. Boost your CV and stand out from the crowd in order to have an edge in the graduate job market.  
  2. Make professional connections which may lead to the offer of a job upon graduation
  3. Test your career choices – internships can ease your transition into future careers or alternatively, help you decide that you don’t want to work in that area after all
  4. ‘Real world’ business experience, enabling you to put theory into practice
  5. Develop transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving, decision-making, initiative and creativity
  6. Help fund your studies by earning a full-time salary during the vacation periods

Stirling Management School’s Careers Mentoring Scheme

The Careers Mentoring Scheme is open to all Year 3 and Year 4 students across Stirling Management School. Mentoring is widely recognised as an effective tool for enhancing your career prospects and of ensuring informed choice, and this scheme is designed to provide additional support as you progress through your studies, as well as preparing your for progression into your desired professions. Mentors are all former students of Stirling Management School who know what it is like to be unsure about your future career plans.  They are keen to pass on tips relating to potential careers and applying for jobs.

The benefits of the scheme include:

  • Improving your employability skills
  • Building your confidence and self-esteem when applying for jobs
  • Searching and applying for suitable jobs, writing CVs, interview skills
  • Providing an insight into the world of work and a particular industry

For more information, and to discover other ways in which our alumni get involved with our students, please click here.

Fees 2014/5

Overseas students (non-EU)£ 11,000.00
Scottish and EU students£ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.

Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

Funding

Finance
  • Degree award BA (Hons)
  • UCAS Code N300
  • Type Full-time, Part-time
  • Start date September
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