BA (Hons) Finance

Our highly-rated CFA-affiliated degree is versatile and practical. Take a closer look at how financial studies at Stirling can boost your future opportunities.

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time
  • UCAS Code N300
  • Study abroad opportunities


CFA Institute University Affiliation Program

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Study Finance at the University of Stirling and discover why we're ranked in the top 5 universities in Scotland for Accounting and Finance and Top 20 in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2021). 

Our BA Hons Finance is the first undergraduate degree in Scotland to have Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Affiliation Program status and this confirms our close relationship with the profession and embedded employability skills as well as our cutting edge syllabus.

Rooted in cutting-edge research and shaped by the latest developments in finance theory and practice, this course will give you a comprehensive understanding of how stock markets work, how companies reduce foreign exchange risk, why corporate governance matters and why financial crises occur. As you study, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in the theoretical and analytical skills needed for a career in corporate finance, investment management or financial services.

Your studies in Finance can also be combined with one of four complementary subjects, including our industry-accredited Accountancy course. Graduating with an Accountancy and Finance degree from Stirling means you’ll be granted significant exemptions from professional exams when the time comes to kick-start your career. 

Finance at Stirling is ranked among the best courses of its kind in the country and has a 88% student satisfaction rating (National Student Survey 2020), making it the perfect starting point for a world of exciting opportunities.

Amplify Trading Boot Camp

The course also includes our week-long Amplify Trading Boot Camp. This won the CFA Institute Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) global award and gives you the chance to participate in highly realistic computer-based simulations that replicate the experience of trading in financial markets. By letting you trade in a simulated environment with virtual money, the boot camp bridges the gap between an academic understanding of financial markets and how they function in practice.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Our students have established a Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), with support of our academics within the Accounting and Finance Division. The SMIF allows you to gain practical experience of managing investments. A student-led project, it will help you to enhance your employability before you graduate – giving you exceptional practical understanding of theoretical aspects of investment valuation. Particular emphasis is placed on the principles of responsible investment, including the use of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria when selecting stocks. Find out more about the Student Managed Investment Fund, the regular guest speakers and how you can get involved at the SMIF website.

Top reasons to study with us

Professional accreditation

The BA Hons Finance is a member of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, a designation awarded to academic courses that embed a significant proportion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge into their curriculum.

We’re the only affiliated partner undergraduate course in Scotland, one of a small number in the UK and one of a select group globally.

The CFA Institute is the largest association of investment professionals in the world. Successful completion of the CFA Program leads to the award of the Chartered Financial Analyst credential, the most respected and recognised investment management designation globally.

To become a CFA Charter Holder you must study the CFA curriculum and take exams at CFA Levels I, II and III. At least 70% of the learning outcomes of Level 1 of the CFA curriculum are covered on the BA Hons Finance making the course an ideal route for those wishing to achieve the CFA qualification.

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What our students said

Robert Leck
Robert Leck
United Kingdom
BA (Hons) Economics and Finance
The ability to take a joint honours degree was highly beneficial. I was able to select a wide range of modules that interest me. The crossover between the two subjects – Economics and Finance - meant I could draw on methods from each.
Gregorio Rossi
Gregorio Rossi
BA (Hons) Economics and Finance
The opportunities I was offered to improve my skills and employability, such as the mentor programme and Amplify, really positions Stirling as peerless.
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