BA (Hons) Finance

Our highly-rated Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) affiliated degree is versatile and practical. Take a closer look at how studying finance at Stirling can boost your future opportunities.

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September 2024, January 2025
  • Application notes For students who need a visa: we are closed for January 2024 entry.
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study full time, part time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code N300
  • Study abroad opportunities

Accreditations

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program and Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)

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Overview

Our BA (Hons) Finance is the first undergraduate degree in Scotland to have Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Affiliation Program status, underlining the embedded employability skills that students develop, as well as our cutting-edge syllabus.

Rooted in international 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 the complementary subjects, including our professionally accredited Accountancy course. Graduating with an Accountancy and Finance degree from Stirling means you’ll be granted significant exemptions from professional exams when you begin your career. 

Finance at Stirling is ranked among the best courses of its kind in the country, being in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022), making it the perfect starting point for a world of exciting opportunities.

Amplify Trading Boot Camp

Students on the BA Finance or studying a combined degree with Finance can participate in this innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by our partner Amplify. The Stirling Amplify course won the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) global award. It gives you the chance to trade futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. By letting you trade in real time, but 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 society, participation 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.

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Professional accreditation

The BA (Hons) Finance course 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 first affiliated partner undergraduate course in Scotland, becoming members of a small group 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.

We are a member of a very small group of universities in the UK to be affiliated with one of the main professional financial bodies, the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and only one of two Scottish universities to hold affiliation with the top two professional finance institutions the CFA and CISI.

This affiliation allows our students to gain the CISI professional qualification, Introduction to Securities and Investment, during their studies, giving them a competitive advantage when entering the job market. Our students also have access to professional resources and enhanced networking opportunities, as well as the assurance that our modules are up to date with the latest developments within the finance industry.

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

SQA Highers
AABB – by the end of S5
AAAB – by the end of S6

GCE A-levels
BBB 

IB Diploma
30

BTEC (Level 3)
DDM

Preferred subjects
Mathematics National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent.

Widening access students
Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

SQA Advanced Highers
ABB

GCE A-levels
ABB

IB Diploma
35

Essential subjects
To include Accountancy and Economics at Higher, A-level or equivalent

Preferred subjects
Mathematics National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent

Other Scottish qualifications

Scottish HNC/HND
Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

Access courses
University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP Access course - for mature students only.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Preferred subjects
Mathematics National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent.

Other qualifications

English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
Merits and Distinctions

English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above

Preferred subjects
Mathematics National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), Standard Grade (3), GCSE (C/4) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Advanced entry

Advanced entry is not available for this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill.
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

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.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Course details

You can study Finance as a four-year single honours degree or take it in conjunction with one of the complementary subjects to earn a combined honours degree. In the first semesters you'll study core modules in Finance, Accounting and Economics, and will be able to select optional modules from a range of subjects. Semesters 4-8 cover core advanced modules, including Mergers and Acquisitions, International Finance, and Financial Analysis. You can also choose further advanced modules in Accounting and Finance from a list of electives or from those required by the degree course you're following.

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2023). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details

Teaching

Everything you learn in your Finance course is rooted in cutting-edge research and reflects the latest developments in finance theory and practice. You’ll learn through a series of lectures, tutorials, computer-based workshops and independent study. Every step of the way, you’ll be encouraged to enhance your interpersonal skills and gain an awareness of how those skills meet the needs of an employer in a business setting.

Assessment

Your final grade for each Finance module will be based on a combination of coursework and exams. Assessed coursework typically includes essays, problem-solving exercises or tests. In your final year, you’ll write a dissertation – a major opportunity to sharpen your skills in research, data analysis and communication.   

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad.

Contact

Dr Dimos Kambouroudis, Course Director

+44 (0)1786 467296
d.s.kambouroudis@stir.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2023/24 2024/25
Scottish students £1,820 £1,820
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
International students (including EU) £16,400 £17,200

Scottish students

This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, if you are domiciled in Scotland you can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government on your behalf.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland are eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities section below for more information.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

International students (including EU)

Eligible students will automatically receive a scholarship worth between £8,000-£30,000 over the duration of your course. See our range of generous scholarships for international undergraduate students.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Funding

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Students from Scotland

Find funding opportunities for Scottish students.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Eligible students will automatically receive our Undergraduate Welcome Scholarship, Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, and our Honours Year Scholarship, which are worth between £1,000 and £9,250.

International students

Eligible international students will automatically receive a scholarship worth between £8,000-£30,000 over the duration of your course. Find funding opportunities for international students.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

International (including EU) students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

After you graduate

What jobs can you get with a Finance degree?

Our Finance course gives you a firm grasp of the theoretical and analytical skills needed for a career in business and the financial sector. Many major decisions taken by companies are based on the types of knowledge and professional judgement you’ll develop during your degree at Stirling, and we seek to give you every advantage in the job market – not only through the content you study, but also via our range of specialist career services.

Find out more about how we prepare you for the world of work.

  • Tailor your degree toward a specific career by selecting a combined course.
  • Combine Accountancy and Finance for an industry-certified degree that grants professional exam exemptions.

Following your studies in Finance you’ll be well positioned to pursue careers across the whole spectrum of business. Roles related directly to your degree include:

  • financial analyst for a fund management institution
  • dealer on the stock exchange
  • financial planner
  • investment banker
  • financial market regulator

Finance graduates from Stirling are applying their skills in a range of jobs all over the world – from the UK and Ireland to Japan, Canada and beyond. Recent Stirling graduates have started their careers in some of the following roles:

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

Other graduates have forged careers in the following positions:

  • Senior Analyst, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Senior Partner, Clydesdale Bank plc
  • Security Analyst, Tsubasa Securities
  • Group Financial Controller, Melrose Resources Plc

Employability skills

Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. Our module in Professional Development and Practice (Semester 8) places a special focus on preparing you for the workplace, and our overall focus on personal and professional development is designed to help you achieve your career ambitions.

Your course will equip you with skills in the following, plus much more:

  • self-management
  • communication and presentation
  • research
  • independent learning
  • IT
  • problem-solving and analytical thinking

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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.
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Gregorio Rossi
Gregorio Rossi
Italy
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.
Read Gregorio's story

Flexible study

Are you interested in more than one of our courses? You might not have to choose between them. Here at Stirling, we believe in choice and offer more than 170 course combinations.

Finance can be combined with any of the following courses:
Course nameUCAS code
Business Studies UCAS code for this combination: NN13
Economics UCAS code for this combination: LN13
Mathematics UCAS code for this combination: GN13

For a combined honours degree where the two subjects have different entry requirements, you will usually be asked to meet the higher entry requirement.

Find out more about degree flexibility and how you can take combined courses.