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 and you will gain a thorough grounding in the theoretical and analytical skills needed for a career in corporate finance, investment management or financial services.

In the 2016 NSS student survey, Finance at Stirling is ranked joint 1st in Scotland, with 94% of students satisfied overall.

Accounting & Finance at Stirling is ranked 3rd in Scotland and 14th in the UK, according to the 2017 Good University Guide.

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree.

  • UCAS: N300
  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Course Director: Mr Christopher Coles
  • Faculty: Stirling Management School
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Mr Christopher Coles

University of Stirling Management School

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  1. It provides the opportunity to study finance in depth while also providing a broad understanding of the wider business environment.
  2. 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.
  3. Reflecting the global nature of finance, the course is taught by staff from many different countries, bringing a wealth of experience into the classroom.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

What makes us different?

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).

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Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

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

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

BTEC (Level 3):

Essential subjects:
Mathematics preferred.

Three-year Honours degree

SQA Adv. Higher:

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
35 points

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

Other qualifications

Year one 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.

Foundation Apprenticeships

considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or Level 4 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

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. These courses offer a pathway to study at the University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience in the high-quality study facilities on campus.

International Foundation 

Successful completion of the International Foundation in Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing to the required standard provides direct entry to year two of a range of BA Honours programmes, including Accounting (either as single honours or as combined honours with Business Law, Business Studies, Economics, Finance or Marketing) and Finance & Investment. See our accounting and finance courses

Subject to additional entry qualifications. year 3 entry to the BA Honours in Accounting and the BA Honours in Finance & Investment is also available to INTO International Foundation students via the Integrated International Year Two pathway.

For more information, and to apply, visit INTO University of Stirling

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: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

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.

Alternative routes

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

Fees and costs

Fees 2018/9

Overseas students (non-EU) £12,140.00
Scottish and EU students £1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.


If you plan to commence your studies at the University of Stirling in January 2018, please note you will be subject to our 2017/18 fees. Please contact us for more information.

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. 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.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

Cost of Living

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

Find information on paying fees by instalments

Structure and teaching

Structure and content

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
  • Introductory Microeconomics: This module analyses how individual markets work, how prices are set, how resources are allocated in an economy and how firms and households respond to changing market conditions
  • Introductory Macroeconomics: Macroeconomics is concerned with issues relating to the economy as a whole such as the general standard of living, unemployment and inflation

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 advanced semester Accountancy or Finance options, or from those required by the particular degree course being followed.

Delivery 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.)

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Related degrees

Accountancy; Economics; Law and Business Law;

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).

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Why Stirling?


In the 2016 NSS student survey, Finance at Stirling is ranked joint 1st in Scotland, with 94% of students satisfied overall.

Accounting & Finance at Stirling is ranked 3rd in Scotland and 14th in the UK, according to the 2017 Good University Guide.

In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the Accounting & Finance Division also contributed significantly to research at Stirling Management School, where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

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.

Careers and employability

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

Careers & Employability Service

The University has an excellent Careers & Employability Service, 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 Careers & Employability Service 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
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