Finance and Investment (Partner Institutions)

BA (Hons)

This degree offers students who are part of their way to a degree in finance the opportunity to obtain a degree in less than the four years which one would normally accept, as credit is given for prior learning at partner institutions.


This programme will give students the opportunity to gain an undergraduate honours finance and investment degree in either two or three years, depending on their entry criteria.  The degree has been designed to blend finance modules in such a way to ensure a smooth progression from earlier studies, leading to the rigours of a university degree.

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.

  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years or 3 Years
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Mr Christopher Coles
  • Faculty: Stirling Management School
  • Location: Stirling Campus

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Course Director

Mr Christopher Coles

Stirling Management School
University of Stirling, Stirling

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What makes us different?

This degree offers students who are part of their way to a degree in finance the opportunity to obtain a degree in less than the four years which one would normally accept, as credit is given for prior learning at partner institutions.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

This programme is only available to students from partner institutions who bear the appropriate entry requirements;

This would be either an HND from a partner further education college, or successful completion of relevant study at INTO.

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

Entry is only available to students who have previously studied at partner institutions.  Depending on the qualifications which such students have, they may enter either in Year 2 or in Year 3.

Application procedure

 Entry only available from partner institutions.

Fees and costs

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.

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.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Both 2 and 3 year degrees consist of three 20-credit modules delivered per semester.

Three year degree

Year 1 - Students will study introductory accounting subjects plus contextual modules in economics and mathematics. 

Year 2 – the programme brings in more finance and brings in a couple more advanced modules look in accounting which provide essential context in the work of the finance professional.

Year 3 – This final year consists of advanced modules in finance.

Two year degree

It is recognised that students entering the Year 2 route will have studied rather more accounting and finance prior to entry, therefore in the first year, emphasis is given to finance subjects as well as more modules in accounting, whilst in the final year, advanced modules in finance are delivered.

Delivery and assessment

The programme is delivered via three 20-credit modules per semester.  The principal mode of assessment is both coursework (generally accounting for 20-30% of attainment), and an and of semester, unseen, closed-book written examination, generally of 2-hours duration.


  • Accounting 1
  • Accounting 2
  • Maths for Business
  • Micro Economics
  • Macro Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Accounting Information and Employment
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Finance 2
  • External Reporting
  • International Finance
  • Securities and Investment
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Critical Analysis
  • Financial Analysis

Combined degrees

No combined degrees are offered. 

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Recommended reading

The programme is kept up to date and reading lists and books change annually, which is to be expected given the dynamic nature of the academic material.  It is therefore neither possible nor would it be helpful to give a list of suggested texts as they change from year to year, and are often dependent on lecturer choice.  In addition, book editions are frequently updated over the summer period which means that reference to a textbook here is likely to be obsolete by the start of the programme.  The University has a well-stocked bookshop on campus from which books may be purchased.


Modes of study


Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.















































Why Stirling?

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Most of our graduates enter the finance sector, with banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions, or they work in a finance function in commerce.  This might be either in the profit-seeking sector or in the public sector.  However, a finance degree doesn’t only set you up for a career in the financial sector; a wide range of employers recognise that a student with a finance background has had a strong business-focused education which will have equipped them with important skills (numerical, communication, problem-solving etc.).  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. 

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