BA (Hons) Finance

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • A versatile course with multiple pathways and range of career options
  • Practical programme providing you in-depth knowledge, and professional skills
  • Strong academic culture built on supporting and celebrating each other

​Finance is the brains, eyes, and ears of industry, helping foresee potential challenges and achievements, preparing organisations effectively and allowing them to plan ahead.  

Strong numeracy skills are not required! You need a good attitude to learning, an open mind to numeracy, and a professional mindset to flourish on this course.  

Develop and practice the personal, professional, and academic skills needed to manage your family investment portfolio or enter a global conglomerate.  

The finance group has a culture of shared values and aspirations, which is an important aspect of both yours, and our, success in helping you fulfil your potential. 

We frequently support and mentor students, even after graduation. This has led to a strong and influential network of alumni, many of whom are guest lecturers.  

Hertfordshire Business School (HSB) maintains strong relationships with professional bodies and business connections. Meet entrepreneurs–in–residence, business ambassadors and industry leaders at networking events or in guest lectures through our Business Academy.  

Alumni have gone into the civil sector, treasury and tax office, commercial and investment banking as well as the NHS and general business. 

If you are interested in an MSc in Finance and Investment Banking, this is the ideal course to prepare you and ensure you are in a strong position to be accepted.  

Our staff

Your team includes experienced academics, researchers, and consultants alongside guest lecturers from industry, many of whom are alumni.  

You also benefit from an academic support team, wellbeing team and personal tutor to help you adjust to the demands of university learning and living.   

What's the course about?

This course gives you a firm foundation in the finance sector. In addition to modules on financial markets, you get a view on the societal and behavioural elements of finance.  

Strengthen your ability to understand and shape numerical data, analyse statistics and information, but importantly how to communicate this effectively. 

Get into the practicalities of the industry and manage your own spreadsheets to form and track a portfolio of your own.  

Assignments include a mix of essays, reports, and presentations, both individually and as part of the team. This prepares you for the world of work.  

As the course progresses, and you develop key areas of interest, choose which routes to take based on your own passions and career plans.  

We actively support you in boosting your CV through industry placement, study abroad or internships (including the latest online bite-sized digital experiences).     

Above all, you are mentored and supported, to aim high to achieve future personal and professional success.   

Where you'll study

Your learning experience will happen on our modern de Havilland campus, with self-study materials to support you from our virtual learning platform, StudyNet. 

Hertfordshire Business School is located within a large University campus, at our de Havilland site. You’ll be sharing this campus with others studying business, law, sports, education, and the humanities, as well as the Sports Village, which features a gym, swimming pool, coffee shop, and climbing wall and our Enterprise Hub. 

There are dining options, a bar, and a recreational space on campus where you can shoot some pool or play video games. The Enterprise Hub is a vibrant destination where local firms and students can work and learn in comfort. In addition to open study spaces, our Learning Resources Centre also features private study rooms, and is open 24/7 allowing you to study around your schedule. 

The student union bar and additional facilities are only a 20-minute walk or short bus ride away at our second campus. Student housing is available at both campuses. 

What will I study?

Your first year builds a solid foundation of knowledge in financial principles and their connection with society, preparing you for success. 

We promote team working skills, instilling you with people and organisational skills alongside your analytical and financial expertise. 

In your second year, you develop your analytical and professional skills as you explore essential topics such as business ethics, financial instruments, and business lifecycle.  

In your final year, we ready you for the real business world where you can take on challenges with all the skills and up to date knowledge acquired as well as study niche topics. There is a high number of optional modules available to allow you to specialise in key areas of interest. 

There are also opportunities to further enrich your personal development through our GoHerts program, placements, internships, study-abroad and Future Success team events.