BA (Hons) Finance

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • Open the door to a broad range of amazing career opportunities in finance.
  • Join an exciting community of like-minded individuals who will not only be your classmates but friends.
  • Expand on your knowledge of finance and the financial sector and develop the necessary skills for you to succeed in the dynamic, high-reward, finance and banking industries.
  • You will be taught by a friendly and supportive group of academics and professionals, who bring their extensive industry and academic knowledge and experiences from different parts of the globe. They are not just here to teach you, but to inspire and motivate you to achieve your full potential.
  • Access to an excellent range of teaching and learning facilities, including access to a vast range of online business, finance, and economic resources, as well as specialised databases and online discussions with staff and students.   

Careers and employability

100% of UH finance graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018- 2019). In addition to this, the average salary of our finance students 15 months after graduation is £24,000 (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017- 2018).   

Many of our graduates have also found work in the public sector and private sector, in roles such as Accountant, Finance Administrator, Billing Co-ordinator, Payroll Assistant, Fund Administrator and Internship in Finance.

In the last few years, our graduates have also gone on to work for reputable employers such as HMRC, PWC, Citibank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Hilton Worldwide.

Our aim is not only to teach you the principles of financial theory but how to use those theories in practical business environments. This is the reason why so many of our students thrive in industries after graduation. 

What's the course about?

Indicative course structure

This course gives you a firm foundation for a career in finance. You will develop the skills necessary to be successful in financial services such as banking, investment management, pension fund management, and insurance. During the course, you’ll also develop the sharp evaluation and analytical skills needed to move into more functional management roles. 

The First Year introduces general business and finance modules, namely Principals of Finance and The Finance Professionals, which encompass Economics, Quantitative Methods and Ethics. These modules give our students a firm foundation and help them to build a general understanding of finance in the context of society.  

The Second Year explores employability for our students. We focus on the academic concepts covering the general disciplines and the ongoing development of quantitative analysis skills, namely Econometrics, Business Ethics and Analysing Financial Statements. We enable our students to understand and process financial information in businesses so that they apply those skills in their future careers. 

The Final Year focuses on analytical areas such as Banking, Current Issues, and Global Finance and markets. They can also choose from several specialist modules such as Islamic Banking and Finance and Behavioural Finance to ready our students if they choose to pursue a unique specialisation. During this year, our students develop in-depth professional skills that are needed for the next step of their intellectual/professional pursuits. 

You can also study a language with this course. You can be awarded the degree ‘with language’ in the title if you choose to study a foreign language in all years of study.

Work placement/ study abroad option: In this course, students can also have the opportunity of gaining valuable work experience by going on a year-long, paid work placement or studying abroad to polish up their foreign language skills. The Careers and Employment Service on College Lane offers a range of services to students and alumni to help with their career choices, finding employment (including placements), skills enhancement (including CV writing and interview technique) and preparation for the workplace. Also, students can Study Abroad, spending part of their degree course studying, living and experiencing life abroad at one of our partner universities across the globe.   

Your main campus is de Havilland

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.  

What will I study?

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop-in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hour per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics.