Finance BSc (Hons)
Full Time: 3 Years
Part Time: 4 - 6 Years
Full Time: £9,250
Full Time: £13,000
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BSc Finance provides you with the essential and advanced financial, quantitative and analytical skills necessary for professional careers in banking, asset management and financial research. You will examine core concepts in economics, financial analysis, security valuation, portfolio theory and risk management with a strong focus on decision-making in line with regulatory, ethical and sustainability standards. Throughout this programme, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters terminals will be used to enhance your learning experience by implementing theories into practice with real-world scenarios.
This programme is aligned to key investment and risk management professional qualifications. Application for CFA Institute Affiliation is in process.
- Optional work placement year.
- HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible student. Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply.
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Our BSc Finance programme is ideal for those who intend to work in the investment management profession and obtain a professional financial designation with well-known investment credentials.
This specialist programme will equip you with the strong theoretical and technical skills required for the highlighted career paths and professional finance accreditations such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) and Institute of Risk Management (IRM).
In addition, teaching on this programme will be enriched by the latest research in finance that is linked strongly with practitioner application of concepts, including corporate responsibility, regulation, and policy-guiding practice.
BSc Finance provides you with the rigorous and essential financial, quantitative and analytical skills necessary for professional careers in banking, asset management and financial research. You will examine core concepts in economics, financial analysis, security valuation, portfolio theory and risk management. There is a strong focus on decision-making in line with regulatory, ethical and sustainability standards.
In the first year, you will be allocated a personal tutor, a member of the academic staff, who provides academic guidance and support through the course. During the first year of study, you will complete six compulsory introductory modules, that provide an essential foundation in accounting, finance and economics as well as necessary numerical and academic skills.
In the second year, you will build your knowledge on the foundation of the previous year by taking six compulsory specialist modules. At this stage, you will be introduced to a range of finance subfields, including investment, ethical and professional standards, and risk management.
In the final year, you will gain in-depth knowledge by studying the more specialist areas of investment. You will take four compulsory modules and up to two designated modules. You can tailor your studies to reflect your areas of expertise and specialisms at this stage by selecting from a range of designated modules in areas such as economics, international finance, and risk management.
List of modules
Introduction to Finance (20 Credits)
Module code: ACC1017Status: CompulsoryThis module introduces the key principles in financial markets and corporate finance. Students use a range of analytical tools to analyse the main sources of finance associated risk and alignment with organisational goals.
Contemporary Issues in Finance (20 Credits)
Module code: ACC1018Status: CompulsoryThis module introduces students to contemporary issues in finance including fintech ethical issues in finance regulations and financial crises.. Students develop academic and professional skills to collect present analyse and evaluate information relating to these issues in a reflective and critical manner.
Statistics and Data Analysis (20 Credits)
Module code: ACC1019Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to develop students? understanding and use of essential numerical and statistical techniques required to analyse real life financial data.Students summarise and analyse case studies data to provide appropriate estimations and information necessary for decision making.
Introduction to Accounting (20 Credits)
Module code: ACC1020Status: CompulsoryThis module enables students to develop knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts involved in financial accounting. Students develop technical proficiency in the use of double-entry accounting techniques and the preparation and analysis of financial statements.
Financial Mathematics and Quantitative Methods (20 Credits)
Module code: ACC1021Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to develop students? understanding and knowledge in data analysis and quantitative methods to support decision making. Students select and collect quantitative data and then apply appropriate numerical techniques to solve hypothetical and practical financial problems.
Introduction to Economics (20 Credits)
Module code: ECN1020Status: CompulsoryThis module provides students with an overview of key micro and macro economics concepts and how market participants are affected by market forces. This module enables students to understand the operation of markets and the wider economy and apply economic principles to a variety of situations.
- Introduction to Finance (20 Credits)
Module code: ACC2031Status: Compulsory
Financial Markets, Institutions and Instruments
Module code: ACC2032Status: Compulsory
Ethical and Professional Standards in Finance
Module code: ACC2033Status: Compulsory
Fundamentals of Investment
Module code: ACC2034Status: Compulsory
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Module code: ACC2035Status: Compulsory
Fundamentals of Risk Management
Module code: ACC2036Status: Compulsory
- Financial Economics
International Money and Finance (20 Credits)
Module code: ACC3007Status: DesignateThis module appraises the increasingly important aspect of multinational financial management in dynamic international business. It critically analyses the attractions and limitations of doing business in a global market identifying the additional inherent risks that global market exposure produces and strategies in managing the global firm.
Contemporary Issues in International Banking (20 Credits)
Module code: ACC3026Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to develop students' understanding of the complexity of the international financial systems and the issues multinational banks face in different jurisdictions. The module will cover historical and current developments towards the development of the `new? financial systems architecture and the challenge for harmonisation.
Corporate Financial Management
Module code: ACC3032Status: Compulsory
Module code: ACC3033Status: Compulsory
Asset Allocation and Investment Strategies
Module code: ACC3034Status: Compulsory
Risk Management and Modelling
Module code: ACC3035Status: Designate
Module code: ACC4009Status: Compulsory
Economics for Decision Making
Module code: ECN3018Status: Designate
- International Money and Finance (20 Credits)
Standard entry requirements apply to this course. A typical offer is around BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. You will also require a GCSE in Maths at grade C / 4 or above.
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK Full Time: £9,250
- UK Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- International Full Time: £13,000
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
20/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
- UK/EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- International Full Time: £12,900
There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.
If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be a mix of case-based reports, essays, examinations, group activities, presentations, and a research project. The programme combines the rigour and validity of the examination process with the opportunity for you to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes by conducting in-depth research. You will prepare and submit a final year project.
Careers and Employability
Brokers and Traders, Compliance Managers, Financial Advisors, Financial Sales and Client service professionals, Financial Analysts, Financial Planners and Consultants, Fund Managers, Investment Bankers and Researchers, Investment Consultants and Strategists, Pension Specialists, Portfolio and Wealth Managers, Project and Programme Risk Managers, Regulatory Consultants, Risk Analysts, Risk Specialists.