Why this course?
Our finance degree is unique in Scotland in terms of the range and depth of issues covered.
Subjects include the principles of investment and value, business finance and decision-making and the analysis of securities such as bonds and shares.
A degree in Finance will give you the skills for a career in financial services such as banking, investment management, pension fund management and insurance.
We also offer some of the best teaching in Human Resource Management (HRM) in both Scotland and the UK
The Department of Human Resource Management is an accredited centre for teaching HRM. This means our postgraduate courses give students graduate membership of the leading professional body for HR managers – the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
The course covers areas such as recruitment and selection, training and developing and managing conflict at work. These are an important part of the management process in all organisations.
Create your own course
Modern business is too complex to be covered by a single subject: modern managers need to have a broad outlook.
You choose basic classes in business and other disciplines, alongside the Business School’s Management Development Programme. You’ll study a wide variety of subjects and create a curriculum to suit your interests and needs.
You also have the opportunity to try new subjects, some of which you won’t have experienced at school or college. At the beginning of Year 2, you choose two subjects to continue studying in Years 2 and 3. You’ll also select a third, ‘minor’ subject and take further Management Development skills classes.
Apply under the general UCAS entry code N100 if you’d prefer to discuss your subject choices once you arrive. To study accounting, apply under N400 or one of the other accounting codes listed on the site.
What you’ll study
You’ll be introduced to the basic principles of investment and value, valuation of bonds and shares, investment decisions in business companies and accounting methods.
Classes include domestic and international financial decision-making and policies in business, risk and return and the pricing of company shares and the efficiency of financial markets. Statistical and spreadsheet methods of analysing financial problems will be included in core classes.
You’ll develop an understanding of financial statements and the banking system through optional classes.
Core classes include advanced methods of empirical analysis, and access to historic and live data. You’ll have a choice of optional classes covering financial statements or financial markets and the banking system, as in Year 2.
You can either specialise in Finance as a Single Honours subject or continue to a Joint Honours degree in Finance and your other subject.
If you take Single Honours in Finance, you’ll do a research dissertation in Finance, while Joint Honours students have the choice of doing their dissertation in either Finance or their other subject.
Human Resource Management
What you'll study
The introductory class – Managing People – provides an overview of Human Resource Management.
Years 2 & 3
Core classes cover more in-depth Human Resource Management theories and techniques.
Year 2 focuses upon workplace behaviour from an organisational psychology point of view.
Year 3 focuses on more sociological theories. Options include classes in employee development and in equality and diversity.
You’ll study a range of specialist classes at single or joint Honours.
In Year 3 you'll have the opportunity to study in Europe, North America and elsewhere for one or two semesters.
The Peter Bain Prize is awarded each year to the student with the highest mark for their dissertation.
The HRM Society
The HRM Society is run by our students for our students. It aims to bring together all year groups into one network where they can share knowledge and practice, awareness of careers and build relationships with alumni and employers.
Management Development Programme 1
First Year aims to help you make the transition to the university context. Semester 1 is the Thematic Semester: The World of Business Today and covers topics such as:
- Social-Ethical-Environmental Governance (SEEG)
- Business Ethics
- Disruptive Technologies
Semester 2: Functional Semester: Organisations Today covers topics such as:
- Creativity & Responsibility
- Marketing & Sustainability across Domains
The first year of the programme is centred on the construction of knowledge in classroom setting with theoretical constructs developed. For each topic we’ve recorded a video by a Strathclyde academic who is a leading expert in the field.
You’ll watch these lectures in advance of each session and complete a pre-sessional activity. The pre-sessional work then forms the basis of team based activities work in the classroom (groups of 50 and teams of six-seven) where you develop an agreed understanding of the topic and present this to the group.
The feedback gained from this activity then feeds directly into the assessment for the block. You’ll complete 16 assignments in the two semesters of the class.
Students will receive an introduction to:
- finance and accounting, which covers the basic principles of investment and value
- the valuation of bonds and shares
- investment decisions in business companies
- accounting methods
Human Resource Management
In recent years the task of managing employees has been made more challenging by rapid changes in the business environment. This class focuses on the contemporary and practical issues of how people are organised and managed in the workplace and examines theoretical perspectives which help our understanding of the complex relationship between the employer and employee in facilitating the organisation and production of goods and services.
Management Development Programme 2
Semester 1 topics include:
- Working in Business Organisations
- Working Business Research & Consultancy
- Working Internationally
- Working in the Third Sector
- Rhetorics & Oratory
Semester 2 is about developing the proposal of MDP3; with a presentation and a final report.
The second year concentrates on developing understanding through industry-specific contextualisation. Sessions are weekly and three hours in length.
The sessions are thematically linked to the pathways for individualised experience in third year whilst also drawing on the theoretical knowledge developed in MDP 1. In order to develop understanding, organisations will deliver a half-day session. This consists of a one hour plenary introduction where the company and case study are introduced. This is followed by the group sessions where you undertake activities in relation to the case study set by the company.
Second year classes cover:
- investment and financial decision-making and policies in business
- risk and return and the pricing of company shares
- portfolio selection and the efficiency of financial markets
- the valuation of bonds and bond portfolio management
- equity trading strategies
- statistical and spreadsheet methods of analysing financial problems and strategies
Human Resource Management
This class develops understanding of managing people from a psychological perspective through understanding behaviour, attitudes, motivation and wellbeing of people at work. Areas covered include what leads to positive employee work attitudes like job satisfaction, organisational commitment, and their outcomes in terms of work behaviour, such as job performance, withdrawal, absenteeism, turnover, fair treatment and trust.
Work Psychology for Human Resource Management
This class looks at applying psychological theories explaining effectiveness and well-being of people at work to Human Resource Management as an approach to managing people and the employment relationships. Areas covered include organisational and individual decision-making relating to the recruitment and selection process, the impact of performance management on employee perceptions, team working, and the impact of leadership on attitudes and trust.
Management Development Programme 3
The third year of centres on individualised experience in an organisational context through one of the following pathways:
- Internship/Charities - gain practical experience in a private or third sector organisation. You need to negotiate and locate your own organisation and experience – this is one of the key learning points of the pathway.
- Research and consultancy - a facility for local small businesses to gain from the experience and expertise of those within SBS. You work on two live business consultancy projects (one in each semester) and, as a team of 6, develop solutions and strategic initiatives for the local SME economy.
- International experience – only available for students who are undertaking an international exchange for either one semester or full year.
- Vertically Integrated Projects - working on a cross-faculty basis to research longitudinal projects (including the ‘Bill Gates Toilet Challenge, Solar Panels for Gambia and Enterprise in Schools) you work with a team of students from all levels of study (first year undergraduate to final year PhD) to further the work of the project.
In addition, you’re required to undertake a social responsibility element (this accounts for one quarter of the overall workload).
These have been designed to provide support to the Curriculum for Excellence and the Widening Access to Higher Education programme. There are no formal classes for MDP3 although there is pathway support with the pathway leads and tutor support.
Areas covered in third year classes include:
- advanced corporate finance and financial markets issues
- valuation of derivatives, such as options and futures and swaps
- the operations of derivatives markets
- hedging strategies
- treasury and international financial risk management in business
Advanced methods of empirical analysis, such as event studies, and access to historic and live data are also included.
Human Resource Management
Work, Employment & Society
This class critically explores changes in the nature of work, employment and society through investigating the extent to which current developments in the workplace can be seen to represent a fundamental shift in the nature of workplace regulation. It'll provide contrasting and complementary perspectives on workplace behaviour to those provided in year 2.
You'll be introduced to the British system of employment relations, and the general principles, processes and outcomes. It'll consider different theoretical approaches to the study of employment and industrial relations and then examine the role and objectives of trade unions, employers and the state, and their interactions in collective bargaining, employee participation and industrial conflict.
You can either specialise in Finance as a Single Honours subject or continue to a Joint Honours degree in Finance and your other principal subject. In order to gain entry to Honours year, you must meet specified performance criteria in Years 2 and 3.
Students taking Single Honours in Finance will do a research dissertation in Finance, while Joint Honours students typically have the choice of doing their dissertation in either Finance or their other subject. Honours classes cover advanced topics in the following areas:
- corporate investment
- corporate financing
- asset pricing
- portfolio analysis
- international financial management
- behavioural finance
- international corporate governance
- financial quantitative methods
Human Resource Management
Advanced Organisational Behaviour
This class draws on current themes in work and organisational psychology, and HRM understood from the perspective of micro-organisational behaviour theory and research. It's structured around the concepts of Reframing Organisations and, although the emphasis is on ‘micro’, or individual-level, approaches to organisational behaviour, ‘reframing’ takes into consideration more ‘macro’ or sociological and critical management approaches as well.
HRM & Employment Relations in Public Services
Human Resources in the Global Economy
The aim of the module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the context and content of ‘New Public Management’ and alternative public management reform strategies. There's particular reference to impacts on HRM and employment relations.
The module will enable you to compare how different countries’ reform trajectories have impacted on changes in HRM and employment relations.
This class looks at HRM within a broader understanding of globalization and the international political economy. It places current themes in an international and comparative perspective by analysing and comparing different national ‘models of management’, and a range of employee response to them and, amongst other things, asks questions about the ways in which these management practices are disseminated by multinational companies (MNCs).
Perspective on Work & Employment
This module builds on the year 3 class, Work, Employment and Society, and explores the contribution of social theory to understandings of the contemporary conditions of work and organisations.
The majority of classes involve a final exam which takes place at the end of the semester. This is supplemented by individual and/or group coursework.
In some cases, you can get exemption from the final exam if you achieve a specific mark for your coursework and satisfy attendance requirements. You'll normally have one opportunity to be re-assessed for a failed class. Exam resits normally take place during the summer.
You'll be assessed in a number of ways including business reports, case studies, essays, presentations, individual and group projects, learning journals and peer assessments.
Learning & teaching
Teaching takes place over two semesters in blocks of 12 weeks at a time.
Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials, and seminars alongside team-based projects, online materials, and interactive sessions using personal response systems.
External contributors from partnership corporate organisations are involved in teaching and/or assessment of student presentations.
The innovative and highly acclaimed Management Development Programme (MDP) is at the core of our undergraduate degrees in the Business School and comprises a series of classes which you take throughout Years 1 to 3.
You develop knowledge and skills in key areas of management, and team-working, communication and decision-making skills, all of which are highly sought-after by employers.
Major employers and alumni from all sectors are involved in the MDP, participating in group sessions, observing student presentations, and providing feedback. Organisations involved include Barclays, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble and Ernst & Young. In first year the best teams are selected to present to senior staff in one of the sponsoring organisations, and there are prizes for the best projects.
The programme builds your confidence and entrepreneurial capabilities, and promotes awareness of globalisation and ethical issues in personal and business decision-making. In Year 3, you develop your own pathway from internships, involvement with business projects, engagement in interdisciplinary activities and business clinics.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
1st sitting: AAAB or AABBB; 2nd sitting: AAABBB (English B, Maths National 5B/Intermediate 2; Higher Maths B for combinations with Finance)
Minimum entry requirements: BBB (GCSE English Language B or Literature B; Maths GCSE B/A Level B for combinations with Finance)
Typical entry requirements: ABB (GCSE English Language B or Literature B; GCSE Maths B/A Level B for combinations with Finance)
33 (no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths SL5/Maths Studies 5)
Successful completion of relevant HNC/HND at first attempt with A passes in all graded Units. Contact Business School Admissions for advice on entry to Year 2.
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAABBB at Higher level, including English and Maths
- English: Higher level B
- Maths: Ordinary level at B or Higher level at B for combinations with Finance
- Maths for combinations with Mathematics & Statistics: Higher level A
An Advanced Higher and a Higher are given equal credit and the grades for each qualification count towards the total grades required.
Deferred entry not accepted.
Admission to Honours
All students will be admitted as potential Honours students. Students may exit with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the end of year three of the Honours programme if they have accumulated at least 360 credits and satisfied the appropriate specialisation requirements. For admission to the final year of the Honours course, a student must have qualified for the award of the Bachelor of Arts degree and achieved an approved standard of performance.
English language requirement
A pass in an English language qualification is normally required from applicants outside the UK whose first language is not English. The following provides information on the main qualifications considered for entry to the Business School undergraduate degree courses.
IELTS: Minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5)
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.
Find out entry requirements for your country.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.
You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes – for example MSci, MEng and MPharm – will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.
Course materials & costs
Textbooks vary in price, ranging from £40 to 100 for Accounting Ethics. The majority of texts are freely available from the library.
Human Resource Management
Course materials & costs
Students are encouraged to purchase the core textbook for each Human Resource Management module.
- approximate cost - £40 to 50 per textbook
PG Diploma and MSc Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD). Students wishing to achieve the Associate Membership of CIPD are required to join as a student member during studies. This is not a mandatory requirement for passing the course but is required by CIPD to achieve membership update on passing the course.
Costs for 2015/16 membership:
- £40 admission fee
- £90 annual subscription
Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales
Our Finance graduates go on to be financial analysts or investment managers with a range of financial institutions like merchant banks, pension funds, insurance companies and stockbrokers.
Well known organisations who look for our Finance graduates include Blackrock, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and PricewaterhouseCoopers, The National Australia Group and Morgan Stanley.
The course is also useful if you're considering a more general business career, while a number of our graduates also pursue careers with accountancy firms and further study for professional accounting qualifications.
Some of our human resource management (HRM) graduates find work directly related to HRM while others go into more broad business or administrative roles.
They work in insurance, retail, manufacturing, recruitment consultancy and general management with job titles such as HR assistant and recruitment consultant.