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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: N300
  • Accreditation: triple-accredited Business School - AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
  • 2nd in the UK for Accounting & Finance (Complete University Guide 2021)

  • Second-year entry: may be available to suitably-qualified applicants

Study with us

  • ranked 2nd in the UK for Accounting & Finance (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • benefit from studying a finance degree which is thought to be unique in Scotland in terms of the range and depth of issues covered
  • gain skills for a career in banking, investment management, pension fund management and insurance
  • enhance your employment prospects by combining your finance studies with a second subject

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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.

Employers tell us that they particularly value the range of subject combinations available at Strathclyde, ensuring that our students have an in-depth understanding of a second subject to complement their finance studies.

An undergraduate degree in finance will give you the skills for a career in financial services such as banking, investment management, pension fund management and insurance.

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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

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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 the core classes. You’ll develop an understanding of financial statements and the banking system through optional classes.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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.

If you take Single Honours in Finance, you’ll do a research dissertation in Finance, while Joint Honours students typically have the choice of doing their dissertation in either Finance or their other principal subject.

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Course content

Management Development Programme 1

Topics

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

Class description

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.

Course summary

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
Management Development Programme 2

Topics

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.

Class description

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.

Course summary

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
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.

Course summary

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.

Course summary

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
  • derivatives
  • international financial management
  • behavioural finance
  • international corporate governance
  • financial quantitative methods

Triple-accredited business school

Learning & teaching

Teaching is over two semesters in blocks of 12 weeks. 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, 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.

Assessment

The majority of classes involve a final unseen exam which is normally at the end of the semester. This is normally supplemented by individual and/or group coursework.

In some cases, you can get an exemption from the final exam if you achieve a specific mark for your coursework (and satisfying attendance requirements).

Students normally have one opportunity to be re-assessed for a failed class. Exam resits normally take place during the summer.

A range of assessment techniques are used including business reports, case studies, essays, presentations, individual and group projects, learning journals and peer assessments.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements*:

  • 1st sitting: AAAA/AAABB
  • 2nd sitting: AAAABB

(Higher English B; Higher Maths B; Higher Maths A for combinations with Accounting or Maths & Statistics)

Minimum entry requirements**:

  • 1st sitting: AABB/ABBBB

(English B; Maths B)

A Levels

ABB-BBB

(GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B, or an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English; A Level Maths B; A Level Maths A for combinations with Accounting or Maths & Statistics)

International Baccalaureate

36

(no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths/Maths Studies SL6; Maths HL6 for combinations with Accounting or Maths & Statistics)

HNC/HND

Relevant HNC/HND, A in Graded Units; for advice on entry to Year 2 contact Business School Admissions:

+44 (0)141 548 4114
sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting out country pages

Deferred entry

Not normally accepted.

*Standard entry requirements

Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.

Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.

In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.

**Minimum entry requirements

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Widening access

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.

International students

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

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Scotland

TBC*

2020/21: £1,820

*Fees for students domiciled in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.

Rest of UK

TBC*

2020/21: £9,250

*Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2021-22, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.

International

£16,000

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Additional costs
Course materials & costs

Textbooks do vary in price from around £40 to £100. The majority are provided free in the library or via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform. For budgeting purposes, we recommend allowing £200 per academic year for books.

Other costs

Students may be required to make hardcopy submissions for some assignments and will cover the cost of printing. Students are required to print and bind their dissertation. The cost will depend on the length of dissertation but an average cost would be in the region of £40.

Study abroad

Strathclyde Business School Exchange (compulsory for IBML (one year) and IB (one semester) and optional for BA)

Typically the cost of one semester abroad could be £6-8,000 depending on the destination and currency exchange rates. Tuition fees are not paid to the exchange institution but continue to be paid to Strathclyde University in the usual way, however, students are responsible for their own travel and living expenses ie flights, insurance, visa application, accommodation, food, textbooks etc.

Students are eligible to apply for a student loan as usual but must let the award agency (eg SAAS) know that they will be on a compulsory exchange. Students with an exchange place in Europe are eligible for Erasmus funding (subject to the outcome of Brexit negotiations) and full details of this process will be provided by the University. Students with an exchange place outside Europe are eligible to apply to the Neil Hood Memorial Fund for a scholarship. Full details of the application process are provided to all eligible students. Other scholarship opportunities may be available through the Alumni & Development department.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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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.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students (Non-UKScholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

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Careers

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 graduates include:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Standard Life Investments
  • 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.

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Finance (1 year entry)

Year of Entry: 1 year

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Contact us

General enquiries

Business School Admissions

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 4114

Email: sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk

Course-specific enquiries

Accounting & Finance

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3261

Email: accfin@strath.ac.uk