BA FinanceRebecca Watt

Rebecca has been interested in finance from an early age, so it seemed like a no brainer to undertake her undergraduate degree at a university which ranked highly in her subject area. Since starting her course, Strathclyde’s Department of Accounting & Finance has gone from ranking 1st in Scotland to ranking 1st in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022). Here, she tells us what it's like being a Strathclyde Business School student...

What has been your experience of the classes?

My experience of the classes has been very satisfactory. The lectures have been varied in order to learn a wide range of topics and expand my financial knowledge. My favourite class had to be Portfolio Management and Security Analysis in second year as we learned how to use computer programmes such as Matlab in order to calculate portfolio returns. This is an area of finance I have particularly grown fond of since starting university. Lecturers are committed to helping you learn and have regular office hours to answer any of your questions and are available via email at any point, so you don’t need to wait if you have pressing questions. This has been particularly helpful during online classes due to the pandemic, and lecturers have been very understanding that this is an unusual learning format compared to the normal format.

Where do you see the course in fitting into your future aspirations?

The finance classes that touch on international aspects have been very fitting for my future aspirations of working for a global investment bank. This has provided me with further information on the industry and confirmed my interest in this area of finance. I am also particularly interested in the investment side of finance and very much enjoyed the Portfolio Management class. It has been very beneficial in preparing me for my future career, as I gained the knowledge and skills needed for the industry. I look forward to developing this further in the Asset Pricing class I have chosen to study in my final year.

What is it like to be a student at Strathclyde and in the city of Glasgow?

After growing up in a small village, I adore city life. I find it very fitting that everything is on your doorstep as the University is based in the city centre. I enjoy being a student at the University not only from an academic perspective but also from a social perspective. There are so many societies to join and I am grateful to have been a part of the Accounting and Finance Society committee since my first year. I have been able to meet and network with so many other students and businesses. I also joined the University orchestra and concert band, allowing me to meet other students from other courses.

What advice would you give to prospective students? 

My advice to prospective students would be to research the course you are most interested in to make sure it is what you want to study. I have found the more interested you are in your subject, the more enjoyable your university journey will be. Be sure to try joining a society too. This helps you meet new people and find friends at university. It’s great to have that support network throughout university especially when it comes to your final year and you have a dissertation to write on top of your classes.