BSc Finance

Our Finance degree will provide you with an excellent preparation for a career within a financial environment giving you a balanced mix of finance, economics, accounting and more general management knowledge, skills and expertise.

Why choose this course?

  • Study a finance degree set within a broad management context
  • Paid professional placement year and excellent graduate opportunities
  • Ranked top 10 in the UK for careers in finance by LinkedIn 2014/5
  • Accounting & Finance at Aston is Top 20 in the UK in the 2015 Complete University Guide.
  • The course is Top 20 in the UK for Employability in the 2015 Complete University Guide.
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4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: N300

Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB 
IB: 35/34 points. Minimum scores of 6,6,5 at Higher level. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC National Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A*- C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade B
GCSE English – grade C
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Tuition fees: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £13,800 for International students (2016). More on fees

IMC ABS MSc Finance
Our finance degree will provide you with an excellent preparation for a career within a financial environment giving you a balanced mix of finance, accounting and more general management knowledge, skills and expertise.

The degree explores many aspects of finance such as capital markets, derivatives, corporate finance, exchange rate risks, asset pricing and international finance.

In addition, this degree is designed to give you a range of transferable skills to help you succeed with your chosen career.  As well as traditional lectures and tutorials, we make use of group working and presentations to help prepare you for the reality of working life.  Such activities help develop important skills such as self-confidence, team working, time management and negotiation skills and this approach contributes to our enviable reputation for producing highly employable graduates.

Year 1

You will follow the Aston Business School common first year studying a wide range of business subjects. This approach gives you a solid foundation in all of the key areas of business and management. The modules are:

Year 2

From the second year you will explore financial and management accounting in depth, participate in events organised in conjunction with accountancy firms, visit businesses and undertake an interactive business game module

Your degree begins its specialist emphasis upon finance and financial management. The modules are:

Year 3

Professional placement year in finance, accountancy or management role or you have the option to undertake an international study placement. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

In this year studies are taken to a more refined level, similar to a professional qualification standard, but retaining theoretical analysis. The modules are:

* Indicates a double module

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

For example all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of external employers

Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Professional accreditation

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Assocation of International Accountants
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Our integrated placement year course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you gain valuable practical management experience within accounting, finance or management

We have links to over 1000 different organisations and advertise around 3000 posts each year to our students.

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the placement year at ABS.

On successful completion of this degree, the specialist financial knowledge gained provides excellent preparation for graduate entry into finance related careers such as:

  • investment
  • retail banking
  • financial analysis
  • stock broking
  • insurance.  

However, because this degree also combines broader-based business knowledge, it provides an excellent foundation for careers in general management and imparts skills that will be highly valued by graduate recruiters in both the private and public sectors.

Our teaching accommodation has very recently been completely refurbished and all lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids. Extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies.

Aston Business School has dedicated computer suites for the exclusive use of its undergraduates and many campus areas are WI-FI networked. The university library facilities are extensive, modern and accessible and specialist staff are available to help you find the information you need

Dr Dudley Gilder
Lecturer in Finance and Research Group Convenor  
0121 204 3358

Further information

Undergraduate Admissions
Aston Business School Undergraduate Office

+44 (0) 121 204 3030

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