BSc Business Finance

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

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In choosing to study this Business Finance Degree at Aberystwyth University you will focus on the diverse world of finance and the factors that influence financial policy. You will be equipped with the tools and techniques that will allow you to develop a coherent framework to understand financial strategy, banking conduct, financial services and government regulation. You will study in a department with strong links to business and industry, which blends the latest research into your teaching, and encourages you to take a year out and work in a business environment. On successful completion of the Business Finance Degree you will have developed a range of core and essential skills and capabilities sought by employers of this discipline. Expand the sections below and find out more...


ACCA Accredited ProgrammeIn choosing to study your BSc Business Finance degree at Aberystwyth University you will be combining the best of two interrelated disciplines: business and finance. You will focus on the world of finance and explore the various factors influencing financial policy in the business world. The Business Finance degree programme is designed to enable you to develop professional skills to understand and negotiate an increasingly complex business environment. You will develop a coherent understanding of how companies and organisations respond to financial regulation in terms of maximizing profitability, financial longevity and cash-flow streams. Through a series of real-world business activities, case-study analysis and simulated environments, you will develop a portfolio of professional skills including effective decision-making, value-based prioritization, information clarification, needs assessment and presentation skills.

Why study Business Finance at Aberystwyth?

The School of Management and Business has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts. The most recent figures for the National Student Survey show a high satisfaction rate with this course, so you can be sure that you will receive a very high quality learning experience.

Teaching in the School of Management and Business is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

As well as being active researchers, our lecturers have a professional financial background, so that by applying their real-world knowledge to theoretical concepts, your learning experience is firmly located in the context of proper professional practice. We also believe strongly in a teaching model which requires active student involvement rather than passive information-gathering, ensuring that you can meet the demands of potential employers on graduation. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional experience to the classroom.

100% of our 2014 School of Management and Business graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show significant improvement in many areas of our students' satisfaction. Students on courses in the School of Management and Business have reported high levels of satisfaction with the quality of teaching they received and with the learning resources to which they have access.

We have arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. If you are interested in learning about the Chinese business mind, economic development in Russia or financial systems in Japan, then this is definitely an opportunity not to be missed!

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (60 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management Accounting AC10510

Financial Accounting 1 AC11000

Quantitative Skills And Methods AC12200

Semester 2

Introduction To Financial Management AC10710

Financial Accounting 1 AC11020

Quantitative Skills And Methods AC12220

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language. You must pass a minimum of 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management MM11000

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10500

Semester 2

Introduction To Management MM11020

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10520

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Environment MM11200

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10600

Semester 2

Business Environment MM11220

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10620

Year 1 Electives Plus 20 credits of approved modules

Year 2 Core (100 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits to proceed to year 3.

Semester 1

Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AC30500

Financial Accounting 2 AC32900

Firms, Markets And Pricing MM33220

Semester 2

Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AC30520

Financial Accounting 2 AC32920

The Business Cycle And Macroeconomic Policy EC32520

Management Research Methods MM33920

Year 2 Electives You must take 20 credits of approved SMB electives

Final Year Core (80 Credits) You must take

Semester 1

Investments And Financial Instruments AC30400

Taxation AC32500

European And International Monetary Systems EC32120

Independent Research Project EC32300

Semester 2

Investments And Financial Instruments AC30420

Taxation AC32520

Independent Research Project EC32320

Final Year Electives 40 credits of SMB modules


Career prospects

A degree in Business Finance will prepare you for career pathways such as financial strategist, corporate banker, tax adviser, auditor, investment analyst, financial trader, retail banker, economist and actuary. 

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Business Finance will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• enhanced numerical skills
• the ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving
• analytical and creative thinking skills
• decision-making
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

In addition you will gain:
• an understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
• an appreciation of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will you learn?

In the first year you will lay the foundations for your future studies, and gain a thorough grounding in Business Finance. You will study the three key areas of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and Financial Management. You will also be introduced to quantitative skills and methods, management, and the business environment. No prior knowledge is assumed or is necessary.

In the second and third years you will build on the foundations laid in your first year with progressively more sophisticated study of investments and financial instruments; firms, markets and pricing; corporate finance; taxation; and European and International monetary systems, so that you will emerge with a firm grasp of the relationship between business and the economic cycle which every employer expects a Business Finance graduate to have. An independent research project undertaken in your final year will allow you to explore in depth an area of business finance of particular interest to you.

How will you be taught?

Core material is delivered through lectures, and reinforced by small-group seminars and tutorials. These will help you to deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop a range of essential, transferable skills. Group-working and delivering presentations will help you to improve your communication and leadership skills. All modules are backed up by electronic resources to help you study beyond the classroom, and a wealth of printed texts is available in the University library, and the National Library of Wales, which is situated next to the main campus.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, reports, projects and presentations. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present data clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation and communication skills.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

It provides a vast array of knowledge applicable to business as well as world markets. I find it challenging, but incredibly rewarding at the same time. The tutors are incredibly approachable and always there to talk to and are ready to help whenever you need some guidance. All the careers advice that I have received so far has really helped me to shape the direction that I would ideally like to go in, in the future. Harry James Geyton

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