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.
Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Business Finance (NSS 2016)
Aberystwyth Business School: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
96% of undergraduates from the Aberystwyth Business School who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
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In 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 Aberystwyth Business School 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.
Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations.
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. (Can you give an example?)
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!
Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.
Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.
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
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
Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language
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.
Year 2 Electives You must take 20 credits of approved SMB electives
Final Year Core (80 Credits) You must take
Final Year Electives 40 credits of SMB modules
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.
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
• 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 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.
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
A Levels BBB
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
26 points overall