Course type: Dual Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 Years/ 4 years with placement, Full time/Sandwich
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Business and Management, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

Finance is central to the understanding of business behaviour, strategy and performance, and is a superb foundation for many interesting careers.

Finance at Keele engages with multiple disciplines including economics, business management, environmental science, mathematics, politics, psychology and sociology. You’ll learn a theoretical framework for finance while making extensive use of practical techniques to apply in real world problem solving. You’ll also learn industry standard software for organising, presenting and analysing business data. You’ll learn about investor decision making and the roles of the markets, exploring concepts such as moral hazard, adverse selection, information asymmetry, arbitrage, optimal risk sharing and informational efficiency. You’ll become confident using data to understand, interpret and manage financial situations in a range of private and public sector contexts.

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Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of Finance.

First year

Core modules:

  • Accounting Principals
  • Quantitative Methods II
  • Economics of Financial Markets

Elective modules:

  • British and Global Economics
  • Quantitative Methods I
  • Financial Accounting

Second year

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Asset Pricing
  • Portfolio Choice

Elective modules: 

  • Cost and Management Accounting 
  • Banking 

Third Year

Core modules: 

  • Corporate Finance
  • Options and Futures
  • International Finance, OR
  • Applied Financial Analysis

Elective modules: 

  • Analysing Company Performance Independent Study Project (ISP)
  • Industrial Organisation
  • International Finance
  • Applied Financial Analysis 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 24%
  • Guided independent study – 76%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 22%
  • Guided independent study – 78% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 22%
  • Guided independent study – 78%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Your Finance degree from Keele will prepare you for a wide choice of careers. You might work in a field directly related to finance, or use your new transferable skills to do something different. You could work as an investment analyst, financial trader, banker or investment banker, chartered or management accountant, or tax advisor. Alternatively, you might go on to work in insurance, IT, journalism, statistics or the civil service, or to train as a solicitor. This degree will also prepare you to undertake postgraduate studies in Finance or related fields.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Finance with Foundation Year: N3L3 View Unistats for this course

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.
All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

For overseas students who do not meet direct entry requirements, we offer the opportunity to take an intensive Foundation Diploma programme in Business and Management leading to second year degree entry.

Study in Malaysia

The named degrees of Business Management and Finance are offered by our delivery partners KDU University College and KDU College Penang. For more information about the courses please follow the links below:

KDU University College - BA (Hons) Business Management and Finance

KDU College Penang - BA (Hons) Business Management and Finance

The named degrees of Business Management and Finance and International Business and Finance will be offered, subject to Malaysian Qualification Authority approval with our delivery partner SEGi, from 2016.


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Study abroad

On the Finance Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

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Agnes Zhang

Agnes Zhang

"The benefit of having a personal tutor that dedicates their time to a small group of students was very helpful for an international student. "

Business Management and Finance Graduate, 2014

Vaibhav Vadera

Vaibhav Vadera

"The highlight of my degree was the chance to study abroad in my second year."

Finance and Marketing Graduate, 2012.