Finance (2017 Entry)

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

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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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Course content

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.

Dual Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

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 

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).

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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

Semester 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.


International Year

The International Year is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their degree. Students are encouraged to add to their areas of study with complementary subjects. For example, a Law student may decide to do Politics or International Relations, a Criminology student might like to do Psychology, a Maths or Computer Science student might like to do Business Studies. Students are also encouraged to study a language. The International Year allows students to create their own bespoke degree, a bonus when looking for a job upon graduation. This year is recognized in the student’s degree as “XXX with International Year”. Currently, Keele students apply for the three year degree and then change to the International Year when they are accepted on the programme in their 2nd year at Keele.

Explore, go on an academic adventure; consider a research project or an internship. Discover countries with amazing culture and history. Travel, gain confidence in the wider world and gain a Global Perspective.

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Work Placements

All our undergraduate programmes can be studied either over three years or for four years with a placement year between the second and final years.

You will be able to arrange your own placement, with support from a placement tutor, which will give you the freedom to choose when and where you undertake your placement and to have control over your potential living costs and travel expenses.

We will help you to prepare for your placement through specific modules including working on company projects, enterprise modules and professional practice modules. You will also receive support with preparing CVs, writing covering letters and receive guidance on how to find a placement.

Your academic tutor will be available to you via email, telephone or face-to-face contact throughout the placement.

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