BA (Hons) in Finance


Program Description


Study Finance at the University of Stirling and discover why we're ranked in the UK’s top 15 institutions for Accounting and Finance in the 2018 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Rooted in cutting-edge research and shaped by the latest developments in finance theory and practice, this course will give you a comprehensive understanding of how stock markets work, how companies reduce foreign exchange risk, why corporate governance matters and why financial crises occur. As you study, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in the theoretical and analytical skills needed for a career in corporate finance, investment management or financial services.

Your studies in Finance can also be combined with one of four complementary subjects, including our industry-accredited Accountancy course. Graduating with an Accountancy and Finance degree from Stirling means you’ll be granted significant exemptions from professional exams when the time comes to kick-start your career.

Finance at Stirling is ranked among the best courses of its kind in the country and has a 91% student satisfaction rating, making it the perfect starting point for a world of exciting opportunities.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Ranked in the UK’s top 15 universities for Accounting and Finance (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018)

#2 91% student satisfaction rate (The National Student Survey 2017)

#3 Combine Finance with a complementary subject – including our quadruple-accredited Accountancy course

Course details

You can study Finance as a four-year single-honours degree or take it in conjunction with one of four other subjects to earn a combined honours degree. In the first three semesters, you will study the core modules in Finance, Accounting and Economics, and two other subjects per semester. Semesters 4-8 cover core advanced modules, including Mergers and Acquisitions, International Finance, and Financial Analysis. You can also choose further advanced modules in Accounting and Finance from a list of electives or from those required by the particular degree course you are following.


Everything you learn in your Finance course is rooted in cutting-edge research and reflects the latest developments in finance theory and practice. You’ll learn through a series of lectures, tutorials, computer-based workshops and independent study. Every step of the way, you’ll be encouraged to enhance your inter-personal skills and gain an awareness of how those skills meet the needs of an employer in a business setting.


Your final grade for each Finance module will be based on a combination of coursework and exams. Assessed coursework typically includes essays, problem-solving exercises or tests. In your final year, you’ll write a dissertation – a major opportunity to sharpen your skills in research, data analysis and communication.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad.


Mr Christopher Coles, Course Director

+44 (0)1786 466415

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £12,140
  • Scottish and EU students: £1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society.

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society. Read less