BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment with a Year in Industry


Program Description


Kent Business School delivers a high standard of business education and is the largest school at the University of Kent. Our academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is both rigorous and current. We are a top 20 UK business school for our academic teaching and student satisfaction.

Our degree program

This four-year program prepares you for a career in a broad range of sectors including financial management, investment banking, and equity trading. In your first year, you study financial accounting, data analysis, statistics, financial markets and instruments, economics for business and quantitative methods for finance. This gives you a thorough understanding of the core principles of finance and investment.

In your second and final years, you deepen your knowledge and focus on specialized topics. A wide range of options means you can choose modules that interest you: areas covered include corporate finance, investment analysis, financial econometrics, portfolio management, business law and employment rights.

Elements of practical work are carried out in the finance lab with the aid of the Bloomberg virtual trading platform. You can apply the theories you learn in the classroom to real situations, accessing and engaging with market data via case studies and online databases.

Year in industry

As part of this degree, you take a compulsorily paid business placement between your second and final years. The placement runs for at least 44 weeks and starts between June and September, following your second-year examinations. Placements help develop your skills and knowledge and aid your final year of study.

Find out more about the placement year with the Kent Business School.

Extra activities

Kent Business and Kent Enterprise are two of our student-run societies. Their activities have included events with guest speakers from industry and support for budding entrepreneurs.

Kent Business School also puts on special events and schemes. These may include:

  • workshops and seminars
  • business challenges
  • enterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journey
  • networking events.

Professional network

At Kent Business School, we pride ourselves on the strength of our global connections. These include links to:

  • BBC
  • Barclays
  • Cummins
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • The Bank of England
  • Kent County Council.

Kent Business School also has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Finland, and Italy.

Independent rankings

In the National Student Survey 2017, over 84% of final-year Accounting students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

For graduate prospects, Accounting and Finance at Kent were ranked 8th in The Guardian University Guide 2018.

Of Accounting students who graduated from Kent in 2016, 93% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

Teaching Excellence Framework

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning, and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

Last updated Jun 2019

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About the School

Kent Business School (KBS) is a leading Business School, ranked in the top 30 in the UK and is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) which places KBS within t ... Read More

Kent Business School (KBS) is a leading Business School, ranked in the top 30 in the UK and is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) which places KBS within the top institutions globally for business degrees, with only 5% of the world’s Business Schools attaining this accreditation. Engaging teaching, world-class research, professional partnerships and an international community create an exciting atmosphere in which to learn, where innovation is encouraged and challenges welcomed. Read less