University of Hertfordshire - BA (Hons) Finance and Economics

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) Finance and Economics

Indicative course structure

This course combines two important subjects to gives you a firm foundation for a career in finance. You will develop the skills necessary to be successful in financial services such as banking, investment management, pension fund management, and insurance. During the course, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the role finance plays in the health of an economy. 

The course will also have modules specifically focused on your employability and developing and enhancing the skill necessary to thrive in your future career.  

The First Year introduces general business and finance modules, namely Principals of Finance and The Finance Professionals, which encompass Economics, Quantitative Methods and Ethics. These modules give our students a firm foundation and help them to build a general understanding of finance in the context of society. 

The Second Year explores employability for our students. We focus on the academic concepts covering the general disciplines and the ongoing development of quantitative analysis skills, namely Econometrics, Business Ethics and Analysing Financial Statements. We enable our students to understand and process financial information in businesses so that they apply those skills in their future careers. 

The Final Year focuses on analytical areas such as Banking, Current Issues, and Global Finance and markets. Our students can also choose from several specialist modules such as Public Finance and Behavioural Finance to ready our students if they choose to pursue a unique specialisation. During this year, our students develop in-depth professional skills that are needed for the next step of their intellectual/professional pursuits. 

Work placement/ study abroad option: In this course, students can also have the opportunity of gaining valuable work experience by going on a year-long, paid work placement or studying abroad to polish up their foreign language skills. The Careers and Employment Service on College Lane offers a range of services to students and alumni to help with their career choices, finding employment (including placements), skills enhancement (including CV writing and interview technique) and preparation for the workplace. Also, students can Study Abroad, spending part of their degree course studying, living and experiencing life abroad at one of our partner universities across the globe.   

Entry Requirements

UCAS points A Level BTEC

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and Mathematics

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

100% of UH finance graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018- 2019). In addition to this, the average salary of our finance students 15 months after graduation is £24,000 (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017- 2018).   

Many of our graduates have also found work in the public sector and private sector, in roles such as Accountant, Finance Administrator, Billing Co-ordinator, Payroll Assistant, Fund Administrator and Internship in Finance.

In the last few years, our graduates have also gone on to work for reputable employers such as HMRC, PWC, Citibank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Hilton Worldwide.

Our aim is not only to teach you the principles of financial and economic theory but how to use those theories in practical business environments. This is the reason why so many of our students thrive in industries after graduation. 

Course Details

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop-in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hour per module as well as revision sessions. 

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world. 

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports or essays depending on the taught topics. 

Year 1

Introduction to microeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics
The finance professional
Economics tools and techniques
Principles of finance

Year 2

Exploring business ethics
Consumers, firms and markets
Financial markets and instruments
Business finance
Enhancing employability in finance
Business economics techniques

Year 3

Anatomy of financial crises
Money, banking and finance
Analysis of current issues in finance
Financial aspects of international business
Industrial organisation
Hbs placement

Optional modules
Modern econometrics
Industry practice for economic professionals
Corporate financial strategy
Behavioural finance
Public finance
Economics of strategy

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