University of Kent

Degree level: Undergraduate

Finance and Investment with a Year in Industry

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Course summary

If you’re a problem solver who wants a career making data-driven decisions, then our BSc Finance and Investment is the course for you. Build a strong knowledge of key financial principles and techniques while exploring topics such as data analysis, econometrics, derivatives, portfolio, and risk management. Develop data handling skills by working on real-time business data in our Bloomberg Lab, using industry standard trading floor simulation software. Grow the confidence and expertise you’ll need to advise on the financial risks that businesses face and spot the investment opportunities available to them. Kent Business School is a supportive community, where you’ll work closely with your academic adviser and our world leading academic staff. We’ll work with you to develop the knowledge, skills, and experience that you’ll need to pursue sought-after careers in banking, investment or risk management. You take a Year in Industry following your second year of study, enabling you to apply your expertise in a work setting while earning a salary. Reasons to Study Finance and Investment at Kent • Our expert teaching staff appear in the top 2% of researchers worldwide. • We feature in the top 1% of business schools globally with triple accreditation status from AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. • Gain employability support during your studies and for three years after you graduate. • Add a Year Abroad or Year in Industry for real-world experience or take a 'Selfie Year' and launch your own business through ASPIRE. • Study in our outstanding facilities, including our very own Bloomberg Lab, giving you the opportunity to use industry standard trading floor simulation software.


Stage 1 Your first year is a compulsory introductory year, designed to provide you with a strong foundational understanding of key concepts and ideas in finance, like how financial markets and systems operate. It will give you an insight into key areas that will support a career in finance and investment including economics, data analysis, and statistics. Stage 2 Your second year allows you to develop your critical thinking about finance and investment with greater emphasis on the bigger picture of the world of finance. You’ll learn about the world of international banking, understand derivatives, and develop your skills in excel. Year in Industry: All students spend a year in industry in the UK or internationally, supported by a dedicated Employability and Placement teams. The programme is designed to ensure that students gain experience in the functional areas and industries of their choice. Unique to KBS, students can take a Self-Employed Placement year during which they develop their initial business idea into a feasible business plan. The ‘Selfie’ programme students are supported by an in-house entrepreneur who acts as their specialist mentor. Stage 3 Your final year has a greater focus on capstone finance and investment areas such as risk management, portfolio management, alternative investments, and fixed income securities. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules that may include more specialised areas relating to your course like Fintech and behavioural finance, or more general areas, including business law. Equally, you’ll have the option to do an individual research project and develop your skills of working independently.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Direct entry into Year 2 of this programme is considered on a case by case basis.

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English language requirements

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in English Language GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

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