University of Southampton

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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This degree covers the skills and knowledge that are required to be successful in the financial industry. Considerable emphasis is placed on key quantitative and analytical skills, as well as the importance of corporate finance and its subsequent governance, which remains at the cornerstone of modern finance debate and regulatory reform. On this course you’ll learn how to prepare, interpret and analyse financial information for a variety of users, as well as gaining an understanding of investment and finance. You’ll also gain a thorough grounding in accounting, financial theory and statistical methods for finance. Our academics are actively involved in research, with particular strengths in areas such as Fintech, high-frequency trading, corporate finance, portfolio theory and alternative investments. This means your learning will be informed by the latest findings and current sector issues. What distinguishes this course from many similar programmes offered at other universities is its flexibility; you’ll have the freedom to shape your course by choosing from a range of optional modules, such as alternative investments and Islamic finance, allowing you to broaden your knowledge and explore possible career paths.

Course details


Typical core modules include: Financial Accounting; Introduction to Management; Foundations of Finance; Personal Finance; Statistical Methods for Finance; Introduction to Economics for Non-Economists; Management Accounting; Managerial Decisions; Financial Management; Financial Econometrics; Portfolio Theory and Financial Markets; Business Research; Principles of Audit and Taxation; Futures and Options; Alternative Investments; Behavioural Finance; International Finance; Dissertation. Typical optional modules include: Human Resource Management; Management Ethics; Principles and Practice of Management Science; Advanced Taxation; International Banking; Auditing; Corporate Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Business; Risk Management.

Assessment method

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, small-group classes and computer lab sessions. You’ll usually have around 12 hours of contact time per week, and you’ll be expected to spend at least another 28 hours a week on private study. Our lecturers use a range of methods to bring your learning to life, including group work, presentations and case studies. You’ll put your learning into practice through hands-on exercises such as the development of a real online marketing campaign and participation in simulated marketing scenarios. Guest lectures by marketing professionals will add another dimension to your learning. You’ll be assessed in a range of ways, including exams, group and individual assignments and your dissertation. You’ll be expected to pass your study-abroad year but this does not count towards your final mark.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate, Foundation Programmes. You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to the A level applicant. English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage at For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Faculty of Social Sciences at [email protected]

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £17560 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that the Fees shown are those charged for entry in September 2020. Fees for entry in September 2021 will be available at the end of August 2020. Please see our website for further details and updates :
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