Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) International Finance

Explore the challenges of today’s global financial community and investigate how the stock market and international money markets work. Graduate equipped to pursue a career in finance, accounting or management anywhere in the world.

Learn about international finance, examining the constraints and competitive pressures faced by investment managers and finance professionals around the world. Develop a critical perspective of finance as an academic subject and learn how it contributes to practice in the real world of finance. Many students go on to study masters degrees in finance, accounting or management at universities in the UK and around the world.

Key features

  • Enhance and broaden your existing knowledge of accounting and finance and investigate the challenges of financial management in the international arena.
  • Build the confidence you’ll need to meet the challenges of economic change and graduate ready to be a successful player in the world of international finance and accounting.
  • Tailor the course to meet your career goals by choosing from a range of optional courses. These range from investment management and international trade to risk management and quantitative finance.
  • Get invaluable training on important finance software such as Bloomberg and DataStream so that when you start your career you can contribute from day one.
  • Take the opportunity to continue and further your studies to postgraduate level with our MSc Finance programme. Alternatively many students also go on to study at masters level at a range of top universities in the UK and around the world.
  • You will get invaluable training on important finance software such as Bloomberg and DataStream so that when you start your career you can contribute from day one.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • In this top-up year you’ll learn about international finance, examining the constraints and competitive pressures faced by investment managers and finance professionals around the world. You’ll develop a critical perspective of finance as an academic subject and learn how it contributes to practice in the real world of finance.

    Core modules
    • ACF302 Investment Management
    • ACF315 International Financial Management

    Optional modules
    • ACF306 Business Research
    • ACF310 Financial Modelling
    • ACF311 Credit Management: Theory and Practice
    • ACF312B Financial Management
    • ECN3013A International Trade and International Finance
    • ECN3013B International Trade and International Finance
    • ELC310 Professional Communication Skills for International Finance

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA International Finance top up Programme Specification Oct19 4050

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

This course lasts for one year and is designed as a 'top-up' if you have already successfully completed study equivalent to a Foundation Degree, HND or an equivalent professional qualification. At the end of it you will be eligible to receive a full U.K. honours degree.

You will also need IELTS of 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing). If you have an IELTS of 5.0 or 5.5 you will need to attend a short course before the degree starts to improve your English and study skills. 

English language requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,400 £13,800
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

Applications for this course are usually made through the University of Plymouth International office:

international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

You may also use an agent in your home country who will help you apply, see the International Plymouth pages for details about agents in your country.

If you are an International Student you can take advantage of our dedicated service which provides specialist support and guidance to the University of Plymouth International students, International Student Advice (ISA).

The course is also available to UK students, applications, in this case, are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.

Apply for this course on the UCAS website.

For more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Meet your Programme Manager

Dr Graham Buckingham’s current research interests include asset pricing, corporate social responsibility and stock shorting. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Read more about Graham’s teaching and research interests

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