Finance is the study of the practical and theoretical dimensions around the financial decisions made by consumers, corporations, governments and society. Studying finance provides a sound understanding of risk, money management, banking, capital markets and investments.
The new BFin will complement a highly successful Accounting & Finance degree portfolio, with international appeal, offering courses based on world-class research, enhanced by a strong focus on skills and industry connections to produce well-equipped graduates.
Year 1 is a broad-based curriculum with students beginning to specialise in finance in year 2. In Honours, a combination of core and optional finance courses allows you to tailor your programme.
First-year foundation courses cover the subjects of finance, economics, accounting and management. You will develop knowledge and intellectual skills in these fields, as well as developing your numeracy, communication and teamwork skills.
In your second year, you will begin to specialise by studying finance courses that will advance your theoretical understanding of the subject. You will develop your knowledge of asset pricing, corporate finance, statistics, risk, financial markets and financial technology. You will also develop your research, presentation, data management and statistical analysis skills by undertaking projects using real-world financial data.
Years 3 and 4
At Honours level (years 3 and 4), you will supplement your core courses with optional courses, selecting these from a wide range of topics such as capital markets and portfolio management, derivative securities, international financial management, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, psychology and financial management, econometric methods, mergers and acquisitions, and financial statement analysis.
You will continue to develop your skills in critical analysis, communication, advanced statistics and time management. You will also advance your research skills in taught courses and will be able to apply these in your final year by undertaking a project in finance. This will require you to work independently and allows you to apply the skills that you have acquired during the programme.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
for entry in 2021
Summary of entry requirements for Finance
SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)
- AAAAAB (ABBB S5 minimum for consideration)
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and Higher Humanities subject.
SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)
- AABBB – BBBBB
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.
A-level Standard Entry Requirements
- AAA – ABB
- Additional requirements: A-level Mathematics and GCSE English Grade B/5.
IB Standard Entry Requirements
- 38 (6,6,6 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
- Additional requirements: HL Mathematics and SL English 5.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
English language requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact External Relations
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
The BFin in Finance provides the foundation for careers in the thriving finance and financial services sector, including insurance, accounting and banking. The degree provides graduates with strong transferable skills that are recognised as important attributes for careers in many other areas.
Degrees and UCAS codes
This programme is subject to approval
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students
We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.
It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college
- Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468
- Apply at commonapp.org (international students to certain areas only)
in the UK for Accounting & Finance