Finance and Investment with a Year Abroad (BSc (Hons))

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BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

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About Finance and Investment with a Year Abroad at University of Kent

Kent Business School delivers a high standard of business education and is the largest school at the University of Kent. Our academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is both rigorous and current. Our degree programme This four-year programme prepares you for a career in a broad range of sectors including financial management, investment banking and equity trading. In your first year, you study financial accounting, data analysis, statistics, financial markets and instruments, economics for business and quantitative methods for finance. This gives you a thorough understanding of the core principles of finance and investment. In your second and final years, you deepen your knowledge and focus on specialised topics. A wide range of options means you can choose modules that interest you: areas covered include corporate finance, investment analysis, financial econometrics, portfolio management, business law and employment rights. Elements of practical work are carried out in the finance lab with the aid of the Bloomberg virtual trading platform. You can apply the theories you learn in the classroom to real situations, accessing and engaging with market data via case studies and online databases. This course is has been acknowledged under the CFA University Affiliation Program. Being recognised by the CFA’s University Affiliation Program indicates that our BSc Finance and Investment with a Year in Industry is closely tied to the industry practice of investment management and embeds a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. Year abroad You spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 at one of our worldwide approved partner universities. For a full list, please see Go Abroad. Places are subject to availability, language and degree programme. It is possible to take this as a three-year course without a year abroad. See Finance and Investment BSc (Hons). You can also take Finance and Investment with a Year in Industry. Exchange partners Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, the USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills. Our exchange partners include these top-ranked institutions amongst others: University of Technology, SydneyRenmin University of China, School of BusinessUniversity of Hong KongESSECNeoma Business SchoolFreie Universitat BerlinUniversity of FlorenceIE Madrid UniversityStockholm Business SchoolGeorgetown University. Extra activities Alongside your studies, you can discover how to turn your idea into a successful business at our ASPIRE centre, which provides practical advice and support, and runs our Business Start-up Journey initiative. Kent Business and Kent Enterprise are two of our student-run societies. Their activities have included events with guest speakers from the industry and support for budding entrepreneurs. Kent Business School also puts on special events and schemes. These may include: workshops and seminarsbusiness challengesenterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journeynetworking events. Professional network At Kent Business School, we pride ourselves on the strength of our global connections. These include links with: BBCBarclaysCumminsIBMKPMGThe Bank of EnglandKent County Council. Kent Business School also has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Finland and Italy.

In a typical week, you spend eight hours in lectures and four hours in seminars. Some modules have workshops or sessions in the micro-computer labs. You also spend considerable periods on individual study using the library resources.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the institutional framework that is necessary for understanding the role, operation and function of markets and financial institutions
  • the major theoretical tools and theories of finance, and their relevance and application to theoretical and practical problems
  • the relationship between financial theory and empirical testing, and the application of this knowledge to the appraisal of the empirical evidence in at least one major theoretical area, recognising the limitation and evolution of empirical tests and theory
  • the interpretation of financial data including that arising in the context of the firm or household from accounting statements and data generated in financial markets
  • the use of statistical and financial functions and procedures such as those available in spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and statistical packages (e.g. Eviews) to interpret financial data
  • the financing arrangements and governance mechanisms and structures of business entities, and of how theory and evidence can be combined to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of such arrangements
  • the financial service activity in the economy and the factors influencing the investment behaviour and opportunities of private individuals
  • financial statements, and the limitations of financial reporting practices and procedures 
  • some of the areas specified for the common core from a practical business perspective.

Intellectual Skills

You gain the following intellectual abilities:

  • critically evaluate arguments and evidence
  • capacities for independent and self-managed learning
  • analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems
  • ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources
  • numeracy skills, including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data and to appreciate statistical concepts at an appropriate level
  • apply skills in the use of communication and information technology in acquiring, analysing and communicating information (these skills include the use of spreadsheets, word processing software, standard statistical packages)
  • acquire experience of working in groups, and other interpersonal skills, and in presenting the results of their work orally as well as in written form.

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • understand the relationship between financial theory and empirical testing, and application of this knowledge to the appraisal of the empirical evidence in at least one major theoretical area
  • interpret financial data including that arising in the context of the firm or household from accounting statements and data generated in financial markets
  • use statistical and financial functions and procedures such as those available in spreadsheets and statistical packages
  • understand the financial service activity in the economy and the factors influencing the investment behaviour and opportunities of private individuals
  • apply some of the subject-specific skills specified for the common core from a practical business perspective.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • a capacity for the critical evaluation of arguments and evidence
  • capacities for independent and self-managed learning
  • an ability to analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems from a given set of data
  • numeracy skills, including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data
  • communication skills including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information together with analysis
  • apply some of the transferable skills specified for the common core from a practical business perspective.

The programme aims to:

  • develop students’ appreciation of the nature of the contexts in which finance can be seen as operating, including knowledge of the institutional framework necessary for understanding the role, operation and function of markets and financial institutions
  • provide students with a knowledge of the major theoretical tools and theories of finance, and their relevance and application to theoretical and practical problems
  • develop students’ understanding of the relationship between financial theory and empirical testing, and application of this knowledge to the appraisal of the empirical evidence in at least one major theoretical area. The appraisal should involve some recognition of the limitation and evolution of empirical tests and theory
  • develop students’ ability to interpret financial data including that arising in the context of the firm or household from accounting statements and data generated in financial markets. The interpretation may involve analysis using statistical and financial functions and procedures such as those that are routinely available in spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel) and statistical packages (e.g. Eviews). It may assume the skills necessary to manipulate financial data and carry out statistical and econometric tests 
  • develop students’ understanding of the financing arrangements and governance mechanisms and structures of business entities, and how theory and evidence can be combined to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of such arrangements
  • develop students’ understanding of the financial service activity in the economy and the factors influencing the investment behaviour and opportunities of private individuals
  • develop students’ ability to understand financial statements and the limitations of financial reporting practices and procedures
  • develop students’ cognitive abilities and intellectual and transferrable skills
  • develop an understanding of key concepts, skills and techniques within the field of finance studies and appreciate how these are applied in the world of work
  • encourage the development and attainment of our students by providing a highly supportive environment
  • maintain high standards of academic rigour, currency and innovation
  • develop key transferable skills in the areas of numeracy, communication, financial and computer literacy
  • widen participation in HE among mature students, ethnic minorities and those without standard entry qualifications
  • prepare students for employment or further study
  • provide high-quality teaching in supportive environments with appropriately qualified and trained staff. Meet the requirements for accreditation by CFA on successful completion of the programme.

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