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International Finance (BA)

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Our International Finance programme is designed to meet your needs if you wish to study elements of finance in the context of a global environment. Combining modules from the Accounting and International Business Management programmes, the programme provides you with the relevant knowledge and understanding to gain employment in the finance, banking and accountancy sectors.

The programme aims not only to provide you with a broad-based understanding of business, but also to ensure you meet the rigorous requirements of the discipline. 

Core skills and knowledge will be developed, such as human resource management, marketing, professional development and finance. Project management, entrepreneurship, creativity, coaching, mentoring, critical thinking and communication skills are integrated in the structure of the modules. 

Level 5 introduces you to key elements of finance and business management. In the final year, you can test your detailed knowledge of major theories and frameworks.

Level 6 modules focus on the global context. It is expected that you will undertake an independent project relating to a global issue, an international organisation or both.

  • This course is in English with the option to study some modules in the medium of Welsh.

International Finance (BA)
UCAS Code: IF01
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Students who wish to start the course in January rather than September should apply through the University. Part-time applicants should apply through the University.

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Contact Name: Richard Dunstan

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Study finance from a contemporary perspective with modules designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for leading or creating a business in the future.
  2. Join a supportive environment where you will discuss topics in small groups in a learning community of staff and students.
  3. Enhance your employability through strong established links with industry and the public and third sectors through live projects, internships, guest lectures and fieldwork.
  4. Benefit from excellent academic and pastoral support.
  5. Option to study a semester abroad, in one of our partner institutions.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves. The opportunity to study business and management in action is a rewarding intellectual experience which also provides a well-grounded base for future career development.

The programme is designed with an emphasis on work-based learning in order to develop your employability skills in preparation for a career in international business. Innovative learning strategies will be vocationally based in order to develop distinctive locally and internationally focused students with the attributes employers require. The University’s international perspective and integration with employers and professional associations guarantee you highly relevant and current content. The wide range of extracurricular activities are both subject-related and social experiences including a range of exciting field study trips which will further enhance your student experience.

The skills of managing ICT, communication to peers and external organisations, numeracy, problem-solving, interacting in teams, ethical reasoning, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership have been particularly applauded. Students’ progress through the programme ensures that they become increasingly self-confident and capable of managing their own learning. Graduates will have developed self-confidence and the ability to work in diverse environments and communicate at a wide variety of levels. The involvement of employers, visiting speakers and other organisations in the delivery of the programme gives students opportunities to interact with external networks and see the relevance of their studies.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • The Changing Business Environment (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Entrepreneurial Innovation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Finance for Business (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Marketing Fundamentals (20 credits; compulsory)
  • People and Organisations (20 credits; compulsory)

Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • Accounting Software (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Contract Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Financial Performance Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Financial Reporting (20 credits; compulsory)
  • International Independent Study Abroad* (60 credits; optional)
  • Taxation (20 credits; compulsory)

Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

  • Corporate Reporting and Social Responsibility (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Financial Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Global Ethics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • International Business Communication (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Strategic Management and Sustainability (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Strategic Marketing (20 credits; compulsory)

40 credits per level are available in Welsh at Levels 4 and 5 only.


Assessment methods vary from module to module but you can expect a range of assessments including, coursework, practical work and exams. Assessments combine academic rigor with authentic “real-world” tasks that demonstrate a student’s ability to meaningfully apply their knowledge and skills.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Related Links

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Other equivalent qualifications are accepted and the admissions panel will consider each application on an individual basis. Please note also that our offers are not based solely on your academic achievements; we take into account your full range of skills, experience and attainments when considering your application.

The degree welcomes applicants who have previously studied business for a natural progression. Those who have studied other subject areas will transfer well. Those with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme. A-Level and Edexcel awards, as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and international bodies are respected.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Our business degrees provide students with a broad range of skills that are sought after by a range of employers. Due to the flexible and broad nature of the programme graduates will be equipped to enter a range of industries and sectors including not of profit, public and private sectors. In 2015/16, ninety-eight percent of graduates from the Business School were in employment and/or further study after six months.

The Business School offers students dedicate placement support with industry-specific advice being offered by discipline experts. Students will have the opportunity to undertake placements/internships as part of their degree programme and/or in addition to the taught modules.

Additional Costs

Extra costs to be borne by the student

As an institution, we seek to continually enhance the student experience and as a result, additional costs may be incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum with additional activities being optional.

Field trips and placement costs

Field trips will be available for students, which are optional. Costs for UK and International trips will be provided at the beginning of the academic year. 

Students undertaking placements abroad will incur travel, living and possibly accommodation costs. The amount will depend upon location and current state of the UK pound. For students undertaking placements in the USA, additional visa costs will apply.

Students will be expected to pay four weeks prior to field trips taking place. Travel and visa costs for overseas placements, three months before departure.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries  section.


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