Our Finance and Investment degree teaches you how to apply economic and financial principles to real business situations. It prepares you for a career in a broad range of sectors including financial management, investment banking and equity trading.
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. We are a
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.
Year in industry
As part of this degree, you take a compulsory paid business placement between your second and final years. The placement runs for at least 44 weeks and starts between June and September, following your second-year examinations. Placements help develop your skills and knowledge and aid your final year of study.
Find out more about the placement year with the Kent Business School.
Kent Business and Kent Enterprise are two of our student-run societies. Their activities have included events with guest speakers from industry and support for budding entrepreneurs.
Kent Business School also puts on special events and schemes. These may include:
- workshops and seminars
- business challenges
- enterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journey
- networking events.
At Kent Business School, we pride ourselves on the strength of our global connections. These include links with:
- The Bank of England
- Kent 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 the National Student Survey 2017, over 84% of final-year Accounting students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
For graduate prospects, Accounting and Finance at Kent was ranked 8th in The Guardian University Guide 2018.
Of Accounting students who graduated from Kent in 2016, 93% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).
Teaching Excellence Framework
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
The course structure provides a sample of the modules currently available for this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Year in industry
You have the option to take a 12 month placement which is integral to your chosen degree programme between the 2nd and 3rd year of study
You are supported by a dedicated placement team and a programme designed to ensure that you gain experience in the functional areas and industries of your choice.
The placement allows you to experience, first hand, many of the issues addressed in the taught programme and to use the tools, techniques and applications in a real business setting. It will become a vital component of your CV and will give you a distinct advantage over other business graduates.
You need to pass Stage 2 to progress to the Year in Industry. Find out more about the placement year with the Kent Business School.
Teaching and assessment
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.
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 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 of 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.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- The institutional framework 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.
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
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
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.
Our graduates move into a range of careers within the world of business. Many go on to become chartered, certified or management accountants. The degree can also prepare you for a career in financial services (such as banking, insurance and investment) or in general management.
Help finding a job
Kent Business School has good links with businesses globally. This network is very useful when looking for work in industry.
Our friendly Careers and Employability Service can also give you advice on how to:
- apply for jobs
- write a good CV
- perform well in interviews.
You graduate with an excellent grounding in the main concepts and practical methods of finance and investment.
To help you appeal to employers, you also learn transferable skills that are useful in any career. These include the ability to:
- think critically
- communicate your ideas and opinions
- manage your time effectively
- work independently or as part of a team.
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
Accounting and Finance at Kent was ranked 18th in the UK for graduate prospects in The Times Good University Guide 2017.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
New GCSE grades
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
|Qualification||Typical offer/minimum requirement|
Mathematics grade B (or 6) and English grade C (or 4)
|Access to HE Diploma||
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)||
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
34 points overall or 16 points at HL, including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL (Mathematics Studies 5 at SL)
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
Meet our staff in your country
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
English Language Requirements
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
General entry requirements
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
Your fee status
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Year in Industry
For 2018/19 entrants, the standard year in industry fee for home, EU and international students is £1,385.
Fees for Year Abroad
UK, EU and international students on an approved year abroad for the full 2018/19 academic year pay £1,385 for that year.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
General additional costs
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
For 2018/19 entry, the scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.