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Finance and Investment - BSc (Hons)

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Where better to prepare for a career in the fast paced and global world of banking and equity, than at a university which has its very own finance lab?

Through hands-on experience via our virtual trading platform, our CFA-accredited Finance and Investment BSc provides an advanced conceptual knowledge and all the practical skills required to succeed in the ever changing and increasingly competitive world of global finance.

Overview

Do you aspire to work in investment banking, risk and financial management? As a Kent Business School Student studying a BSc in Finance and Investment, you develop a solid understanding of economic and financial principles to apply to the global economy.

On this programme you gain the analytical, technical and interpersonal skills required to understand, analyse and address the challenges faced by today's financial market.

The Bloomberg Lab, a dedicated virtual trading floor, enables you to hit the ground running with real time data from real financial markets to apply your newfound expertise to.

Our BSc Finance and Investment degree programme

On our flexible programme, you take a broad range of compulsory modules as well as having the opportunity to select optional modules to tailor the course to suit your career aspirations and interests. You explore areas such as financial markets and instruments, fundamentals of finance and investments, corporate banking, economics for business, quantitative methods for finance, risk management and business employability skills.

Taught by leading experts from business and the professions on our historical Medway campus, with close links to London, you have excellent opportunities to experience finance and investment in action through hands-on experience via in-class live case studies from our visiting industry experts, enterprise challenges and company visits.

At KBS you are so much more than just a number,

~ Yemurai Machacha, BSc Finance and Investment, 2020.

Experiential learning

Kent provides a variety of employability opportunities for students during their studies. These range from short-term company internship opportunities to voluntary work with local charities and University Business Societies. The central Careers and Employability Service also offers an exciting Employability Points Scheme. In addition to this, the Kent Business School specialised team of Employability experts provides support to all our students in personalised 1:1 meetings as well as online support via the Employability blog. Unique to KBS, our Alumni have access to all employability support for three years after their graduation.

Gaining 1-year cross-cultural experience: Year Abroad

If you would like to enhance your employability skills by widening cross-cultural perspectives, developing a global mind-set or learn another language then you can spend a year studying at one of Kent’s global partner institutions, see Finance and investment with a year abroad. You do not have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions will apply. For more information, see Programme Structure and Career sections.

Extra activities

In addition to your studies, our students can discover how to turn their ideas into a successful business at our ASPIRE centre, which provides practical advice and support to all entrepreneurially-minded students, and runs our Business Start-up Journey initiative. Many of our students get involved with societies including the Kent Business Society, which in previous years has organised: Social events Talks from industry leaders Networking events

An outstanding student experience

Kent Business School is dedicated to ensuring a positive experience for all our students, from induction to graduation, and beyond.

As a Student Success school, we are committed to championing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and warmly welcome students from all backgrounds. Your experience is central to what we do, so we will listen to you every step of the way, through our robust Student Voice processes and mechanisms.

Alongside a world-class teaching and educational experience, KBS delivers a wide-ranging package of support, designed to ensure that you can maximise your time with us: Every student is allocated an Academic Adviser from our highly skilled academic staff team, who will meet with you individually to give you personalised guidance on your academic journey with KBS.

Our dedicated Student Support Team, led by the Senior Tutor, are on-hand throughout term time and during vacations to provide confidential, sensitive, pastoral support and guidance to our students. Academic Peer Mentors, recruited from the School’s most experienced undergraduate students, are available to help you to navigate your course and the modules that they themselves have sat, giving you insider access to someone who knows what it’s like to study on your course.

About the School

Our School is a leading Business School, accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places us within the top institutions globally for business degrees, with only 5% of the world’s Business Schools attaining this accreditation.

Our programmes offer world-class business education enabling transformative learning experiences built around the School’s fundamental values of sustainable innovation and responsible management practice. Our students are at the heart of all considerations and through engaging teaching, world-class research, professional partnerships and an international community, we create an exciting atmosphere in which to learn and thrive.

All of our programmes at Kent Business School address the challenges of modern global business and we aim to meet industry demands of producing quality graduates by ensuring we unlock our students’ potential, expand their thinking and nurture their talents.

Entry requirements

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We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

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Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-time

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Stage 1

Your first year is a compulsory introductory year, designed to provide you with a solid foundation in the understanding of finance and investment such as economics for business , quantitative methods, an introduction to data analysis and statistics, the fundamentals of finance and investments and the fundamentals of accounting.

Compulsory modules currently include

This module will cover the key concepts of microeconomics and theories related to the individual, firm and industry in the short and long run, underpinned by existing evidence on past and current economic trends in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

• Key microeconomic concepts such as opportunity cost and equity versus efficiency

• Supply and demand; elasticity

• Cost and revenues

• Profit maximisation under different market structures

• Input markets; labour and capital

Find out more about BUSN3650

The aim of this module is to give students a solid grounding in key statistical techniques required to analyse effectively business data and data relevant for business. Indicative content:

• Maths and statistical skills for business; revision of algebra and basic mathematical functions.

• Summarising data with histograms, bar charts, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion.

• Spreadsheets: features and functions of commonly-used spreadsheet software including: workbook, worksheet, rows, columns, cells, data, text, formulae, formatting, printing, , charts and graphs, data management facilities,

• Probability: The relationship between probability, proportion and percent, addition and multiplication rules in probability theory and Venn diagrams.

• Common Probability Density Functions.

• Sampling and its use in inference, and applications of sampling in business management.

• Regression and correlation: scatter plots; simple regression; interpreting computer output.

• Forecasting using spreadsheets.

• Hypothesis testing using z-scores and t-scores

• Simulations- random number generation

Find out more about BUSN3670

This module builds on knowledge gained from CB367: Introduction to Data Analysis and Statistics for Business. The module is designed to provide a sound mathematical and statistical foundation for studying finance. Students will learn the key mathematical and statistical tools necessary to analyse effectively financial data.

Topics covered include:

• Basics: algebra, linear equations

• Solving simultaneous linear equations

• Rates of change and Differentiation

• Optimization (minimisation-maximisation)

• Introduction to matrix algebra

• The classical simple and multiple linear regression model (estimation – inference)

Find out more about BUSN3740

This module begins by looking at the role of investments and finance in an organisational context. It then considers the role of financial markets and the links between investors and businesses. Students will learn different investment appraisal techniques used in capital budgeting decisions, such as NPV and IRR. The module also covers the basics of any investment decision, such as the relation between return and risk. In the second part of the module, student will learn about short and long term sources (i.e. capital structure) of finance available to businesses and how to determine the cost and value of each source of long-term finance.

Topics covered include:

- Short-term and long term investment appraisal and capital budgeting techniques

- Estimation of return and risk in the context of portfolio theory

- Short-term finance and working capital management

- Long-term finance and the cost of each source of finance

- Capital structure and weighted average cost of capital

- Interaction of investment and financing decisions

Find out more about BUSN3750

This module introduces students to different financial markets and their role in the economy. These markets include equity, bond/debt/interest rate, foreign exchange and derivative markets. In this module, students will also learn about the trading instruments used in these markets. Moreover, the module offers an exploration of current developments in the world's financial markets and institutions, including innovation, globalization, and deregulation, with a focus on the actual practices of financial institutions, investors, and financial instruments.

Topics covered include:

• The development of financial markets and instruments and their role in the economy

• Money, interest and bond markets and their major instruments

• Equity markets, their functions and instruments

• Derivative markets and their instruments

• Foreign exchange markets

Find out more about BUSN3760

The module will cover various aspects of the changing international business environment, and their impact upon business operations and strategy. It will give students an appreciation of the business difficulties faced; the variety of factors influencing the choices and compromises that have to be made in international businesses, and the implications of those for the future viability and effectiveness of the organisations concerned.

An list of topics is given below:

• Globalisation: Definition, Evolution, Implications for countries, firms and people

• The International Business Environment: World Institutions, Patterns of International Trade and FDI Activities

• The Triad: European Union, United States, Japan - Investment, Trade, Relations

• Developing and Emerging Economies: Opportunities and Challenges

• Cultural Frameworks for International Business

• Entry Modes: Theory and Practice

• Internationalisation Theories

• International Expansion Strategies

• International Stakeholders – Ethical Issues

Find out more about BUSN3840

This module aims to give students a better understanding of the importance of accounting in the modern world and how accounts are produced and regulated to produce meaningful information for all internal and external stakeholders.

Find out more about BUSN3860

This module provides fundamental knowledge of a range of business organisations, business purpose, ownership types and stakeholder influence. It further introduces organisational structures, functional areas and the impact of the external environment on business. Furthermore, this module introduces the many factors that shape the nature of organisations operating in an increasingly complex business environment such as innovation, internationalisation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Module participants explore this dynamic nature of business and consider successful existence within modern organisations through studying and applying employability skills such as leadership, teamwork, and resilience.

Find out more about BUSN4010

Stage 2

Your second year allows you to develop your critical thinking of finance and investment with greater emphasis on the key concepts and theories to develop intellectual agility and provides an opportunity to apply theory to practice.

Compulsory modules currently include

This module advances the topics learnt in BUSN3750 Fundamentals of Finance and Investments. In this framework, the module considers the impact of inflation, capital rationing, and taxation in capital budgeting decisions along with the understanding and use of sensitivity analysis in the context of risk in project appraisal. It then proceeds to introduce risk free asset in portfolio formation and concludes with learning about Capital Asset Pricing Model. Students also learn about the impact of taxes on capital structure and weighted average cost of capital. The module also covers another (in addition to investment and financing decisions) major financial management decision, that is, the dividend policy of the firm. Finally, the students also learn about mergers and acquisitions in the context of corporate restructuring. In sum, this module aims to cover the following topics:

- Impact of inflation, capital rationing and taxation on investment appraisal and capital budgeting techniques

- Risk free rate, portfolio theory, and Capital Asset Pricing Model

- Impact of taxes on costs of different sources of finance

- Capital structure and weighted average cost of capital in the presence of taxes

- Dividend based valuation and factors affecting dividend decision

Find out more about BUSN7650

This module is concerned with derivative securities used by the investors for hedging (risk management), speculation and arbitrage purposes. In this module students learn about various derivative instruments such as forwards, futures and options contracts on a range of different underlying assets. These underlying assets could be physical assets such as commodities (gold, oil, etc.) or financial securities (currencies, stocks, etc.). Students also learn about how these derivative instruments are valued. The main focus behind the use of these derivatives would be from risk management perspective. More specifically, this module aims to cover the following topics:

- Types of derivative instruments and their characteristics

- Forward contracts and their valuation

- Futures contracts and their valuation

- Options contracts and their valuation

- Uses of derivatives in portfolio management

Find out more about BUSN7660

The module aims to give students a solid understanding of the basic econometric tools that are often used in the empirical finance literature. The module also develops the IT skills of the students so that students are able to implement sophisticated statistical techniques to model, analyse and forecast financial data by means of Eviews (econometric software). Students will also improve their ability to critically evaluate the use of econometrics in the academic finance literature.

Topics covered include:

• Dummy variables in linear regression models

• Time series models (ARIMA models)

• Forecasting

• Unit root tests

• Simulation analysis

Find out more about BUSN7670

The module aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the financial accounting techniques at an advanced level and gain an appreciation of the regulatory and social environment within which financial reporting takes place. They will also be able to analyse corporate financial statement information and to make performance evaluations and investment decisions.

Topics covered include:

• Conceptual framework of financial reporting

• Financial Reporting environment

• Off Balance sheet financing

• Group Accounting

• Ratio analysis

• Economics of valuation and valuation models

• Financial reporting model

Find out more about BUSN7730

In the wake of the largest economic crisis in recent times many causes have been proposed for the turmoil. At the centre of the argument is banks' excessive risk-taking behaviour, especially through abundant lending, over-leveraging and dramatic expansion in the usage of credit transfer products in the years leading up to the crisis. On the policy side, incompetence of regulators overseeing the banking system is voiced. Therefore, understanding the banking business and regulation from an international perspective is of paramount importance to prevent future economic crises that may be caused by banks. In this perspective, the module examines the different types of banks, their financial features and risk in banking. It introduces several international banking activities that link national financial markets globally. Particular focus is placed on the importance of regulation from an international perspective through Basel accords.

Topics covered in this module include:

• Introduction to financial intermediation

• Activities of International Banks and relationship banking

• Banks’ balance sheet and income statement

• Perceptions of the global banking before/after 2007/08 financial crisis

• Income structure and balance sheet of banks and bank risks: Retail vs. Investment banks

• International activities of banks: Syndicated lending and asset securitisation

• Bank regulation and supervision: Basel I, II and III

• The 2007/2008 global banking crisis: Causes, the aftermath and implications for banks and regulators

Find out more about BUSN7740

The module will introduce students to the investment environment providing an explanation of the major types of markets in which the securities trade, the trading process and the main players in these markets. It will then follow with a detailed discussion of asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, real estate, commodities and so on. The module will also include a discussion on the asset pricing theories (capital asset pricing model, arbitrage pricing theory and multifactor models). It will mainly focus on the valuation techniques of financial securities, in particular stocks, bonds, and derivative contracts. The module will also introduce students to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

Topics to be included in this module are as follows:

- Investment Environment

- Asset classes and financial instruments

- Trading of Securities

- CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

- Review of Equilibrium in Capital Markets (Capital Asset Pricing Model, Efficient Market Hypothesis, Arbitrage Pricing Theory, Multifactor models)

- Technical and Fundamental Analysis

- Security Analysis: Macroeconomic and industry analysis

- Equity Valuation Models

- Financial Statement Analysis

- Bond prices and yields

- Term structure of interest rates

- Derivative contracts

Find out more about BUSN7750

The module helps prepare students to acquire and develop the employability and transferable skills necessary to search and successfully apply for work experience and graduate opportunities in the commercial and public sector and postgraduate study.

The curriculum builds on employability support offered at Stage 1 providing intermediate level knowledge and exercises in application writing, CVs, careers advice, interview and assessment centre techniques, numeracy and competency tests, and psychometric evaluation.

Find out more about BUSN7910

This module will cover the core principles of macroeconomics; including the measurement of key macroeconomic variables and limitations to existing practices. Students will consider competing theories related to the macro economy in the short and long run and their overall consequences for the business environment. This will be underpinned by existing evidence on past and current levels of macroeconomic indicators in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Indicative topics are:

• The Macro economy – as a system: the circular flow (including injections and withdrawals), national income measurement, economic growth and international comparisons

• Macroeconomic variables: GDP, unemployment, inflation, money supply and balance of payments

• The open macro economy; including imports and exports; the role of exchange rates and trade theory.

• Macroeconomic theories: including the classical approach, the Keynesian demand management approach and monetarism

• Macroeconomic policies: demand versus supply side economic management

Find out more about BUSN7950

The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability informed by ethical theory and stakeholder perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to familiarise with essential readings and cases in CSR to enable them to recognise key issues raised by stakeholder groups. such as shareholder activism; socially responsible investment; employee discrimination; working conditions; ethical issues in marketing; management; consumer protection; gifts/ bribes; accountability; collaboration with civil society organisations, and corruption of governmental actors. The module will therefore contribute in building an understanding of contemporary social issues in business by highlighting the importance of a collaborative approach with internal and external stakeholder groups.

Indicative topics are:

- Business Ethics

- Corporate Social Responsibility

- Sustainability

- Social responsibilities of sectors and industries

- Stakeholders of organisations, including:

Employees

Suppliers

Competitors

Shareholders

Civil society

Government

- Implementation of socially responsible and sustainable programmes and initiatives

Find out more about BUSN7960

Year abroad

Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance to develop personally, academically and professionally. You experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance your employability.

You spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 at one of our partner universities in Europe or Asia. For a full list, please see Go Abroad. Places are subject to availability, language and degree programme.

You are expected to adhere to any academic progression requirements in Stages 1 and 2 to proceed to the year abroad. If the requirement is not met, you are transferred to the equivalent three-year programme. The year abroad is assessed on a pass/fail basis and does not count towards your final degree classification.

Compulsory modules currently include

Stage 3

Your final year has a greater focus on capstone finance and investment areas of study such as risk management, portfolio management, alternative investments and fixed income securities. You may choose from a range of optional modules covering more niche areas relating to the course, including business law and employment rights, behavioural finance and consultancy skills and practice. There is also a detailed research project as an option as part of this final stage.

Compulsory modules currently include

The module begins with motivations for risk management in general and then covers the practice of risk management. In particular, students are introduced to the current thinking on governance and regulatory systems, followed by industry practices for managing certain common types of risk. Critical evaluation of these practices is incorporated where applicable.

Topics covered in this module include:

- Introduction to general risk management theory, how and why it generates value

- A taxonomy of risks, including Market Risk, Credit Risk, Liquidity Risk, Operational Risk, Model Risk, Regulatory Risk, Legal/Contract Risk, Tax Risk, Accounting Risk, and Political Risk.

- Introduction to Governance and Regulation

- Standard measures of risk

- Risk measurement for security portfolios

- Hedging techniques using financial derivatives

- Evaluation of hedging performance

Find out more about BUSN7690

This module provides students a solid foundation on key topics of portfolio management, which covers various categories of portfolios and constructing portfolios targeting given objectives. The content includes:

• The Investment Policy Statement

• Modern Portfolio Management Concepts, Asset Classes, and International Diversification

• Management of Individual/Family Investor Portfolios

• Management of Institutional Investor Portfolios

• Economic Analysis, Setting Capital Market Expectations, and Industry Analysis

• Asset Allocation, Risk Aversion and Optimal Risky Portfolios

• Portfolio Construction and Revision, Portfolio Theory and Practice

• Performance Evaluation of Portfolio Management

Find out more about BUSN7720

The curriculum considers the alternative investment techniques available in the global financial markets. Portfolio analyses will be extended to include focuses on commodities, real estate, private equity and hedge funds. The module will include an investigation of the underlying rationale for such investment types as well as providing an understanding of the construction and management of relevant strategies.

The syllabus will typically cover:

• Introduction to Alternative Investments and their characteristics

• Hedge Fund Strategies

• Investing in Commodities

• Real Estate investment instruments

• Private Equity / Venture Capital Valuation

• Formulation and implementation of various active and passive investment strategies, as well as the analysis and management of risks associated with particular strategies.

Find out more about BUSN7760

The world of fixed-income markets is becoming increasingly more complex with debt instruments that have varied payoffs structures and fixed-income derivatives that are growing in size and complexity. As a result of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis many key players in the fixed-income markets either collapsed (Bears Stearns and Lehman Brothers), or were bailed out by governments (Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB, and HBOS, etc.). Hence, the aim of this module is to provide an introduction of the complex nature of fixed-income markets and securities and a discussion on the forces affecting prices and risks of such instruments. The module will also include a discussion on the appropriate management techniques to hedge the risks associated with fixed-income instruments.

This module will cover the following topics:

- Features of debt instruments and risks associated with investing in these instruments.

- Debt and money markets (participants, operations, trading activities).

- Fixed-income instruments (Government bonds, corporate bonds, credit ratings, high-yield bonds, international bonds, mortgage-backed securities, etc.).

- Money market instruments (Treasury bills, commercial paper, repurchase agreements, bills of exchange, etc.).

- Fixed-income valuation (traditional approach, arbitrage-free approach, yield measures, volatility measures).

- Term-structure of interest rates and classic theories of term structure, derivation of zero-coupon yield curve.

- General principles of credit analysis (credit scoring, credit risk modelling, etc.).

- Fixed-income portfolio construction and management strategies (portfolio's risk profile, managing funds against a bond market index).

Find out more about BUSN7770

The module helps prepare students to acquire and develop the employability and transferable skills necessary to search and successfully apply for work experience and graduate opportunities in the commercial and public sector and postgraduate study.

The curriculum builds on knowledge and experience gained in related employability modules delivered at Stages 1 and 2, providing further guidance and more advanced practical exercises in application writing, CVs, careers advice, interview and assessment centre techniques, numeracy and competency tests, and psychometric evaluation. The aims here are to support students during their final year in applying for good graduate jobs and MSc degree programmes.

Find out more about BUSN7930

Optional modules may include

The law affects the commercial world in many ways. This module focuses on the importance of law in governing transactions between individuals and businesses; what is required for legally compliant contracts; what the law expects of organisations in terms of protecting the consumer, and how businesses manage and avoid disputes. By enabling students to become familiar with those parts of the law they are most likely to encounter in their careers and in business the module helps them better understand the obligations that parties have to each other in law.

Indicative topic areas are:

• The English Legal System

• The Legal Process and Dispute Resolution

• Law of Contract – including:

• Formation

• Contract terms

• Vitiating elements, such as misrepresentation and economic duress

• Performance and discharge of contract, including frustration

• Common law and equitable remedies, including damages

• Consumer Protection

Find out more about BUSN5009

The aim of this module is to develop students’ ability to analyse corporate financial statement information and to make performance evaluations and investment decisions. The module investigates the role of corporate financial statements in the context of company valuation and aim to cover the following topics:

• Foundations of financial statement analysis

• Economic and sector performance

• Financial reporting model

• Critique of financial statements

• Standardising financial statement information

• Ratio analysis

• Economics of valuation and valuation models

Find out more about BUSN7230

Leadership and Corporate Strategy aims to provide an understanding of strategic analysis, strategic decision-making and strategic processes within organisations. The module content comprises two complementary components. The first involves the understanding and learning of the main strategic management concepts and theories. The second implies its application in organisations.

These two core components of the course are then divided into four main sections:

1) Strategy development: comprising topics on how strategies are developed;

2) Strategic decision-making: introducing students to concepts and theories on strategic methods; evaluation (including risk assessment and management), and implementation and change;

3) Strategic context: introducing issues of leadership and their impact on strategy;

4) Strategic content: comprising topics on management issues such as resource management.

Topics on this module include:

1) Strategic leadership

2) Identification of strategic issues and options

3) Evaluation of strategic options

4) Implementation of strategic options

For each of these topics the students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories. Further to that, contemporary issues of businesses and case studies will be used to show how these concepts affect the strategic management of organisations.

Find out more about BUSN7260

The law affects the commercial world in many ways. This module focuses on how businesses fulfil their legal obligations to customers, suppliers and their workforce. As well as exploring how businesses are structured and the duties on directors and partners it also considers the legal obligations individuals and organisations have over those to whom they have a duty of care. The module further covers the main laws governing the employment of staff and contractors. By applying the law to real-world business situations students are able to fine-tune their problem solving skills and their ability to construct well-reasoned and persuasive arguments.

The module covers the following topic areas:

• The English Legal System, Legal Process and Dispute Resolution;

• Law of Negligence – including general principles and negligent mis-statement

• Law of Business Organisations - classification of business organisations; main principles applying to general and limited liability partnerships and registered companies, and directors' duties

• Employment Law - the general scope of the legal obligations owed by employers to employees, including the employment contract, discrimination and dismissal

Find out more about BUSN7600

The module introduces behavioural finance as an approach to explain the decisions and behaviour that take place within financial markets through psychological theory and evidence. The module will discuss the theoretical and empirical limitations of traditional finance theory and introduce the foundations of behavioural finance. The module will examine behavioural explanations for anomalies that exist in the financial markets and students will gain an understanding of the inherent implications, in addition to limitations of behavioural finance. The module will examine the theory and evidence on Efficient Market Hypothesis, evidence of inefficiency, and will cover psychological research.

Topics will include:

• The efficient Market Hypothesis: Theory and evidence

• Issues surrounding finance theories

• Behavioural explanations for anomalies

• Bubbles, herding, momentum

• Investor sentiment: Over and under reaction

• Limits to arbitrage, evidence of inefficiency

• Prospect theory

Find out more about BUSN7680

Students will be expected to develop the ability to use appropriate techniques of analysis and enquiry within supply chain and service management, and to learn how to evaluate the alternatives and make recommendations. Topics include:

• The nature of services and service strategy

• Supply chain management

• Managing quality within supply chains

• Service development and technology

• Service quality and the service encounter

• Project/Event management and control

• Managing capacity and demand in services

Find out more about BUSN7840

This module builds on previous sociological and criminological learning. It aims to enhance students' understanding of the 'third sector' and the criminal justice system, and how they operate in practice. It is designed to give students experience of working in the third sector and in the criminal justice system.

Students will undertake work as a volunteer with an organisation that works within the fields of social justice, the third sector or in the criminal justice system, as agreed by the module convenor (assistance is available to identify appropriate volunteering opportunities). Students will complete 100 hours of volunteering for this module by the end of the Spring term.

In addition to their volunteering, students attend lectures and seminars that cover topics such as: the history and development of voluntary action in the ‘third sector’ and in English criminal justice system; the relationship between volunteers and professionals in ‘third sector’ and in the criminal justice system; the management, organisation and funding of the principal criminal justice agencies in the public sector; the management and organisation of voluntary/third sector organisations, and the application of sociological and criminological theory to practice.

Find out more about SOCI6013

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only the 2021/2022 fees for this course were £9,250.

  • Home full-time TBC
  • EU full-time £13000
  • International full-time £17400

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

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

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates for 2021/22 entry are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates for 2021/22 entry are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

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. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including;

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • computer-based situations.

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

Your progress is assessed through coursework and exams. Coursework takes a variety of forms and includes;

  • reports
  • essays
  • group presentations
  • video podcasts
  • online tests and quizzes.

Exams are individual written assessments tested under time-controlled conditions.

As part of your studies it is also possible to take a foreign language module in stage 1 and for students going on a Year Abroad in year 1 and 2 subject to programme requirements. Alternatively, our university also offers language courses as part of extra-curricular activities.

To proceed to the next year you must achieve satisfactory results. Your final degree is based on marks gained in the second and third years (and Placement Year/Year Abroad if chosen) and credits which you build up throughout the whole programme.

Contact hours

Undergraduate students can expect around 8 contact hours per week, depending on year of study and optional module choices made. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules. For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours, which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure

Independent rankings

Of final-year Accounting and Finance students who completed the National Student Survey 2021, 87% were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. 

Careers

For graduate prospects this course is ranked 8th in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Successful KBS graduates: graduate destinations

Finance and Investment is a brand new programme, graduates from other finance programmes as part of KBS find work in public and private sector both overseas and in the UK in a wide range of companies and organisations, including:

  •  ABN AMRO, 
  • Accenture, 
  • Burgess Hodgson,
  • Baker Tilly, 
  • Deutsche Bank, 
  • Ernst & Young,
  •  Fidelity Investment, 
  • HSBC, 
  • KPMG,
  • PwC, Royal Bank of Scotland.

Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.

Embedded employability: developing career-enhancing skills

The Backpack to Briefcase scheme provides bespoke career and skills development events and activities for all Kent Business School students. Available from the first year through to graduation, Backpack to Briefcase is designed to prepare you for a successful career after university.

To help you appeal to employers you will graduate with a solid grounding in core business management concepts, theories and skills in a global context but also key transferrable skills such as critical reflection, cultural awareness, creativity and innovation, effective time-management and productive teamwork as well as enhanced confidence, intellectual curiosity and resilience. As a KBS graduate you will be able to demonstrate to your employer how you have developed The Grad Goals.

You can also gain skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as adding much-sought-after analytical skills or computing skills to your degree via Kent’s Q-Step Centre.

Ongoing support: help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business undergraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University, can also provide advice on how to apply for jobs, write a good CV or perform well in interview.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

The mission of the CFA is to lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society

Apply for this course

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

Find out more about how to apply

All applicants

Apply through UCAS

International applicants

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T: +44 (0)1227 823254
E: internationalstudent@kent.ac.uk

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