Finance and Management (BSc)

The joint honours degree Finance and Management offers students the opportunity to combine the main elements of each discipline.

The Finance and Management Joint Honours degree offers you the opportunity to combine the main elements of each discipline. It will provide you with a sound knowledge of the core areas of both of these subjects.

The Finance area will be taught entirely through core modules, while the Management area offers you the opportunity to pursue topics which are of particular interest to them. The use of core modules ensures that you will have studied the essential elements of each subject.

Distinctive features

Distinctive features of the course include:

  • the opportunity to learn in a school which achieved 6th place in the UK at Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014;
  • the involvement of research-active staff in course delivery;
  • the emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment;
  • the emphasis on acquisition of high quality practical skills and the development of innovative ideas;
  • flexibility, permitting graduates to pursue professional careers in accounting, finance and general business, as well as a wide range of other careers, including postgraduate research;
  • Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research and a significant number are qualified accountants with many years of professional experience.

Key facts

UCAS CodeNN23
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsAssociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applications.
Typical A level offerAAB from any combination of A-levels, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points, including Maths and English (Standard level) with scores of 5.
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. All modules are compulsory in year one. In year two and year three, you choose modules to the value of 120 credits from a range of core and optional modules. 

You would normally attain 360 credits for the whole course but can graduate with an honours degree with 340 credits.

Year one

In year one you take four compulsory double modules, plus four compulsory single modules.

Year two

In year two you take five compulsory double modules and one optional double module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
International ManagementBS253720 credits
Organisational BehaviourBS253020 credits
Operations ManagementBS258220 credits
Managing PeopleBS254220 credits

Year three

In year three you take three compulsory double modules and three optional double modules.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. While our internationally recognised faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the learnings from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios.

The Business School and University will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures.

Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. It is normally your personal tutor who writes references for job applications and therefore you should keep your personal tutor informed about how you are getting on. You are required to meet with their personal tutors at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Undergraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.

Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.

In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors.

Many students graduating from Cardiff with a finance degree enter the accountancy profession, particularly chartered accountancy, while others may pursue careers in finance, commerce, industry or the public sector.

In addition to the University Careers Service, we have invested in our own, dedicated Careers Centre to help students find internships, job opportunities and access business industry specific advice and guidance.

Jobs

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

UK and EU students 2016/17

EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU 2016/17

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£14,500None

We recognise the importance of gaining work experience during your studies. Our dedicated Placements Manager offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available from the Business School’s in-house Careers Consultant.


Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.