Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

128 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

This wide-ranging degree will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills which are essential for financial professionals operating at the highest levels.

This video shows our students and staff discussing the unique benefits of studying Economics in Derby. Our new Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab is a great facility to gain hands-on experience.

First-class skills for a future in finance

As financing and investment decisions are being made in an increasingly complex and uncertain business environment, the demand for talented financial professionals has never been higher. Accredited by the Chartered Institution for Securities and Investment (CISI), our BSc (Hons) Finance will develop you as a confident and versatile specialist, ideally prepared to pursue a career as a financial sector professional or as a finance manager in business.

The degree makes meaningful links between economic and financial theories and the practicalities of the business world. It gives you deep insights into financial systems, structures and instruments, risk management and the way financial markets behave.

We place great emphasis on the professional skills, practice and codes of conduct which will help you add value in the workplace. You will become adept in conducting economic research and analysis and in handling information such as financial accounts and statements to assess a company’s health.  

You will also gain an understanding of how financial management fits within the overall strategy of an organisation, building a strong business mindset and an international outlook which will take you far.

Real-time data at your fingertips

We have invested in exceptional learning facilities in partnership with Bloomberg, the global business and financial information leader. In our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, you will gain vital insights into trading floor activities and will be trained to use the same information and technology harnessed by leading financial professionals across the globe.

You will discover a wealth of data, including company and director profiles, and benefit from analysis of current affairs from Bloomberg Intelligence. In addition, you will have access to the Bloomberg helpdesk and can even work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate alongside your degree to enhance your professional profile.

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Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab

University of Derby students have access to real live Bloomberg data and can experience what it’s like to work on a trading floor in our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab.

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Ideally placed for success

Between stages two and three of the BSc (Hons) Finance, you are encouraged to undertake a placement or internship – at home or abroad. This will introduce you to workplace practices, broaden your networks and build your confidence.

Opportunities range from three-month summer internships to year-long placements. We offer full support and guidance to help you find the right opportunity to match your career aspirations and interests. Thanks to our strong employer and professional links, you could compete for international placement experiences with major names such as PwC, DHL and the Institute of Directors.

You could also consider studying abroad for a semester or a year, usually in stage two of your studies. This would be with one of our international partner institutions. Alternatively, you can join one of the short study visits abroad we organise each year. 

Boost your employability with a Futures Award

Our Futures Award scheme is a chance to add substance to your CV and demonstrate to prospective employers that you have an impressive portfolio of transferable skills. A Futures Award recognises any extra-curricular activities you undertake which contribute to your personal and professional development during your time at the University.

The scheme focuses on employability, leadership and consultancy skills. Relevant activities could involve attending workshops on CV design and improvement; developing techniques for interviews, assessment centres or psychometric tests; taking part in networking events; or leading a small project within a student society or voluntary role.

Expertise to help you excel

Our teaching team is dedicated to your study and career success. They combine industry experience with wide-ranging research into some of the most pressing financial issues facing society today. They also publish widely, including one of the main economics textbooks used in universities.

There are numerous opportunities for you to meet and interact with business experts, industry leaders and finance professionals. You’ll hear about latest developments in the City from high-profile figures such as our visiting professor, Lloyds Chief Economist Trevor Williams. Our students have also attended major events addressed by the likes of Dr Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor - Monetary Policy for the Bank of England. 

In addition, you will benefit from our specially designed personal tutor system. You will meet your personal tutor during induction week and have at least three scheduled meetings with them each year. They will help you plan your personal and career development as well as supporting your work towards the Futures Award.

A vibrant learning experience

Our extensive links with the business community – as well as experts at the forefront of the profession – enhance the practical focus and currency of the BSc (Hons) Finance.  Employers are closely involved in shaping the course, providing real-world case studies, practical scenarios and consultancy projects.

You could also boost your professional credibility by taking part in prestigious competitions. In December 2016, our students scooped two major awards in the University Trading Challenge, pitting their wits against fellow undergraduates and postgraduate students from leading institutions countrywide.

In addition, there is the chance to join a range of societies at the University such as the Economics, Trading and Investment Society, the Business and Entrepreneurial Society and the Derby University Network of Entrepreneurs (DUNE).  

Professionally accredited 

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution for Securities and Investment (CISI), the largest and most widely respected professional body for the securities and investment profession in the UK. This degree has been closely mapped against CISI’s Introduction to Investment foundation qualification, helping to prepare you for its exam. The Introduction to Investment qualification is widely recognised by companies, institutions and professionals. It is the first step on the CISI qualification pathway, and is also recognised by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It will be of special interest to you if you are interested in a career in wealth management, operational investments, financial planning, compliance and risk, and stock broking.

Add a new dimension to your CV

Not only will you graduate with a degree upon completion of this course, you can also choose to work towards a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership, adding further substance to your CV and making you stand out from the crowd in the graduate job market.  There is also the opportunity to select modules that will grant exemptions towards the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualifications, meaning you can achieve membership of this professional body quicker, accelerating your career progression.

What you will study

To complete the BSc (Hons) Finance, you will take modules such as:

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Mathematics for Economics
  • Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Business Economics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomic Concepts and Data
  • Market Failure Analysis
  • Finance and Business Performance
  • Data Analysis
  • Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Financial Markets and Instruments
  • Financial Management
  • Business Taxation
  • Corporate Finance

Between stages two and three, you can choose to go on a year-long work placement, undertake a summer internship or take a study abroad option. 

  • Applied Economics Project (double module)
  • Corporate Governance
  • Econometrics
  • Financial Risk Management
  • International Banking

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

We use a compelling combination of lectures, expert speakers, problem-solving seminars, group work and discussions, workshops, case study analysis, computer lab work and practical analysis. Throughout your studies, you will also engage closely with businesses and external experts to develop your professional outlook.

You may find yourself analysing news reports, creating strategy documents, interpreting financial reports, undertaking research tasks, harnessing latest software, delivering presentations, videos and broadcast interviews, tracking your own portfolio of investments, or analysing information from Bloomberg on international markets and organisations.

At the start of the course you will benefit from substantial direction from our teaching team. As your studies progress, you are expected to work more independently, taking greater responsibility for your own learning – but always with the support and advice of your tutors.

How you are assessed

Our assessment strategy is designed to ensure you can identify issues, decide how to collect and analyse evidence, come to reasoned conclusions based on that evidence, and present your findings via various methods of communication.

At Stage 1, we use a range of computer-based assessments to help you gauge your own level of learning and to gain constructive feedback. Some modules involve more traditional essays and reports as well as a mixture of individual and group tasks. You will also be encouraged to keep a reflective portfolio.

At Stage 2, there are further assessments of your individual and group work and your report writing skills. We also use innovative methods of assessment to develop your media and communication skills. You are expected to advance your professional analysis experience through data retrieval and quantitative analytics using Bloomberg. This is reflected in computer, portfolio and report-based assessments.

At Stage 3, you will be improving the most important elements of your toolkit as a professional economist and financial analyst: your research and consultancy skills. Through the Applied Economic Project, you will apply these skills to a project involving a business. 

Who you'll meet

At Derby you will discover a friendly and supportive learning community, with small classes where you will receive plenty of one-to-one advice.

You will be taught by an enthusiastic team who are experienced in all aspects of business and whose research will enrich your learning. They are supported by industry experts, including our Visiting Professor of Banking and Financial Economics, Professor Trevor Williams who is Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank PLC.

Your programme leader Dr Weiwei Yang is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance. Her research interests lie in areas such as banking efficiency, market competition, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Her teaching philosophy is to inspire students to move from passive to active learning. 

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualitications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Our BSc (Hons) Finance will help you stand out at a time of growing demand worldwide for highly skilled, versatile and progressive finance professionals. You can show potential employers that you have a strong balance of knowledge and applied skills in economic and financial analysis, together with a capacity for independent thought.

You will be ideally equipped for careers within the global financial sector itself or as a finance specialist in any business or organisation across the private and public sectors. Many Derby Business School students progress to prestigious graduate management and financial training schemes, putting them on the pathway to more senior roles which offer greater responsibilities and rewards.

Further qualifications such as the Bloomberg Certificate and the Futures Award will make an impressive addition to your CV too, distinguishing you from other graduates in the job market.

Some of our graduates decide to take their studies to the next level. You can consider advancing to any of the exciting masters programmes offered by our College of Business, Law and Social Sciences – such as the MSc International Business and Finance or MBA Global Finance – and get a 10% alumni discount on your fees. 

Ongoing careers support

We’re committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies. 

Weiwei Yang

Dr Weiwei Yang
Programme leader

Dr Weiwei Yang is a Senior Lecturer with substantial experience of teaching a wide range of subjects in Finance and Economics for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is programme leader for BSc Economics and Finance, and BSc Finance. She works closely with professional bodies for accreditations and acts as external examiner for another UK higher education institution. 

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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