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Finance and International Relations

University of Aberdeen

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Finance and International Relations at Aberdeen brings the strong competitive advantage of your solid grounding in business, management and organisations in the wide context of world events. This programme will increase your understanding of how organisations, states and governments interact against a constantly changing global and economic scene. This will give you an added international dimension to your excellent career prospects.

In Finance, you will explore financial management, corporate and personal finance, financial institutions, derivatives and the stock market. You will analyse and evaluate financial problems and gain the practical skills to understand and use information from financial newspapers and documents. Your knowledge will grow in the dynamic, international environment of our Business School of over 40 nationalities, inspired by staff who are leaders in business practice and theory, in small classes with real-life scenarios. You will benefit from the input of employers and the support of dedicated careers advisers.

You will also benefit from professional training facilities, such as our Bloomberg finance lab, used by major financial services companies across the world and integrating real activity in financial markets directly into students’ courses.

International Relations will set this in the context of how organisations work, how states interact, what creates global wealth and poverty and why we have inequality and the ever-present concerns of conflict and peace. You will be taught by internationally renowned academics with strong track records in publishing international papers and articles and who appear regularly in the media, commenting on developing world events.

You will gain the perfect foundation to add international career possibilities to your appeal to employers in all sectors, adding to all business sectors with options in local and national government, politics, journalism and international development.

Finance and International Relations at Aberdeen brings the strong competitive advantage of your solid grounding in business, management and organisations in the wide context of world events. This programme will increase your understanding of how organisations, states and governments interact against a constantly changing global and economic scene. This will give you an added international...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Business (AW1003)

The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006) - 15 Credit Points

Politics & International Relations 1: Democracy and Governance (PI1018) - 15 Credit Points

Finance 1: Finance, Risk and Investment (FI1004) - 15 Credit Points

Accounting and Entrepreneurship (AC1515) - 15 Credit Points

The Global Economy (EC1506) - 15 Credit Points

Politics & International Relations 2: Power and Conflict (PI1518) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from level 1 courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and International Relations (PI2009) - 30 Credit Points

Finance 2: Business Finance (FI2004) - 15 Credit Points

Financial Markets and Regulation (FI2501) - 15 Credit Points

Understanding Statistics (PO2508) - 15 Credit Points

Global Politics: Equality and Inequality (PI2508) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 15 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Finance 3: Corporate Finance (FI3004) - 30 Credit Points

Researching in the 21st Century (PI3069) - 30 Credit Points

International Financial Management (FI3503) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 30 credit points from level 3 Politics & International Relations courses.

  • Year 4

Optional Courses

Select one of the following dissertation options:

  • Dissertation (International Relations) (IR4031)
  • Dissertation in Finance (FI4501)

Plus select one of the following:

  • Empirical Methods in Finance (FI4003)
  • Financial Strategy and Investment Management (FI4002)

Plus further credit points from level 4 course(s) in Finance and Politics & International Relations to gain a total of 60 credits in each discipline.

Empirical Methods in Finance (FI4003) - 30 Credit Points

Financial Strategy and Investment Management (FI4002) - 30 Credit Points

Dissertation (International Relations) (IR4031) - 30 Credit Points

Dissertation in Finance (FI4501) - 30 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Academic Writing for Business (AW1003) The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006) - 15 Credit Points Politics & International Relations 1: Democracy and Governance (PI1018) - 15 Credit Points Finance 1: Finance, Risk and Investment (FI1004) - 15...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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King's College Aberdeen

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

National 5/ S Grade/ GCSE (or equivalent) Maths is required in addition to the requirements above. 

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course. Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course. Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
POLITICS
89%
of students were satisfied overall
FINANCE
76%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
POLITICS
94% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
87% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
84% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
78% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
FINANCE
78% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
56% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
59% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
56% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
POLITICS
95% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
87% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
59% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
FINANCE
61% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
73% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
56% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
POLITICS
74% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
75% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
61% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
75% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
FINANCE
80% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
80% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
54% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
63% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
POLITICS
89% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
77% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
54% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
FINANCE
88% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
83% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
69% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
POLITICS
71% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
83% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
74% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
FINANCE
66% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
83% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
88% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
POLITICS
84% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
91% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
90% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
FINANCE
85% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
95% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
90% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
POLITICS
67% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
83% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
FINANCE
51% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
80% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
POLITICS
89% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
76% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
39% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
27% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
FINANCE
93% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
61% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
60% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
56% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics for Politics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points96

  • Employment Rate100%

  • Average Graduate Salary£18000

Statistics for Finance

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points96

  • Employment Rate87%

  • Average Graduate Salary£23000

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