BA (Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk (year 3 entry)

The financial services sector in Scotland manages over £800 billion in funds and generates around £7 billion for the Scottish economy. This programme, has a track record of producing in demand graduates with the knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in the fast moving world of financial services.

This programme, which has been recognised by Scottish Financial Enterprise for its innovation, is designed to develop your skills for an industry which in Scotland employs almost 100,000 people directly and the same again indirectly. It covers everything from personal finance to pension funds, stock markets, corporate finance and investment and risk management in financial services. You also have the opportunity to specialise depending on your interests.

Glasgow School for Business and Society has been named a Centre of Excellence by the UK's Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment CISI and this degree course offers the potential for exemptions from several professional bodies.

Your career

Graduates have gone on to work in various areas, including financial advice, risk analysis, wealth management, investment analysis and pension fund management in organisations such as Morgan Stanley, Standard Life, Barclays, Scottish Widows, UBS, Standard Chartered, The Financial Conduct Authority and The Bank of England. One of our graduates was named UK Chartered Financial Planner of the Year.

Year 3

Corporate Finance and Financial Strategies; Risk Retention, Transfer and Insurance; Regulating Financial Services; Business Research Methods and Skills; Pensions and Pension Planning; Option Module

Year 4

Honours Dissertation and specialist subjects like International Finance and Investment Analysis and Managing Risk in Financial Institutions as well as specialist options

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date




BA (Hons)
Full Time
2 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 2 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 3

College HND
HND Accounting or HND Financial Services with AAB in graded unit/s, or HND Business with AB in graded unit/s. Other finance-related HND qualifications will also be considered.

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional Information

Other Academic and Vocational Qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

This programme is accredited by the CII, the world’s largest professional body for insurance, risk and financial services.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

Our approach to the learning, teaching and assessment is tailored to the needs of the financial services industry. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure our students gain the necessary knowledge and understanding, while developing their intellectual and personal skills to become lifelong learners.

Our assessments are designed to develop our students' independent learning while testing their ability to address problems, formulate arguments and analyse issues. As a result, the programme adopts a wide range of assessment styles, geared to the content of the modules, and enabling the students to show the development not just of their written skills and learning, but also in skills such as presentation, team working, problem-solving and leadership, and in the use of the IT and social network resources such as Twitter.

Wherever possible, our teaching considers real world situations in the financial services sector, both in the UK and internationally, and includes input from industry practitioners in the creation or development of modules and resources. A range of industry guest speakers contribute across our teaching programme, and a number of financial services companies sponsor prizes for high performing students.

To facilitate this approach, we use 'GCULearn', the university’s virtual learning environment, across all programme modules. Through GCULearn, course materials, reading resources, assessments and feedback are all available online. It is also used to enable students to undertake online activities and tasks, listen to podcasts, be involved in online discussion groups, and take part in blogs and Twitter-based learning activities. This approach is blended with more traditional lecture, tutorial and seminar contact.