BA (Hons) International Finance – Top up

Bournemouth University

Program Overview

Why study BA (Hons) International Finance (Top-up) at BU?

  • Ideal for overseas students who have studied finance foundations subjects of at their previous HE institutions 
  • Designed to build upon existing finance knowledge and skills, as well as developing interpersonal skills and effective study technique 
  • Close support by your teaching team to ensure you achieve your maximum potential  
  • Enjoy the flexibility to tailor your learning with optional units in areas such as Macroeconomics, International Taxation and Business Strategy.

BournemouthUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 14,100



Need Study Abroad Counselling? Book A 1-on-1 With Our Experts
600+ Universities
30K+ Students Counselled
By submitting you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Course content

Core units​:


  • Investment Management: The theories underpinning investment management and their practical application. You'll learn about the current features of capital markets and savings products which will prepare you for business and personal investment.

  • Risk Modelling & Management: Gain an understanding of risk in a modern business environment and the risk management processes needed for controlling such risks. You'll develop skills for analysing risk scenarios and solutions.

  • Perspectives on Business Strategy: The perspectives for developing and executing business strategy. From its roots in finance and economics, strategy has developed its own language, tools and methodologies, which are used throughout businesses and organisations in many parts of the world. You'll be introduced to that language and gain experience working in the toolkit, and understand its limits.

Option units Block A (choose one):

  • Public Finance & Policy: As Nation-States begin to raise taxes to address unprecedented levels of public debt, we will consider their decisions, targets, and taboos. We will debate the underlying principles and theories on which our tax policies have evolved. This unit aims to provide a technically and academically challenging examination of public finance, in theory and in practice.

  • Entrepreneurship & Business Ventures: The unit covers how individuals and teams build on opportunities to create new businesses or transform existing ones by undertaking entrepreneurial activities. You will learn how to be effective entrepreneurs by looking at the business and personal skills needed to start a business and the critical factors in the survival of start-ups and reasons for failure.

Option units Block B (choose two):

  • Financial Regulation: An insight into key financial regulatory theories, forms and rationale in the financial sector. You'll engage with and analyse regulatory concepts and systems that meet the needs of the regulator and the regulated

  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental Reporting: This unit will equip you with the ability to account and report on environmental topics with emphasis on both regulatory as well as the reporting framework needed to account for environmental issues. You will gain the ability to critically appraise the usefulness of such information.

  • International Taxation: The rise of the multinational company has been an outstanding feature in business history since the 1960s. It's no longer enough for a tax specialist to understand of a single country’s tax system. Knowing about business opportunities and risk in cross-border trading and the measures countries take to protect their jurisdiction to tax is essential. You'll examine issues in international taxation faced by multinational corporations and individuals, and apply the principles of international taxation to a wide range of situations.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Foundation Degree with 60% or above in a required subject or HND with Merit or above in a required subject. We also accept a Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in a relevant subject area.

Required subjects:

  • Accounting, Economics or Finance


​Additional costs

We are committed to offering you value for money and ensuring there are no hidden costs while you are studying with us, therefore we have listed below any additional costs you may incur that are not covered by your tuition fee:

  • Laptops, tablets and mobile devices and any software used on personal devices. Access to a personal computer is strongly recommended for your study. If you are experiencing financial difficulty.
  • Textbooks, general stationery and other supplies. Our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of textbooks and online resources, free of charge. The Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses.
  • Accommodation and living costs. 
  • Travel costs to and from the University campus. An annual bus pass can be purchased alongside your rent if you are living in halls of residence/Unilet accommodation or may be purchased separately.
  • Travel costs to and from your placement (both in the UK and overseas) if this is part of your course of study. 
  • Travel costs for optional field trips, outdoor wear and footwear for mandatory and optional field trips (if applicable).
  • Clothing or equipment costs required for your placement if this is part of your course of study.
  • SportBU membership.

While all aspects of the programme, including required field trips, are included in the fee, additional, optional or extra curricula activities may be available for which a student contribution is required.

Our graduates work in corporate or business roles across a broad range of sectors, including finance, retail and recruitment.

You will be able to apply for a range of positions after graduating, such as:

  • Account Manager
  • Admin Manager
  • Consultant
  • Relationship Manager
  • Team Leader.

The skills you’ll learn will stand you in good stead for your continuing professional development too – giving you more control over your career direction.

Need Study Abroad Counselling? Book A 1-on-1 With Our Experts
600+ Universities
30K+ Students Counselled
By submitting you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.