BSc Finance (Sustainable Finance) with Placement Year
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Explore the key concepts of financial sustainability – and gain valuable real-world experience – with our BSc Finance (Sustainable Finance) with Placement Year degree.
Recent changes in finance – including the need to focus on sustainable investment and environmental principles – have necessitated change across the financial world.
This flexible, four-year course develops the key skills and knowledge to meet these changes head-on, as you gain expertise in sustainable finance and business ethics. Your studies will be underpinned by core modules on the essentials of business and finance, giving you a thorough understanding of the financial sector. An integrated Placement Year provides a fantastic opportunity to put your skills into practice in preparation for your future career.
Experts from Henley Business School will introduce you to the:
- fundamental principles of accounting, finance and economics
- quantitative techniques of finance
- role of finance in business and society
- ethics required to work in the finance industry.
As your studies progress, you’ll gain deeper knowledge of the core concepts of sustainable finance, including:
- environmental economics
- corporate social responsibility
- responsible investment
- sustainability reporting.
You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and self-guided study. This will provide the opportunity to discuss subject materials in an in-depth way with your lecturers and fellow students.
The University of Reading is a CFA partner university. Within this partnership, a number of scholarships are offered towards CFA exams (partial fee reduction) for which students can apply.
Choose BSc Finance (Sustainable Finance) with Placement Year at Henley Business School
- Ranked 19th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020).
- Triple-accredited status from the UK, European and US accrediting bodies (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB).
Flexible study options
After the first year of your BSc Finance (Sustainable Finance) with Placement Year degree, you will have the option to transfer to any of our other specialist pathways:
Each pathway is designed to help you understand particular challenges within finance and how to respond to them.
If you choose to remain on the general degree course, you’ll still be offered a wide range of options in your second and final years – allowing you to tailor your learning to your individual interests.
We also offer two other variations of this course: BSc Finance (Sustainable Finance), a three-year course without a Placement Year; and BSc Finance (Sustainable Finance) with Study Year Abroad, a four-year course with a year studying overseas instead of on placement.
Dedicated industry facilities with BSc Finance (Sustainable Finance) with Placement Year
Put your understanding of financial systems and capital markets into practice in our state-of-the-art dealing rooms, featuring computer trading simulations and financial modelling.
Placement Year in industry
In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a real-world setting with our Work Placement module.
We will support you to find and secure a placement that’s right for you.
As well as enriching your studies, an industry placement can be an excellent way to:
- deepen your knowledge and develop new skills
- build a network of industry contacts
- boost your employability with new experiences
- learn more about the sector you may wish to enter.
A focus on employability
In addition to your Placement Year, we work hard to ensure that the personal skills required to secure, and succeed in, future roles are embedded into the curriculum.
Alongside your business acumen, our focus on self-development aims to prepare you for the external market – from internships and placements to full-time employment.
For example, you will undertake a group project on portfolio management in your second year. Within this project, you’ll have the opportunity to put your quantitative skills and knowledge of investment analysis into practice, gain new experiences, and open yourself up to new ways of thinking.