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BSc. Finance

Why choose Finance?


Finance scholars ask questions such as: What causes interest rates to rise? How is the weighted average cost of capital calculated? What is the best way to value a business?

Financial managers make decisions about pursuing uncertain investment opportunities and deciding how to finance these investments. Over the course of your studies, you'll develop your skills using spreadsheets and statistical software, as well as learn how to adapt basic financial principles to the changing business environment. You'll complete live projects, formal presentations, group projects and various case studies during the course of your degree. Each programme curriculum covers a range of academic and professional disciplines that prepare students to meet the demands of a continually changing global economy. The programmes also deal with the complex human and technological dynamics that form the core of today’s global business activity.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the finance programme, you'll be prepared for global career opportunities in the areas of banking, securities, international finance, and more. A degree in commerce can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Programme highlights

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Mentorship opportunities - A formal or informal relationship where you connect with, and learn from, an established professional.

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.


Courses in this programme

Financial Management, Introduction to Business Analytics, Introduction to Business Skills, Principles of Macroeconomics, Introduction to Business Administration, Principles of Management, Introduction to Business Finance, Business Economics: Micro, Financial Accounting I Fundamentals of Accounting, Business Mathematics etc...

Detailed course information

First year Degree Student Handbook

Information! “ Since I graduated with a degree in finance, my career has taken me into public policy. Policy-makers often get caught up in political aspects and forget the financial and economic impacts of legislation. The skills and theory I learned during my undergraduate degree have allowed me to avoid this trap and bring a fresh perspective. While completing my master’s thesis in public policy, I integrated theory I learned in my finance courses to develop a financial-based analysis of the effects of government intervention on oil sands investment. That would have been impossible without the skills I learned. ” – Dagogo Henrietta Jaribo, Student Feb, 2018 Batch
Programme Duration

Minimum of four (4) years and maximum of six (6) years

Credits Required for Award of Degree

Based on the level of entry, the credits required for the award of first degree are as follows:

Level 100: A maximum of 132 credits and a minimum of 120 credits.

Level 200: A maximum of 102 credits with a minimum of 96 credits.

Level 300: A maximum of 72 credits and a minimum of 60 credits

Components of the Programme
Core Courses (Department's Requirement)-102 credits
Electives Courses-6 credits
Mandatory Courses (Univ. Requirement)-18 credits
Research Project-6 credits
Total-132 credits
(Finance Option)

Bachelor of Science in Administration

his is a 4-year undergraduate programme in banking and finance. In the first two years of study, students are required to take courses such as Language Skills, Critical Thinking, Introduction to Business Administration and Introduction to Public Administration. In the third and final years, however, students take courses such as Business Finance, Managerial Economics, Bank Management, Investment Fundamentals, Monetary Theory, Financial Markets, and Microfinance.  Students may also opt for writing a long essay in their final year.

The programme aims at producing competent graduates to deal with the current and emerging complexities in industry and in their communities. Graduates are expected to recognize opportunities and develop appropriate business solutions that seek to address a particular issue.

In fulfilling this, the programmes are designed to:
Produce competent, innovative and dedicated graduates with knowledge, skills, and initiative to provide the human resource capacity to meet the demands of national and international business environments.

Develop entrepreneurial and basic business skills to enable students recognize opportunities and develop businesses to facilitate service delivery.

Programme Description and List of Courses

General Business Courses (KBUS) Level 100

KBUS101 Introduction to Business Administration 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to elementary concepts, theories, practices in business, and career paths by surveying functional areas of business and management activities. After completing this course, they should be able to:
1. Understand how the contemporary business world and business systems constantly interact.
2. Understand the elementary concepts in business, functions of accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources management, management, marketing etc.
3. Examine the practices and potential of various business functions to help students select a major and then a career.

KBUS103 French for Communication 3 Credits

This course aims at teaching basic French language for communication. Students will develop knowledge and skills to communicate correctly in basic French. Much emphasis will be laid on communications relating to business and commerce, and to economic and professional activities. The course content includes basic grammar, pronunciation drills, inflection and syntax; reading and translation of sentences and texts.

KBUS105 Business Communication 3 Credits

This course is geared towards helping students communicate effectively in the business community. The course aims at introducing students to basic communication tenets such as writing business letters, proposals, reports and memoranda. Other Communicative skills that are needed for the success and growth of businesses such as persuasive, negotiation, organizational and presentation skills are also taught.

KBUS102 Introduction to Public Administration 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to how the business of government at all levels (municipal, district and regional) operates. The principles and theories of managing within government structure and agencies will be reviewed. The internal and external environment in which public sector operates, including the impact of politics on decision making will also be examined in the context of Ghanaian public administration.

KBUS104 Business Ethics 3 Credits

The course introduces students to the relationship between business ethics and social responsibility in both domestic and global settings. Ethical and moral considerations of corporate conduct, social responsibilities, policies, and strategies are explored. Emphasis is on the definition, scope, application, and analysis of ethical values as they relate to issues of public consequences in the context of the functional areas of business at both the domestic and global levels.

KBUS106 Computing and ICT 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to basic computing and ICT skills. The basic make-up, role, history and operating systems of computers and ICT will be examined. Topics including applications software, hardware add-ons, communication systems, computer networks, and security, legal and ethical issues associated with using computers and the World Wide Web are discussed.

General Business Courses (KBUS) Level 200

KBUS201 Principles of Management 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of management. Topics to be discussed would include: the Environment of Organisations, Evolution of Management theory, Management concepts, Managerial functions of Planning, Leading, Organising and Controlling. Other topics for discussion include Managerial Skills, Managing Individuals in organisations, Managing differences, Managing Groups and Teams - Group behaviour; Conflict and co-operation, Power and Politics, Leadership, Ethics and Social Responsibility and Motivation. In addition, Managing Structure and processes - Restructuring, re-engineering, downsizing and new structural forms of Communications will be discussed.

KBUS203 Business Economics: Micro 3 Credits

This course introduces students to basic principles of micro-economic thought: micro-economic theories, the price system; demand and supply analysis, measurement of elasticity - price elasticity, income elasticity and cross elasticity. The course also addresses production theory and analysis – short-run analysis, long-run analysis, economies of scale; cost theory and analysis; pricing and output decisions in perfect competition, imperfect competition and monopoly.

KBUS205 Introduction to HRM 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of human resource management and the role, purpose and importance of human resource management in business organizations. It lays the foundation for understanding the principles and techniques of managing the Human Resources of the organization for the attainment of organizational goals. The course examines the concepts of Human Resource Management, Job Analysis, Job Design, Job Descriptions and Specifications, Human Resource Planning, Recruitment and Selection, Training and Development, Performance Appraisal, Salary Administration, Employee Discipline, Resignations and Retirements.

KBUS207 Business Mathematics 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop students’ mathematical skills necessary to solve business problems. Topics treated include: basic arithmetic for business, linear, non-linear and simultaneous equations, logarithms, calculus, matrix algebra, statistics, set theory and statistics. Other mathematical techniques, including computer software needed for business forecasting and planning, will be examined.

KBUS202 Introduction to Business Finance 3 Credits

This introductory course is designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the role of financial managers and how companies make sound investment and financing decisions, much of which is also relevant for individual decision-making. Topics treated include: the Finance Function, Financial Environment; Financial Analysis and Planning, Working Capital Management and Sources of funds.

KBUS204 Principles of Marketing 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of marketing and the role, purpose and importance of marketing management in business organisations. It lays the foundation for understanding the principles and techniques of meeting the needs of customers in every organisation for the attainment of organisational goals. It examines the marketing concept, marketing mix, marketing segmentation and positioning variables, marketing growth strategies and planning , elements of marketing, marketing research and consumer behaviour, IMC, public relations in the marketing context, distribution and logistics.

KBUS206 Organisational Behaviour 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles and concepts of organizational behavior and behavioral science theories and applications in management. It lays the foundation for understanding the behaviour of individuals and groups in organizations and the importance of behaviour in organizational performance. It helps students to understand why and how people behave in organizations, why they behave the way they do, how to motivate people and also examine their own behaviours and make the necessary adjustments. Topics to be treated include: Concept of Organizational Behaviour, Elements of Organizational Behaviour, People and Organization Relationship, Foundations of Organizational Behaviour, Ability, Personality, Learning, Perception, Decision Making, Values & Attitudes, Motivation, Organizational Culture, Teams, Group Dynamics Conflict Management, and Organizational commitment.

KBUS208 Business Economics: Macro 3 Credits

This course gives an overview of the modern market economy as a system for dealing with problems of scarcity. The course also looks at the analysis of relationships among such variables as national income, employment, inflation and the quantity of money. The roles of government expenditure, taxation and monetary policy, international finance and economic development will also be discussed.

General Business Courses (KBUS) Level 300

KBUS301 Quantitative Methods 3 Credits

This course provides techniques for analysing business information and will provide students with a framework for understanding the fundamentals of business and financial decision making. The course covers important methods of data analysis with an emphasis on interpreting and understanding reported business and economic data. Topics include the basic techniques of organising and analysing data; the application of probability and probability distributions, the concept of sampling error and sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, regression analysis, time series and an introduction to non-parametric statistical methods.

KBUS303 Computer Applications in Business 3 Credits

This course is concerned with how information systems have grown from automation of office systems into systems that assist managers to make decisions, systems that model successful business practices, and systems that transform the modern business into a knowledge-based enterprise. This course will introduce information systems through a survey of information systems technologies and the way they affect management. More emphasis will be placed on management strategies and IT application issues. The course is to make students identify information systems needs and participate in its development in order to create a business competitive advantage.

KBUS305 Business Law 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to basic law with an emphasis on business and corporate organisations. The course, specifically, examines laws relating to business and corporate operations in Ghana. The first part examines the legal systems of Ghana, including the legal frameworks of business, the sources and classifications of law, the structure of the courts, the doctrine of precedent and the rules on statutory interpretation. The second part examines the forms, nature and laws of business organizations. Third part examines Sale of Goods; Agency and Distribution agreements; etc. The final part examines contracts and contractual remedies. Ethical cases will be examined throughout the course.

KBUS302 Research Methods 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the Principles of Business research. Emphasis is placed on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Areas covered include the basis of theory and business research methods, the research process - formulating the research problem and hypothesis, ethical issues, sampling procedures, research design, data collection methods, analysing data, and writing the research report.

KBUS304 Operations Management 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of operations management. Topics to be treated include: Concepts, principles, theories and processes of production system; operations strategy, product and process design; facility location and layout; capacity planning, aggregate planning, operations scheduling and control; productivity of operations, inventory planning and independent demand system; MRP, quality management, project management, and Japanese approach to operations management [JIT, TPM, continuous improvement].

KBUS306 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3 Credits

The course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and develop empirical understanding of the role of entrepreneurs in the economy and society. It is to instill professional and responsible attitude to entrepreneurship and develop transferable skills and problem solving skills in students. The course will introduce students to the concept of entrepreneurship and its importance in business and national development; the processes and procedures for setting up small businesses and the forces driving the growth of entrepreneurship. Other topics to be treated include: benefits of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, feasibility analysis, forms of business analysis, franchising, buying an existing business, and building a marketing plan.

General Business Courses (KBUS) Level 400

KBUS401 Fundamentals of International Business 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the broad fields of International Business and Finance. To that end, the course stands on the background of the ongoing process of globalisation, to give students a comprehensive understanding of the economics and politics of international trade and investment; how and why the world’s countries differ, the functions and forms of the global monetary system; and the strategies, structures and the special roles of international businesses.

KBUS402 Small Business Management 3 Credits

This course is aimed at providing students with the managerial skills necessary to develop, evaluate and manage a small business successfully. It introduces students to small business and fundamentals of small business management, including planning, business growth, e-commerce, raising capital, financial management, business operations, managing employees, marketing and business ethics. The course is oriented toward principles needed to operate a small business and is designed for those who may have their own businesses or for those who desire to upgrade their skills in their present businesses.

KBUS402 Strategic Management 3 Credits

The course helps students to gain an understanding of strategic management concepts, the emerging global economy and its potential impact on business activities and the role of corporate governance in strategic management. Students will develop a better understanding of the present and future environments in which corporations must function and how companies formulate, implement, and evaluate strategies.  They will be guided to scan the external environment of an organization and identify the key aspects of environmental factors having an impact on the performance of the overall industry and the company being analyzed and identify the opportunities and threats posed by the environment for a given company and the barriers to the implementation of strategic choices. Topics to be treated include: Basic Concepts of Strategic Management, Environmental Scanning and Industry Analysis; Internal Scanning - Organizational Analysis, Resources and Capability - analysing competitive and core competencies, value chain analysis and benchmarking; Stakeholder Analysis - mission, vision, goals, objectives, culture and corporate governance; Strategy Formulation and Strategic Choice; Strategy Implementation and Control; Strategic Issues in Managing Technology and Innovation.

Finance Courses (KFIC) Level 300

KFIC301 Risk Management 3 Credits

The course introduces students to the broad fields of “Risk” and “Risk Management”. The course stands first on the background of the key concept of “Risk”, and deepens that key concept. Then, it shows how the closely related key concept of “Risk Management” has developed from Insurance, which is referred to as “Traditional Risk Management”, up to the currently changing and comprehensive scope of “Modern Risk Management”. The objective of the course is to introduce students to the fundamental elements of Risk Management and develop knowledge and understanding of personal and corporate Risk Management processes. To that end, the course is structured in a manner to provide an extensive understanding of Risk and Risk Management.

KFIC 302 Financial Markets 3 Credits

The course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental knowledge and understanding of financial markets and institutions and the role money plays in finance and economics. Topics treated under Financial Markets include: Financial Institutions and Intermediation; Money Markets; Capital Market Instruments; Banks and Non-Bank Depository Institutions and Regulatory Trends (nationally and internationally).

KFIC303 Investment Analysis: Fixed Income 3 Credits

The course is designed to introduce students to advance forms of corporate financial management with emphasis on marketable securities and portfolio management. Topics include an introduction to investment and securities, the profile of financial assets, market analysis with IPO’s, and the framework of Risk and Return. The second part of the course examines Equity investments, characteristics and valuation, multiple holdings, growth and the Bond Market.

KFIC304 Investment Analysis: Equity 3 Credits

The focus of this course is on the theory and practice of efficient market theory, portfolio management, and application of appropriate models in project appraisals involving securities, e.g. Sharpe's Single Index Model. Computation of project or portfolio risk is also discussed with such other things including topical financial modules in Derivatives and Fixed Income Analysis. The aspect of Fixed Income Analysis will centre on the application of basic analytical tools in analysing fixed income securities, which include interest rates and yield –curve mathematics.

KFIC305 Monetary Theory 3 Credits

This course addresses classical and contemporary issues in the theory of money and banking. It is intended to equip students with sufficient knowledge of the monetary and financial system of the country and provides a framework for studying the role of money in the economy and the institutional characteristics of the financial system.
The course introduces students to the concept of money. Topics to be treated include: Functions and Uses of Money, Monetary Systems and Standards, Demand for Money and Expansion of Money Supply by Banks.

KFIC307 Principles of Insurance 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of insurance. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of personal and corporate insurance techniques. Topics include: insurance business and operations; insurance pricing, insurance versus hedging; life, health and income risk; property and liability risk- commercial and personal; social insurance and insurance regulation.

Finance Courses (KFIC) Level 400

KFIC401 Corporate Finance 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the principles of Corporate Finance. The course covers such topics as: Corporate Governance, Dividend Policy, Capital Investment Decisions, Business and Financial Risk; Short and Long Term Financial Policy. The course also discusses Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring.

KFIC402 Public Finance 3 Credits

This course focuses on the application of economic theory to the analysis of the issues pertaining to public expenditures. It discusses theories on public expenditures, such as theories on public goods and social cost-benefit analysis. The course also places much emphasis on problems and institutions at the national level.

KFIC404 Portfolio Management 3 Credits

The course introduces students to portfolio management. Topics include: Portfolio Concepts, Management of individual/Family investor Portfolios; Pension Plans and Employee Benefit Funds; Investment Manager Selection, Other Institutional Investors, Mutual Funds, Pooled Funds, Portfolio Construction and Revision; Equity Portfolio Management Strategies, Fixed-Income Portfolio Management Strategies and Execution of Portfolio Decisions.

KFIC 406 International Finance 3 Credits

This course introduces students to international finance. Topics covered include the International Monetary System, the Foreign Exchange Market, International Parity Conditions, Foreign Currency Options, Measuring and Managing Foreign Exchange Exposure; Internal and external Techniques of Exposure Management; Interest Rate Exposure, Capital and Ownership Structure; Global Cost of Capital, Capital Markets and other sources of funding for the global firm; Corporate Strategy and Foreign Investment Decisions; Taxation Issues, Political Risk Management, Managing Multinational Operations, Working Capital Management and Import and Export Financing.

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Knutsford scholarship is available for Ghanaian students requiring financial aid. The award is based on financial need, academic merit and achievements.

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