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Principles of Finance

The Principles of Finance course provides the initial introduction to the functioning of financial market, financial intermediaries and pricing of investments. The overall aim of the course is to introduce the students to financial markets, financial analysis, financial management and international finance.

Finance is a subject in business studies which applies different branches of science such as Economics and Mathematics. The understanding of Finance is important in modern societies and economies because financial markets allocate societies’ resources by distributing financial excesses to those participants in the economy, which can make the most profitable and productive use of the resources.

  • Course structure

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS). The language of instruction is English.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks
    1. Written Individual Exam.
    2. Group Project.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E.


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Tor Brunzell