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Financial Economics BSc(Hons): What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Asad Shahid

Name: Asad Shahid
Age: 21
Course: BA(Hons) Financial Economics
Year: 2nd year
Route to University: A-levels (international student)
Accommodation: Living with parents

"I chose a Financial Economics degree because I've been fascinated by the subject ever since I studied it for GCSE back in Pakistan. Right from the start, I enjoyed learning about the stock market and how money works.

"Of course I was too young to actually trade in the stock market at that time, but my friends and I used to play games with the stocks and we were actually pretty good at it - we used to make predictions and everything. That interest is still here and I'd like to be a trader. So Financial Economics sounded like the right subject.

"The course has covered everything I need to fulfil this ambition - teaching me how to analyse the financial market and about economics more generally. It's very detailed and covers all sorts of topics - international markets, current issues, accounts. This is exactly what I wanted to learn.

"The course was a winner, but I also choose Kingston University because I really liked the area. My cousin studied here and when I came to visit her while I was doing my A-levels, I knew that I had to come to Kingston.

"I've settled down really easily since I arrived here and I've made loads of friends - everyone is really nice and friendly. You get to meet different types of people from all around the world, especially in your first year because lots of us have lectures together. Now I'm in my second year, we're taught in smaller groups so I meet up with friends in the University café and bar instead.

"Another advantage of University life is that people treat you like an adult. It is completely different to school - we are responsible for what we do ourselves.

"But at the same time, the lecturers are very approachable - you can just walk into their offices during the day if you need any help, you don't even need an appointment. They seem to know everything. You come up with a question out of the blue and they immediately know the answer - it's quite amazing! You don't expect anyone to know this much, but they do.

"I've also found the Blackboard learning management tool really useful. It includes notes from all our lectures, which means that you don't have to worry about writing down every single thing during the lecture and can instead concentrate on what the lecturer is saying.

"This year I'll be undertaking a work placement over the summer. I'm currently in the process for applying for placements and have found the University really helpful in this. They let you know where to apply for internships, for example.

"I'm also a member of the West Focus Entrepreneurs' Club, which is run by Kingston University. They have presentations on investment schemes, plus it's a chance to meet students from other universities.

"I've learnt a great deal over the last year and a half - I've learnt to look at the economy as a whole and pay attention to even small things. The course has strengthened my ambition to become a stock trader, although I'll probably work first as a financial analyst or market analyst for an investment bank."


Letty Gibbs

Name:  Letty Gibbs
Age: 19
Course: BA(Hons) Financial Economics
Level: 1st year
Route to University: A-levels
Accommodation:  Halls of residence

"At A-level I wanted to do accounting, but it wasn't available so I did economics instead and found I really enjoyed it. For my degree I wanted to do something with maths as well so I decided to study Financial Economics. Kingston was one of the first universities I came to see and when I got here I felt I could be comfortable. The people looked nice.

"So far I have enjoyed the whole experience of being at University, going to lectures and finding my way around. It's nice being a lot more independent than you are at school. You realise that you have to work for yourself. But the lecturers are very clear about what you need to do.

"I have also enjoyed learning the theory behind things. In A-levels you learned how things worked, but you didn't necessarily learn why they worked the way they did.

"I have found the atmosphere is really good at Kingston. In the first year you are really looked after. You are told about all the help that's available and the places you can go, both inside and outside the University.

"Student life is really good here. There are lots of clubs and societies. I have joined the Afro-Caribbean Society. It's fun and they bring in speakers to talk about different subjects.

"When I graduate I think I would like to go into risk management. We study the subject in the third year so I am going to get the chance to see if I like it. But, at the moment, I am just enjoying what I am doing right now."


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