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Finance and Investment Management BA (Hons)

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3 years full-time or four years sandwich

Business and Law
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

Have you ever wondered why the world's stock markets boom or crash or how Enron manipulated its finances? Have you ever tried to interpret the financial and market information contained in the business press? If so then the BA (Hons) Finance and Investment Management degree will be of interest to you. The programme is aimed at students with an interest in all aspects of finance, banking, stock markets and the financial services industry and who may be considering a career in this area. Finance is a wide ranging term, but essentially students will be equipped to handle such areas as financial markets, investment, banking and business finance.

The UK has one of the most developed financial services sectors in the world and it is the major employer and contributor to the UK economy.

During the programme, you will learn about the major elements of financial services, you will examine current market developments and enhance skills of criticism and analysis in order to be able to understand and evaluate factors shaping the modern financial services world, both in the UK and internationally.

There is an opportunity to undertake a yearlong paid placement at the end of Year 2. Students will get full support from the Placements Office to obtain a placement to prepare them for final year studies and future employment.


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer-based workshops, and visiting speakers who are organised by the Student Accounting and Finance Society, and includes directed and independent learning to acquire deeper or broader knowledge of the subject area.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways including the production of business reports, presentations, portfolios and exams. You may also be required to use computerised business simulations and the University’s exclusive Bloomberg suite of financial terminals.

Many assessments are based on real-life case studies and business scenarios ensuring they are an authentic and relevant representation of how businesses work. All students will undertake a major in-depth study on a relevant topic of choice in their final year.


Many graduates work in the City of London banking industry and elsewhere in the UK and overseas. Others are working as stockbrokers and financial advisers. Our graduates are working for major international organisations including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Lloyds TSB, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of China, HSBC, KPMG, PWC, the Financial Services Authority, Boots and IBM.


City and Guilds
Successful completion of the placement year to City and Guild standards allows the University to award the Licentiateship of City and Guilds (LCGI), a national qualification recognised by employers such as Lloyds TSB.

Advanced Entry
Applications are also invited from students with appropriate qualifications for advanced entry onto level 5 or 6 (year 2 or year 3) of the programme. Each application will be considered on an individual basis.


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