City, University of London

Course Introduction

The BSc (Hons) Finance degree is delivered by Cass Business School, one of Europe’s leading business schools. Part of City, University of London, Sir John Cass Business School is ranked amongst the top 5 business schools in the UK (FT European Business School Rankings 2018).

On this course you will gain a broad understanding of the underlying mechanisms of finance that will help equip you with the skills to work in a high-regulated, post-financial crisis world. This course will sharpen your understanding of the broad disciplines involved, from corporate finance to asset pricing, international finance to corporate governance. The jobs are there, and they’re both exciting and well paid. They also demand intellectual rigour and commercial acumen. Select this course and prepare yourself.

Throughout your studies, you’ll focus on quantitative methods, enabling you to understand the cutting-edge techniques in use today. Core modules and options allow you to create a bespoke degree that matches your own interests. As a leading global business school in the City of London, we offer all Cass students unrivalled access to the best of global business intelligence and innovation and this is no exception for finance students. You will be taught by world-leading academics who are at the forefront of research in finance, as well as finance professionals who practice at the highest levels of the industry in London and globally.

Graduates from BSc (Hons) Finance are well suited to many roles. As practitioners of company valuation techniques, they are valuable in equity research departments and to fund managers. Given their knowledge of the theory and practice of corporate risk management techniques, they are well suited to roles in corporate treasury departments. Their ability to analyse corporate reorganisations, such as mergers and acquisitions, make them ideal candidates for roles in corporate finance advisory teams in investment banks.

A key part of this degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience or a period of study abroad. Students are eligible to apply for a one-year paid work placement which takes places during the third year of a four-year sandwich degree course. Cass students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as corporate finance, operations, sales and trading, prime brokerage and hedge funds.

Students can also apply to spend a term (or one year) studying abroad at a range of prestigious partner universities including the University of Virginia and Bocconi University, Italy. Studying abroad enables students to expand their international network of contacts, to develop a wider perspective in the world of global finance and to enhance their career prospects.

The BSc (Hons) Finance degree is taught alongside the BSc (Hons) Banking and International Finance and BSc (Hons) Investment and Financial Risk Management. Students can switch between degrees at any time during the first one-and-a-half years of the course (subject to availability of places).

Course Modules

The first year is common across all three of our finance courses. This provides students with a strong foundation in all of the core areas of finance. The modules taught focus on financial markets, banking, economics, accounting, quantitative techniques (mathematics and stats) and business skills. Within these modules there is a focus on developing an understanding of relevant tools and then applying them to solving practical problems encountered by those working in the finance industry. The modules develop students’ skills in areas such as mathematics, statistics, data handling, computing and also in presenting their work.

In year two students further develop their core knowledge of finance, with courses in derivatives and corporate finance as well as accounting. Students must also study econometrics, which forms the basis of quantitative modelling and testing techniques in finance. Three elective modules chosen from a wide range allows students to focus on areas relevant to their own interests and career aspirations, such as investment, finance and risk, accounting and real estate.

In year three students develop their knowledge of corporate finance, governance, and international finance to an advanced level. Students also select three electives which may either extend your knowledge of finance and the applications of mathematical models, or enhance understanding of the role of financial markets. Alternatively, students may focus on areas such as investment or accounting. Students also undertake a dissertation in a financial subject relevant to interests and career aspirations.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) Other Fees