Banking and Finance - BSc (Hons)
Why study this course?
This degree focuses on global banking and financial services, examining the development, significance and challenges of banking and finance in the modern world. If you want a career in global banking in London, one of the world's financial epicentres, then look no further.
This course draws on accounting, economics, investment theory, law and management to help you develop the skills needed for a successful career in banking or financial services.
As well as hearing from industry representatives who will give presentations during your course, you’ll also get hands-on experience in the University’s Bloomberg Lab, a world-leading financial platform that brings real-world economic news, data and analytics to the classroom. You’ll learn to analyse financial markets, value and price financial instruments and employ Bloomberg terminals to assess European and international economies, financial markets and governments.
You’ll also have the chance to further your experience with optional work placement modules. Our Placement and Employability Unit will help you find a suitable placement where you can build on your skills and knowledge. You'll be encouraged to undertake extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, entering national business competitions and joining student societies.
You'll be assessed through essays, coursework assignments, individual and group research projects, exams and a final-year dissertation.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- for entry in the 2017-18 academic year; a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:
- Economics for Finance and Business
- Introduction to Accounting
- Introduction to Financial Markets and Law
- Quantitative Methods for Banking and Finance
Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:
- Bank Lending and the Legal Environment
- Corporate Finance and Investment
- Financial Services Management
- Money and Banking
- Risk and Insurance
Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:
- Empirical Research in Global Banking and Finance
- International Finance
- Advanced Financial Law (optional)
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance (optional)
- Creating a Winning Business 2 (optional)
- EU and Financial Regulation (optional)
- Financial Instruments and Financial Engineering (optional)
- Information Technology for Financial Services (optional)
- Learning through Work (optional)
- Marketing of Financial Services (optional)
- Organisation and Service Management in Financial Services (optional)
- Personal Finance (optional)
"I wanted to study finance and chose London Met because several friends recommended the course. I was amazed at the range of modules on offer and really like the way the assessments are designed. Every teacher is committed to their students, and I owe my success to their dedication. I've developed so many skills here; I'm feeling confident in what I do and in what I am going to do in the future."
Svetoslav Kotev, former student
On graduating, you’ll be equipped to pursue a career in a number of sectors related to banking and investment, such as financial regulation, insurance or accounting. This course is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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London Met teams up with national universities to co-host an international conference on banking and finance
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Students receive award for academic achievement
London Met staff, students and the finance industry came together at Standard Chartered Bank to award students for their outstanding academic achievement.
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Students had the unique experience of being invited to Standard Chartered Bank
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Dr René Schmidpeter hosts a lecture to BSc Banking and Finance students.
Personal branding coach visits Guildhall
Visiting professor delivers lecture to our BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance students about:‘How to sell yourself successfully.’
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Visiting Professor focuses on Sustainability
Visiting Professor Thomas Walker speaks to our students about: ‘The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations and their impacts on the financial services sector.'
State Street bank 2016
Five years and counting
Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law are celebrating five successful years of our Employer Led Problem Based Learning challenge.
Alumnus returns to London Met
Hussam Aleshaiker graduated from London Metropolitan University in 1998. He is now a chief financial officer (CFO) at Asiacell, the largest mobile provider in Iraq.
Students at a graduation celebration
Muzammil Al graduated from Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law with MSc Finance. He recently got offered a job at Ignis Asset Management as a valuation control analyst
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Accounting and Finance want to know what students think
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Kieran Coleman, Deloitte reveals the realities of a career in accounting and finance.
State Street Bank Presentation
Second year Banking and Finance students present a SWOT analysis of State Street Bank
Standard Chartered Judges
Standard Chartered impressed by student presentations