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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.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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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:

  • 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.

Accelerated study

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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    Studying economics is both challenging and rewarding. Economics deals with some very fundamental forces and issues of the world around us. Understanding and communicating what economics is can alter the way we see things and also the way we live. Learning about economics also gives a better understanding about the forces which will shape our future prospects and well-being. Economics is a social science discipline that ultimately deals with making sound arguments and informed judgments.

    The module focuses on the key principles of economics. It will be divided into parts. The first part will cover the central concepts of microeconomic theory and will explore the relevance of these to the operations of businesses including financial services firms. The main themes are the role of markets, individual consumer behaviour, and the operations of individual firms taking into account the market environment and government regulation.

    The second part will focus on the principles of macroeconomic theory and the role of government in managing the national economy. It provides a introduction to macroeconomic concepts, mechanisms, policies and methods of analysis. The underlying theme for this part is, however, on the application of macroeconomics principles and policies to contemporary macroeconomic issues. It will explore the interactions between production, income, demand and money. In addition, it looks at how national output, employment, price level, interest rates and exchange rates are determined. More emphasis will be placed upon the implications of openness in the goods, financial and factor markets and their affects on the limitation of national macroeconomic policies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module focuses on the accounting requirements of business organisations for internal and external reporting and decision making. It will examine the financial and management accounting techniques and decisions for sole traders and limited companies .

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The module focuses on the organisation, structure and functions of financial markets, and the principles of English law and the English legal system as applicable to the financial services industry. It provides the theoretical and practical framework for understanding the relationship between the operation of the financial markets and the legal system.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module provides a grounding in practical aspects of quantitative analysis with an emphasis on problem-solving techniques in the context of Banking and Finance. The module aims to prepare students for later modules that develop the quantitative and qualitative aspects of Banking and Finance. The module will cover both Financial Mathematics/Statistics, relevant to Banking and Finance, and Information Technology skills required for their subsequent studies.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    The module develops knowledge and understanding of English Law as it applies to the banker-customer relationship and credit analysis in different customer segments. It provides the theoretical and practical framework for understanding the relationship between the principles of bank lending and the principles of law in the UK.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    The module focuses upon the theory and the practice of Corporate Finance and Financial Investments. It provides a theoretical and practical framework for understanding the relationship between markets and corporations and the interactions between them. The module will critically explore the current theoretical perspectives and consider their practical application in relation to investment strategies and corporate decision making.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    The module focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of management in financial services organisations. It explores organisational strategy, motivation, groups, organisational culture, leadership and management styles This module has a strong focus on employability, in preparation for a compulsory or optional work-placement year. It provides an opportunity to develop a range of employability skills understanding employment opportunities in the industry, career management, development of a curriculum vitae.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module familiarises students with the main issues in macroeconomic policy choice, with particular emphasis on the European Union. The module pays particular attention to the role of the commercial banking system and its impact on the money supply and the role of the Central Bank in monetary policy implementation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    Module Description: This module is designed to introduce students to the theory of insurance and the legal principles governing insurance contracts. The module will consider the structure of the UK insurance market, government intervention and the effect of the European Union and international considerations. The relationship between policyholders, intermediaries, insurers and reinsurers will be examined. In addition consumer and third party protection will be discussed. Broader theories of risk and human behaviour will introduce the module, which will conclude by studying alternative risk financing.

    Module Delivery: 3 hours contact time per week, comprising a 1½ hour lecture and a 1½ hour seminar.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module facilitates empirical research, critical thinking and understanding in relation to the operation of global banking operations and systems.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    The module develops a critical understanding of the international financial environment, markets and institutions within which businesses operate to enable students to draw on such knowledge for decision making in global firms. It develops the conceptual understanding of financial management and approaches to decision making in a global context. Students will explore themes including international financial architecture, capital investment, currency markets and exchange rates, working capital management and risk management

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module is designed for students studying BA Banking and Finance. It must be taken between level 5 and 6. The module is designed to develop student employability and increase graduate career prospects. The ‘sandwich placement’ year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time work in employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals. Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops will provide structured learning and support to assist students in their search for an appropriate placement in an industry relevant to their area of study; develop professionalism and the ability to transfer learning from the classroom and previous employment to the placement workplace. During the placement term, students will be supported in applying theoretical knowledge in a practical context, analysing business problems and proposing solutions, and identifying and articulating transferable skills and knowledge developed during the placement. Students will be expected to demonstrate improved understanding of their abilities and career goals, knowledge of the workplace organisation and professional awareness through reflective and reflexive learning. Completing this module will meet the requirement for all undergraduate students to undertake a compulsory work-related learning module at some stage of the course programme.

    In addition passing the placement module provides students with an additional qualification from City and Guilds .

    Delivery: Students will receive briefings prior to the placement and a post-placement debriefing. They will be supported by their placement supervisor who will provide guidance with assessment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an entrepreneurial role within a large organisation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be employment activity, a work placement, professional training, volunteering activity in the not-for-profit sector, or where available, within a Virtual Business Environment within the University.

    The work-related learning activity (work experience or project) must be for a minimum of 105 hours. The 105 hours can be completed in 15 working days in a full-time mode during the summer (where available), or spread over a semester in a part-time mode.

    The work-related learning activity should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained within their academic course and elsewhere. It should provide learning opportunities for personal development. The student is encouraged and supported in developing the ability to identify applied knowledge and skills that enhance their work performance, ensure their continued improvement and apply theory to practice as appropriate. The learner should develop improved understanding of themselves, and the workplace through reflective and reflexive learning.

    Students will be contacted in advance of the module (e.g. June for those registered for October) to ensure they understand the requirements. Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities which can be either be a placement, part-time role or ’live’ project for an external organisation untaken within the University. We have dedicated placements and careers teams who will assist learners with all aspects of their job search and application. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Leader on an individual basis. Please note, it is the students’ responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the relevant University personnel who to assist them in gaining a suitable role.

    Learners may be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment (whether or not this relates to their subject area), providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    The module explores the role of corporate governance and social responsibility concepts, principles and practices in dealing with the competing interests of various stakeholders in modern corporate entities and financial institutions.
    Emphasis is placed on how corporate governance can assist in ensuring accountability to the owners and other stakeholders in the firm. The rationale and motivation for corporate entities and financial institutions to deal with social and environmental issues is explored in detail.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    The module provides with a wide range and in-depth understanding of the major exchange-based and over-the-counter financial instruments used in the construction of financial products. Starting with introduction to the fundamental instruments used in financial engineering and their valuation, the module proceeds to analyse how these instruments can be combined to create structured products. The module also covers complex structures, their composition, valuation and risk hedging possibilities. Students will develop data collection and analysis skills utilising Bloomberg and spreadsheets.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module acquaints students with the main issues surrounding the development and utilisation of information systems within the financial services sector. The module also focuses on the deployment and use of contemporary industry standard technology and critical internet related tools and techniques used to satisfy organisational goals within the financial services sector.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module develops knowledge, skills and attitudinal competencies relating to the domains of financial capability, such as managing and keeping track of finances, financial planning, making financial choices and staying informed.

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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.

Our previous graduates have gone into finance roles at companies such as City Credit Capital, Honda Finance and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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 2018. 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.

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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