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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 17000 per year
Who is it for?
You see yourself working in one of a wide variety of finance and investment fields. Maybe portfolio management or investment analysis. Maybe corporate treasury or financial trading. You want to understand the role risk plays in investment decision-making and how to manage it.
If your goal is a career in the international investment and risk management world, consider this course your jumping off point. You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of how modern investment analysts and risk managers operate. As you move through the degree you'll prepare for your career in investment management, trading or analysis in any area of finance.
You'll study every aspect of the discipline, from managing global investment portfolios to asset trading. All within a broad sweep of rigorous academic learning encompassing equity markets, bond trading, risk management, derivatives, hedging, investment banking and many other broad areas of risk and investments.
What will I learn?
The first year provides a strong foundation to financial markets, banking, economics and quantitative methods. You will also gain an understanding of the tools used in applied investment analysis and enhance their mathematical, statistical and computing skills.
Banking and financial institutions
The market value of a firm depends on the effective utilisation of current and future assets, the funding of such assets and its interaction with capital markets. This module provides an in depth analysis of the theory and international practice of capital structure and dividend policies, mergers and acquisitions and short-term financing issues
Provides a fundamental understanding of the structure and functioning of capital markets, the principles of investment decisions under risk and the optimal allocation among asset classes.
Finance and investment
This module will make it possible for participants to acquire an understanding of the principal objectives of asset management and the linkages between financial risk and portfolio return. Students will develop an understanding of the structure and functioning of capital markets, an appreciation of the valuation methods for securities and to introduce the principles of portfolio theory.
The second year develops your theoretical knowledge and enables you to interpret financial data through the use of advanced statistical tools and formulate and solve complex problems in finance. You will gain a thorough understanding of the framework for the measurement of risk and return.
The course also introduces econometrics and its application to modelling and testing in finance. Elective modules enable you to deepen your knowledge of subjects such as investment, finance and risk, insurance and real estate.
Derivatives trading and hedging
Portfolio theory and investment valuation
In the final year, core modules enable you to gain in-depth knowledge of investment and financial risk management.
Asset liability management
Equity investment management
Fixed income portfolio management
Our teaching style is based on encouraging you to think independently, to form your own opinions and critique relevant theory. We underpin your learning with the pertinent theories in your field embed with real life practices so you understand the way modern markets and businesses operate. Our courses offer numerous practical applications (or have a strong vocational element) without compromising their academic rigour. We use case studies, thought provoking scenarios and group work to give you a head start in the real world.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
Each module will be a mix of lectures, seminars and group work. Most modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. The first year of your programme contributes 10% to your final degree classification, the second year 30% and the final year 60%.
70% written, 0% practical, 30% coursework
71% written, 4% practical, 25% coursework
53% written, 0% practical, 47% coursework.Overall workload
Most contact hours take the form of lectures. A number of tutorials, exercise classes and surgery hours are scheduled during the first year, the number decreasing as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:
20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning, 0% placement
17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning, 0% placement
12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning, 0% placement.
How to apply
All applications should be made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Applications are made via Apply, UCAS's online application system.
UCAS Institution code: C60 (Cass Business School and City, University of London)
UCAS Course code: N390
You can find more information at UCAS and in the UCAS Handbook.
A-Level: AAA (or AAB with a relevant EPQ)
BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD
For candidates taking a combination of A Level/BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications we accept the following:
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
IB: 36 points overall with 5 minimum in each subject
In addition we also ask for the following GCSE requirement:
If you are studying General Studies, Critical Thinking or a native language 'A' level, these subjects will not be included in any offer condition.
We accept a wide range of international and other UK qualifications at Cass.
If you do not qualify for direct entry, there are several partners that offer preparatory international foundation courses for students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees. These include:
INTO City, University of London
Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting.
Kaplan International College (KIC) London
Additionally, City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level are guaranteed progression to City, University of London degree courses.English language requirements
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
English language programmes
Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO's English for University Study programme.
BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management undergraduates are eligible to undertake an optional one-year paid work placement during the 3rd year of a four year sandwich degree programme.
The experience of working for a leading institution can be invaluable in terms of your future career. It will enable you to acquire skills and competencies sought by graduate employers, and give you an edge over the competition.
BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as Sales and Trading, Hedge Funds, Prime Brokerage, and Equity Research. Students have recently taken up placements within many leading corporate organisations including:
Our dedicated Placement team are in regular contact with these and many more companies, and will support students throughout the work experience process.
The majority of graduates from this course enter challenging and rewarding careers in the investment and risk management field as well as in the fund management industry.
Graduates keen to transfer their specialist quantitative modelling techniques take up front-office roles such as trading, bonds and stocks, while others are employed in market risk management and fund management or with regulators such as the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority.
Recent employers95% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course. (DLHE survey, 2015-16)
Notes about fees for this course
UK/EU£9,250 (2017/18 fee, 2018/19 fee TBC) Tuition fees are subject to annual change
International£17,000 for the first year of study (2018/2019) * Tuition fees are subject to annual change
The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.
Non-EU international students
The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £17,000 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.
Contact City, University of London to find course entry requirements.
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