1. 2014 Entry
  2. 2015 Entry

Overview

Employers in the highly competitive world of the financial services and corporate advisory industry demand graduates who are capable of analysing and solving complex problems. The Cass BSc (Hons) in Banking & International Finance provides an in-depth knowledge of banking (commercial, retail and investment, risk management and regulation), international finance (foreign exchange) and financial markets (equity, fixed income and derivatives).

The BSc (Hons) Banking & International Finance course will equip you with a deep and broad knowledge of financial management and academic knowledge required to operate in the dynamic and fast-moving world of financial markets. The course will enable you to analyse and solve complex problems and apply principles of financial management to the banking and finance sector.

A career in international finance will suit you if you are focused, target-driven and enjoy working with numbers. Although the course is unique and covers topics not found elsewhere in the UK, it will not limit you to a future career in banking. Cass Business School works with major employers to ensure that the BSc (Hons) Banking & International Finance course supplies you with the skills needed to succeed in the financial world more generally.

Over 80% of BSc Banking and International Finance students go straight into graduate jobs (Unistats). Cass students have a great reputation with employers, which is due to the targeted nature of the syllabus, and the fact that we prepare you to hit the ground running.

Course content

Year 1

In year one, core modules provide a strong foundation in financial markets, enabling you to relate your studies to the financial sector from an early stage. You will develop an understanding of the tools used in applied investment analysis, including mathematical, statistical and computing skills.

Six modules (five core and one elective)

Core modules:

  • Foundations of Economics for Finance
  • Introduction to Banking & Financial Intermediation
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Statistics

Elective modules - choose one from:

  • International Business Environment
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Visual Basic

Read the full programme specification

Year 2

In year two, core modules develop a theoretical knowledge of banking and financial management, finance and economics. This year also covers econometrics, which forms the basis of modelling and testing in banking and finance.

Eight modules (six core and two elective)

Core modules:

  • Bank Risk Management
  • Derivatives
  • Economics of FOREX
  • Financial Econometrics
  • International Banking
  • Monetary Economics

Elective modules - choose two from:

  • Asset Management
  • Business & Industrial Economics
  • Company Valuation
  • Corporate Law
  • European Studies
  • Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Python
  • Introduction to Real Estate Investment
  • Management Accounting
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Personal Finance
  • Real Estate Valuation

Read the full programme specification

Final year

In the final year, core modules enable you to develop your knowledge of international finance, banking and financial management to an advanced level. You will also select two electives to extend your knowledge of finance and the applications of mathematical models or to enhance your understanding of the role of banks in financial markets.

Seven modules (five core and two elective)

Core modules:

  • Banking Regulation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Final Year Project
  • Fixed Income & Credit Risk
  • International Finance

Elective modules - choose two from:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Bank Strategy & Management
  • Business Forecasting
  • Corporate  Strategy
  • Emerging Markets
  • European Business Seminar
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Real Estate Finance & Funding
  • Technical Analysis

Read the full programme specification

Placements and internships

Cass Business School has established relationships with a variety of leading financial firms and can offer a wealth of placement opportunities. Students on the BSc (Hons) Banking & International Finance have completed placements with companies including the Bank of England, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, American Express, Nomura and Citi.

You can expect to cover a range of disciplines during a placement, such as financial analysis, global markets, operations and research.

Study abroad

Available study abroad programme structures and partner institutions

1. Replacement 2nd Year Abroad

You can spend the second year of your three-year degree course studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.

During your time abroad you will cover all core material of your second year Cass programme, taking equivalent courses at the host institution. Teaching is in English, but subjects are taught from a different perspective. Elective modules will enable you to focus on the specialist areas of the partner institution, or the business practice of the country in which you are studying. You can study at one of our partner universities listed below:


Country

Host institution (Replacement 2nd Year, Banking & International Finance)

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

CUHK is ranked fifth in the QS Asian University Rankings 2011.The 137 hectare campus overlooking Tolo Harbour houses a range of facilities such as world-class libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and gymnasiums.

Italy

Bocconi University, Milan

Based in Milan, Bocconi is a triple accredited school (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and is ranked 7th in the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2011.

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

HKUST is ranked first in the QS Asian University Rankings 2011. HKUST Business School was the first school in Asia to be awarded dual accreditation by AACSB and EQUIS. It offers 10 undergraduate business programmes.

Singapore

Singapore Management University

SMU was founded in 2000 by the government of Singapore, modelling itself on an American style university structure. SMU has over 180 exchange partner universities around the world.

United States

Emory University, Atlanta

Located in Atlanta, Emory University Goizueta Business School's BBA programme is currently ranked No. 3 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and No. 12 in U.S. News & World Report.

2. Sandwich Year Abroad

You can spend a year of your degree course studying at one of our partner institutions, between your second and third year of study. This would add a year to your degree and you would complete your degree in four years.

Increasingly, host universities offer courses taught in English, although in some cases you will need appropriate foreign language skills.

You can also choose to combine your study overseas with a work placement, which involves spending six months studying and the remaining six months working. You would be expected to organise your own placement, although some of our partner schools may be able to help you.

This additional year of study will not count towards your degree classification. However, your degree title will state that you have studied abroad and the partner university will give you a transcript of the modules you have studied there.


Country

Host institution (Sandwich Year, Banking & International Finance)

Austria

Universität Wien, Vienna

The University of Vienna was founded in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world. You will be studying classes in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics.

Canada

HEC, Montréal

Like Cass, HEC is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and was the first school in North America to achieve this. There are opportunities to study in French or English.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

UBC was ranked 22nd in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2012. Their Sauder School of Business is accredited by EQUIS and AACSB.

France

ESCP Europe, Paris

Like Cass, ESCP is triple accredited by Equis, AMBA and AACSB. The Paris campus is located in the centre of the city.  The Masters in Management, from which you will take classes, is currently ranked 3rd in the Financial Times rankings.

Germany

Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin

Located in the capital of Germany, you will need appropriate German language skills to study here and will take classes from the School of Economics and Management.

Technische Universität Münchcn, Munich

TU Munich is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011/12).

Italy

LUISS Guido Carli, Rome

LUISS Guido Carli is a private Italian university located in the heart of Rome. You are able to study in either Italian or English and there is an intensive Italian language course available before the start of term.

The Netherlands

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

RSM is consistently ranked in the top 10 business schools in Europe and has 'triple crown' accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). You will study all modules in English.

Norway

BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo

Located in the business district in Oslo, BI is EQUIS accredited. It is a self-owned, not-for-profit foundation whose sole focus is education and research.

Singapore

National University of Singapore

NUS is ranked 3rd in the QS Asian University Rankings 2011 and is one of the top 40 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011/12). More than 1,000 exchange students visit NUS each year.

Spain

Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

The UPF campus is located in the heart of Barcelona. You would take classes from the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences where delivery is in English, Spanish or Catalan.

IE Business School (Madrid and Segovia)

Situated in the heart of Madrid's financial district, IE Business School is ranked 1st in Europe (FT European Business School rankings 2012)

Accreditation

The BSc Banking and International Finance provides exemption from some of the professional examinations of the following professional bodies:


Entry requirements

Qualification Requirement
'A' level AAA
BTEC NND Distinction Distinction Distinction
IB 35 points overall including 6 in all Higher Level subjects and 5 in all Standard Level subjects. Consideration will be given to 1 bonus point.

In addition we also ask for the following GCSE requirement:

  • GCSE Mathematics (grade A) or
  • GCSE Mathematics (grade B) only if you are studying Chemistry, Physics, Accounting or Economics at A level.
  • English Language (grade C) or equivalent

If you are studying General Studies, Critical Thinking or a native language 'A' level, these subjects will not be included in any offer condition.

International students

We accept a wide range of international and other UK qualifications at Cass.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme. Successful completion to the required standard of the International Foundation Programme in Business and Economics with Accounting at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree. Please note, there are limitations on the number of places available on undergraduate courses offered by Cass Business School at City University London

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency.  Minimum requirements are:

Qualification Requirement
IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in any unit
GCSE English language grade C

View further information about the minimum acceptable English language requirements for Tier 4 students.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Application and fees

All applications should be made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Applications are made via Apply, UCAS's online application system.

Institution code: C60 (Cass Business School and City University London)
Course code: N302

You can find more information at UCAS and in the UCAS Handbook.

More information about applying to Cass

Fees 2014/15

  • UK/EU students: £9,000 per annum
  • Non-EU international students: £15,000 per annum

Start date

Pre-sessional Mathematics: 10 September 2014

Induction / Welcome Week: 22 September 2014

Autumn term: 29 September 2014

Your career after Cass

The majority of BSc (Hons) Banking & International Finance graduates embark on careers in the fast-paced world of global finance. Many join investment banks and secure positions in trading, investment banking and sales, specialising in areas such as derivatives. Others join brokerage houses, enter careers in operations or consultancy or take up postgraduate study.

On average, graduates from this course can expect to earn around £28,000 (accurate as of January 2013) in their first year of employment.

Recent employers have included Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, BNP Paribas and Lloyds Banking Group.