1. 2015 Entry

Overview

Employers in the highly competitive world of financial markets demand graduates who are capable of analysing and solving complex problems. The BSc (Hons) in Banking and International Finance provides you with the academic knowledge and skills required to meet these needs.

You will develop skills and knowledge in the key areas of banking and international finance, including: 

  • financial intermediation
  • commerical and investment banking
  • bank and corporate risk management
  • international banking
  • banking regulation
  • economics
  • fixed income and derivatives
  • international finance
  • corporate finance  

The course will provide you with academic knowledge and the tools required to proactively operate in the banking and finance sector and skills that are highly sought after by industry leading employers.

BSc (Hons) in Banking and International Finance is available as a three-year degree or four-year degree for those who wish to take up a one-year work placement or study abroad sandwich option.  These options offer excellent opportunities to gain relevant work experience to prepare for your career or add an international dimension to your undergraduate study.  

Students on this degree also have the option to undertake the second year of a three-year degree on an international study exchange at one of our prestigious partner institutions.

Testimonial

The degree has a wide selection of modules which cover many different topics, giving me a good overview of the financial world. This has provided me with the flexibility to choose the direction I want to go in, and has helped me to fully understand the developments in the financial world at present. Studying at Cass helped me secure a placement at the Bank of England, and has put me in a good position to begin my career.

Mawunyo Dotse, Banking and International Finance graduate

Course content

Year 1

Five core modules provide a strong foundation in different aspects of financial markets, enabling you to relate to the banking and financial sector from an early stage and develop an understanding of the tools used in applied investment analysis, including mathematical, statistical and computing skills.  You can also choose one elective module.

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

There is a focus on developing theoretical knowledge of banking and financial management, finance and economics. You will also study econometrics, which forms the basis of modelling and testing in banking and finance.  You can choose an additional two elective modules to suit your own interests and aspirations from a wide selection.

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 
  • Financial Accounting 
  • Financial Accounting 2 
  • Introduction to Python
  • Introduction to Real Estate Investment
  • Management Accounting 
  • Mathematical Finance 
  • Personal Finance
  • Real Estate Valuation

Read the full programme specification

Final year

You develop a knowledge of international finance and banking and financial management to an advanced level. You also select two electives which can extend knowledge of finance and the applications of mathematical models, enhance understanding of the role of banks in financial markets, or allow a focus on areas including investment or accounting. Finally, you will undertake a dissertation in a financial subject relevant to your interests and career aspirations.

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
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Real Estate Finance & Funding
  • Technical Analysis

Read the full programme specification

Placements and internships

A key part of a Cass degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience.  BSc Banking & International Finance students are eligible to undertake an optional one-year paid work placement during the 3rd year of a 4 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 Banking & International Finance students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as Corporate Finance, Operations, Wholesale Markets, and Asset Management. 

Students have recently taken up placements within many leading corporate organisations including:

  • AXA Investment Managers
  •  Bank of England
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Morgan Stanley. 

Our reputation, achievements and successful graduates have helped us to develop close relationships with a diverse range of companies, who recognise that Cass students can add significant value to their workforce.  Our dedicated Placement team are in regular contact with these and many more companies, and will support students throughout the work experience process.

Although this additional year is not credited and will not count towards your degree classification, it is a recognised part of the degree programme and will be endorsed on your final degree certificate.

Testimonial

Upon my graduation I have been offered a job with a boutique M&A/Consulting advisory firm in London. One of the reasons why Cass was so appealing to me was the opportunity to undertake a placement year. I felt it was a great channel to get real world experience and that it would be a stellar opportunity to enhance my CV and experiences, all while broadening my network and earning a decent salary. The support in place at Cass was truly helpful and in fact proved integral in assisting me to find my placement spot. The team at Cass aid students on everything from CV editing, interview help and visa issues. They also are extremely helpful in keeping students fully up to date on job opportunities and various seminars that are being hosted by the banks/corporations

Derek Weigel, (2012 graduate)

Study abroad

International study opportunities

In today's global business environment, international exposure gives you a vital edge in the employment market. A period of study abroad is an excellent opportunity to enhance your education with an international dimension.

Cass Business School gives you the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying at one of our partner institutions.  Banking and International Finance students have the option of selecting a Replacement 2nd Year or Sandwich Year Abroad in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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)

Australia

Queenland University of Technology

Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

CUHK is ranked seventh in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013.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.

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

HKUST is ranked first in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013. HKUST Business School was the first school in Asia to be awarded dual accreditation by AACSB and EQUIS. It offers 10 undergraduate business programmes.

Italy

Bocconi University, Milan

Based in Milan, Bocconi is a triple accredited school (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and is ranked 8th in the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2013.

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

Goizueta Business School, 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.

Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Located in College Park, eight miles from The White House and downtown Washington, D.C. you will be studying at the Robert H. Smith School of Business whose undergraduate programme was ranked number 18 in the USA (2014 U.S. News & Report, 2013).

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 and International Finance)
Argentina

Universidad Agentina de la Empresa

Australia

Queensland University of Technology

Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.

RMIT, Melbourne

RMIT is based in Melbourne city, Australia. It is a QS 5-star university, which is the highest possible rating.

Canada

HEC, Montreal

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.

Queen's University

Queen's School of Business has a rich history dating back to 1841 and is consistently ranked as one of Canada's leading universities. It welcomes over 300 exchange students every year from more than 40 countries.

Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

Ranked in the top 100 for Financial Times MBA Rankings, Ivey provides a competitive combination of world-class teaching and modern facilities.

France

ESCP Europe, Paris

Like Cass, ESCP is triple accredited (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.

Grenoble School of Management

Grenoble holds the triple crown of business accreditation. You will study modules from their Bachelor in International Business (taught in English).

ESSEC Business School

Established in 1907, ESSEC is one of the leading institutions in Europe for business education. Their BBA was the first programme in France to receive the prestigious AACSB and EQUIS accreditations.

ESC Rennes School of Business

Located in the capital of Britanny, ESC Rennes has both AACSB and AMBA accreditation. You can study business modules in English or French.

Germany

University of Mannheim

University of Mannheim - The University of Mannheim Business School is highly ranked and has an excellent reputation. You will be studying modules from their Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Business Education in either German or English.

Technische Universität Münchcn, Munich

TU Munich is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14).

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 2nd in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013 and is one of the top 50 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14). More than 1,000 exchange students visit NUS each year.

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang is ranked 76th in the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings. You will have the chance to study at one of Asia's most prestigious universities in the heart of Singapore.

Spain

Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

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

Korea

Seoul National University

Ranked 44 in the World University Rankings 2013/14, SNU was founded in 1946 as the first national university of Korea. SNU Business School was also the first business school in Korea to be certified by the Associate to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

CUHK is ranked seventh in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013. 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.

USA

University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, College of Business

Set amidst the rural Midwest a couple of hours from Chicago, UIUC's College of Business is ranked amongst the top 10 of public institutions of higher education in the US.

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.

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 2015/16

  • UK/EU students: £9,000 per annum
  • Non-EU international students: £15,300 per annum

Your career after Cass

A career in international finance and banking will suit you if you are focused, target-driven and enjoy working with numbers. Cass students have a great reputation with employers, and 80% of BSc Banking and International Finance students go straight into graduate jobs (Unistats).

The majority of graduates from this course 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.

Recent employers have included:

  • BNP Paribas
  • JP Morgan
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Morgan Stanley.

See what our BSc (Hons) Banking and International Finance graduates are doing six months after completion of the course.

Testimonial

Phillip Butler, 2010 Banking and International Finance graduate, talks about his role as a Portfolio Manager at M&G Investment Group in the City of London.