1. 2017 Entry
  2. 2016 Entry

Overview

1st in London, 4th in the UK for Accounting and finance courses (Guardian University Guide 2017)

The growing importance of asset-risk management, portfolio analysis, and a strong financial system has created the need for sophisticated financial analysts and prudent risk managers.

The degree is an ideal choice for those who seek careers in the investment and risk management world. It is founded on three principles; academic rigour, relevant knowledge and international orientation.

The unique syllabus of this degree offers an in-depth knowledge of how modern investment analysts and risk managers operate. Detailed examinations of areas including asset management, portfolio selection, bond trading, equity markets, derivatives hedging and security analysis place our students in the front-line of global financial markets.

Graduates are well placed to enter careers in a variety of finance and investment fields including:

  • portfolio management
  • investment analysis
  • corporate treasury
  • research
  • investment banking
  • asset management
  • trading

Throughout your studies, you will acquire a sound knowledge of the theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques and, at the same time, apply these principles in various case studies.  The programme is taught by a finance faculty with exceptional knowledge and you will benefit from their active research agenda. as well as an advisory panel of senior academics and practitioners that ensure that the programme reflects topical developments in the marketplace.

BSc Hons Investment and Financial Risk Management 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.

Course content

Year 1

The first year odegree 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.

Core modules:

  • Banking & financial institutions
  • Business skills
  • Finance and investment
  • Introductory financial accounting
  • Introductory management accounting
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Quantitative methods

Year 2

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.

Core modules:

  • Derivatives trading and hedging
  • Portfolio theory and investment valuation
  • Security analysis

Final year

In the final year, core modules enable you to gain in-depth knowledge of investment and financial risk management.

Core modules:

  • Asset liability management
  • Equity investment management
  • Financial engineering
  • Fixed income portfolio management

Placements and internships

BSc Investment & Financial Risk Management undergraduates 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 Investment & Financial Risk Management students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as Sales & Trading, Hedge Funds, Prime Brokerage, and Equity Research.  Students have recently taken up placements within many leading corporate organisations including:

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan
  • Deutsche Bank
  • UBP

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.

Study abroad

International study opportunities

In today's global business environment, international exposure gives you a vital edge in the employment market. As part of the BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management course,  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. This could be in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US, South Korea or Europe.

Available study abroad programme structures and partner institutions

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, Investment & Financial Risk Management)

Australia

Queenland University of Technology


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

Canada

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario


With a history dating back to 1841, Queen's has long enjoyed a reputation as Canada's "Ivy League" university and is consistently ranked among Canada's very best universities. It is the only Canadian business school to be consistently ranked among the world's top 30 business schools by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

 

Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia


UBC is one of Canada's leading research universities and is consistently ranked in the top 40 of the world. Located 30 minutes from the heart of down-town Vancouver it attracts students from more than 140 countries world-wide.

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.

 

University of Hong Kong (HKU)


HKU is ranked second in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013 and is ranked 43rd in the world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14).

 

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 European Business School Rankings 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.

Spain

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 2013)

United States

Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta


Located in Atlanta, Emory University Goizueta Business School's BBA programme currently ranks at No. 7 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and at No. 13 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).

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.

Teaching here can be in the relevant native language which would require appropriate foreign language skills. However most host universities are now offering an increasing number of courses taught in English and in Singapore all teaching will be in English.

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 does not form a part of your degree, however you will need to spend the full year studying and pass all assessments. Your degree certificate will state 'with Study Abroad'. The partner university will also provide you with a transcript of the modules you have studied there.

Country

Host institution (Sandwich Year, Investment & Financial Risk Management)

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.

Teaching Style

We have more than 100 full-time academic staff, complemented by over 25 visiting lecturers, who combine expertise with successful careers as business leaders, policy makers and/or government advisors. Our academic team works with businesses, alumni and leading thinkers to devise and update our course content so that is relevant and specific to market realities.

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.

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%.

Entry requirements

Qualification Requirement
'A' level AAA
Tariff 144 UCAS points (typically AAA or AAB with a relevant EPQ)
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Distinction
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:

  • A minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English and grade 6 ('A' Level and Access to Higher Education applicants) or grade 7 (all other qualification combinations) in GCSE Mathematics.

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, there are several partners that offer preparatory internation foundation courses for students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees. These include:

INTO City University London

Together with INTO University Partnerships, the University has established a purpose-built study centre in the heart of London's financial district. As a student enrolling at INTO City you will have full access to City University's facilities. Courses at INTO City are designed and validated by the University. For more information please visit www.intohigher.com/city

Progression to degree courses at the University is guaranteed if you complete the INTO City Foundation at the required level.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London
Additionally, the University 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 able to progress to City University degree courses.

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
PTE Academic 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component
GCSE English language grade 5

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: N390

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

More information about applying to Cass

Fees 2017/18

  • UK/EU students: £9,250 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy)
  • Non-EU international students: £16,000 per annum (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

Your career after Cass

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 employers also include:

  • AXA Investment Management
  • Barclays Capital
  • BNP Paribas
  • Citi
  • Credit Suisse Group
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Morgan Stanley
  • RBS.

See what are our BSc (Hons) in Investment and Financial Risk Management graduates are doing six months after completion of the course.

95% are in a professional or managerial role after six months of graduating with an average salary of £33,000 (Destinations of Higher Leavers 2013/14)