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1st in London, 4th in the UK for Accounting and finance courses (Guardian University Guide 2017).
The BSc (Hons) Banking and International Finance provides you with the skills required to operate in the competitive world of financial markets, in the key areas including:
- financial institutions
- commercial and investment banking
- bank and corporate risk management
- international banking
- banking regulation
- fixed income
- international finance
- corporate finance
Students can choose several elective modules to focus more deeply on banking and finance, or broaden expertise in areas including accounting, management, strategy and programming languages.
After attending an Open Day and chatting to the Course Director, it wasn't a difficult decision to apply; the material covered was more in-depth than any other course I found and the opportunity to live and study in central London really appealed to me. One highlight of my time was the wide variety of guest speakers who visit - I particularly enjoyed a talk by Levi Roots, the creator or Reggae Reggae Sauce. I also really enjoyed the module of personal finance, so much so that I decided to focus on this area in my dissertation.
Antoni Piela, Banking and International Finance graduate 2014
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 Management
- 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.
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:
Host institution (Replacement 2nd Year, Banking & International Finance)
Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Host institution (Sandwich Year, Banking and International Finance)
Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.
RMIT is based in Melbourne city, Australia. It is a QS 5-star university, which is the highest possible rating.
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 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.
Ranked in the top 100 for Financial Times MBA Rankings, Ivey provides a competitive combination of world-class teaching and modern facilities.
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 holds the triple crown of business accreditation. You will study modules from their Bachelor in International Business (taught in English).
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.
Located in the capital of Britanny, ESC Rennes has both AACSB and AMBA accreditation. You can study business modules in English or French.
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.
TU Munich is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The BSc Banking and International Finance provides exemption from some of the professional examinations of the following professional bodies:
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 embedded 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%.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||Distinction Distinction Distinction (must have at least grade A in GCSE maths)|
|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)
- 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.
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:
|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 C|
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.
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.
- UK/EU students: £9,000 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 (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)
Your career after Cass
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.
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).
Recent employers have included:
- BNP Paribas
- JP Morgan
- Lloyds Banking Group
- Morgan Stanley.
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.