The Cass London Summer School is your chance to study a credit bearing graduate/postgraduate module in an intensive block format, whilst making the most of what London has to offer to students from around the globe.


Who is it for?

You’re ambitious to pursue a career in business. As a student on the summer school you’ll be able to expand your experience, enhance your qualifications and test out life at a business school.

Over a single summer, our intensive modules are designed to boost your skills in specific areas of finance, with modules appropriate for current undergraduate students, prospective MSc students and those already working in industry.


The Cass London Summer School is your chance to study a credit-bearing graduate/postgraduate module in an intensive block format, while making the most of London as a global destination.

Enrol on the Cass London Summer School and you’ll gain invaluable insights into key business disciplines, with all teaching based in our modern postgraduate facility on the doorstep of the City of London and London's Tech City. You’ll also benefit from a social programme that includes welcome drinks and networking events. We’ve designed the teaching schedule to give you the chance to  explore this great city, and those nearby, at weekends.


  • Acquire key financial skills on introductory modules covering finance and quantitative methods; ideal if you have no previous exposure to finance
  • Study specialist modules including hedge funds and fund management, computational finance, risk, shipping markets, and mergers and acquisitions. To enrol on these modules, you require some previous academic or practical exposure to finance.
  • Work with members of the Cass finance faculty, one of the largest and most respected in the world
  • Network with a diverse group of fellow students in one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the world
  • Gain a short-form exposure to the types and styles of learning available to you at Cass business school.

Assessment methods

Sessions will comprise:

  • formal lectures
  • illustrative examples
  • exercises
  • mini case studies
  • group discussion.

Students will also be expected to engage in a number of hours of independent learning which will be supported through our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment.  These sessions are demanding but highly rewarding.

Teaching staff

Introduction to Finance

  • Aneel Keswani completed his PhD at London Business School, and worked as an economist for a commodities research company . Aneel taught at both LSE and Lancaster University before coming to Cass, and has also consulted for various investment banks. His main research area is fund management and he is a Director of the Centre for Asset Management Research at Cass.
  • Sonia Falconieri joined the faculty of Finance at Cass in September 2009. Her research interests are in Corporate Finance; specifically she has been working on Initial Public Offerings, Takeovers and the financing side of Public Private Partnerships among others. Her articles have been published in some major journals such as the JEEA, the Review of Finance and Financial Management.

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

  • Professor Richard Payne is an empirical finance researcher with a background in quantitative research, both in academia and as a quantitative equity trader.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Professor Scott Moeller, is the Director of the Cass Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre and an ex M&A practitioner. M&A is taught by Scott and a team comprising Anh Tran, Naaguesh Appadu and Valeriya Vitkova.

Shipping Markets & Finance

  • Nikos Nomikos commenced his career at the Baltic Exchange as Senior Market Analyst where he was responsible for the development of the shipping indices that are currently used in the market as pricing benchmarks. For the last 10 years he has been with the Faculty of Finance at Cass Business School, where he is also the Director of the MSc course in Shipping, Trade and Finance.
  • Nikos Papapostolou is a Senior Lecturer in Shipping Finance at the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance. He holds a BSc in Money, Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance and a PhD in Finance from City, University of London. He is involved in Shipping Finance Executive training in collaboration with the Baltic Exchange and acts as a consultant to industry clients.

Computational Finance & Financial Modelling

  • Ioannis Kyriakou is a Senior Lecturer at Cass. He holds a PhD in Finance. Previously he worked for Lloyd’s Treasury and Investment Management on Lloyd’s Investment Risk Model for measuring the market and credit risks under the Solvency II Directive. His teaching duties relate to Numerical Methods in Finance, Financial Derivatives, and Probability and Statistics.
  • Panos Pouliasis is a Senior Lecturer in Energy/Commodities and Finance at Cass. He holds a PhD in Finance. He joined Cass originally as a researcher at The Costas Grammenos International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance. Currently, he is in the Faculty of Finance where he lectures on Finance, International Business and Financial Markets, Quantitative Methods, Commodity Derivatives and Structured Equity/Energy Derivatives.

Hedge Funds and the Asset Management Industry

  • Dr Nick Motson joined the faculty of finance at Cass in 2008 following a 13 year career as a proprietary trader of interest rate derivatives in the City of London for various banks including First National Bank of Chicago, Industrial Bank of Japan and Wachovia Bank.
  • Nick teaches extensively at masters level on alternative investments, derivatives and structured products and in recognition of the quality of his teaching he was nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit Business Professor of the Year Award in 2012.

    As well as teaching and researching at Cass, Nick actively consults for numerous banks and hedge funds and has provided research or training clients including ABN Amro, Aon Hewitt, Barclays Wealth, BNP Paribas, FM Capital Partners, NewEdge, Societe Generale and Rosbank.

    Dirk Nitzsche joined Cass Business School as a Senior Lecturer in Finance in October 2004. Before joining Cass he spent 6 years at the Business School at Imperial College, London, and three years on the faculty of the University of Newcastle.

    Dirk has written numerous articles in refereed journals and has recently co-authored three textbooks in finance: ‘Investments: Spot and Derivative Markets’ (2nd edition, 2008), ‘Financial Engineering: Derivatives and Risk Management’ (2001) and ‘Quantitative Financial Economics’ (2nd edition, 2004). His research interests can broadly be described as asset pricing and efficiency of financial markets and recently he has studied the performance of unit trusts and hedge funds.


How to apply

Applications are now closed to international applicants requiring a short-term study visa to study at Cass Summer School

Applications for UK and EU students will close on 15th June 2018

Required supporting documents

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • A Level (or equivalent) Results
  • CV
  • Personal statement (250 words) - Please ensure you state which module you wish to study.
  • IELTS (if applicable)

Please upload the scanned copy of required documents to your online application form.

Entry requirements

The Cass London Summer School is open to current undergraduates and recent graduates of any discipline. These are demanding modules so do please take a look at the module specifications before you decide which course is  right for you.

International students

City, University of London is not able to sponsor students under Tier 4 for the Summer School. Therefore, you may need to apply to come to the UK as a Student Visitor. Student visitors are allowed to come to the UK for a maximum period of 6 months. You cannot extend your stay beyond this period.

English language requirements

We require all Cass London Summer School students who have not studied a degree programme taught in English before to have an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing).


UK/EU/International £1,500 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Alumni and current students of City, University of London are entitled to a 10% discount of tuition fees.

Offer holders who have accepted their offer and paid their deposit to study a Masters programme at Cass Business School commencing in September 2018 will also be entitled to a 10% discount.

The students of our partnership universities are entitled to 10% of summer school fees. To confirm if your university is part of the partnership scheme please contact the Cass Summer School Admissions Team.

Payment method

Payments can be made online through the City online payment system.  Fees are non-refundable.

Career pathways

Enrolling on a summer school course can develop an individual’s expertise and CV in various ways and in a short period of time. For example, those whose career progression is causing them to encounter finance for the first time might want to enhance their CV and their prospects by taking an Introduction to Finance course. Similarly a candidate with no undergraduate training in finance but a desire to do a finance-related MSc will benefit from our Introductory offerings e.g. Introduction to Quantitative Methods.

Finally, current and past students of finance may wish to enhance their knowledge of specialist areas of the discipline by enrolling on, for example, our Mergers and Acquisitions course or our Shipping Markets and Finance course. Thus the summer school facilitates both career progression and further study.

Cass Careers and Professional Development team will provide optional careers workshops and skills sessions that Summer School participants may attend if they wish.