Entry year
Start date
September 2018
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
Campus
Northampton Square
UCAS Code
N390

Course information and statistics from 2014-15 Destinations of Leavers from HE

Globe
International Environment
Study with academics and students from all over the world.
81.8%
of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course, with an median salary of
£36,000
Human brain
World-leading Research

Overview

Who is it for?

You see yourself working in one of a wide variety of finance and investment fields. Maybe portfolio management or investment analysis. Maybe corporate treasury or financial trading. You want to understand the role risk plays in investment decision-making and how to manage it.

Objectives

If your goal is a career in the international investment and risk management world, consider this course your jumping off point. You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of how modern investment analysts and risk managers operate. As you move through the degree you’ll prepare for your career in investment management, trading or analysis in any area of finance.

You’ll study every aspect of the discipline, from managing global investment portfolios to asset trading. All within a broad sweep of rigorous academic learning encompassing equity markets, bond trading, risk management, derivatives, hedging, investment banking and many other broad areas of risk and investments.

Course director

Course director profile

Dr Sotiris Staikouras

Senior Lecturer

Structure

What will I learn?

  • Formulate, examine and test hypotheses using all scientific risk management/investment tool
  • Learn how to apply academic and vocational skills to investment and risk management problems.
  • Comprehend the role and functions of modern financial intermediaries and investment markets.
  • Understand the practice of applied investment and risk analysis.
  • Fully grasp the risk management process and the associated tools.
  • Appreciate the importance of hedging and the role of derivatives/spot trading.

Assessment methods

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.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

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%.

Year 1

70% written, 0% practical, 30% coursework

Year 2

71% written, 4% practical, 25% coursework

Year 3

53% written, 0% practical, 47% coursework.

Overall workload

Most contact hours take the form of lectures. A number of tutorials, exercise classes and surgery hours are scheduled during the first year, the number decreasing as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning, 0% placement.

Application

How to apply

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

UCAS Institution code: C60 (Cass Business School and City, University of London)
UCAS Course code: N390

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

More information about applying to Cass

Entry requirements

A-Level: AAA (or AAB with a relevant EPQ)

BTEC: Level 3 Diploma: DDD

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 (C) in GCSE English and grade 6 (B) ('A' Level and Access to Higher Education applicants) or grade 7 (A) (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 international foundation courses for students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees. These include:

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

Additionally, City 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 guaranteed progression to City, University of London 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
  • GCSE: English language grade 5

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

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO’s English for University Study programme.

Study abroad

Cass Business School gives you the opportunity to spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions. This could be in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US, South Korea or Europe.

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.

Sandwich year

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 so you would complete your degree in four years.

Please be aware that the options available to you from the full list of partner insitutions will depend on the study abroad programme you select. For more detailed information on this, please contact the Student Exchange Team.

Student Exchange Team

Our dedicated Student Exchange Team are available to offer advice to students who wish to explore their study abroad options. They will also support students throughout the application process and during their study abroad year or term. To contact them, email: cass-ug-outgoing@city.ac.uk.

Placements

BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management undergraduates are eligible to undertake an optional one-year paid work placement during the 3rd year of a four 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.

Placement opportunities

BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as Sales and 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 dedicated Placement team are in regular contact with these and many more companies, and will support students throughout the work experience process.

Fees

UK/EU £9,250 (2017/18 fee, 2018/19 fee TBC) Tuition fees are subject to annual change
International £16,500 9,250 (2017/18 fee, 2018/19 fee TBC) Tuition fees are subject to annual change

UK/EU students

The tuition fee for UK and EU students is £9,250 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees for 2018/19 are to be confirmed.

Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

Non-EU international students

The tuition fee for Non-EU students is £16,500 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees for 2018/19 are to be confirmed.

Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.

Funding

Career pathways

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

Our graduates have secured positions within the following global organisations:

  • AXA Investment Management
  • Barclays Capital
  • BNP Paribas
  • Citi
  • Credit Suisse Group
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley
Deutsche Bank
Credit Suisse
Citi Bank
BNP Paribas
Barclays Capital
AXA
81% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course. (DLHE survey, 2014/5)

Accreditation

The BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management provides exemption from some of the professional examinations of the following professional bodies: