Entry year
Start date
September 2019
Duration
3 years
Duration with placement
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
Campus
Northampton Square
UCAS Code
N390 / N319 with professional placement

Course information and statistics from 2016-17 Destinations of Leavers from HE

Globe
International Environment
Study with academics and students from all over the world.
94.0%
of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course, with a median salary of
£37,000
Human brain
World-leading Research

Overview

Who is it for?

Our finance courses are for students who want to progress with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the increasingly competitive world of global finance and banking.

The BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management is for students who want to work in 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

Our three degrees in finance (Finance, Banking and International Finance, and Investment and Financial Risk Management) provide detailed knowledge of how financial markets work, how companies make investment, financing and acquisition decisions and how modern banks operate.

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. As a result, you will gain a good understanding of financial markets, its activities and its products.

The jobs in this field are both exciting and well paid. They demand intellectual rigour and commercial acumen, and by selecting this course, you too can prepare yourself with the skills and competencies these jobs require.

You are more than your degree

Daniela Chen is a student on the BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management degree. In this video, she tells us how yoga has helped her to be more patient. She believes that perseverance and focus will help her to achieve her long-term entrepreneurial career goals.

Daniella Chen

Course Director

Course director profile

Professor Ian Marsh

Senior Lecturer

Structure

What will I learn?

On the Investment and Financial Risk Management programme you will:

  • Appreciate the usefulness of quantitative finance in today’s financial markets
  • 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%.

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:

Year 1

70% written, 0% practical, 30% coursework

Year 2

70% written, 0% practical, 30% 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 2017/18 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.

Term dates

Academic year

For a full breakdown of the current and forthcoming academic year view our term dates page.

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

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 / N319 with professional placement

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

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Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

A-Level: AAA

If you are studying General Studies, Critical Thinking or a native language A-Level, these subjects will not be included in any offer condition.

For A-Level applicants we also require a minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 6 (B) in GCSE Maths.

BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD

For BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical applicants we also require a minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 7 (A) in GCSE Maths.

For candidates taking a combination of A Level/BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications we accept the following:

  • BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 National Diploma (grades DD) with one A-Level (grade A)
  • BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (grade D) with two A-levels (grades AA)

For combination BTEC/OCR/A-Level applicants we also require a minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 7 (A) in GCSE Maths.

IB: 35 points overall (can include up to three bonus points) with 5 minimum in each subject.

Access to Higher Education: Pass the course with 45 level 3 credits including minimum 30 distinction credits and the remaining 15 credits at merit or above.

For Access applicants we also require a minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 6 (B) in GCSE Maths.

Foundation course for UK/EU students

If you do not meet the qualification criteria for this course, you may still meet the criteria for our Finance Foundation course. The Foundation course is a one-year full-time programme that provides an entry route to any of the following finance-related courses: BSc Banking and International Finance, BSc Finance and BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management.

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

Information for international applicants

For international applicants requiring a Tier 4 student visa we accept any of the below English language proficiency qualifications at the grades listed:

  • IELTS (Academic or UKVI): 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 58 overall with minimum 50 in each component
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500 & 0522) or English as Second Language (Syllabus 0510 & 0511) at Grade B or above
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 at Higher or Standard level
  • Trinity College (Integrated Skills): ISE III – pass in each area
  • INTO City Pre-sessional English: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test (NB. Must be the 6 or 8 week Cass-specific course)
  • Cambridge English Advanced (also known as Certificate in Advanced English): Grade C (180-192) at CEFR Level C1
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English): Grade C (200-212) at CEFR Level C2
  • Cambridge English First (also known as Certificate of First in English): Grade A (180-190) at CEFR Level C1
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE): English Language Examination grade 4 or above

An exception to the above criteria applies to Tier 4 applicants from the below majority English-speaking countries for whom we can accept a wider range of English qualifications:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

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.

Information for home and EU applicants

In addition to the above English language proficiency qualifications accepted for International applicants, as a Home or EU applicant we can also accept any of the below English qualifications:

  • GCSE: Grade C or 5
  • O-Level: Grade C
  • TOEFL: 100 overall with no less than 23 in any sub test
  • A-Level: Grade C

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 Term Abroad

Spend the first term of your 2nd year studying abroad in English at one of our partner universities. You would take modules to the value of 60 credits abroad and return to Cass in the 2nd term to complete your 2nd year.

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 institutions 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 third 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 * Tuition fees are subject to annual change
International £18,000 ** Tuition fees are subject to annual change

UK/EU students

* The fee for this course in 2019/20 is £9,250 for each year of study.

Non-EU international students

** In 2019/20 the fee was £18,000 for the first year of study. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.

Funding

Career pathways

The majority of graduates from the Investment and Financial Risk Management 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

Morgan Stanley
Deutsche Bank
Credit Suisse
Citi Bank
BNP Paribas
Barclays Capital
AXA
94% 94% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course. (DLHE survey, 2016-17)

Accreditation

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

See accreditation details

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Knowledge

  • F1 Accountant in Business (AB)
  • F2 Management Accounting (MA)
  • F3 Financial Accounting (FA)

Skills

  • F4 Corporate and Business Law (CL)
  • F7 Financial Reporting (FR)

CII (Chartered Insurance Institute)

  • CII Insurance students: 530 Business and Economics (worth 30 credits at Advanced Diploma level), 25 non-unit specific credits at Diploma level; P67 Fundamentals in risk management (25 credits at Diploma level) based on FR2105 Corporate Risk Management.
  • CII Financial Planning students: 30 non unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma level, 25 non unit-specific credits at Diploma level.

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

Certificate Level

  • C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • C03 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
  • C04 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • C05 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)

Professional Certificate

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Reporting

Professional Diploma

  • Financial Management

ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)

  • Accounting
  • Business and Finance
  • Financial Management

ICAS (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland)

Test of Competence

  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance

The London Institute of Banking & Finance

  • Direct entry into Stage 2 (second year; FHEQ level 5) of the BSc Banking Practice & Management degree.