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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.
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.
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What will I learn?
On the Investment and Financial Risk Management programme you will:
- 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.
The first year 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.
Banking and financial institutions
The market value of a firm depends on the effective utilisation of current and future assets, the funding of such assets and its interaction with capital markets. This module provides an in depth analysis of the theory and international practice of capital structure and dividend policies, mergers and acquisitions and short-term financing issues
Provides a fundamental understanding of the structure and functioning of capital markets, the principles of investment decisions under risk and the optimal allocation among asset classes.
Finance and investment
This module will make it possible for participants to acquire an understanding of the principal objectives of asset management and the linkages between financial risk and portfolio return. Students will develop an understanding of the structure and functioning of capital markets, an appreciation of the valuation methods for securities and to introduce the principles of portfolio theory.
The second year of the programmedevelops 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.
Derivatives trading and hedging
Portfolio theory and investment valuation
In the final year, core modules enable you to gain in-depth knowledge of investment and financial risk management.
Asset liability management
Equity investment management
Fixed income portfolio management
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%.
70% written, 0% practical, 30% coursework
71% written, 4% practical, 25% coursework
53% written, 0% practical, 47% coursework.
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:
20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning, 0% placement
17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning, 0% placement
12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning, 0% placement.
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.
A-Level: AAA (or AAB with a relevant EPQ)
BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD
For candidates taking a combination of A Level/BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications we accept the following:
- BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma with one A-Level
- BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma with two A-levels.
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: 35 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.
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
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.
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.
Universidad Argentina de la Empresa
Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, UADE has exchange agreements with 40 partner universities around the world. You will take modules from the undergraduate Global Management degree.
Queensland University of Technology
Located in the bustling city of Brisbane, QUT was the first Australian university to gain 'triple crown' accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB).
Giving you the chance to study in Australia's 2nd largest city, RMIT is one of Australia's original educational institutions. Their well-established business school allows students to choose from a wide-range of subjects.
University of Queensland
Located in the popular Australian city of Brisbane, the University of Queensland features in the top 100 of 3 of the major rankings (QS, THE and ARWU).
University of Sydney
As Australia’s first university, the University of Sydney has an excellent long-standing reputation and is also ranked best student experience in Australia.
Vienna University of Economics and Business
WU has triple accreditation, one of only two German-speaking universities belonging to this group. They have a well-established exchange programme, with around 240 partner universities around the world.
Like Cass, HEC Montreal 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.
Smith School of Business - Queen's University
Queen's Smith 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.
Ivey Business School, Western University
Ranked in the top 100 for Financial Times MBA Rankings, Ivey School of Business provides a competitive combination of world-class teaching and modern facilities.
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.
Universidad de Chile
Based in the cultural city of Santiago, the Universidad de Chile is one of only 10 Latin American universities ranked among the world’s top 500. It is ranked 6th in the QS Latin American Ranking 2016.
Renmin University of China
Located in Beijing, Renmin Business School is both EQUIS and AACSB accredited. Their MBA programme is ranked in the top 50 in the world by the Financial Times.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
You will take classes from the Antai College of Economics and Management, which was the first business school in mainland China to have been triply accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. They have Bachelor programmes in Economics and Finance.
ESCP Europe, Paris campus
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 4th in the Financial Times rankings (2016).
Grenoble School of Management
Established in 1984 and situated in the thriving City of Grenoble, the School is ranked 27th in the Financial Times European Business School Rankings. There are opportunities to take classes in both French and 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.
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 München
TU Munich was named as the number one university in Germany in the QS World University Ranking 2016.
University of Hong Kong
HKU is consistently ranked in the top 50 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). You will be studying at their Faculty of Business and Economics.
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
HKUST is ranked 4th in the QS Asian University Rankings 2016. HKUST Business School was the first school in Asia to be awarded dual accreditation by AACSB and EQUIS. It offers 11 undergraduate business programmes.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
CUHK was ranked the most innovative university in Hong Kong in 2016 (Reuters). 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.
LUISS Guido Carli
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.
Based in Milan, Bocconi is a triple accredited school (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and is ranked 6th in the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2016.
BI Norwegian School of Management
BI is the only Norwegian university with triple accreditation and has student exchange agreements with more than 200 institutions in 45 different countries.
National University of Singapore
NUS is ranked 1st in the QS Asian University Rankings 2016 and is one of the top 25 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). More than 1,000 exchange students visit NUS each year.
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.
Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang is ranked 54th 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.
Seoul National University
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).
IE Business School
Situated in the heart of Madrid's financial district, IE Business School is ranked 1st in Spain and 5th in Europe (FT European Business School rankings 2015).
ESADE Business School
The school is located in Europe’s most international city and Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona. Like Cass, ESADE is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB).
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.
Emory University, Atlanta
Located near downtown Atlanta, Emory University Goizueta Business School's BBA programme is currently ranked No. 15 by both Bloomberg BusinessWeek and 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 19 in the USA (2016 U.S. News & World Report).
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
The Ross School of Business has one of the top undergraduate business programmes in the USA, ranked #4 (US News & World Report, 2016). You will take modules from their Bachelor in Business Administration.
McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
The McIntire School of Commerce is regarded as one of the best business schools in America. Their UG programme is #5 in the USA (Bloomberg Business Week, 2016). They are partnered with a select number of business schools around the world, with Cass being one of them.
McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
One of the largest business schools in the US, McCombs is ranked the 6th undergraduate business programme in the 2017 US News and World Reporting Ranking.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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.
RMIT Vietnam Campus
Living and studying at RMIT Saigon South campus in Ho Chi Minh City will give you great opportunities to get immersed into a dynamic, multicultural and intriguing city.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Our dedicated Placement team are in regular contact with these and many more companies, and will support students throughout the work experience process.
* 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, with a 2% increase in fees for each subsequent year.
- Each year, Cass Business School, City, University of London and generous donors create opportunities for students to fully fund or part fund their studies. Find out more about scholarships and loans
- Fee waivers may be available for this course
- Means tested support may be available for 2018/19 entry. Find out more about undergraduate funding.
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.
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)
- F1 Accountant in Business (AB)
- F2 Management Accounting (MA)
- F3 Financial Accounting (FA)
- 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)
- 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)
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Reporting
- Financial Management
ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
- Business and Finance
- Financial Management
ICAS (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland)
- Financial Accounting
The London Institute of Banking & Finance
- Direct entry into Stage 2 (second year; FHEQ level 5) of the BSc Banking Practice & Management degree.