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Full-time Degree

BSc (Hons) in Finance, Investment and Risk

Designed for those who want a career in investment banking and related roles, providing the opportunity to learn in a business-like environment that gives unique exposure to, and immersion in, the financial services industry.

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About the course

The programme will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of the core elements of investment, financial analysis, and risk management that underpin sound decision-making. It will provide you with opportunities to investigate and analyse a range of issues relating to financial markets and the financial services sector (particularly investment / corporate banking) and its national and international environment.

Critically, the programme also provides you with the opportunity to evaluate the impact of changing regulatory and operating conditions; and to gain understanding of the local and global tensions in banking and financial services. Ethics and professional standards form a key component of the course and will be taught at each level of the programme.

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Modules

You will be introduced to the practical elements of trading a variety of financial instruments within the contemporary market environment by Amplify Trading. You will have the opportunity to attend 'real-life' trading simulation sessions in the city with investment experts. These sessions provide a crucial practical skill-set and many financial institutions now actively seek candidates.

First-year modules

Financial Markets and Risk

This module provides you with an overview of the monetary and financial system and its functions and looks at the importance of financial institutions, markets and instruments within this system. Included within this module are the processes of financial intermediation and disintermediation as well as the main concepts of risk as relating to financial markets and financial institutions.

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Assessing Financial Performance

This module focuses on financial performance information and performance indicators within a corporate (or business) environment. Topics such as the balanced scorecard, analysis and evaluation of financial statements, budgetary processes and operational performance targets are covered.

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Introduction to Financial Market Instruments

This module covers the main types of product used in the financial markets, including debt and equity instruments used in both retail and wholesale markets. It involves an initial familiarisation of the instrument types, before then proceeding to a full understanding of how the instruments are used and how one assesses them from a risk-reward perspective.

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Economics

This module introduces you to the broad economic concepts within macro and micro economics including: supply and demand; allocation of resources; trade; markets; market failure; government policy; national income; unemployment; inflation; economic growth; macroeconomic models; spending and taxation; money; interest rates; and macroeconomic control of the economy.

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Introduction to Quantitative Methods

This module provides you with an understanding of the quantitative methods for finance and investment. This includes the ability to formulate problems into quantitative models, aiding the successful resolution of a problem. You will learn how to apply statistical methods to analyse past data and infer future trends.  

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Second-year modules

Financial Services: The Commercial Environment

This module is concerned with the external environment in which financial services organisations operate. The module maintains a focus on the economic environment, financial markets and institutions, competition, regulation and other ethical and social considerations that can impact on an organisation's management and marketing strategies.

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Interpretation of Financial Statements

This module provides a more detailed insight into evaluating the fundamentals of a company and its performance by analysing financial statements. This module aims to synthesise all the information contained in a set of financial accounts to enable you to interpret company performance and form an investment decision.

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Corporate Finance

This module will consider the practical application, sources, use and management of finance to understand the key financial decisions made by companies. You will learn about debt and equity valuation; asset pricing models and their application, company dividend policies as well as how companies structure portfolios for short-term and long-term investment.

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Debt and Equity Investments and Valuation

This syllabus is designed to help you develop a more detailed insight into analysing and valuing a variety of equity and debt securities. These quantitative methodologies and results will be evaluated and applied to case studies. Key developments in financial markets and the economy will also be evaluated to demonstrate the wide number of considerations which must be taken into account.

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Third-year modules

Fixed Income Markets

This module gives an in-depth review of the bond markets and fixed income instruments. You will study the description and analysis of fixed income products from an investor risk-reward and trader risk management point of view. It develops a critical and theoretical approach to debt financing decisions and how the different bond instruments are used by borrowers in the wholesale markets.

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Derivatives and Risk Management

Overall this module aims to investigate the pricing and use of a range of equity, foreign exchange, interest rate commodity and exotic derivatives along with developing students' ability to evaluate the systemic impact the risks associated with derivatives pose. You will also investigate the main participants in the derivatives market and analyse the regulatory developments which are shaping the derivatives market today.

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Research-based Dissertation

This module enables you to undertake a piece of independent work which involves the collection, interpretation, analysis and presentation of information and data. It provides the opportunity to present key findings within an evaluative and balanced argument, developing a critical approach to research methodology and the interpretation of the outcomes.

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Option modules

Advanced Work-based Learning

This module helps you to enhance your subject-specific and generic skills, embedding direct employment-related skills. You will have opportunities to reflect on your academic learning and gain relevant practical experience by applying this learning in a workplace setting, looking particularly at strategic issues and their impact upon the business environment.

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Globalisation of Financial Markets

This module provides an analysis of the global financial system in tandem with specific components from the theory of finance. It encourages the student to make use of finance theory and history to draw / develop conclusions about the future direction of the global financial system in general and individual markets in particular.

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Wealth Management

The module examines the core features of a typical wealth management division, including investment services, brokerage and financial planning as well as international and private banking. You will examine the various categories of client, identify and assess their needs, develop solutions and justify advice.

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I believe that the knowledge gained and the links that they have within the financial services industry helped me to get my first internship with Barclays. This in turn helped me get my current role with HSBC.

Saajid Patel -graduate

Course Requirements

We normally make offers of AAB/ABB at 'A' level (this excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking, Extended Projects and Citizenship Studies). All applicants are usually required to hold a minimum of GCSE Maths grade B and English Language grade C or equivalent.

Ideal applicants will have studied one of the following 'A' levels: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics, Statistics or Physics.

We accept the BTEC Extended Diploma at D*DD and the Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma along with other qualifications. The International Baccalaureate is also accepted (30 – 32 points) and holders of the AAT/ACCA diplomas are encouraged to apply. Offers may vary.

Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies - remember that these qualifications can contribute to our entry requirements, helping you to stand out from other applicants.

Additional information

Before teaching starts, we will be hosting a Summer Maths Programme which focuses on the fundamental math skills you will come across during your studies. It's a great opportunity to boost your numerical skills, get a head start on your studies and begin your first year with confidence.

If you do not meet the entry requirements or if you are applying as a mature students, please contact Full-time Programmes on +44 (0)20 7337 6293/4 or email us.

Lecturers and Tutors

We ensure a blend of academic and practitioner experience within our lecturing team. Many of our lecturers have themselves worked in the financial services industry and keep up-to-date with industry regulations and news, enabling them to help you understand how the theory relates to practice.

Experts will guide you on risk management protocols and the psychology of trading and its effect on the management of risk and will provide you with personalised 'trading reviews' of your performance.

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Careers

Graduates of this course are likely to go on to careers in a wide range of investment banking roles as traders, fund and asset managers, analysts and brokers. You will be supported throughout your studies to gain summer internships to give your career a head start.

The programme is also designed to be an excellent foundation for the CFA Institute's globally recognised CFA award or further specialist studies in Finance at Masters Level.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You will have approx. 10-12 hours of teaching time per week in your first year. In addition to this you will be doing group and self study. 

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Students enrolled with us automatically receive affiliate membership to Student Central, a Student Union located just a short journey from our campus. Student Central allows students to join over 40 clubs and societies, take advantage of the discounted gym and get involved with their weekly social events/activities. 

Yes. We have a dedicated Careers and Employability Services for students at our Lovat Lane campus which is committed to helping you succeed with your career goals. From career coaching and career management to CV and job interview tips; our one-to-one support can help you get ahead. 

London offers an extensive metropolitan life-style that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Our campus, located in the heart of the financial district, is surrounded by a plethora of history, culture and entertainment opportunities.

We continually look to enhance the student experience by working with our Student Representatives to identify areas for improvement and making the best possible experience for you. We have Student Societies that we provide funding and support for and social events from last year included pub quizzes, bowling outings, wine tasting, Winter Wonderland and the inaugural End of Year Student Party.

And due to our prominence within the financial services sector, you also have access to an extensive professional mentoring scheme to assist in the development of a strong network of connections.

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Looking for further information?

If you have any questions about our banking and finance courses or applying to us, please contact the Full-time Programme Team on +44 (0)20 7337 6293/4 or email ftp@libf.ac.uk 

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