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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

Foundations of Economics (Core - 20 credits)

This module introduces fundamental concepts of economic analysis at both micro and macro level. Microeconomic topics include resource allocation, demand, supply and price, production and costs, market structure, input markets and market failure. Macroeconomics covers inflation, unemployment, economic growth, monetary policy, fiscal policy, foreign exchange, and balance of payments.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment 

 In-class tests

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

 

Personal Development & Employability (Core - 20 credits)

This module provides students with key skills to assist them in their academic study and ensuing professional career. These skills include self-management, team work, leadership and influencing, negotiation, self awareness of strengths and weaknesses, career planning, communication (written, oral), and proficiency of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, VBA or Python and selected financial databases.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment 1

 Mid-Course Assignment

30%

 Assignment 2

 End-of-Course Assignment (Group)

70%

Introduction to Banking: Institutions, Law, Regulation & Ethics (Core - 20 credits)

The module provides an overview of the financial services industry institutions and their role, the risks they face, the need for a legal and regulatory framework, ethical theories, banker-customer relationship, duties to clients and employers, insolvency, professional behaviour and ethical dilemmas, conflicts of interest, insider dealing, money laundering, tax legislation and internal corruption.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment 1

 Forum discussion

20%

 Assignment 2

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

30%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Principles of Finance (Core - 20 credits)

This module exposes students to the key topics in Finance including the time value of money with applications to valuation, portfolio theory and the risk-return concept, efficient markets and behavioural finance, and corporate governance, stewardship and agency. The module also provides an overview of financial markets and instruments, notably bonds, equities, and derivatives.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Introduction to Financial & Management Accounting (Core - 20 credits)

This module introduces basic financial and management accounting techniques used in business decision‐making. Financial accounting topics include recording of transactions, preparation of financial statements, and interpretation of financial accounting data. Management accounting topics cover overheads, relevant costing and approaches, cash flows, and budgeting.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 In-class test

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Introduction to Quantitative Techniques for Business & Finance (Core - 20 credits)

This module provides an understanding and application of numerical techniques used in finance. The first part covers maths - basic algebra and calculus, while the second part covers statistics - collecting and summarising data, Index numbers, probability and selected distributions, sampling, estimation and hypothesis testing, correlation, simple linear regression and forecasting. The module makes use of VBA or Python and statistical/econometrics packages.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 In-class tests

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Second-year modules

Corporate Finance & Valuation (Core - 20 credits)

This module examines the various decisions faced by financial managers, including investment, financing, and dividend policies, as well as more complex themes such as company valuation, strategic advice, and event studies.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment 1

 Forum discussion

20%

 Assignment 2

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

30%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Foreign Exchange Markets (Core - 20 credits)

This module introduces you to the operations of foreign exchange markets and market microstructure, including models of exchange rate determination, and the impact of exchange rate regimes on monetary and fiscal policy.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 In-class test

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Derivatives & Risk Management (Core - 20 credits)

This module discusses the different types of derivative instruments, characteristics, pricing, and hedging, comprising forwards, futures, options and swaps.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 In-class test

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Portfolio Management (Core - 20 credits)

This module discusses key concepts of modern portfolio theory and application to portfolio selection and management, fundamental to those specialising in investments. Specifically, this module covers investor risk-return profiles, portfolio construction and diversification, security selection, optimal and efficient portfolio selection, the main equilibrium models for asset pricing, and performance evaluation.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 In-class test

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Second-year option modules

Applied Econometrics (Elective - 20 credits)

This module provides an application of statistical and econometric methods to a range of problems in banking and finance. Topics include a review of sampling, estimation and simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, non-linear relationships, dummy variables, model specification, failure of regression assumptions, limited dependent variables, time-series, non-stationarity and panel data. The module makes use of VBA or Python and statistical/econometrics packages.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment 1

 In-class test

20%

 Assignment 2

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

30%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Financial Accounting (Elective- 20 credits)

This module develops the knowledge and understanding of financial accounting and accounting information within recognised accounting standards and legal requirements. The focus is on principal financial statements, financial reporting systems and quality, analysis of tangibles, inventories, long-lived assets, taxes, debt, off-balance-sheet assets and liabilities and share capital.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment 1

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

20%

 Assignment 2

 In-class test

30%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Emerging Markets (Elective - 20 credits)

This module provides an overview of economic, financial, political, legal, technological, socio-cultural issues and ethical issues pertaining to doing business in emerging markets, focusing on characteristics, development stage and growth, currency, international capital flows, Islamic finance, crises and contagion.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

FinTech (Elective - 20 credits)

This module discusses one key innovation in finance, financial technologies, namely the development of e-commerce, alongside other modern technologies like social media, the importance of disintermediation, the rise of Challengers, peer to peer platforms (P2P), Crowdfunding, cryptography, cryptocurrency (e.g., bitcoin), blockchain, big data, cybersecurity, RegTech, and ultimately a potentially cashless society. This module is taught as a combination of workshops and guest speakers from the industry.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 End-of-Course Assignment

100%

Third-year modules

Equity Investment (Core - 20 credits)

This module discusses key investment management strategies encompassing both conservative strategies (long only, e.g., passive index tracking or active style investing) and less traditional strategies (e.g., long-short equity market neutral or style rotation). The module also covers both traditional and advanced portfolio performance evaluation techniques as well as non-traditional equity funds (e.g., Sovereign Wealth Funds, Socially Responsible Investment funds, Exchange Traded Funds, and Islamic Funds).

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

International Finance (Core - 20 credits)

This module examines international corporate finance within the context of managing a multinational corporation and controlling international operations, including international sources and investment of funds, identification of corporate foreign exchange risks, tax legislation and transfer pricing, and ethical issues.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Fixed Income & Credit Risk (Core - 20 credits)

This module provides an overview of fixed income markets and securities, including different types of bonds and new, developing, and international bond markets. This module also covers interest rate modelling, including term structure, yield spreads, risk analysis, options and swaps, credit risk modelling, namely to price credit derivatives, and bond portfolio management.

Modules Assessment


 Assignment

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Investment Banking (Core - 20 credits)

This module covers financial- and strategic-related client advice, comprising raising financial capital, underwriting, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring (including ring-fencing), as well as an overview of services such as market making, derivatives and equity securities trading, and FICC services (fixed income instruments, currencies, and commodities).

Modules Assessment


 Assignment

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Third-year option modules

Alternative Investments (Elective - 20 credits)

This module provides an overview of alternative investments beyond the traditional investment portfolios (equities and bonds). The focus is on vehicles, methods and industries, including Hedge Funds, Commodities, Real Estate, Energy, Distressed Securities and Private Equity.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

50%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Corporate Strategy (Elective - 20 credits)

This module examines the goals and key elements in corporate strategy formulation and implementation, with a focus on core business definition, internal and external environment and peers’ strategy.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment 1

 Forum discussion

20%

 Assignment 2

 Mid-Course Assignment (Group)

30%

 Exam

 2 hours

50%

Capstone Project (Elective - 20 credits)

This module consists of a 5,000 – 6,000, independent, research-based project, which encapsulates learning acquired in the degree as well as work-based, involving collection, interpretation, analysis and presentation of information and data. The module includes sessions on research framework, namely planning, research objectives and questions, literature review, data collection, ethical issues, methodology, analysis and write-up.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment 1

 Research Proposal: 500 – 600 words

0%

 Assignment 2

 Project: 5,000 – 6,000 words

100%

Private Equity & Venture Capital (Elective - 20 credits)

This module provides an overview of private equity and venture capital, including deal-making, fund raising, venture valuation, investment exits, innovation outputs, corporate governance, and ethical issues.

Modules Assessment

 Assignment

 End-of-Course Assignment

100%

HE Testimonial - Saajid Patel

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 or Grade 6 + GCSE English Language Grade C or Grade 4.

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.

Our faculty

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

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.

Find out more about life at The London Institute of Banking & Finance

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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