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Full-time degree

BSc (Hons) Finance, Investment & Risk

Do you want a career in investment banking? On this degree programme you will learn in a business-like environment and gain experience of the financial services industry.

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About this degree programme

Our BSc (Hons) Finance, Investment & Risk is a specialist degree programme. It teaches the core elements of investment, financial analysis, and risk management that underpin sound decision-making. 

You can study this degree programme over three years or four, depending on whether you want to include a one-year industry placement.  

We will introduce you to the practical elements of trading a variety of financial instruments within the contemporary market environment. We work with Amplify Trading, who provide real-life trading simulation sessions with investment experts, and you'll develop the practical skill set that many financial institutions actively seek. 

This degree programme is so closely tied to professional practice, that it was welcomed into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. 

You will learn how to evaluate the impact of changing regulatory and operating conditions and gain an understanding of the local and global tensions in banking and financial services.  

Ethics and professional standards form a key component of the programme and will be taught at every stage. 

Employability is the cornerstone of this programme. You will graduate with a combination of knowledge and practical skills that will take you forward in your career.

Key points

  • Learn in a business-like environment and gain experience of the financial services industry  
  • Study over three years, or four years with an industry placement 
  • Study in the heart of the City of London, with academic experts with who have industry experience 
  • Enjoy free membership of a professional body  –– The London Institute of Banking & Finance –– while you’re studying 
  • Access to networking opportunities, events, and personal career support 
  • 100% of our students are either in full-time employment or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17) 

   Voted joint 1st in London for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018) 

Our degrees are CFA Institute University Affiliated – recognising our professional standards 


"The lecturers are really helpful with setting up meetings. They have lots of connections because they work in this industry!"

Hazel Smith, student.

First year modules 

Please be aware that some of this content may change for the next academic year 


Foundations of Economics

This is an introductory module that provides students with fundamental concepts of economics at both micro and macro level. Good economics foundations are fundamental for an understanding of the impact that economic factors and government decisions have on the operation and functioning of markets and financial institutions. Microeconomics focuses on the decision making of firms, market efficiency, and the public policy response to market failure. Macroeconomics studies the economy as an interrelated system of major economic aggregates using analytical models.

Introduction to Banking: Institutions, Law, Regulation & Ethics

This is an introductory module that exposes students to key forces driving change in the financial services industry. The module is designed to provide an introduction to the environment within which the financial services industry operates and to explore the main components of the financial system. The emphasis is on financial institutions, their role and risks they face, legal and regulatory framework, and ethical dilemmas.

Introduction to Financial & Management Accounting

This is an introductory module that provides students with a basic level of financial and management accounting techniques used in business decision making. This module examines general principles of accounting within the regulatory framework and standards, data collection approaches, recording of transactions, balance adjustments, production and interpretation of financial statements and management accounting information, to inform management decision making for effective business operation.

Personal Development & Employability

This is an introductory module that explores key skills (study skills, interpersonal skills, and professional skills) to assist students in their academic study and ensuing professional career. This module provides students with a portfolio of skills including self-management, team work, leadership and influencing, negotiation, self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses, career planning, communication (written, oral), and proficiency of Microsoft Office and selected financial databases.

Principles of Finance

This is an introductory module that provides students with a basic level of financial literacy and understanding of the role of finance in our culture and society. 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, derivatives, commodities and other asset classes (real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs), exchange-traded funds, and alternative investments).

Introduction to Quantitative Techniques for Business & Finance

This is an introductory module that provides an understanding and application of numerical techniques used in finance. This module supports decision making by providing students with the ability to formulate problems into quantitative models, apply statistical methods of analysis and communicate the results of the process, while recognising the limitations of such models. The module covers systems thinking, basic algebra and calculus, and statistics.

Second year modules

Corporate Finance & Valuation

The increasingly competitive world of financial markets requires graduates with good understanding and knowledge of modern corporate finance. This second year module builds on concepts learnt in Introduction to Quantitative Techniques for Business & Finance and Principles of Finance to inform financial and strategic decision making. 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.

Derivatives & Risk Management

Derivatives have become increasingly important instruments in finance, with options and futures actively traded on main exchanges, and forwards, options and swaps traded over the counter. Derivatives are sometimes added to other securities and are crucial to risk hedging. This second year module builds on concepts learnt in Principles of Finance and applies finance theories and models to derivative securities. This module discusses the different types of derivative instruments, characteristics, pricing, and hedging, comprising forwards, futures, options, and swaps.

Foreign Exchange Markets

The globalisation of modern business, economic integration, and growth in world trade, have contributed to the increased importance of foreign exchange markets and exchange rate determination. This second year module builds on concepts learnt in Foundations of Economics and Principles of Finance and exposes students to the volatile nature of exchange rates, forecasting, and hedging techniques. This module introduces students 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.

Portfolio Management

This module discusses key principles of modern portfolio theory which are fundamental for students specialising in investments. Specifically, this module covers investor risk-return profiles, portfolio construction, security selection, optimal and efficient portfolio selection, the main equilibrium models for asset pricing, and performance evaluation.

Applied Econometrics

This second year module builds on concepts learnt in Introduction to Quantitative Techniques for Business & Finance and provides an application of statistical and econometric methods to a range of problems in banking and finance. The module examines regression analysis with cross-sectional and time-series data, misspecification problems, and advanced topics The module makes use of VBA and econometric packages.

Emerging Markets

This second year module builds on concepts learnt in Foundations of Economics and Principles of Finance and exposes students to financial issues related to investment decisions in emerging markets. This module provides an overview of economic, financial, political, legal, technological, socio-cultural, and ethical issues inherent in doing business in emerging markets, with a focus on South East Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Financial Accounting

Financial accounting requires recognition and understanding of issues, disclosures, judgements, and treatments. This second year module builds on concepts learnt in Introduction to Financial & Management Accounting to further develop students’ knowledge and understanding of financial accounting and published financial information within the regulatory framework and standards. This module examines 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.


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 (eg 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.

Third year modules

Equity Investment

This module builds on Portfolio Management and discusses key investment management strategies encompassing both conservative strategies (long only, eg, passive index tracking or active style investing) and less traditional strategies (eg, 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 (eg, sovereign wealth funds, socially responsible investment funds, exchange traded funds, and Islamic funds).

Fixed Income & Credit Risk

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.

International Finance

The financial management of multinational enterprises (MNEs), ie, corporations with operations in more than one country whose business is conducted via branches, subsidiaries, or joint ventures, is quite challenging, nonetheless as a result of currency risk. This third year module builds on concepts learnt in Corporate Finance & Valuation and exposes you to the international dimension of financial issues. This module examines international corporate finance within the context of managing MNEs and controlling international operations, focusing on the global financial environment, foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange exposure, financing, and investments.

Investment Banking

This third year module builds on concepts learnt in Principles of Finance, Corporate Finance & Valuation and Derivatives & Risk Management, and exposes students to strategic client advice and the theoretical theories that support modern investment and risk management techniques, from the investment bank point of view. This module covers both financial and strategic-related client advice, with a focus on types of capital and underwriting, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring, and security analysis and trading.

Alternative Investments

Alternative investments have witnessed a recent increase in interest as a result of low interest rates and bear markets. This third year module builds on concepts learnt in Principles of Finance and exposes students to investments beyond the traditional investment portfolios (equities and bonds). This module examines major alternative investment classes with a focus on vehicles, methods and industries, including hedge funds, commodities, real estate, energy, distressed securities and private equity, while also analysing strategies, performance, benchmarks, return enhancement, and risk control.

Capstone Project

This module consists of a 5,000–6,000 word, 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.

Corporate Strategy

The corporate advisory industry requires graduates with good understanding and knowledge of modern corporate strategy. 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.

Private Equity & Venture Capital

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

"Everyone here is so supportive and ready to help you out with anything, from the full-time programme team to the lecturers, who offer an easy approach and great advice."

Adella Formosa, student

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Entry 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 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. We also accept the International Baccalaureate (30-32 points) and holders of the AAT/ACCA diplomas are encouraged to apply.

Offers may vary, but typically we'd expect ABB at A Level and Distinction* Distinction Distinction at BTEC. 

Our Financial Education qualifications can contribute to our entry requirements, and will help you stand out from other applicants.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout your studies including assignments and exams. You might be required to:

  • write a blog, case study, essay or report
  • take part in a forum discussion, group assignment or project
  • prepare an individual project or dissertation, portfolio or presentation
Exam questions may be based on Mathematics, require a short answer or an essay. We use different types of exams including multiple choice tests, unseen exams, seen exams, take home or open book.

Find out more about how we assess our students

Our faculty

Our team of lecturers have a combined experience of both academic and practitioner experience. Many of our lecturers have worked in the financial services industry and keep up to date with industry regulations and news. This means they can show you how theory relates to practice.

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Graduates of this programme are likely to go on to careers in investment banking roles as:

  • traders
  • fund and asset managers
  • analysts and brokers

Throughout your studies we help you develop employability skills and make connections with employers.

The programme is also an excellent foundation for further specialist studies in Finance at masters level.

Find out about our careers and employability services

Frequently Asked Questions

All students can become an associate member of International Students House (ISH).Their bar, The Thirsty Scholar London, is located on 1 Park Crescent – a stone’s throw from Oxford Street and a short tube journey away from our campus. Membership gives you access to all the events run by ISH and to the Travel Club, who offer discounted trips to fantastic destinations around the UK, Europe and worldwide for groups of fellow independent travellers.

Yes. We have a dedicated Careers & Employability Service at our Lovat Lane campus who offer one-to-one support to students.

We will help you with everything – from putting your CV together and writing a cover letter writing, to help finding an internship or graduate position. We also host a series of face-to-face, online and campus events. 

We fund and support our Student Societies to organise social events, trips and the End of Year Student Party. And we work with student representatives to make sure you have the best possible time while you’re studying with us.

What’s more, London is one of the world’s most historic and vibrant cities, and an excellent place to live as a student. From our City campus you can easily reach:

  • the West End – well known for its shops and theatres
  • the Southbank, a cultural centre and home to Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre, British Film Institute and the Tate Modern
  • Brick Lane – famous for its markets, bagels and curry houses
  • the Olympic Park – site of the 2012 Olympics, and great for walking, shopping and eating out.

And there’s so much more!

Looking for further information?

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

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