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City, University of London

Investment and Financial Risk Management

UCAS Code: N390

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and native language subjects. Please note GCSE Maths grade 6/grade B is also required if not taking A Level Maths. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Please note GCSE Maths grade 6/grade B is also required. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and native language subjects. Please note GCSE Maths grade 6/grade B is also required if not taking Pre-U Maths. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

Please note the IB total can include up to 3 bonus/core points and must include a minimum grade 5 in each subject. This must include Maths or Maths Studies at Standard or Higher level. Additionally English is required at Standard or Higher level, or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Please note GCSE Maths grade 7/grade A is also required. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

Please note this should include a minimum three subjects at Advanced Higher (grades AAA) and a minimum two other subjects at Higher (grades AA). This must include Maths at either level. Additionally English at either level or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

UCAS Tariff

144-165

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Investment

Financial risk

The BSc (Hons) Investment and Financial Risk Management degree is delivered by Cass Business School, one of Europe’s leading business schools. Part of City, University of London, Sir John Cass Business School is ranked amongst the top 5 business schools in the UK (FT European Business School Rankings 2018).

On this course you’ll gain the skills to succeed in global financial markets in roles including portfolio management, security analysis, equity and bond trading, hedge fund analysis and derivatives pricing and structuring. 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.
The BSc (Hons) Investment and Financial Risk Management degree benefits from the existence of the Centre for Asset Management Research within Cass Business School. This Centre houses a set of academics focused on doing research on issues in fund management, hedge funds and equity trading. The members of the Centre are also frequent consultants to financial firms and regulators. Thus, the staff on the course combine academic and theoretical expertise with strong ties to industry and current working knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing financial institutions.

A key part of this degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience or a period of study abroad. Students are eligible to apply for a one-year paid work placement which takes places during the third year of a four-year sandwich degree course. Cass students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as corporate finance, operations, sales and trading, prime brokerage and hedge funds. Students can also apply to spend a term (or one year) studying abroad at a range of prestigious partner universities including the University of Virginia and Bocconi University, Italy. Studying abroad enables students to expand their international network of contacts, to develop a wider perspective in the world of global finance and to enhance their career prospects.

The BSc (Hons) Banking and International Finance degree is taught alongside the BSc (Hons) Finance and BSc (Hons) Investment and Financial Risk Management. Students can switch between degrees at any time during the first one-and-a-half years of the course (subject to availability of places).

Modules

The first year is common across all three of our finance courses. This provides students with a strong foundation in all of the core areas of finance. The modules taught focus on financial markets, banking, economics, accounting, quantitative techniques (mathematics and stats) and business skills. Within these modules there is a focus on developing an understanding of relevant tools and then applying them to solving practical problems encountered by those working in the finance industry. The modules develop students’ skills in areas such as mathematics, statistics, data handling, computing and also in presenting their work.

In year two students further develop their core knowledge of finance, with courses in derivatives and corporate finance as well as accounting. Students must also study econometrics, which forms the basis of quantitative modelling and testing techniques in finance. Students then begin to specialise in the second half of year two with degree-specific core modules covering portfolio theory and asset management.

In year three there are further core modules in fixed-income portfolio management and asset-liability management. These specialist modules develop key skills required by traders, portfolio managers and risk analysts. The core modules are supplemented by a wide set of electives in areas such as international banking and finance, insurance, financial engineering and law.

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.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Cass Business School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
high
Investment
83%
high
Financial risk

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

35%
UK students
65%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£28,000
high
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
37%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Business, research and administrative professionals
31%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Administrative occupations: finance
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Investment

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£35k

£35k

£43k

£43k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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