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University of Reading

Finance and Investment Banking

UCAS Code: N302

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

A level or AS level Mathematics at grade B

Access to HE Diploma

D:40,M:5

to 30 level 3 Units at Distinction and 15 level 3 Units at Merit including Distinction in at least 15 level 3 Mathematics Units.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35-34

5 in standard level Mathematics

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

A level or AS level Mathematics at grade B also required

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B-A,A,A,B,B


Mathematics at grade B

UCAS Tariff

136-159

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

71%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Finance

Investment

A career in the financial markets, investment banking and securities is the first choice for many well-qualified graduates. It’s not hard to see why when some starting salaries exceed £40,000. This course offers integrated theory and practice that will empower you to find your dream job in large corporations, working in investment banking, asset management, corporate finance and a wide range of other career destinations within the financial markets or the broader corporate world. Graduates will be equipped with specialised knowledge in asset classes, markets and institutions which comprise the world of modern finance and gain a wide range of employability skills.

The BSc Finance and Investment Banking is an official Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program partner. This title certifies the academic rigor and practical relevance of the degree and recognises that the curriculum covers at least 70% of the CFA Level l candidate body of knowledge. It also comes with a series of benefits, including five annual scholarships for final-year students who want to sit the exam.

Our three dealing rooms are supported by Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg, and use the latest high-frequency trading simulation software. You will experience the thrill of a live market – take positions, quote two-way prices and manage the risk of a $50-100-million trading book. This first-hand practical experience is a unique learning opportunity and will give you an advantage over other job applicants.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

• Portfolio management
• Financial modelling
• Management of risk
• Corporate finance
• Derivative securities

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,330
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

ICMA Centre

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.

80%
med
Finance
80%
med
Investment

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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

84%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

22%
UK students
78%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A
388

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
42%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
24%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
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.

Business and management

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

£23k

£23k

£33k

£33k

£39k

£39k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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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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