Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This exciting programme is designed with input from financial firms, public and private companies. Our aim is to combine theoretical learning content with practice to give you a deep understanding of modern financial theories together with learning about how companies make investment, financing and acquisition decisions. It will prepare you for a career in the dynamic, highly regulated world of financial services. 

Developing core quantitative and analytical skills, you’ll learn how to prepare and interpret financial data and managerial information. This education will enable you to develop your expertise to evaluate financial issues to  confidently make financial decisions. You will gain a broader understanding of the socio-economic, legal and professional environment within which finance operates. Graduates from this programme will be better placed to provide expert guidance to both professionals and non-professionals to solve complex real-world problems – the scope of the subject areas is broad ranging from graduates taking on roles from corporate financial management to highly analytical areas of the field in financial risk and investment management.    

The University is also recognised by the Chartered Financial Institute (CFA) as a University Affiliated Program partner. A fair proportion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge is is embedded in this specialist finance degree.  

You’ll be taught by academics with professional experience in investment banking, derivatives, asset pricing, Treasury Management, algorithmic and high frequency trading, pricing and hedge fund trading. Theoretical aspects of your learning are seamlessly blended to develop  practical skills using our state-of-the-art Financial Markets Suite (FMS). The learning resources facility provides  access to a rich source of  financial and market data.

As well as a firm grounding in investment, finance fundamentals and general management, you’ll be able to study a wide variety of specialist finance modules, such as portfolio management and securities analysis. With the City of London's global financial institutions on our doorstep, you’ll begin building your professional network from day one. We also have guest lecturers and industry speakers, from big brokerage firms and asset management companies. 

The course enhances your analytical abilities, together with team-working, problem-solving, communication skills and commercial awareness needed to meet the needs for talent in a changing global financial world. The skills and knowledge you develop will open up a range of careers in the skills necessary for a successful career in the financial services industry, economic consultancy, government departments or in regulatory agencies. With further study, you could also progress to professional finance qualifications from the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) and the CISI. 

Our course was designed with input from a range of industry professionals with expertise in financial markets, institutions and financial regulation. To retain currency and relevance, we receive ongoing feedback from the School of Finance and Accounting’s Employability Advisory Board, whose members include practitioner representatives from Vanguard, JPMorgan and Global Structured Finance, as well as former students now working in the finance industry who provide suggestions on how to improve future employability for students. As much as 70% of the BSc Finance course content is in line with the CFA’s study units’ syllabuses.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Study at one of London’s leading centres for finance education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene
  • One of the top 5 institutions in London for Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • Access to one of the largest financial databases in our state-of-the-art Bloomberg virtual trading room
  • Take part in real-time financial and trading simulations
  • Opportunity to undertake an internship: investment banks, corporates, and policy making institutions
  • Guest lectures from industry practitioners: recent talks featured seasoned entrepreneurs, traders, authors and asset managers
  • Field trips to financial institutions: students had a guided tour of the new Bloomberg HQ in London
  • Programmes are delivered by a multicultural and international teaching body, who come from professional practice and/or regularly publish in top international journals
  • Our graduates have gone on to work as a fund manager, financial analyst, assets manager, investment manager, investment banker, corporate banker, corporate finance specialist, treasury specialist, stockbroker, within the finance departments of both public and private companies, treasury departments and more

 

Course structure

On this degree, you’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of modern finance theories and their applications, developing your critical thinking around finance related themes such as investments, risk management, financial modelling, security analysis and banking. You’ll learn about business organisations: their purposes, structures and governance in a global context and, in doing so, deepen your understanding of the financial drivers of business strategy, planning, governance and ethics. In each year of study, as an example you will take a combination of core and option modules which cover specialisms such as banking theory or corporate governance. 

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

 

In the first year, we will introduce you to core learning in finance and theory, including the key principles of returns and risks, portfolio and asset valuations. You’ll learn how to interpret and analyse corporate financial account statements and reports using standard analytical techniques and basic investment mathematics, including time value of money concepts and valuation techniques. With simplified real-life exercises, you will have opportunities to understand and learn about financial markets and their roles in investment and risk decisions.

Subjects of study include:

  • Corporate Financial Accounting
  • Global Business Environment
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Financial Markets
  • Mathematics for Finance

You will also have the opportunity to take an option module that broadens your skills or helps you to gain more in-depth knowledge of your specialist area; you may also choose a foreign language as your option module.

Credit Level 4

In the second year, the modules will enable you to integrate theory to practice and develop detailed understanding of financial quantitative methods and to frame research questions. You’ll learn how different valuation and analytical techniques are used in the financial markets on a range of popular financial securities and gain a greater understanding of financial derivatives markets, the instruments and valuation principles. Considering corporate finance themes, such as cost of capital, source of funding corporate structure decisions and dividend policy, you’ll develop your ability to articulate capital investment decisions in the context of financial markets, investment decision-making and risk management. Key methods include probability and probability distributions, summary statistics, regression analytics and time series analysis. Learning about Financial Modelling and Statistical methods will help you develop quantitative skills. You will apply financial data generated from the FMS to different and complex case scenarios, making informed financial decisions as you would in the workplace. As part of Securities Analysis and Corporate Finance, you’ll take a deeper look at valuations of a range of securities together with learning about corporate events such as IPOs (Initial Public Offerings), mergers and acquisitions.

Subjects of study include:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Modelling and Statistics
  • Professional and Research Skills for Finance 
  • Securities Analysis

Plus two options from: Corporate Governance, Law and the Business and other areas of business including languages.

Credit Level 5

Placement or Study Abroad year

Between Years 2 and 3 you can undertake a one-year, full-time business placement. Alternatively, you could study abroad during this year at one of our partner institutions. You can also choose to split your year abroad into a first semester exchange and a second semester work placement, both conducted overseas, or undertake a placement year overseas.

Learn more about undergraduate placements

Content is designed to enable you to deal with complex financial problems, to critically analyse finance theories, concepts and applications, and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of investments, risk management and financial policies. We’ll look at the investment management process, placing particular emphasis on the nature and organisation of common financial investments, namely money market instruments, equities and government and corporate bonds. The following types of risks will be examined in detail: currency, interest rate, credit, market, operational and liquidity. The Risk Management module acts as a building block for getting into risk models and evolution of volatility in financial markets. Investment and portfolio management will play a critical role in understanding systematic components of investment via portfolio design. 

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Risk Management

Plus two options from: Dissertation, Banking Theory and Practice, Global Financial Markets and Institutions and other areas of business including languages.

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The University is recognised by the Chartered Financial Institute (CFA) as a University Affiliated Program partner. 

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

On this degree you’ll develop fundamental knowledge in finance, ethical awareness, independent thinking, leadership, self-confidence as well as problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills. You will be well prepared to work in areas such as asset financing, investment or corporate banking, financial planning, hedge funds, investment and security analysis, risk management, stockbroking, wealth management and treasury. Many of our students go on to postgraduate study here and at a range of other universities.

The University's Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

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Industry links

 We have excellent industry links with some of the top firms in the financial services, along with leading financial technology and data vendor services providers such as Bloomberg. 

We are also recognised as a University Affiliation Program partner by the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute. The professional body recognises that a substantial (70%) proportion of the candidate body of knowledge of the Level 1 CFA program is embodied in our degree course. You may also opt into CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment) membership for career events, presentations and employability training. You can also access online material, attend CFA events and apply for scholarships.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for a broad range of roles in the global financial services sector such as:

  • Finance analyst
  • Investment banking analyst
  • Market analyst
  • Retail banker
  • Risk management assistant
  • Treasury analyst
  • Underwriting assistant

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Bank of England
  • Barclays
  • BlackRock
  • BT
  • Earnt
  • EE
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • NHS
  • UBS

 

Westminster Employability Award

Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.

The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities. 

Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.

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International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Why study this course?

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Combine theory and practice

Link theory to global practice through real-life case studies, guest lectures, field trips and insight from one of the world’s largest financial databases. 

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Professional software

Enhance your digital literacy and computer skills industry-standard software including Excel, Tableau and FAME.

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Build connections with peers and future business leaders.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D*
  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

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  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

What our students say

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Zise Xin Wong

Finance BSc Honours

The course is intellectually stimulating as the learning outcomes are relevant and applicable to the most recent financial models.

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Taha Kaawan

Finance BSc Honours

A culturally rich experience coupled with high quality teaching and superb facilities made my WBS experience unparalleled.

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Finance BSc Honours

The course is more and more exciting as it progresses, the professors are caring and helpful at group and individual level.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Student work

When learning about financing and investment decisions students choose a real-life company and download annual financial reports to analyse. This exercise helps to illustrate key finance fundamentals, such as valuation metrics and performance analysis ratios. They learn to interpret these indicators and analyse the business information presented to them, for example, forecasting earnings and cash flows for company valuation. 

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Run by the University of Westminster Students’ Union (UWSU), the Investment & Trading Society is a project and event-driven society, which seeks to enhance your knowledge and understanding of trading and investment, help you gain sustainable financial habits, and network. As well as practical skills workshops, the Society invites professionals, traders, investment bankers and company founders to speak to students, so they can shine light on the inside of the financial world and give interesting views on contemporary issues, such as the hiring changes in investment banking. One recent session included a flow-trading seminar delivered by a professional analyst from Amplify Trading, a well-known investment institution and trading educator, where students were taught strategies and techniques in trading securities on the market. 

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Teaching and assessment

Your learning experience is designed to provide both a practical and theoretical understanding of the use and application of finance theories and concepts. Employability and enterprise are strongly embedded in the modules through the use of practical activities, such as the live simulations and case study analysis. 

To assist the learning experience, we provide reading lists, lecture and seminar materials in advance via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Where possible, lectures are recorded using specialist software and similar tools to make sure you can really listen to what is said in class and don’t miss a thing.

How you’ll be taught

Through a variety of teaching methods – from traditional lectures and seminars to project work and workshops – we aim to bring study to life by incorporating real-world experience. You will practise fundamental valuation techniques using an extensive range of exercises and case studies, as well as online learning resources.

For more than a decade, the BSc Finance course has consistently received outstanding feedback in student surveys and high levels of student satisfaction with teaching and learning. Our dedicated teaching team and close interactions with students are key to our success. Equally as important, the professional experience of some of our faculty members makes lectures engaging, fun and relevant.

Staff who currently teach on this course have extensive professional experience that includes the following professions: financial analyst; credit risk analyst; lending specialist in the banking sector; global entrepreneur; risk management; software development and management; research consultant; and financial consultant. We’ll also invite industry professionals to share their experiences. In the past, we have invited hedge fund managers to cover risk management, systematic trading and valuation.

How you’ll be assessed

Using a wide range of techniques, you can expect to be assessed on the learning outcomes of your course in core modules through coursework in the form of essays, reports, presentations, case studies as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

We try to make assessments as practical and relevant as possible, incorporating the type of work required by future employers, for example, the need to write strategic reports or the use of business simulation games, two in the second year and one in the final year.

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Facilities

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene.

We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Centre of Excellence, recognised by professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and APMG International. 

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