Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Finance BSc Honours will enable you to develop your understanding of modern finance theories and applications. The course enhances your analytical abilities, together with the team-working, problem-solving, communication skills and commercial awareness needed in a complex global financial world. You will gain a broader understanding of the socio-economic, legal and professional environment within which finance operates. You will also acquire the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

A unique feature of this course is that you will be able to use Westminster Business School’s Financial Markets Suite (FMS). The FMS utilises the Bloomberg platform, a state-of-the-art teaching and research resource used widely by leading global financial institutions. All of our final year students get an early career immersion experience of using this powerful database to make informed financial decisions. 

The skills and knowledge you develop will open up a range of job opportunities in areas such as asset financing, banking, financial planning, hedge funds, investment analysis, risk management, stockbroking, wealth management and treasury. The course is also designed to help your progression to professional qualifications and matches the needs of relevant professional bodies.

Westminster Business School has been selected as a Centre of Excellence in financial markets by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). The CISI is the largest professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK and in a growing number of financial centres globally. We are also recognised as a University Affiliation Program partner by the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute. The professional body recognises that a substantial candidate body of knowledge of the Level 1 CFA program is embodied in our degree course.

As well as a firm grounding in finance fundamentals alongside core modules in management, the course offers you the opportunity to study a wide variety of specialist finance modules including banking, corporate finance, corporate governance, financial markets, financial modelling and statistics, investments, portfolio management, risk management, and securities analysis.

Teaching methods focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning (including group work) designed to engage your interest in the finance subject area. Assessment methods may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, and in-class tests as well as time-constrained exams.

Course structure

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.

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 4

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.

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 Year 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

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 6

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

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels - BBC
  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

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

  • GCSEs - minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 6.0 in each element.

Careers

When you successfully complete the BSc Finance Degree you may work in the following jobs: Fund Manager, Financial Analyst, Assets Manager, Investment Manager, Investment Banker, Corporate Banker, Corporate Finance Specialist, Treasury Specialist, Stockbroker, Finance Departments of Public and Private Companies and other related Finance jobs.

Examples of where BSc Finance graduates found jobs include:

  • Front Office Analyst (RBS)
  • Analyst (Goldman Sachs)
  • Analyst (Clearbrook Capital Partners LLP)
  • Analyst (Citi); Project Manager (ProFinda)
  • Cash Equity Trading (UBS)
  • Insurance Broker (Motorcade Insurance).

If you are studying a Bachelor's degree at Westminster Business School, you can choose to take a year's break from your studies in your third year to do a placement.  

A placement year is a great way of gaining practical work experience within an industry relevant to your studies. It increases your confidence and skills, and boosts your employability. It gives you a chance to apply the theoretical techniques you have learnt during your undergraduate degree so far to a real business environment while you work as a member of an established organisation.

Find out more about placements

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

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

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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: £13,400 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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.

Bloomberg Suite

Students on this course have access to our purpose-built Financial Markets Suite (FMS).

 

Bloomberg Suite teaching

 

Read more about this state-of-the-art platform used by leading global investment banks.

What our students say

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.

Taha Kaawan

Finance BSc Honours

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

Mario Ortega Arus

Finance BSc Honours

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

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 the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Contact us

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