City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Banking and International Finance (with Professional Placement)

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Course summary

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The BSc (Hons) Banking and International Finance degree is delivered by Cass Business School. Part of City, University of London, Sir John Cass Business School is ranked amongst the top 20 business schools in Europe (1) and is renowned in the industry for producing ready-to-work graduates with a very strong academic background. On this highly flexible course, you’ll focus on the global banking industry. You’ll benefit from academic rigour and a strong emphasis on practical learning in an international context. Whether your interest is domestic or international, this well balanced course has been designed to propel you to the top of the industry. We offer a wide variety of specialisations: central banking, managerial finance, commercial and retail banking, financial analysis, operations, or strategy. The degree benefits from world-class academics at Cass who conduct research into topics including financial intermediation and international finance. The same academics also actively work with and advise global banks and regulators around the world. These are the lecturers who you’ll be learning from; ensuring you benefit from their first-hand knowledge and business experience. Upon completion of the degree, you will be able to understand the different business models of financial institutions, including global banks, new challengers and fintech companies. You will also appreciate the risks to which these institutions are exposed, how to evaluate and manage them and the main regulations with which they must comply. This knowledge places students in an excellent position to pursue a career in banking or in a consulting firm working with 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). (1) Financial Times European Business School Ranking 2019

Course details


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. In the second half of year two students split into their three pathway groups and study specialist modules on international banking and bank risk management. In year three students develop a knowledge of international finance and banking and financial management to an advanced level. Students also select two electives which can extend knowledge of finance and the applications of mathematical models, enhance understanding of the role of banks in financial markets, or allow a focus on areas including investment or accounting. Finally, students may undertake a dissertation or a final year essay in a subject relevant to interests and career aspirations.

Assessment method

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices including:

  • Coursework
  • Unseen written examinations, taking place at the end of each term (or at the end of a year, if a module is taught over two terms)
  • Class tests
  • Online quizzes and tests, using the Virtual Learning Environment
  • Presentation
  • Group projects, individual projects
Year 1 70% written, 30% coursework Year 2 74% written, 26% coursework Year 3 53% written, 47% coursework.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £19000 Year 1

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Banking and International Finance (with Professional Placement) at City, University of London - UCAS