Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

International Finance and Banking (Top-Up)

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Course summary

Do you speak another language and are you interested in banking and finance? Then international banking and finance could be an ideal potential future career option for you. This course is designed for international students and as such, is designed with a specific focus on banking and finance in an international context, incorporating the study of the English language for business, to better prepare you for potential global career options in areas such as business, accountancy or financial management. Key benefits Designed to help you develop the skills needed for a career in the finance and banking sectors, this top-up course covers core finance modules and relevant banking modules, while also incorporating important elements of the economics and accounting disciplines. This approach allow you to gain knowledge across various areas, while also specialising in the skills needed to become a finance and banking professional. With a strong focus on applying learning to practical situations, this course involves rigorous banking and regulation-based modules which should help to prepare you for potential work in the sector. Throughout the course, modules should allow you the opportunity to work on real case studies and explore the tackling of specific issues faced by banks in the global banking environment, using the skills you have learned to look at proposing recommendations on how to solve the problems.   There are also modules covering contemporary developments in the industry, including Financial Technology, or FinTech, which give you the opportunity to gain insight into recent technological developments (such as blockchain and cloud computing), new emerging sectors (such as crypto-currencies and peer-to-peer lending), and take a look at the main players driving the growth of the FinTech industry. By studying our top-up course you will benefit from:

  • Specialist content which covers the identification, analysis and solution of financial decision making.
  • Outstanding facilities* include our Trading Floor, currently one of the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Opportunity to access support from the university’s sigma centre, which can provide maths and stats help and advice through drop-in sessions with experienced staff*.
  • Experienced staff, some of whom have worked in roles such as auditors for large scale professional services firms in different countries and as ACCA markers in the UK (please note that staff are subject to change).
  • Opportunities* to join a variety of student-led societies, such as the Accounting and Finance society, the Investment Society and the Financial Trading Society.
Potential opportunities to network with like-minded professionals and visit key financial institutions, which have previously included the London Stock Exchange and Bank of England*. Memberships Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Coventry Business School is currently an active member1 of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research. European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Coventry Business School is currently an active member1 of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries. This course is recognised by the above memberships for the 2022/23 intake. There is currently no intention for either of these memberships to lapse however if either of these memberships were not to be renewed, we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible. *see website for details


Year One The below modules are studied in your first year when entering the course at Level 5. The modules in this year are intended to provide a strong background in Finance and Financial Theory, setting the basis for further specialism at Level 6. All modules are mandatory. Alongside modules covering key areas of finance and banking, you will also study a module focused on employability skills, to help you as you progress into the world of work, and a module on academic English, to help further develop the English language skills needed in the globalised economy. Modules Principles of Finance - 20 credits Business Accounting for Decision Making - 20 credits English Skills for Finance - 10 credits Employability Skills in Finance - 10 credits Governance and Ethics in Finance - 20 credits Software Applications in Finance - 20 credits Quantitative Analysis - 20 credits Year Two The below modules are studied in your first year if you enter the course at Level 6, or in your second year if you enter the course at Level 5. All modules are mandatory. Further focus is placed during the year on your personal development, with a module on employability skills, and a module on academic English. Modules in this year are designed to provide a more focused analysis of the banking industry, including risks in the sector and associated theories. Modules International Banking and Financial Institutions - 20 credits Financial Theory - 20 credits Academic English for Finance - 10 credits Employability Skills in Finance - 10 credits Risk Management in Banking - 20 credits Financial Technology - 20 credits Analysis of Investments - 20 credits We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content. For full module details please check the course page on the Coventry University website. *For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • European Foundation for Management Development

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Successful completion of 2 years of academic study in Higher Education in a suitable subject e.g. HND or Diploma of Higher Education. All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

If you choose to start this course in January you will finish your first year in August. Upon successful completion of Year 1, you will progress onto Year 2 in September and then continue to start subsequent years of your course in September. Please make sure you check the Fees and Finance page of the Coventry University website for more information. Although starting this course in January does not prohibit you from being eligible for student finance, the way it is paid in your first year differs from those who start their course in September. If you start the course in January, your tuition fees will be paid in accordance with the university’s Tuition Fees, Refund and Withdrawal Terms and Conditions for January starters and for any further years of study, your fees will be paid in accordance with the terms for September starters. Please see Coventry University website for full details.
International Finance and Banking (Top-Up) at Coventry University - UCAS