This International Banking and Finance degree is a one-year top-up to enable international students to complete a BSc (Hons) International Banking and Finance. This course is ideal if you have a diploma from anywhere in the world and wish to convert it into an honours degree as well as understand more about the industry.
The one-year top-up covers the key concepts of banking and finance and provides students with an understanding of the importance of this area in a practical and theoretical context. The course will equip students with the tools and analytical capabilities to identify and resolve complex problems in a dynamic and strategic way. In addition, this programme will provide students with highly transferable skills as well as a deep knowledge of a broad range of financial software, including a Bloomberg Market Concepts certificate.
This programme will enhance your understanding of Finance in an international context and in particular the development and importance of financial institutions within the world economy. The first semester will be shared with the International Accounting and Finance top-up and the second semester will be more focused on the banking industry, investment management and risk.
The teaching will involve lecturers, workshops and seminars which will have both academic knowledge and practical experience. The practical experience will include the use of financial software, such as Bloomberg, to teach you the skills you need for the workplace after graduation.
Learning & Teaching
A student-centred approach to learning and teaching will be encouraged through the use of specific teaching strategies, case studies, projects, tutorials, practical exercises, supplemented by the use of appropriate support materials, lectures from business experts, videos and computer software. Active engagement with the subject material enhances learning and many of the learning strategies used to attempt to promote this.
Employability & Careers
The primary aim of this degree programme is to develop a theoretical understanding of the key concepts of banking and finance. It will showcase the wider impact and importance of the banking sector the world economy. Graduates will find a wide variety of career opportunities within the banking and finance sector, as well as the majority of the other industrial sectors (both public and private), including the credit analysis sector, financial and professional services, risk analysis, and institutional investment opportunities.
On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across Accounting, Banking, Economics and Finance here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
The major criteria for the selection of candidates is that they must demonstrate they are capable of succeeding on a degree programme in International Banking and Finance.
The normal minimum entry requirement for BSc (Hons) International Banking and Finance is 240 relevant UK Credits equivalent to a Diploma Level (5) Qualification. An example would be an SQA HND in Financial Services.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.
The admission process is controlled by Cardiff Metropolitan University International Admissions in consultation with the Programme Director.
The programme welcomes applications from students from all backgrounds. Those applying with non-standard entry profiles will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants who do not possess normal minimum entry qualifications are considered on an individual basis by members of the course team.
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