Finance BSc Honours
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom
3 - 4 years
GBP 15,400 / per year **
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This exciting programme is designed with input from financial firms and 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 in evaluating 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's Body of Knowledge 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
- 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 that comes from professional practice and/or are regularly published 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
Why study this course?
- 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.
- Professional software
Enhance your digital literacy and computer skills with industry-standard software, including Excel, Tableau and FAME.
- Build connections
Build connections with peers and future business leaders.
The University is recognised by the Chartered Financial Institute (CFA) as a University Affiliated Program partner.
With 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.
- Develop your innovation and entrepreneurial skills
Develop your innovation and entrepreneurial skills in The Big Idea competition, sponsored by Santander.
- Kickstart your career
Learn how to use social media in your job hunt or LinkedIn to kickstart your career.
- Develop your CQ
Develop your cultural intelligence – or ‘CQ’ – by studying alongside students and staff representing more than 100 nationalities.
We have excellent industry links with some of the top firms in 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's 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.
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
Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:
- Bank of England
- Goldman Sachs
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.
With 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 in this course.
In the first year, we will introduce you to core learning in finance and theory, including the key principles of returns and risks and 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
- Professional and Digital Literacy Skills for Finance
- Introduction to Finance
- Introduction to Financial Markets
- Mathematics for Finance
You will also have the opportunity to take an optional 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 a detailed understanding of financial quantitative methods and 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
- Quantitative Methodes for Finance
- Securities Analysis
Plus two options from: Computational Methods for Finance, Financial Accounting and Reporting or an elective module.
Credit Level 5
Between Years 2 and 3, you can undertake a one-year, full-time business placement. Alternatively, you could study abroad 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.
Content is designed to enable you to deal with complex financial problems, 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 the 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
- Investments and Portfolio Management
- Risk Management in Finance and Banking
- Strategic Finance
Plus two options from: Advanced Financial Modelling, Global Financial Markets and Institutions and International Banking.
Credit Level 6
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 a 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.
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