International Finance and Banking BSc (Hons)





About the course

This course provides an introduction to the theory of financial markets with an emphasis on corporate governance and financial regulation. It is underpinned with theory and practical analysis relevant to a range of international finance careers.

Examine the role accountancy plays in corporate behaviour and look at how regulation can assist in financial intermediation.

Explore regulation and risk management to see how traders manage risk, how share prices are determined, and what makes global financial markets crash.

This course carries exemptions from: the Securities and Investment Institute (SII); the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII); the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); and the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA).



International Finance and Banking - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - N392
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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International Finance and Banking with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about International Finance and Banking with foundation year

International Finance and Banking with International Year Zero - BSc (Hons)

  • *International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first stage of a four-year International Incorporated Bachelor's degree. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English language, before you continue to year one of your undergraduate degree course.

    IYZ is delivered by London Bedfordshire International College in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Find out more about International Year Zero

    *IYZ is only available to international students





Why choose this course?

  • Learn from a team of highly qualified researchers and practitioners in international finance, with additional opportunities to visit the Bank of England
  • Study banking and intermediation, risk management, financial markets and institutions, financial regulation and corporate governance, financial accounting and performance advances in banking 
  • Develop your understanding of theory of financial markets, and the role they play in the macro-economy 
  • Gain skills and knowledge needed to enter a wide range of international finance-related careers including financial services, banking, insurance and financial advice
  • Challenge yourself with a dissertation in your final year, on a topic of your choice
  • Benefit from a course from which graduates typically progress to careers in banking, accountancy, corporate governance, regulation, insurance and international finance or into further study opportunities

The globalisation of financial markets and deregulation and technological advances in banking have brought an increasing demand for careers in the financial and banking sectors. The BSc (Hons) International Finance and Banking degree is seldom offered at undergraduate level so graduating from this course places you in a strong position in the graduate job market.

First year students study in the Business Pod, which are our innovative practice-based first year units. This unit will set International Finance and Banking in a real business world setting and will give you the chance to work with students in other business-related courses.

You will meet staff from our business partners, who will set practical and real life business questions for you to answer. During your three years’ study, you will learn a wide range of subjects in International Finance, Banking, Economics, Financial Management and Project Management. This unique type of integrated cross-disciplinary learning further improves your employability that diverse financial institutions need.

Graduates of the course can claim ACCA exemptions on a paper per paper basis. The department will negotiate with other professional bodies in order to obtain exemptions from them.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Business Pod
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
Year 2
  • Financial Markets: Theory and Practice
  • Economics of International Finance
  • Intermediate Banking and Financial Intermediation
  • Intermediate Financial Management
  • Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation
  • Project Management
  • Practice Weeks: Career Planning
Year 3
  • International Finance and Markets
  • Advanced Banking and Financial Intermediation
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Economic Policy in the Age Of Globalization
  • Economics of the European Union
  • Practice Weeks: The Future You
  • Specialist Project in International Finance and Banking

Your course will be based on a series of weekly lectures, small group seminars and workshops. Some of these may be delivered in the Business School’s Business Pods or specialist IT suites. 

The Business School prides itself on our practice approach to learning and students will take place in practice weeks and career planning.



Discover the Department of Law & Finance

We are daring to be different. This vision is founded on this difference. The imaginative new futures for business education, research and practice will be co-created with our staff, students and other stakeholders and will deliver not only academic impact but also a practice impact in our classrooms and communities alike. This vision reflects our existing School strengths, strategic space opportunities in the crowded and overly competitive and branded business school market and provides staff good opportunity to create a business school that is different. In sum, we will use this vision to drive excellence, change, growth and investment within the School.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

A large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand international finance and banking in practice.

We expect you to understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. This comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous finance and banking expertise for a business.

Estimated percentage breakdown of the different assessment methods: 

  • Formal examinations (31%)
  • Coursework, tests, essays (52%)
  • Portfolio (14%)
  • Presentations, posters etc. (3%)

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Students completing the course will have the skills and the knowledge to enter a wide range of international finance related careers. This might include any branch of financial services, banking, insurance and financial advice.

The course will form an excellent basis for further study on our MSc International Finance and Banking, MSc Accounting and Business Finance or MSc Economics of International Business. The approval awarded by the professional institutes will encourage professional study.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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