Undergraduate course

Financial and Investment Management BSc (Hons)

Develop the theoretical and practical skills needed for a career in the finance industry.

The financial sector is one of the most important sectors of the economy and its growth continues to drive demand for finance graduates worldwide. If you see your future in the world of investment and financial services, we are here to make it happen.

95% of Graduates from our Business Management courses were in employment or further study within six months. DLHE 2017

  • UCAS Code – N114
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

York Business School

Course overview

The York Business School BSc (Hons) Financial and Investment Management programme has been designed to offer an in-depth knowledge of financial and investment principles combined with practical application and skills that ready you for work in the industry.

In addition to delivering comprehensive theoretical and practical aspects of finance, economics and investment, this programme will provide you with a firm understanding of the interaction of finance, financial markets and investment analysis. You will gain an understanding of the foundations of corporate finance, quantitative analysis, investment portfolio management, economics, regulation and ethics as well as other critical areas.

Special features

  • Accreditation by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) giving you a globally recognised qualification (Level 3 Certificate in Introduction to Investment) alongside your degree, plus optional additional CISI qualifications
  • Opportunity to complete the Investment Foundation program accredited by the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) and gain internationally recognised certification
  • Programme of guest speakers and training consultants
  • Field trips, real corporate projects and live market scenarios embedded in the programme
  • Opportunity to engage with a range of practising financial advisors, organisations, employers and entrepreneurs and take part in work-related experiences and internships
  • Opportunity to compete in trading simulation competitions both within the University and on national/international scales
  • Opportunity to qualify as a Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Access to a range of specialist resources including Financial Information Database (FAME), Bloomberg and Financial Times Interactive to support learning and research
  • Opportunity to gain a Bloomberg qualification
  • Excellent personal and academic support. You will be allocated an academic tutor to support you throughout the programme

Course structure

Level 1

At level one, in semester one, you take three compulsory modules that are designed to underpin the key theoretical areas of Finance and Investment. In semester two you take more advanced modules that expand your knowledge and help to develop practical skills in the specialist area. Academic skills development is embedded in all level one modules.

Modules

Economic Analysis of the Business Environment

The module aims to provide knowledge and comprehension of the basic economic principles and techniques related to microeconomics and macroeconomics. The emphasis is on developing a solid understanding of economic principles and allowing students to apply standard economic techniques. The module considers the different issues related to microeconomics theories that can be applied to business decisions. It also considers different issues related to macroeconomics theories and provides an insight into the impact of macroeconomic environment on business decisions. The module helps students to gain knowledge of basic economic models and theories that students will build on in second semester in module “Economic Policy and Practice”. This module is also essential for obtaining CISI certificate.

Decisions in Personal Financial Planning

Understanding personal finances underpins the elementary skills for future career in financial industry. This module provides insight into concept of direct and indirect taxes and how they apply to individuals, for example inheritance tax, corporation tax and others. It also provides an in-depth understanding of secured and unsecured borrowing, credit cards and bank loans. Students will learn how to determine short and long-term financial goals and how to create a balanced plan to meet those goals. In addition, this module explores the key features of a range of personal financial products and services where students learn how to form appropriate financial recommendations for clients based on facts and data driven investigation. This module provides a detailed understanding of the main personal finance products such as Insurance, pensions, mortgages, savings, trusts and others. This module is essential for obtaining CISI qualification.

Developing Analysis Techniques

Mathematical and statistical skills are essential for various academic programmes. This module introduces essential quantitative methods for modelling and analysing financial data. In addition, statistics and probability concepts will be discussed and applied to various events. These theories will then be used to analyse practical situations and contribute to obtain necessary information for problem solving. This module feeds into level five - module “Applied Econometrics”.

Economic Policy and Practice

This module feeds from the level one, semester one module - “Introduction to Economics” and explores the fundamental concepts and techniques of macroeconomic analysis in more depth. The module aims to provide understanding of quantitative techniques and their usefulness in theoretical and applied economics with focus on developing a deeper understanding of modern macroeconomics. Module will help to develop a deeper understanding of how decisions of the Central Bank and Government affect inflation, consumption, economic growth and unemployment. It aims to analyse contemporary economic events and enable students the procurement of skills to assess the likely trends in macroeconomic variables that will facilitate decision-making. This module is essential for obtaining the CISI qualification.

Bond and Equity Markets

This module will provide students with an introduction to the essential concepts of finance and capital markets. Students will be able to describe the role of financial intermediaries within the economy as well as the functions they perform. Students will gain the skills essential for understanding and applying discounting techniques in different types of valuation models. This module is underpinned by practical application of gained knowledge and uses the London Stock Exchange trading platform that enables students to create their own investment portfolio and compete in live trading. It will equip students with a range of skills such as communication, organisation, information gathering and analysis that underpin employability in financial sector. This module feeds into level two-module “Financial Regulations and Ethics” as well as level three - module “Investment and Portfolio management” and is essential for obtaining the CISI qualification.

Practising Responsible Business Behaviours

This module examines the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society, seeking answers to the question: what does it mean for businesses to behave responsibly? There is an ongoing debate regarding this question, with answers ranging from ‘just maximize shareholder value’ to ‘consider everyone who is affected, including unborn future generations’, with many variations in between. In this ongoing debate we encounter ideas regarding, for example, stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organizations, and so on.

Level 2

At level two, you will have an opportunity of two options to choose from as there is the possibility to take part in a short-term work placement as part of the three-year programme.

Modules

Financial Analysis and Application

This module aims to develop students understanding of the financial environment. It will look at key sources of information for decision makers and look at the decision maker’s needs. Students will gain an understanding of the key statements in published financial accounts and how to analyse and interpret the information presented. It will also look at key information for financial decision makers inside organisations. This will include budgetary control, short term and long-term decision making.

Global Finance

The impact of international financial markets on business organisations is very significant. This module will give students the ability to analyse the theoretical and practical aspects of international financial markets. The development and current state of the international monetary system will be analysed. Theories of exchange rate determination will be compared and applied in relation to historical and current events in order to critically analyse their relative importance. These theories will be used to address issues around the development of international financial crises in order to analyse and discuss the impact of different types of crises on the wider economy.

Financial Data Modelling

This module is built around key decisions that managers must make on a day to day basis; what to produce, how and how much, at what price, how to best use the resources available. The focus is on costs; understanding costs, cost behaviour, and using this information for planning and control decisions. The control aspect concerns the monitoring of results; making sure that all is going according to plan. This information and knowledge is applicable to all sorts of organisations; non-profit, retail, wholesale, manufacturing.

Applied Econometrics

The skills of analysing economic and financial data are paramount for proper Financial and Investment Management. This module will give students the ability to discuss and apply econometric techniques to answer research questions using real world data. Emphasis will be placed on what econometric methods to use in different circumstances and how to interpret and evaluate the results of empirical analysis. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of and apply regression techniques using econometric software to estimate econometric models. The methods for finding and overcoming estimation problems will be examined.

Financial Regulations and Ethics

An understanding of regulation is essential in investment world and this module focuses on the key aspects of the regulation of the financial services industry. This module aims to help students to assess the impact of consumer and ethical issues on practice in financial services industry, underpinned by the regulatory background to operational procedures. The module provides a solid understanding of the main areas of financial advice such as budgeting, protection, borrowing, investment and savings. This module also provides an overview of important aspects of legal and regulatory system that underpins financial services industry. This module is linked to level one module “Finance and Capital markets” and also feeds into level three module “Investment and Portfolio Management”. Students will gain good understanding of implication of ethical principles and financial advice in financial services industry that underpins requirements for future career in this industry.

Research Methods for Finance and Investment

Organisations frequently require both an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it. These skills are also important if students wish to progress to postgraduate study or careers in consultancy services. This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in subject contexts, and allows students to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data. In addition, this module will develop students’ project planning and management skills as a tool to manage the research process.

Professional Placement

The overarching rationale for this module is for students to begin to understand and begin plan towards their own personal transition from university into the workplace. The module will provide the student with a vocational opportunity aimed at enhancing their future work readiness. It is designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of career-related personal, professional and key skill areas. The module specifically engages with issues such as career decision making, the recruitment cycle applying for jobs, sourcing and embarking on a placement or a group or individual project, CV writing and action planning. Or

Business, Creativity and Opportunism Skills for the Workplace of Today

This module explores the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and the behaviour and skills required to 'think out of the box' to identify and pursue opportunities. You will establish what the behaviours and skills are of an entrepreneur, define creativity and innovation, as well as ask why they are so important to entrepreneurs. We will explore idea generation and evaluation techniques and learn how to recognise enterprise opportunities.

Level 3

At level three, you study a minimum of three compulsory modules directly related to your award. Alongside this you undertake 40 credits worth of research. You will complete a total of either five modules if you choose to undertake the 40 credit dissertation, or six modules if you choose to undertake one of the alternative research routes which consist of two 20 credit research modules (as opposed to the 40 credit dissertation).

Modules

Research Investigation

The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice. You will be able to choose between a traditional dissertation, an organisation based project, a business research project and a business creation project.

  1. Dissertation: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in a written academic format that meets professional standards. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.
  2. Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry on a small-scale substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in a written academic format that meets professional standards. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.
  3. Organisation Based Project: The aim of the Organisation Based Project is to give students the opportunity to combine an investigation into an authentic challenging business project with an in-depth research-based report. This offers links with potential employers and demonstrates an understanding of the application of business principles in a real-world situation. Students will develop their research skills alongside techniques of reporting back on findings.
  4. Business Creation Project: The aim of the Business creation Project is to support entrepreneurial students in their professional development as the business founders of the future. The module is intended to allow students to develop a full business proposal and plan which will be supported by primary and secondary research. This module will involve students in a demanding process of personal and professional developed, leading to an integrated and critically aware understanding of business creation from a pioneering industry and academic perspective.

Investment and Portfolio Management

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge of different financial instruments such as investment and hedge funds, private equity, alternative investments and the ability to analyse and combine them into an efficient investment portfolio. The aim of this module is to equip students with core practical skills that are essential for a career in financial markets and investment management. The module enables students to develop skills in analysing financial data, measuring the risk and return of investment, conducting research and to provide investment advice underpinned by relevant regulations and ethical principles. In addition, students will master their skills in areas such as dealing with a client, professionalism and ethical practice. This module feeds from level 4 module “Finance and Capital Markets”, level 5 module “International finance” and the level 5 module “Financial Regulations and Ethics”.

Corporate Reporting and Analysis

This module will further develop students' understanding of the current financial and corporate reporting environment. The module will deepen students' understanding of how companies communicate with their stakeholders, including how performance and strategy are reported. There will be the opportunity for more advanced analysis and interpretation of financial and non-financial information from the perspective of a number of stakeholders to gain understanding of the key role of corporate reports to a variety of external stakeholders. The module will also look at some of the key issues affecting UK corporate reporting including: how (and by whom) it is regulated; how helpful (or otherwise) the current system is to stakeholders; and projects that are trying to improve the quality and usefulness of corporate reports to appreciate the growing role of corporate reporting in an investment and social climate .

Insurance and Risk Management

An important aspect of Financial Management is the management of risk. This module examines the various types of risk faced by individuals and businesses in order to develop risk management techniques appropriate to the situations. This module also introduces the economic principles underlying the insurance industry. The notion that risk and uncertainty are very different ideas from an economic and financial point of view will be explored in depth particularly in relation to the management of business risks. The module examines issues that reduce the insurability of risk and discuss how insurers can counteract these using contractual and financial tools. The module also examines in depth the use of financial derivatives in managing risks.

Year 3 option modules may include

Multinational Corporations in Emerging Economies

The central aim of this module is to provide students with a critical awareness, detailed knowledge and a rich understanding of the burgeoning activities of multinational corporations in emerging economies. The first part of the module critically discusses the contextual differences and realities MNCs face in emerging markets. The second part critically explains how MNCs and managers could improve their chance of being successful in these economies by developing a greater understanding of the institutional differences in these economies. The third part critically evaluates how multinationals in the world economy are no longer dominated by MNEs from the developed world. This includes assessing how companies based in emerging economies differ from those based in developed economies and how they have conquered leading positions in many industries. Or

Contemporary Business Economics:

Prospective managers working in an international context require a clear understanding of key aspects of the international economy. The module has a firmly contemporary focus, with the particular international business economics topics delivered being selected to address current issues of importance. This module provides an accessible overview with an applied business focus. While it deals with difficult conceptual issues, these are explained fully in the clearest possible way and illustrated with examples and news reports.

Teaching & assessment

Introduction

 

All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities.

Delivery

Throughout the programme you will be introduced to a range of different teaching and learning strategies. For example, in Level 4 you will undertake case-based learning in which we use real cases to develop your awareness of the decision-making process you may require as a manager. At Level 5 there will be evidence of practice-based learning in which you will be expected to engage in practical based activities as you develop your skills in managing people, while also developing skills in managing projects. Finally, at Level 6 you will demonstrate your skills through practice and enquiry-based learning giving you the opportunity to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems and prepare for the future as a business leader in the digital era.

Contact Hours

42 hours contact time per module.

Self-Study

As a university student, there is an expectation that you will develop from being a dependent learner to being an independent one. This means you are expected to undertake self-study and group learning. In year one you will be provided with guidance to progress your learning and self-development. By the time you get to year 3 it is hoped you will have developed greater autonomy and independence.

Staffing

The academic staff who deliver the BA (Hons) Financial and Investment Management programme bring a wealth of professional experience from the world of financial and investment management to York Business School. You will be taught by academic and industry experts who worked for global organisations such as Nike and JP Morgan. Your teaching staff also have many years of practical management and strategic work experience in the Not-for-profit organisations have served as trustee/director for housing associations, such as Housing 21, social arts organisations, such as Arts Care Gofal Celf, and York CAB. The team have research profiles and you will be provided with the opportunity to join them in their research through our ‘Students as Researchers’ scheme. The course will also be supported the course at every level through professional accreditation, guest lectures, live projects work and internships and placements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

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Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying a business related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
  • Experience of work
  • Candidates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD

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Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

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Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

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