Banking and Finance (BSc Econ)

The Banking and Finance degree programme is of particular interest to those wishing to enter the financial sector.

The Banking and Finance degree course is of particular interest to those wishing to enter the financial sector. It will provide you with the opportunity to acquire specialist economic knowledge of the operation of the monetary and financial sectors.

In addition to providing you with training relevant to the practice of banking and other financial careers, it also provides exemptions from certain examinations of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Distinctive features

Distinctive features of the course include:

  • economic principles with an emphasis on issues relating to Banking and Finance;
  • the central role of year two core modules of Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Introductory Econometrics implicit to the Banking and Finance degree course;
  • the core specialist modules of Money, Banking and Finance (year two) and Economics of Banking, Financial Economics, and International Finance (year three) that explicitly define the degree;
  • the use of simulated financial trading to understand the behaviour of financial trading markets in the context of different micro financial structures.

Key facts

UCAS CodeN300
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsAssociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applicants
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the Cardiff Business School admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerAAB from any combination of A-levels excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points, including Maths and English (Standard level) with scores of 5.
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

The Banking and Finance degree is a three year full-time course of study, involving both compulsory and optional modules.  Students normally attain 120 credits each year and 360 in total. 

A significant proportion of the modules included in the course are taught by the School’s Economics Section while certain modules, notably in year 1, are taught by other sections of the School.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

In year one you take two compulsory double modules and one other compulsory module per semester (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics). You will select two double modules or one double module plus two single modules from the optional list.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Applied Stats & Maths in Econ & BusinessBS150120 credits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Legal StudiesBS150520 credits
Principles of Business ManagementBS153010 credits
Contemporary Economic IssuesBS154520 credits
Economic HistoryBS154620 credits
Fundamentals of FinanceBS161210 credits

Year two

In year two you take four compulsory double modules and two further modules from the optional list.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Money Banking & FinanceBS255120 credits
Introductory EconometricsBS257020 credits

Year three

In year three you take three compulsory double modules plus two or three double modules from the optional list. If only two double modules are chosen from the optional, then you must also take the single modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
Economics of BankingBS357120 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Financial DerivativesBS351510 credits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
The Economics of DevelopmentBS357320 credits
Social WelfareBS357420 credits
Corporate Reporting and FinanceBS359320 credits
Security Analysis & Portfolio ManagementBS361510 credits
Ethics and Morality of BusinessBS372820 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. While our internationally recognised faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learned from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios.

We will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Undergraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback following each examination period and will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Other information

Our Trading Room is used as part of some economics and accounting courses but is open to all Business School students. This facility is supervised by trained PhD students who will help you become familiar with the software and modelling techniques used in real-life trading rooms.

 

In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors.

The banking and finance degree provides opportunities for careers within banking, accountancy and other financial institutions. Graduates also gain exemption from certain examinations of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

In addition to the University Careers Service, we have invested in our own, dedicated Careers Centre to help students find internships, job opportunities and access business industry specific advice and guidance.

Jobs

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

We recognise the importance of gaining work experience during your studies. Our dedicated Placements Manager offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available from the Business School’s in-house Careers Consultant.

If you decide that you would like to undertake a year-long placement, you can either apply to one of our ‘with Professional Placement Year’ programmes or transfer into one at any time up until the end of your second year of study. The placement is undertaken in the third year of a four-year degree programme. 

International Study

To give students the opportunity to gain a global perspective, we offer four-year degree programmes “with a Year Abroad”. You may apply during your second year for a place on these programmes and if you are successful you will transfer in to the four year degree scheme. The Year Abroad will become an integral part of the degree.

We have exchange agreements with high ranking Business Schools and universities worldwide where you will study modules taught and assessed in English. A list of partner institutions, all of which offer modules taught in English, can be found on our website.

Our Exchange team and the University Global Opportunity Centre work closely with students in preparation for and during their studies abroad.


Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.