With strong connections to industry, learning from cutting-edge researchers, and opportunities for internships in the City of London and Shanghai, this course prepares you for a successful career in investment and finance through a perfect balance of academic theory and practical experience.
Learn the practical skills to be a future leader in a challenging, exciting arena vital to the world economy, with ample opportunity to tailor your studies.
We begin with the bedrock of finance theory and methodology, and move on to study programming for financial applications, portfolio management, international financial markets, and advanced corporate finance.
Your first year includes Accounting and Finance, Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment, plus Principles of Economic B. Second-year students learn about Corporate Finance, Financial Engineering, Econometrics and Programming for Finance Applications. In your final year, you choose all your modules, from Portfolio Management, Financial Markets, Bloomberg Analysis and Advanced Corporate Finance.
There is the opportunity to study Python, the programming language which is a key component of finance technology, and much of the degree content is relevant and desirable to Chartered Financial Analyst.
Throughout your studies, you are led by academics at the frontier of financial research. Our researchers work on major European projects, including investigating how to apply artificial intelligence to banking, and on the art, precision and effectiveness of factor investing and hedge fund strategies. We have developed strong links with the Bank of England, top asset management companies, financial regulators and economists across the world. Our connections with Invesco allow us to deliver joint-conferences and seminars, providing you with insights from both top academics and industry professionals.
We will support you in finding internship opportunities in leading investment banks, asset management and insurance companies. We have established a highly-competitive internship exchange programme with Shanghai, open only to BSc Finance students. This allows students to spend two months between their second and third years working with the Bank of Shanghai in a global financial hub.
Our Financial Services Careers Hub offer unique opportunities to access the world of finance and to prepare you for a successful career in a competitive industry. Our Finance Careers Coach, with more than 25 years of Financial Services industry experience, delivers a third-year Financial Markets module and supports Lancaster students across the Financial Services industry. We work one-to-one with students, whether you are in your final year looking beyond study or in your first and applying for Investment Banking and Asset Management Spring Weeks.
Our graduates leave as independent thinkers, problem solvers and skilled communicators. Their ability to analyse information quickly and precisely, respond to challenges, and work with others make them highly attractive to employers.