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BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance

Course Overview

This course provides an advanced financial education which covers both microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and policy. You will learn quantitative research and computing methods essential for economics and finance. As part of your studies you will also cover: Modern financial institutions and markets, Modern banking systems and monetary theory and policy and Finance theory and risk management in banking.

You will graduate with the confidence to present and discuss economic argument using verbal, graphical, mathematical and statistical language. Prepared with the skills to research and disseminate economic and financial data: to support arguments and draw conclusions. You will also become confident in analysing and interpreting economic and financial information and be able to demonstrate a critical evaluation of economic issues relevant to banking and finance.

Key information

    Course name

    BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BSc with honours

    Awarding body

    Middlesex University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time


    3 year or 4 years with work placement

    Tuition fees

    £11,500 per year



    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

• 280 UCAS tariff points, plus GCSE English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C
• BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced Progression Diplomas
• Access to HE Diploma
• International students should meet equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification
• If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree
• If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Progression route

Further academic study at postgraduate level in MSc Banking & Finance, MSc Finance, MSc Applied Economics, and MSc Money, Banking & Finance etc. or professional career.

Career opportunities

You will graduate primed with the professional knowledge and skills for a career in the banking and finance sector, and be well prepared for postgraduate study. The finance industry offers a wealth of career options for determined graduates. You could find yourself working within: banks and building societies; insurance; or in accountancy within either audit, tax or an accountancy business; or managing investment and pension funds.


Year 1


  • Financial Accounting (30 credits)
  • Financial Data Analysis (30 credits)
  • Financial Markets and Institutions (30 credits)
  • Principles of Economics (30 credits)


Year 2


  • Banking Theory and Practice (30 credits)
  • Macroeconomic Environment and Policy (30 credits)



  • Financial Mathematics (30 credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (30 credits)
  • Business Communication Spanish (30 credits)
  • Business Communications in Mandarin (30 credits)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (30 credits)
  • Issues in Financial Accounting (30 credits)


Placement year

The university encourages students to either undertake a paid work placement during their studies as a year-long assignment between year two and three, or to undertake an internship; either full-time over the summer following your second year of study, or part-time throughout the course of your final year.

The paid, year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.

Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.

The university’s specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.


Year 3


  • Finance (30 credits)
  • Financial Risk Management in Banking (30 credits)
  • Monetary Policy (30 credits)



  • Audit and Assurance (30 credits)
  • Authentic Leadership Development (30 credits)
  • Consulting in Organisations (30 credits)
  • Corporate Governance (30 credits)
  • Econometrics (30 credits)
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (30 credits)
  • Global Business Spanish (30 credits)
  • International Finance  (30 credits)
  • Mandarin in Global Business (30 credits)
  • Work Internship (30 credits)


Assessment methods
You will be assessed through exams, tests, written assignments, presentations and group exercises. You will receive informal feedback from your tutor in seminars and after class tests.


Course highlights

  • Students will have access to the latest Bloomberg finance software in Financial Markets Lab and can work towards achieving certification. Middlesex student can also take the Bloomberg Assessment Test (BAT) for free, gaining them exposure to financial employers worldwide
  • In the Financial Markets Lab students also get the chance to work with Datastream finance software and work toward achieving certification to enhance their career prospects
  • Support on the course is offered by the online virtual learning platform, high quality learning materials, and regular face-to-face contact time with academics. The level of support is reflected in NSS scores over 90% for teaching, learning resources and personal development
  • to undertake prestigious placements with organisations such as HM TreasuryBarclaysMerrill Lynch, and specialist financial forecasting firms


Aims of the Programme

The programme aims to provide:

  • the opportunity to acquire and develop key skills in economics, banking and finance
  • an understanding of the theory and application of economics, banking and finance
  • the theoretical concepts to critically understand the causes and consequences of financial and banking crises, and in particular the 2008 Crisis, in mature economies and emerging markets
  • the ability to apply analytical and quantitative techniques utilised in economics, banking and finance
  • an appreciation of the relationship of economics, banking and finance with other disciplines
  • a range of transferable skills including analytical, numerical, information technology and autonomous learning skills
  • a foundation for further study or professional employment


Main learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • microeconomic theory and policy
  • macroeconomic theory and policy
  • quantitative and computing methods applicable for economics and finance
  • modern financial institutions and markets
  • modern banking systems and monetary theory and policy; finance theory and risk management in banking


Cognitive (thinking) skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • analyse and interpret economic and financial information
  • demonstrate a critical evaluation of economic issues, especially those of relevance for banking and finance
  • use and research economic/financial data to support economic arguments and to draw conclusions
  • learn independently and in teams and reflect critically on the extent of their learning


Practical skills

On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:

  • use relevant economic theory and techniques
  • apply relevant quantitative techniques
  • apply core economic theory and reasoning to applied economic topics in banking and finance
  • calculate and interpret macroeconomic indicators and banking performance indicators
  • use a computer package to analyse and model data
  • Present and discuss economic argument using verbal, graphical, mathematical and statistical means


Graduate skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to undertake and demonstrate the following skills:

  • manipulate numerical data
  • use communication and information technology to acquire, analyse and communicate information
  • communicate including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information, together with analysis, arguments and commentary, in a form appropriate to the intended audience
  • locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including acknowledgement, and referencing of sources
  • work in groups, and other interpersonal skills, including oral as well as written presentation skills
  • have capacities for independent and self- managed learning