ULSTER UNIVERSITY

Finance and Investment Management

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   Yes

This professionally relevant course has been designed to meet the needs of the wholesale financial services segment of the financial services sector. Year 1 is introductory and is focused on the acquisition and development of personal skills recognised as foundation skills. In the induction period, you complete a study skills module designed to equip you with the necessary key communication skills, soft skills and learning strategies to enhance your learning and employability. Building on year 1, at year 2 you will develop the ability to work effectively in teams and in the analysis of more complex operational issues, and continue to develop your IT skills in respect of online financial databases, for example Bloomberg, and software essential for employment in the finance and investment environment. After successful completion of year 2, you have the option to complete a placement year in a financial services environment. In final year, modules build on core themes to give you an appreciation of the contemporary issues relevant to finance and investment management.

Programme description

This professionally relevant course has been designed to meet the needs of the wholesale financial services segment of the financial services sector. Year 1 is introductory and is focused on the acquisition and development of personal skills recognised as foundation skills. In the induction period, you complete a study skills module designed to equip you with the necessary key communication skills, soft skills and learning strategies to enhance your learning and employability. Building on year 1, at year 2 you will develop the ability to work effectively in teams and in the analysis of more complex operational issues, and continue to develop your IT skills in respect of online financial databases, for example Bloomberg, and software essential for employment in the finance and investment environment. After successful completion of year 2, you have the option to complete a placement year in a financial services environment. In final year, modules build on core themes to give you an appreciation of the contemporary issues relevant to finance and investment management.

Key Modules

This programme has been specifically developed to meet the needs of the wholesale financial services sector and to significantly contribute to achieving the stated policy objective to further develop the wholesale financial services sector in Northern Ireland. Graduates will be well placed to gain employment in financial centres such as London and Dublin. As mentioned, a diverse set of career opportunities are open to suitably qualified graduates. More generally, the skill set embodied in the degree are in high demand by employers. Graduates could also pursue careers in general business or the public sector and would be prepared for postgraduate study in finance or cognate disciplines.

Module & Subject

Year one
Financial Mathematics and Statistics
Year: 1

Status: C
This module develops students' quantitative skills and provides the building blocks for subsequent quantitative analysis.

Microeconomic Principles
Year: 1

Status: C
This module introduces students to key concepts and models used by economists to analyse the microeconomic problems and issues characteristic of contemporary market economies. Emphasis is given to market activity and the consequences this has for different groups within society. The module will allow students to understand the need for government intervention and regulation of market forces within a market economy.

Accounting for Financial Decision Makers
Year: 1

Status: C
Accounting for Financial Decision Makers provides students with an understanding of the financial statements, standards and concepts relevant to those working in the field of finance.

Quantitative Methods For Finance
Year: 1

Status: C
This module equips students with basic mathematical techniques necessary for understanding and employing quantitative modelling methods commonly employed in economics, finance and investment management.

Financial Institutions and Markets
Year: 1

Status: C
To provide students with an overview of the financial system. It seeks to develop students' understanding of financial markets, institutions and the environment within which they operate.

Professionalism and Academic Study Skills
Year: 1

Status: C
The module provides an introduction to the development of a professional identity for undergraduate students at an early stage of career planning. This module provides students with an opportunity to consider, reflect on and develop the key skills that will provide the basis for successful study on their programme of study and in their future professional life.

Year two
Career Entrepreneurship
Year: 2

Status: C
Understanding the diverse career options within Accounting and Finance is essential if students are to understand and develop the skills and attributes that employers across different markets are seeking. This module aims to engage students in their own employability development as well as aid their understanding of what recruiting employers look for and in particular why they look for specific attributes.

International Financial Reporting
Year: 2

Status: C
Students of finance and investment are required to be thoroughly comfortable reading and interpreting the published financial statements of limited companies. Gaining such skills adds breadth and depth to the financial and commercial awareness of students of finance and prepares students for 'Financial Statement Analysis' and will provide students with a grounding for the rigour of industry and professional examinations.

Corporate Finance
Year: 2

Status: C
This module introduces students to the financial environment within which firms operate and equips them with the skills and knowledge to evaluate the corporate finance decisions: investment, financing and dividend policy.

Financial Modelling
Year: 2

Status: C
The primary objective of this module is to provide an introduction to econometric theory and techniques, especially linear regression analysis, hypothesis testing and application with financial time series. With extensive use of Microsoft Excel students will be able to use real data to analyse financial models.

Money and the Economy
Year: 2

Status: C
This module introduces students to the macroeconomic environment and modelling, the role of money and central banking in the economy, the rationale for monetary policy and its effects on economic performance.

Principles of Investing
Year: 2

Status: C
This module provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the relevance & importance of functioning of financial markets, develops knowledge of the global financial services industry, financial assets and investment products, and to critically evaluate competing and complementary trading and investment styles.

Year three
Diploma in Professional Practice
Status: O
Year: 3

This module is optional

This module enables students who have secured a placement job to complete a period of appropriate work experience in a supportive environment. The Diploma in Professional Practice provides students with 48 weeks of work experience in a professional work environment. The placement option is a complement to and an extension of the work engaged in at the University and provides the opportunity for each student to satisfy specific learning objectives based on organisational, programme and personal development needs. The module helps students fully develop their employability skills for life. Students who successfully complete the module are eligible for the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI).

International Academic Studies
Status: O
Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four
Regulation and Ethics
Year: 4

Status: C
This module provides an understanding of the regulatory compliance issues critical to a role in financial services in the 21st Century.

International Finance
Year: 4

Status: C
This module builds upon Money and the Economy introduced at level five. It covers the international financial system, exchange rates, open-economy macroeconomics, and will discuss current issues within international finance.

Financial Statement Analysis
Year: 4

Status: C
The module aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of published financial statements and to develop their ability to critically evaluate and interrogate published financial statements with respect to their value relevance. This module will focus on the skills and techniques applied in contemporary financial statement analysis and equip students with the knowledge and skills to carry out and scrutinise firm valuation and appropriate relevant econometric analysis.

Portfolio Management
Year: 4

Status: C
The module provides a deeper understanding of portfolio management, the role of the portfolio manager, the tools at the disposal of the portfolio manager and the dynamics of the portfolio management environment. Subjects examined within the module include: portfolio construction and performance measurement, equity and bond portfolio management, derivatives and risk management and market efficiency and the implications of behavioural finance.

Derivatives
Year: 4

Status: C
This module provides up-to-date coverage of the main aspects of financial derivatives. Moreover, it gives an overview of the mechanics of futures markets, the hedging strategies using futures, the determination of forward and futures prices, the mechanics of options markets and the swaps, and the Greek letters. The module presents the corner stone of financial derivatives, namely the Black-Scholes-Merton Model and Binomial Trees method.

Money, Banking and Other Financial Institutions
Status: O
Year: 4

This module is optional

Banks, and other financial institutions, play a pivotal role in developed and developing economies. This module provides an overview of these institutions and the role of money in such institutions.

Risk Management: Principles & Practice
Status: O
Year: 4

This module is optional

The objective of the module is to provide students with a broad understanding of the general principles of risk in business, the key risks encountered by organisations operating within the financial services industry, the influence of corporate governance, regulation and codes of conduct, and the approaches typically used to identify, reduce and manage specific aspects of risk. The module will extensively assess previous risk events to both illustrate previous deficiencies and to identify the potential for future enhancements to risk management.

Behavioural Finance
Status: O
Year: 4

This module is optional

The module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of theoretical and empirical limitations of traditional finance theory and presents the foundations of behavioural finance. Students will have the opportunity to critically evaluate behavioural explanations for anomalies in financial markets and gain an understanding of the inherent implications, opportunities and limitations of behavioural finance itself.

 

Entry Requirements

A level:

A-level grades BBC if including A-Level Mathematics or

BBB if not completing A-level Mathematics.

Access to Higher Education (HE):

Overall Access profile 70%.

GCSE:

GCSE Profile to include Maths with a minimum Grade B.

GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum Grade C.

  • English language requirements for international applicants
    The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
  • Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

 

Foundation Campus
Pathway Foundation Campus: BANGOR UNIVERSITY Bangor
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 year
Course Fee:  13680.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Jordanstown campus, Ulster University, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim BT37 0QB, United Kingdom
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER