Program Overview

The BSc Banking and Finance degree at Cardiff Met covers the key concepts of banking and finance and provides students with an understanding of the importance of this area in a practical and theoretical context. 


The course will equip students with the tools and analytical capabilities to identify and resolve complex problems in a dynamic and strategic way. In addition, this programme will provide students with highly transferable skills as well as a deep knowledge of a broad range of financial software. 


Banking and finance is fundamental to the world economy as it ensures that new and existing companies can raise the funds needed to undertake profitable investment ideas. This course is ideal if you have no previous experience in banking and finance but want to learn more about this industry. 


In the first year you will gain an insight into how financial institutions fit into the world economy, along with key quantitative methods techniques needed for a career in this industry. You will also be able to choose a language, either Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or French, as part of your programme. The optional language can be continued throughout your three-year degree and would further enhance your employability skills. 


The second year will involve expanding your knowledge by studying the impact of different types of risk on both companies and countries. The final year will enhance your understanding of the importance of remaining informed on contemporary issues in the wider business context by undertaking independent research. 


The teaching will involve lecturers, workshops and seminars which will have both academic knowledge and practical experience. The practical experience will include the use of financial software, to teach you the skills you need for the workplace after graduation.


CardiffUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 14,500




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​Foundation Year (Year 0):​

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

  1. ​​Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
  2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.


This degree in Banking and Finance is comprised of a number of core modules, with a range of options, totalling 360 credits across all years to develop your specific interests and expertise:


Year 1


Students will take 100 credits of compulsory modules and will be able to select 20 credits of optional modules. 


Compulsory modules:

  • Quantitative Methods I (20 credits)
  • Global Financial Services (20 credits)
  • The Economy: Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • The Economy: Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • French / Spanish / Mandarin Chinese/ Communication in Professional
    Contexts 1 (20 credits)
  • Law and the World of Business (20 credits)

Year 2


Student will take 100 credits of compulsory modules and will be able to select 20 credits from the range of available optional modules.


Compulsory modules:

  • Quantitative Methods II (20 credits)
  • Money Banking and Risk (20 credits)
  • Investment Markets and Principles (20 credits)
  • Work Experience OR Volunteering Project (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Corporate and Business Law (20 credits)
  • Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Games and Information Management (20 credits)
  • French / Spanish / Mandarin Chinese in Professional Contexts 2 (20 credits)

Year 3


Students will take 60 credits of compulsory modules and will be able to select 60 credits from the range of available optional modules.


Compulsory modules:

  • International Banking Regulation (20 credits)
  • Investment Management (20 credits)
  • Capital Markets and Derivatives (20 credits)

Optional modules*:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Econometrics (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Business and Consumer Protection (20 credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (20 credits)
  • Advanced Financial Reporting (20 credits)
  • Financial Management for Managers (20 credits)
  • Economic Tools for Government (20 credits)
  • Applied Microeconomics (20 credits)
  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Application (20 credits)
  • Macroeconomics: Theory and Application (20 credits)
  • Analytics and Business Intelligence (20 credits)
  • French / Spanish / Mandarin Chinese / Communication in Professional Contexts (20 credits)
  • Industrial Work Experience (20 credits)
  • Money and Credit (20 credits)

*Please note optional modules are delivered subject to demand and availability

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent.

The primary aim of this degree programme is to develop theoretical understanding of the key concepts of banking and finance. It will showcase the wider impact and importance of the banking sector the world economy.


Graduates will find a wide variety of career opportunities within the banking and finance sector, as well as the majority of the other industrial sectors (both public and private), including the credit analysis sector, financial and professional services, risk analysis, and institutional investment opportunities.


Real world experience is obtained as part of your study by compulsory work experience, as well as optional sandwich year placements and industrial internships.


On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across Accounting, Banking, Economics and Finance here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes


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