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Financial Services (Top-up) (Year 3 Entry) BA Honours

Tailored for students with a financial services background to help launch a successful career.

Financial Services (Top-up) (Year 3 Entry) BA Honours

October 2020
January 2021
1-2 years full-time
2-4 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
See the Fees and funding tab to view January 2021 start fees
Course leader
Xufei Zhang

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

You can choose to start this course in October 2020 and in January 2021. This is because we've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Whenever you start, you'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support to do your best.

The financial services industry is one of the UK’s biggest. Learn how to succeed in an international finance career with our course.

Why study this financial services (Top-up) course with us

This is a one-year advanced financial services course designed to provide you with the financial knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed. Your studies will cover the emerging needs of an increasingly global financial services market, including building societies, banks, insurance, investment management, and much more. It’ll build on your existing knowledge to ensure that you’re meeting and exceeding the demands of the financial sector.

You’ll learn how to apply analytical quantitative techniques to a range of fiscal subject areas. Additionally, you’ll extend your understanding and application of economics theory in finance. Beyond theory, you’ll graduate with a proficiency in financial software programmes like Minitab and SPSS, equipping you with transferable skills for a career in finance.

Our London campus offers you plenty of access to some of the world’s biggest financial institutions and start-ups so you’re able to build professional experience before you graduate.

Gain transferable skills with our course

Throughout your time with us, you’ll work with specific software that’s used within the industry to best prepare you for your career. In the Financial Markets Lab, a state-of-the-art facility you’ll have access to, you’ll be trained on how to use Bloomberg and Datastream financial software. You’ll even have an opportunity to gain a CIMA certificate following training on Sage accounting software. In addition, you’ll have access to cutting edge business resources, which include the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub.

All this opens a lot of different career doors. Previous graduates have gone on to work as accounting technicians, accountants, financial advisors, insurance brokers, and many others.

Get the support you need

From your Personal Tutor to your Graduate Academic Assistant, each one has studied your subject and will provide the support to help you based on their own experience.

If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, we can help with that too.

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What will you study on the BA Financial Services (Top-up)?

Building on your financial services background, you will gain a thorough knowledge of finance theory and policy; international monetary theory and policy and the operations of modern financial institutions including services, products, risks, and markets.

Through studying the course core modules you will explore the issues involved in delivering financial services in a real-world context, examining regulatory and ethical issues. You will also develop an understanding of the theory and practice of financial data analysis and the marketing approaches employed in the sector. Further modules will train you in the marketing function of financial services, and quantitative and computing methods applicable to fiscal sectors.

What will you gain?

You will develop a suite of transferable skills including the analytical, numerical (finding and evaluating information) and information technology skills required for financial services professionals. Alongside this you will learn to write effectively for business and communicate more proficiently in both written and spoken form.


  • Year 3

    • Global Issues in Financial Services (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module primarily aims to provide you with the technical and theoretical knowledge necessary to understand the international financial system. The first half of the module introduces the different components of the financial services sector, and the specific roles they play. The second half of the module takes us into the operation of financial markets and the application of financial instruments and techniques used in managing the financial assets and risks. Global financial and banking crises will be examined, with special emphasis on emerging markets. The role of international financial regulation, viz., the Basel Capital Accords, will be examined from the perspective of mature economies and emerging markets.

    • Marketing for Financial Services (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module explores the impact of national and international regulatory and market experiences that impact financial services marketing. Drawing on the theoretical frameworks and practical applications of both marketing and the business of financial services, the module enables you to identify, critically evaluate and apply relevant knowledge and derive viable solutions to complex real life situations that currently impact the marketing of financial services. You will be introduced to a wide range of analytical, managerial and theoretical techniques and concepts which experts in the field believe to be relevant and useful for financial services marketing. You will also be introduced to new developments in the field including issues surrounding the ethics, professional practice and industry standards that affect financial marketing. You will be encouraged to evaluate critically the techniques, concepts and applicability to national and international financial services contexts.

    • Financial Data Analysis (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of financial data analysis techniques used in the financial services. The module uses mathematical and statistical techniques to develop an understanding of the models underlying finance, and statistical and probability methods used in analysing financial data. Throughout the module, computer packages are used to develop a deeper understanding of the techniques.

    • International Finance (30 credits) - Optional (Compulsory Jan Start)

      This module aims to provide level 6 students with the theories of exchange rate and balance of payments, and skills of managing international financial assets and exchange rate risks in a global environment. You will have the opportunity to study the operations of the world capital markets, grasp the principles essential to understanding of global financial issues and policies, and apply tools to effectively evaluate international risk in order to succeed in international financial environment.

    • Business Finance (30 credits) – Optional

      The primary objective of this module is to provide you with solid understanding of contemporary corporate finance and the tools to solve the financial problems confronting business today. The module will explain the main aspects of corporate finance, including investment decision, working capital management, and financing decision. It will enable a critical appreciation of the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour. You will be able to apply your financial skills in practical problems solving, case studies and coursework to develop your understanding of business environments and prepare for a future career.

    • Investment Analysis (30 credits) – Optional

      The module aims to develop your knowledge of modern investment theory and practice. A detailed study of classic portfolio theory provides the basis for an appreciation of, and further investigation into, themes that are currently at the forefront of reflection and research in investment theory, including sceptical views of the classic paradigm whose status has been boosted by the international banking crisis that began in 2008. In tandem with a critical approach to theory, the module offers insights into the quantitative methods (and supporting technology) that are used to inform the construction and management of investment portfolios. Furthermore, you will analyse institutional, product and technological innovation in the sphere of investment management, particularly in relation to a heightened concern with risk control, market liquidity and disclosure of information.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the BA Financial Services (Top-up) taught?

You will gain knowledge and understanding through guided reading of textbooks, academic journals, computer aided packages, on-line and in-class tests, seminar exercises, workshops and lectures.

Work experience

We encourage our students to undertake a paid work placement during their studies; either as a year long assignment between year two and three, or as two shorter placements during the summers of your 1st and 2nd years of study.

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.

As an alternative to a year-long placement, you can instead undertake an internship as part of your course; either full-time over the summer following your second year of study, or part-time throughout the course of your final year.

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

Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.


Your knowledge and understanding is assessed through informal tutor feedback in seminars and workshops and by on-line and in-class tests. Summative assessment is by tests, written coursework and seen/unseen examination.

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How can the BA Financial Services (Top-up) support your career?

You will graduate with a firm foundation for professional employment within the international finance sector and well prepared for postgraduate study.

Previous graduates from our accounting and finance courses have secured roles such as Accounting Technician, Actuary, Accountant, Financial Adviser, Insurance Broker, Investment Analyst, Investment Banker and Tax Adviser. You could be working in organisations like:

  • Citibank
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deloitte
  • AIMS Accountancy
  • Leadenhall Finance
  • Royal Mail
  • David Graham Assoc.
  • Hacker Young
  • John Lewis
  • Henry Bertrand

You can also go on to further study on courses such as MSc International Banking & Development, MSc Banking & Finance, and MSc Technology & Innovation Management.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Dr Sina Badreddine
Senior Lecturer

Dr Badreddine's research work, which focuses on understanding stock markets and how their movements underpin and drive our economies, is critical for policy makers and business leaders alike. Through the investigation of persisting anomalies in stock markets and investigating the sources for the consequent abnormal returns, he examines whether the behaviour of certain stock reflects earlier anticipation.

Dr Edward Bace
Senior Lecturer

Dr Bace has spent a long career in finance and banking in New York and London. He has worked for Standard & Poor's, Lehman Brothers and EBRD, among others. Now he specialises in transmitting his experience and expertise in credit, commercial and investment banking in educational settings. He is a frequent speaker and participant in international conferences, is involved as a journal editor, is a CFA and a Charter Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He has served on the global Ethics Committee of the Professional Risk Managers' International Association, of which he is also a member, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Council for British Archaeology.

Dr Ann (Ngoc) Nguyen
Senior Lecturer

Dr Nguyen was awarded her Master degree by the Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Advanced International Studies. She subsequently obtained her Doctorate at Brunel University. During her career, Ngoc has been awarded a number of prestigious commercial and governmental scholarships. Prior to joining Middlesex University, Ngoc held appointments within the educational sector and government agencies

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