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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 2022
1-2 years full-time
2-4 years part-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,700 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Ann-Ngoc Nguyen

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

Please note this course is subject to review.

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.

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.

Course highlights

  • Our London campus means you’ll have access to some of the world’s biggest financial institutions and start-ups so you’re able to build professional experience before you graduate.
  • Access to Financial Markets Lab, a state-of-the-art facility where you’ll be trained on how to use Bloomberg and Datastream financial software. You will also have the opportunity to gain a Bloomberg certificate.
  • An opportunity to gain a CIMA certificate following training on Sage accounting software.
  • Students can enjoy oversea learning experiences.
  • Graduate with a proficiency in financial software programmes like Minitab and SPSS, equipping you with transferable skills for a career in finance.

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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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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.

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt in recent years by enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.

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.


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.

Teaching and learning from 2022

We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year.

We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our in-person teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.

Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information is likely to change slightly for 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.

Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

7 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

5 hours

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online

  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.


You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU / International
  3. Additional costs

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

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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