International Finance and Banking BSc (Hons) top-up
UCAS Code: N315
Coventry University (Coventry)
1 year full-time
Study level: Top-up Courses
Do you speak another language and are you interested in banking and finance? Then international banking and finance could be an ideal potential future career option for you.
- Primarily targeted at international students, this course is designed with a specific focus on international banking and finance in an international context, incorporating the study of English language for business, to better prepare you for potential global career options in areas such as business, accountancy or financial management.
Global ReadyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
Teaching excellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
EmployabilityCareer ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Why you should study this course
Designed to help you develop the skills needed for a career in the finance and banking sectors, this top-up course, aimed at international students, covers core finance modules, along with relevant banking modules, while also incorporating important elements of the economics and accounting disciplines. This approach should give you the opportunity to gain knowledge across a variety of areas, while also specialising in the skills needed to become a finance and banking professional.
With a strong focus on applying learning to practical situations, this course involves rigorous banking and regulation-based modules which should help to prepare you for potential work in the sector. Throughout the course, modules should allow you the opportunity to work on real case studies and explore tackling specific issues faced by banks in the global banking environment, using the skills you have learned to look at proposing recommendations on how to solve the problems.
There are also modules covering contemporary developments in the industry, including Financial Technology, or FinTech, which give you the opportunity to gain insight into recent technological developments (such as blockchain and cloud computing), new emerging sectors (such as crypto-currencies and peer-to-peer lending), and take a look at the main players driving the growth of the FinTech industry.
By studying our top up course you will benefit from:
- Specialist content which covers the identification, analysis and solution of financial decision making.
- Outstanding facilities include our Trading Floor, currently one of the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
- Opportunity to access support from the university’s sigma centre, which can provide maths and stats help and advice through drop-in sessions with experienced staff (subject to availability).
- Experienced staff, who have worked as auditors for large scale professional services firms in different countries and as ACCA markers in the UK (please note that staff are subject to change).
- Opportunity to join a variety of student led societies, including the Accounting and Finance society, the Investment Society and the Financial Trading Society.
- Study at Coventry Business School, ranked ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools in over 150 countries, in 2019.
- Opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and visit key financial institutions, which have previously included the London Stock Exchange and Bank of England (subject to availability and additional costs may apply).
Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)
Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research.
European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries.
This course is recognised by the above memberships for the 2021/22 intake. There is currently no intention for either of these memberships to lapse however if either of these memberships were not to be renewed we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
What you'll study
The below modules are studied in your first year, when entering the course at Level 5. The modules in this year are intended to provide a strong background in Finance and Financial Theory, setting the basis for further specialism at Level 6. All modules are mandatory.
Alongside modules covering key areas of finance and banking, you will also study a module focused on employability skills, to help you as you progress into the world of work, and a module on academic English, to help further develop the English language skills needed in the globalised economy.
Principles of Finance - 20 credits
This module aims to introduce students to relevant concepts in finance. Students will learn about the workings of the equity and bond markets and acquire techniques to exploit the trade-off between risk and return to an optimal effect. This module also aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and practical underpinnings of modern day finance. It will cover a broad range of topics to provide an understanding of the structure, operation and functions of the financial industry.
Business Accounting for Decision Making - 20 credits
The module aims to develop student understanding of the fundamental aspects of management accounting and accounts and will build an understanding of the tools and techniques that are commonly used for short and long term decision making in various business scenarios. Also, this module will develop a basic understanding of the students in solving different problems, choosing the best alternative by critical analysis and guiding management in implementing the organisation’s strategic choices.
English Skills for Finance - 10 credits
This module helps international students to develop their English language knowledge and skills to a level where they can operate effectively. This is achieved in a context where the language is used for the study of Finance. The emphasis is on developing practical reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to support the study of Finance courses at the university. This module will involve activities and tasks designed to increase the range and effectiveness of students’ use of language and the development of study and communication skills in a professional and academic context.
Employability Skills in Finance - 10 credits
This module aims to ensure students have a clear understanding of the employers expectation and how to best prepare to face the job market at this level. The module begins with an opportunity for self-evaluation where students complete a skills audit in order to identify strengths and weaknesses relative to the job applications. Once this reflective exercise is completed, students will address and enhance the areas of weaknesses identified and also be supported and mentored towards job opportunities that would best utilise their strengths.
Governance and Ethics in Finance - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of a number of key topics of corporate governance theory including research and practice (incorporating associated reporting and regulation, and issues of ethics). It will also develop their ability to evaluate the academic literature and current issues; and to integrate and synthesise topics in order to participate in current debates and to suggest potential insights for development.
Software Applications in Finance - 20 credits
The use and scope of technology is expanding in every sector of finance. This module will develop student's understanding and use of a variety of software applications used in finance and investment analysis. The module significantly develops the practical Microsoft Excel skills required for the measurement, analysis and presentation of financial data. Various data sources and databases are also explored (e.g. FAME). The module also offers training in the software in use in the Trading Floor, such as Bloomberg and Reuters.
Quantitative Analysis - 20 credits
The module seeks to introduce students to the main quantitative techniques which are used in academic finance literature by financial analysts, economists, and accountants as well as individual investors to enable students to access this literature in an effective and illuminating manner. It examines the structure and content of financial and quantitative data and goes on to develop students’ understanding of a range of statistical techniques which can assist the financial manager to make decisions. It combines theory with practical computing exercises, allowing students to get a hands-on experience where they will examine some real-world data and apply statistical concepts to make inferences. The module will primarily focus on the statistical techniques of estimation, hypothesis testing and modelling using economic and financial data.
The below modules are studied in your first year if you enter the course at Level 6, or in your second year if you enter the course at Level 5. All modules are mandatory.
Further focus is placed during the year on your personal development, with a module on employability skills, and a module on academic English. Modules in this year are designed to provide a more focused analysis of the banking industry, including risks in the sector and associated theories.
International Banking and Financial Institutions - 20 credits
This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the financial underpinnings of banking and other financial institutions, including insurance companies, fund managers, and securities firms. It will cover a range of topics concerning their roles, structure, and functions. This module will also examine the relationship between business models, balance sheet structures, and the creation of financial risks. Students will also appreciate current issues in banking and financial institutions, which should enhance their employability in the finance sector.
Financial Theory - 20 credits
This module aims to further develop student’s understanding in the key concepts in finance. Students will learn about the function of capital markets, the relationship between risk and return and how to price a variety of financial assets.
Academic English for Finance - 10 credits
This module helps international students to further develop their English language knowledge and skills, in the areas of finance, banking and investment to a level where they can operate effectively and independently. This is achieved in a context where the language is used for the study of finance, banking and investment. The emphasis is on developing practical reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to support the study of finance courses at the university. This module will involve activities and tasks designed to increase the range and effectiveness of students’ use of language and the development of study and communication skills in a professional and academic context.
Employability Skills in Finance - 10 credits
The aim of this module is to develop in students a range of key skills necessary for their learning, research and intercultural communication during their study of a top up programme on Banking and Finance. This module will enable students to actively pursue their academic development and will also lead to greater confidence in their broader lives, thereby allowing them to make the most of their overseas experience. Intercultural communication skills are recognised as valuable assets in the world of expanding global business. This module will help students develop a range of intercultural competences to work effectively with diverse teams to enhance opportunities for future careers or further study. The module relates to the students’ overall academic study. Students are required to demonstrate skills to reflect on their progress on the course.
Risk Management in Banking - 20 credits
This module enables students to understand how banks are impacted by risk, and what measures banks can take to measure and mitigate risks they encounter. Bank risk is explored within the traditional spectrum of risk types, including liquidity, credit, market risk, and operational risk. But importantly, bank risk is also explored at enterprise (balance sheet) level, and also at whole financial sector (systemic) level, in order to reflect the emergence and increasing recognition of systemic risk management as a risk discipline.
Financial Technology - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to provide a rigorous introduction to Financial Technology (FinTech). The module reviews the history and development of FinTech and discusses how FinTech is transforming financial institutions and the finance and business sectors more broadly. The module provides an overview of the application of innovative technologies within finance such as big data and analytics, AI and machine learning, cloud computing, blockchain, and mobile banking. The module also discusses alternative finance such as cryptocurrencies, peer to peer lending and crowdfunding. In addition, regulation and governance of Fintech and some specific industry applications are examined and evaluated.
Analysis of Investments - 20 credits
The module focuses on the bond and equity markets. Students will evaluate and apply advanced bond pricing techniques along with bond portfolio managements and the associated risk immunisation methodologies. In respect to equity valuation, students will compare and contrast discounted cash flow methods with fundamental valuation approaches associated with approaches such as value investing and growth investing. Market timing is also explored through the application of technical analysis.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
How you'll learn
This course is studied full-time over one or two years, depending on the level of entry. You can start in September and January.
Seminars and workshops are smaller group teaching environments, they are interactive and may involve hypothetical problem questions, simulations, case studies and the analysis of more theoretical issues. Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, workshops and personal study.
Coventry University aims to ensure that its courses are fairly assessed and endeavours to monitor student progression towards achieving the learning outcomes.
Assessments may include:
- Individual assignments
- Practical assessments
- Group work elements
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Develop a critical understanding of appropriate research theories and empirical evidence relevant to banking policy, regulation and ethical practice.
- Assess banking and financial institutions operations within an international context by comparing different approaches to financial regulation and practice.
- Constructively analyse theoretical and empirical approaches to solving banking and financial problems in an international context.
- Apply financial modelling and analytical tools when conducting research using a variety of finance and finance related resources such as relevant databases and literature in order to resolve typical finance and banking issues.
- Demonstrate digital literacy by using information, communication and digital technologies in solving different financial problems and be aware of emerging financial technologies (FinTech) that play a significant role in the finance and banking world now and in the future.
- Make rational decisions that take into account ethical issues faced by the finance and banking industry today and demonstrate awareness of the role played by ethics in making financial decisions.
- Understand what is meant by, and what is involved in the risk management of financial issues and relevant factors influential to the investment behaviour of firms.
- Demonstrate enhanced employability including attributes such as professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills to enable effective oral written presentation of work whilst also showing initiative and the ability to work independently.
Typical offer for 2022 entry.
This course is designed for international students, and features modules dedicated to the study of English within a business context. If you are a UK student and would like to study the course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
To be accepted for the programme students must possess 240 credits (120 ECTS) at level 4 and 5 obtained in a relevant subject area, covering either accounting or finance.
Fees and funding
2022/23 Tuition fees
|Student||Full time||Part time|
|UK|| 2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £9,250 per year
|International|| 2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £15,000 per year
For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.
The Trading Floor is an invaluable facility which allows you to get hands-on with industry-standard software. Housing 42 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals, the facility can add a dynamic practical element to your course.
Employability is at the forefront of all our accounting and finance courses. Our dedicated Talent Team are also on hand to help. They can assist you in applying for work placements, graduate level jobs and offer skills development workshops, and also organise networking events to introduce you to potential employers and industry contacts.
The sigma Centre is housed in our Lanchester Library and offers maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions and bookable appointments. It is the ideal place to help you navigate any issues you might have while studying an accounting and finance degree.
Careers and opportunities
On successful completion, you should be well placed to pursue a wide variety of potential future career options in finance, management, accounting, banking, personal and corporate finance and IT in private, public and third sector organisations. You could explore potential future roles as an accountant, auditor, business analyst, investment consultant, stock controller, tax assistant or teacher.
How to apply
Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS. Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.
Full-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International Guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation, tips for travel and guidance on how to apply.
If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.
The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
Placements and study abroad opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).