These courses are aimed at helping students to develop the skills, techniques and personal qualities required for the fast moving world of finance. Upon completion students will have gained an industry and employer recognised qualification that has a strong vocational focus. Highly valued degree courses in finance will create fully rounded graduates who have a comprehensive understanding of modern day financial and accounting practices.

All the university courses listed on this page are delivered by academic institutions that are renowned for their commitment to innovation and research. They are focused on helping their students to specialise and stand out in a competitive world. Crucially the close proximity of many of these London universities to the capitals financial district means that many of them have high level contacts with numerous City firms who are always on the lookout for quality finance graduates.

Finance courses have the potential to open up global career opportunities for high-calibre students as they meet the needs of business employers who want graduates with theoretical knowledge and also real world practice. London being an international city, the multicultural dimension of these courses is enhanced by the backgrounds of the permanent and visiting academic faculty.

Programmes will prepare students for a career in wide variety areas of areas including; professional accountancy, investment banking, investment analysis and management, management consultancy and financial management, as well as to more advanced academic study.

Course structure
In the typical part time program, the core curriculum is focused on key elements such as investment analysis, corporate finance and financial management / managerial accounting. There is a strong emphasis on showing students how to view financial problems from a managerial, business and international perspective. Students are prepared for a career in the financial markets through a combination of academic rigour and practical skill-building. They will study the core topics of economics, accounting and finance and gain an introduction to the specialist areas such as debt markets, corporate finance and management accounting.

These short courses are suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced professionals who are already working in the financial services sector. Prior to admission the only prerequisite on many courses is a sufficient level of numeracy or some financial knowledge or experience. The structure is specifically designed to fit around the busy working lives of undergraduates.

Extensive academic support and advice is offered to students by tutors and course co-ordinators who can always be contacted by email and telephone. Everything is aimed at making the learning experience more successful and enjoyable.

Course content will include modules on

  • Managing Finance
  • Marketing Principles
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Practical Book Keeping
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Basic Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Auditing
  • Statistics
  • Taxation
  • Business economics
  • Derivatives
  • Introduction to banking
  • Portfolio management
  • Corporate restructuring

The course will give students

  • A focus on financial issues in all industry sectors.
  • A flexible qualification that is suitable for a wide range of roles.
  • The skills required to take professional accountancy qualifications, indeed you may be able to gain exemptions from several of the examinations of professional accountancy bodies (depending on the courses taken). To find out more contact the relevant bodies for advice.
  • An understanding of the motivation for and consequences of mergers and acquisitions against the background of corporate finance theory and practice.

Students will learn about

  • Finding new sources of finance.
  • Accurately interpreting complex financial data.
  • Monitoring cash flow.
  • Analysing market trends.
  • Managing budgets.
  • Cost control.
  • Identifying cost reduction opportunities.
  • Providing financial support to colleagues in a work environment.
  • Analytical techniques.
  • Price setting process.
  • Analysis of financial statements
  • Behavioural finance.
  • Trade and international business.
  • Cost accounting.
  • Microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • Spreadsheet skills
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance
  • Current issues in financial accounting.
  • Strategic financial management.

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