Financial Economics and Banking BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom
Financial Economics and Banking BSc
Next enrollment cycle January 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 3,382,678
Course Accredited By CIMA
3 Years On Campus Undergraduate Degree

Be among the first to study at our new £16 million Brookfield campus, with state-of-the-art learning and facilities exclusive to Leicester School of Business students. Our BSc Financial Economics and Banking will introduce you to a broad range of topics including banking, financial intermediation, asset and liability management, financial decision making and financial markets and institutions.

  • This wide range of topics will give you an in-depth understanding of the way that financial organisations and markets work. You will learn to apply economic theory in financial contexts, for example the appraisal of competing investment opportunities and how government policy influences the stock market and the banking sector.
  • The course will familiarise you to techniques such as derivatives pricing, risk management methods and portfolio management, while you will also become a proficient user of financial software and complex data sources which will enable you to better understand the impact and reach of economic decisions.
  • You can study the syllabus for the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate at the School of Business, helping prepare you to take the examination for the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate directly with the CFA. In addition, the Financial Economics and Banking BSc is accredited by CIMA, the professional body of management accountants.
  • An optional year studying abroad or undertaking an industry placement will enhance your skills and build your professional network. Your time with us will also equip you with the research techniques that are vital to postgraduate study.
  • The close relationship between research and teaching is one of the great advantages of studying with us, and we welcome talented students from countries all over the world. Our staff are active researchers of international renown, and have acted as advisers and consultants to many international and national organisations, including the European Central Bank, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the Central Bank of Poland, the Central Bank of Greece and a number of UK Government departments.

The first year of this degree is shared with the following BSc degrees:

  • Business Economics BSc
  • Economics BSc
  • Economics and Accounting BSc
  • This means that you have the option to switch to any of these courses at the end of your first year.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking not included. Own language may be considered.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction.
  • GCSE: Grade B (5) in Mathematics and Grade C (4) in English Language
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Full Diploma with 30 points, including a minimum of minimum of grade 5 in SL Maths or 6 in SL Maths Studies/Application and Interpretation or 4 in HL Maths if not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma: DDD in Business diploma with strong GCSE background including Mathematics at grade B (5) and English Language at grade C (4).
  • Other national and international qualifications considered.
  • Second Year Entry is not possible on this course.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Business.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • Microeconomics
  • Maths for Economics 1
  • Statistics for Economists 1
  • Macroeconomics
  • Maths for Economics 2
  • Statistics for Economists 2
  • Contemporary Issues in Economics, Finance and Business (year-long module)

Four of our economics courses share the exact same first year. This means that you can switch to any of these degrees at the end of your first year:

  • Economics BSc
  • Economics and Accounting BSc
  • Business Economics BSc (renamed from Economics and Business BA from 2021/22 onwards)
  • It is not possible to switch to either our BSc Economics and Econometrics or BSc Financial Economics and Econometrics courses as these have a different first year. The BSc Economics offers a solid grounding in quantitative methods and includes econometrics modules that cover material that would sufficiently prepare you for master's level study in economics or finance.

Year 2

Core modules

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Topics in Applied Econometrics
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Money and Central Banking
  • Principles of Banking

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Firms, Markets and Welfare
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Economic History

Final Year

Core modules

  • Financial Derivatives
  • Risk Management in Banking
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Management
  • Dissertation

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Mathematical Finance
  • Managerial Economics
  • Management Science

Then choose two option modules from:

  • International Finance
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Accounting
  • Economics of Health

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

  • On a ULSB course you have the option of spending your third year gaining work experience on an industry placement or studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you can continue studying and complete your degree in three years.

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