Investment and Financial Risk Management

City University London
In Islington (England)

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Starts Location
Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB , London, England
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What you'll learn on the course

IT Law
Financial Risk
Risk Management
Financial Risk Management
IT risk
Business School
Financial Training
IT Management
Skills and Training

Course programme

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1st in London, 4th in the UK for Accounting and finance courses (Guardian University Guide 2017)

National Student Survey 2015: 92% of Investment and Financial Risk Management students were satisfied with their course.

The BSc (Hons) in Investment and Financial Risk Management covers both the internal aspects of financial institutions and the external factors that affect the investment arena and modern financial markets in general. The degree provides an in-depth understanding of the theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques.

The course has a strong practical dimension so you can acquire a sound knowledge of how to apply these techniques to all areas of investment and financial risk including:

  • security analysis
  • portfolio theory and asset valuation
  • investment banking hedge funds
  • equity investment analysis
  • derivatives trading hedging
  • bond portfolio management

The undergraduate course has a strong focus on international business and covers many other areas relating to global financial markets.

The course offers you a route to becoming a trader, a fund manager, a broker or analyst in any area of finance. To succeed in this arena, you should be confident, questioning and curious about the world of banking and the financial markets.

BSc (Hons) in Investment and Financial Risk Management is available as a three-year degree or four-year degree for those who wish to take up a one-year work placement option or study abroad sandwich option. These options offer excellent opportunities to gain relevant work experience to prepare for your career or add an international dimension to your undergraduate study. 91% of students are satisfied overall with the degree and 79% are either in work or further study within six months of graduating.

Course content Year 1

The first year of the Investment and Financial Risk Management degree provides an introduction to financial markets, accounting, economics and quantitative methods. You will also gain an understanding of the tools used in applied investment analysis and enhance their mathematical, statistical and computing skills.

Core modules:
  • Accounting
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Business Skills
  • Finance and Investment
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Management
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
Year 2

The second year develops your theoretical knowledge and enables you to interpret financial data through the use of advanced statistical tools and formulate and solve complex problems in finance. You will gain a thorough understanding of the framework for the measurement of risk and return.

The course also introduces econometrics and its application to modelling and testing in finance. Elective modules enable you to deepen your knowledge of subjects such as investment, finance and risk, insurance and real estate.

Core modules:
  • Derivatives trading and hedging
  • Financial econometrics
  • Portfolio theory and investment valuation
  • Security analysis
Final year

In the final year, core modules enable you to gain in-depth knowledge of investment and financial risk management.

Core modules:
  • Asset liability management
  • Equity investment management
  • Financial engineering
  • Fixed income portfolio management

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Placements and internships

BSc Investment & Financial Risk Management undergraduates are eligible to undertake an optional one-year paid work placement during the 3rd year of a 4 year sandwich degree programme.

The experience of working for a leading institution can be invaluable in terms of your future career. It will enable you to acquire skills and competencies sought by graduate employers, and give you an edge over the competition.

BSc Investment & Financial Risk Management students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as Sales & Trading, Hedge Funds, Prime Brokerage, and Equity Research.  Students have recently taken up placements within many leading corporate organisations including:

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan
  • Deutsche Bank
  • AXA Investment Management
  • BNP Paribas
  • Hedge funds and asset management firms.

Our reputation, achievements and successful graduates have helped us to develop close relationships with a diverse range of companies, who recognise that Cass students can add significant value to their workforce.

Our dedicated Placement team are in regular contact with these and many more companies, and will support students throughout the work experience process.

Although this additional year is not credited and will not count towards your degree classification, it is a recognised part of the degree programme and will be endorsed on your final degree certificate.

Study abroad

International study opportunities

In today's global business environment, international exposure gives you a vital edge in the employment market. As part of the BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management course,  a period of study abroad is an excellent opportunity to enhance your education with an international dimension.

Cass Business School gives you the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying at one of our partner institutions. This could be in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US, South Korea or Europe.

Available study abroad programme structures and partner institutions

Replacement 2nd Year Abroad

You can spend the second- year of your three- year degree course studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.

During your time abroad you will cover all core material of your second year Cass programme, taking equivalent courses at the host institution. Teaching is in English, but subjects are taught from a different perspective.  Elective modules will enable you to focus on the specialist areas of the partner institution, or the business practice of the country in which you are studying. You can study at one of our partner universities listed below:


Host institution (Replacement 2nd Year, Investment & Financial Risk Management)


Queenland University of Technology

Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.


Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

With a history dating back to 1841, Queen's has long enjoyed a reputation as Canada's "Ivy League" university and is consistently ranked among Canada's very best universities. It is the only Canadian business school to be consistently ranked among the world's top 30 business schools by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.


Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

UBC is one of Canada's leading research universities and is consistently ranked in the top 40 of the world. Located 30 minutes from the heart of down-town Vancouver it attracts students from more than 140 countries world-wide.

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

CUHK is ranked seventh in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013.The 137 hectare campus overlooking Tolo Harbour houses a range of facilities such as world-class libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and gymnasiums.


University of Hong Kong (HKU)

HKU is ranked second in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013 and is ranked 43rd in the world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14).


Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

HKUST is ranked first in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013. HKUST Business School was the first school in Asia to be awarded dual accreditation by AACSB and EQUIS. It offers 10 undergraduate business programmes.


Bocconi University, Milan

Based in Milan, Bocconi is a triple accredited school (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and is ranked 8th in the European Business School Rankings 2013.


Singapore Management University

SMU was founded in 2000 by the government of Singapore, modelling itself on an American style university structure. SMU has over 180 exchange partner universities around the world.


IE Business School (Madrid and Segovia)

Situated in the heart of Madrid's financial district, IE Business School is ranked 1st in Europe (FT European Business School rankings 2013)

United States

Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta

Located in Atlanta, Emory University Goizueta Business School's BBA programme currently ranks at No. 7 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and at No. 13 in U.S. News & World Report


Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Located in College Park, eight miles from The White House and downtown Washington, D.C. you will be studying at the Robert H. Smith School of Business whose undergraduate programme was ranked number 18 in the USA (2014 U.S. News & Report, 2013).

Sandwich Year Abroad

You can spend a year of your degree course studying at one of our partner institutions, between your second and third year of study. This would add a year to your degree and you would complete your degree in four years.

Teaching here can be in the relevant native language which would require appropriate foreign language skills. However most host universities are now offering an increasing number of courses taught in English and in Singapore all teaching will be in English.

You can also choose to combine your study overseas with a work placement, which involves spending six months studying and the remaining six months working. You would be expected to organise your own placement, although some of our partner schools may be able to help you.

This additional year of study does not form a part of your degree, however you will need to spend the full year studying and pass all assessments. Your degree certificate will state 'with Study Abroad'. The partner university will also provide you with a transcript of the modules you have studied there.

Host institution (Sandwich Year, Investment & Financial Risk Management)

Universidad Agentina de la Empresa


Queensland University of Technology

Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.


RMIT, Melbourne

RMIT is based in Melbourne city, Australia. It is a QS 5-star university, which is the highest possible rating.


HEC, Montreal

Like Cass, HEC is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and was the first school in North America to achieve this. There are opportunities to study in French or English.


Queen's University

Queen's School of Business has a rich history dating back to 1841 and is consistently ranked as one of Canada's leading universities. It welcomes over 300 exchange students every year from more than 40 countries.


Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

Ranked in the top 100 for Financial Times MBA Rankings, Ivey provides a competitive combination of world-class teaching and modern facilities.


ESCP Europe, Paris

Like Cass, ESCP is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) The Paris campus is located in the centre of the city. The Masters in Management, from which you will take classes, is currently ranked 3rd in the Financial Times rankings.


Grenoble School of Management

Grenoble holds the triple crown of business accreditation. You will study modules from their Bachelor in International Business (taught in English).


ESSEC Business School

Established in 1907, ESSEC is one of the leading institutions in Europe for business education. Their BBA was the first programme in France to receive the prestigious AACSB and EQUIS accreditations.


ESC Rennes School of Business

Located in the capital of Britanny, ESC Rennes has both AACSB and AMBA accreditation. You can study business modules in English or French.


University of Mannheim

University of Mannheim - The University of Mannheim Business School is highly ranked and has an excellent reputation. You will be studying modules from their Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Business Education in either German or English.


Technische Universität Münchcn, Munich

TU Munich is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14).


LUISS Guido Carli, Rome

LUISS Guido Carli is a private Italian university located in the heart of Rome. You are able to study in either Italian or English and there is an intensive Italian language course available before the start of term.

The Netherlands

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

RSM is consistently ranked in the top 10 business schools in Europe and has 'triple crown' accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). You will study all modules in English.


BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo

Located in the business district in Oslo, BI is EQUIS accredited. It is a self-owned, not-for-profit foundation whose sole focus is education and research.


National University of Singapore

NUS is ranked 2nd in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013 and is one of the top 50 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14). More than 1,000 exchange students visit NUS each year.


Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang is ranked 76th in the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings. You will have the chance to study at one of Asia's most prestigious universities in the heart of Singapore.


Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

The UPF campus is located in the heart of Barcelona. You would be taking classes from the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences where delivery is in English, Spanish or Catalan.


Seoul National University

Ranked 44 in the World University Rankings 2013/14, SNU was founded in 1946 as the first national university of Korea. SNU Business School was also the first business school in Korea to be certified by the Associate to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

CUHK is ranked seventh in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013. The 137 hectare campus overlooking Tolo Harbour houses a range of facilities such as world-class libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and gymnasiums.


University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, College of Business

Set amidst the rural Midwest a couple of hours from Chicago, UIUC's College of Business is ranked amongst the top 10 of public institutions of higher education in the US.


The BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management provides exemption from some of the professional examinations of the following professional bodies:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Institute of Financial Services (IFS)

Teaching Style

We have more than 100 full-time academic staff, complemented by over 25 visiting lecturers, who combine expertise with successful careers as business leaders, policy makers and/or government advisors. Our academic team works with businesses, alumni and leading thinkers to devise and update our course content so that is relevant and specific to market realities.

Our teaching style is based on encouraging you to think independently, to form your own opinions and critique relevant theory. We underpin your learning with the pertinent theories in your field embed with real life practices so you understand the way modern markets and businesses operate. Our courses offer numerous practical applications (or have a strong vocational element) without compromising their academic rigour. We use case studies, thought provoking scenarios and group work to give you a head start in the real world.

Each module will be a mix of lectures, seminars and group work. Most modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. The first year of your programme contributes 10% to your final degree classification, the second year 30% and the final year 60%.

Entry requirements

Qualification Requirement 'A' level