The BSc Finance at Queen‘s offers a unique perspective on finance and investment management. It closely reflects the real-world finance and investment environment and focuses on the applied skills that employers look for.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including all the major finance employers in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Britain. We host annual employer liaison meetings for the course as well as annual finance careers fairs at which students can engage with a range of employers on a one-to-one basis.
Graduates from this degree at Queen‘s are highly regarded by many employers (local, national and international), and students who successfully complete the Finance degree are well placed to find employment in investment banks, corporate banks, building societies, insurance houses, stockbrokers, investment banks, accountancy and actuarial firms, specialist financial and private equity companies as well as in the finance functions of more general companies.
Further study is also an option – graduates can choose from a wide range of Master's programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics; see the School website for further information.
Masterclasses: students are offered exposure to experts from the London financial markets, who share their industry knowledge and offer advice on what it takes to succeed in finance.
Graduate Careers and Achievements: Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are very well regarded by many employers (local, national and international).
Students who successfully complete the Finance degree are well placed to find employment in investment banks, corporate banks, building societies, insurance houses, stockbrokers, investment banks, accountancy and actuarial firms, specialist financial and private equity companies as well as in the finance functions of more general companies.
Within these organisations graduates operate as financial analysts (in bonds, equities and derivative products), fund managers, treasurers, financial planners, wealth managers, accountants, financial economists, forecasters and corporate lenders.
Recent graduate employers have included: AllState; Bank of Ireland; Citi Group; Delta Index; Energia; Ernst & Young ; First Derivatives; HSBC; Kerr Henderson; KPMG; Mercer Plc; Morgan Stanley; Nationwide Building Society; Nomura Bank; Oxford Economics; PWC; Setanta Asset Management.
Students should also take a look at www.prospects.ac.uk for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract BSc Finance graduates.
Further study is also an option open to BSc Finance graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, see: http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast full Employability Statement for further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.