BSc Honours Finance (4-year sandwich) (UCAS Code: N300)
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Professor Donal McKillop
Queen’s University Management School
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For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
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The BSc Finance degree programme 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 modern employers are looking for. The degree structure provides a comprehensive examination of corporate and international finance, portfolio management, valuation of financial assets institutions, instruments and markets. Practical experience is emphasised throughout the degree.Back to top
Six modules are taken in each of Years 1, 2 and 4. In Year 3, students undertake a salaried placement in a financial environment for a minimum of nine months.
Financial Institutions and Markets
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Mathematics for Finance
Principles of Economics
Mutual and Pension Fund Management
Placement Learning Module
Placement (internship with a financial organisation)
Fixed Income Instruments
Queen’s University Management School is one of the largest Schools in the University with more than 1300 full-time undergraduate students and 300 plus postgraduate students. The School has been delivering high quality programmes for more than 40 years and was one of the first schools in the UK to introduce undergraduate management education. Since then, QUMS has been developing and enhancing its teaching portfolio for both local and international students and boasts students from more than 20 different nationalities.
In recent years, the School has benefited from significant investment resulting in many new academic appointments and state-of-the-art facilities including computer teaching labs with specilaised software and a Trading Room in Riddel Hall. In addition, the new McClay library houses an excellent selection of Management and related texts and there are extensive IT facilities throughout the campus.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential. In line with this, one of QUMS’ primary objectives is to deliver innovative learning and teaching programmes that provide students with the competences and skills to make a positive contribution to business, economic and civic life.
On the BSc Finance programme we achieve these goals by providing a range of learning environments which enable our students to engage with subject experts both academic staff and industry guest speakers, develop skills and attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree programme are:
Assessment (general): The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. Finance modules are typically assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and a final written unseen examination. Continuous assessment consists of tutorial submissions, short class tests, individual project work, small group projects and presentations – this involves three/four students per group working on a specific task, for example, a solution to a particular finance problem.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once students have reviewed your feedback, they will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.Back to top
The BSc (Finance) degree offers a unique perspective on finance and investment management. The BSc (Finance) closely reflects the real-world finance and investment environment, and focuses on the applied skills that modern employers are looking for. The programme provides a comprehensive examination of corporate finance, international finance, portfolio management, the valuation of financial assets and financial institutions, instruments and markets.
Students pursuing a career in Finance should enjoy working with numbers, be effective communicators and work well with people as they will have to analyse and interpret financial and other information to meet the needs of different users, including managers and investors.
Employer Links – Consultations:We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including all the major finance employers in NI, Ireland and GB. 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-one basis.
Placement Employers:Students undertake a minimum of nine months in a work placement. Salaries for students who have recently returned from placement (2011/12) range from £12k–39k. These placements are in Belfast, Dublin, London and the Channel Islands. For almost all students placed in Dublin and London the starting salary is in excess of £20k. The organisations and the functions in which students are currently placed (2012/11) include:
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 fullEmployability Statementfor 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.Back to top
Placement: Year 3 students undertake a minimum of nine months' work placement. Current (2011/12) salaries for placements range from £12k-39k. These placements are in Belfast, Dublin, London and the Channel Islands. For almost all students placed in Dublin and London the starting salary is in excess of £20k.
The organisations and the functions in which students are currently placed include:
Students who successfully complete their placement are also eligible for a Licentiateship qualification which is awarded by the City & Guilds of London Institute.
Financial Trading Room: many classes are taught in the dedicated financial trading room, which recreates the excitement of an investment bank trading floor, and provides students with hands-on experience in a dynamic environment. Real-time data feeds from major exchanges are displayed on terminals and wall screens, and industry-standard software packages are used to provide the best possible introduction to investment banking IT.
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 the world of finance.
Research Capabilities: there are 11 Finance academics at Queen's who teach on the Finance degree. All are at the cutting edge of finance. Several have held visiting positions at leading US universities (Harvard and UCLA), and a number have been visiting scholars at organisations such as the Bank of England and the Central Bank of Ireland.Back to top