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Finance is challenging, exciting and vital to the world economy. Do you aspire to be a future leader? A global influencer? Hungry for a career in investment and finance? This degree offers the perfect balance of academic theory and practical experience.

There’s ample opportunity to tailor your studies. We begin with the bedrock of finance theory and methodology. You’ll then study programming for financial applications, portfolio management, international financial markets, and advanced corporate finance.

Your first year includes Accounting and Finance, Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance, plus a third subject. Second year students learn about Corporate Finance, Financial Engineering, Econometrics and Programing for Financial Applications. In your final year, you will complete one compulsory module and choose other modules from Portfolio Management, Financial Markets, Quantitative Finance, and Bloomberg Analysis to Advanced Corporate Finance. 

You can get a taste of real-time investing through our student investment fund and trading floor simulation system, complete with Bloomberg terminals. You’ll use a computerised investing strategy for competitive advantage, discovering more about automated trading and algorithms. You’ll also study Python, the programming language which is a key component of finance technology. The Department of Accounting and Finance will support you for summer internship opportunities in leading investment banks, asset management and insurance companies.

You will be led by academics at the frontier of financial research. Our professors are working on major European projects including investigating how to apply artificial intelligence to banking. Our researchers are also working on the art, precision and effectiveness of factor investing and hedge fund strategies. The Department has developed strong links with the Bank of England, top asset management companies, financial regulators and economists across the world.

Our graduates leave as independent thinkers, problem solvers and skilled communicators. Their ability to analyse information quickly and precisely, respond to challenges, and work with others, makes them highly attractive to employers.

Finance is challenging, exciting and vital to the world economy. Do you aspire to be a future leader? A global influencer? Hungry for a career in investment and finance? This degree offers the perfect balance of academic theory and practical experience. There’s ample opportunity to tailor your studies. We begin with the bedrock of finance theory and methodology. You’ll...

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Course Content

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1

Core

Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Principles of Economics B

Professional Skills

Quantitative methods for accounting and finance

Year 2

Core

Career Skills in Accounting and Finance 1

Introduction to Asset Pricing

Introduction to Econometrics

Principles of Finance

Statistical Methods for Business

Optional

Accounting Information Systems and Auditing

Management Accounting for Business Decisions

Principles of Financial Accounting

Year 3

Core

Career Skills in Accounting and Finance 2

Optional

Accounting and Finance Project

Advanced Management Accounting

Corporate Finance

Financial Accounting I

Financial Accounting II

Financial Markets

Financial Statement Analysis

Foundations of Banking

International Financial and Risk Management

Investments

Professional Financial Analysis

Quantitative Finance

Taxation

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at...

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Entry Requirements

A Level AAB

GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via [email protected]

A Level AAB GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4 IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages. Other Qualifications International...

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