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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • PwC Augment
  • Citi Group
  • Energia
  • BDO Northern Ireland
  • Doherty PIC
  • Bell and Company
  • PwC

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Business Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Paraplanner
  • Adminstrator
  • Trainee Trading Analyst
  • Forensic Services Associate
  • Equities Settlement

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

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Summary

Study Finance and Investment Management at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This professionally relevant course has been designed to meet the needs of the wholesale financial services segment of the financial services sector. Graduates will gain an in-depth knowledge of the core finance principles with a practical understanding of how theory informs professional practice in preparation for a career in wholesale financial services and/or postgraduate studies in finance or cognate disciplines.

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About this course

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About

This professionally relevant course has been designed to meet the needs of the wholesale financial services segment of the financial services sector. Year 1 is introductory and is focused on the acquisition and development of personal skills recognised as foundation skills. In the induction period, you complete a study skills module designed to equip you with the necessary key communication skills, soft skills and learning strategies to enhance your learning and employability. Building on year 1, at year 2 you will develop the ability to work effectively in teams and in the analysis of more complex operational issues, and continue to develop your IT skills in respect of online financial databases, for example Bloomberg, and software essential for employment in the finance and investment environment. After successful completion of year 2, you have the option to complete a placement year in a financial services environment. In final year, modules build on core themes to give you an appreciation of the contemporary issues relevant to finance and investment management.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

The normal semester class schedules for full-time students.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Financial Mathematics and Statistics

Year: 1

This module develops students' quantitative skills and provides the building blocks for subsequent quantitative analysis.

Accounting for Financial Decision Makers

Year: 1

Accounting for Financial Decision Makers provides students with an understanding of the financial statements, standards and concepts relevant to those working in the field of finance.

Academic, Professional and Managerial Awareness

Year: 1

This module provides students with an opportunity to consider, reflect on, and develop the key skills that will provide the basis for successful study on their programme of study and in their future professional life. It provides an opportunity to consider personal strengths and learning styles, and to develop strategies to obtain maximum benefit from these.

Quantitative Methods For Finance

Year: 1

This module equips students with basic mathematical techniques necessary for understanding and employing quantitative modelling methods commonly employed in economics, finance and investment management.

Financial Institutions and Markets

Year: 1

To provide students with an overview of the financial system. It seeks to develop students? understanding of financial markets, institutions and the environment within which they operate.

Microeconomic Principles

Year: 1

This module introduces students to key concepts and models used by economists to analyse the microeconomic problems and issues characteristic of contemporary market economies. Emphasis is given to market activity and the consequences this has for different groups within society. The module will allow students to understand the need for government intervention and regulation of market forces within a market economy.

Year two

Principles of Investing

Year: 2

This module provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand functioning financial markets, financial assets and investment products and to critically evaluate competing and complementary trading and investing styles.

Corporate Finance

Year: 2

This module introduces students to the financial environment within which firms operate and equips them with the skills and knowledge to evaluate the corporate finance decisions: investment, financing and dividend policy.

Financial Modelling

Year: 2

The primary objective of this module is to provide an introduction to econometric theory and techniques, especially linear regression analysis, hypothesis testing and application with financial time series. With extensive use of Microsoft Excel students will be able to use real data to analyse financial models.

International Financial Reporting

Year: 2

Students of finance and investment are required to be thoroughly comfortable reading and interpreting the published financial statements of limited companies. Gaining such skills adds breadth and depth to the financial and commercial awareness of students of finance and prepares students for ?Financial Statement Analysis? and will provide students with a grounding for the rigour of industry and professional examinations.

Career Entrepreneurship

Year: 2

Understanding the diverse career options within Accounting and Finance is essential if students are to understand and develop the skills and attributes that employers across different markets are seeking. This module aims to engage students in their own employability development as well as aid their understanding of what recruiting employers look for and in particular why they look for specific attributes.

Money and the Economy

Year: 2

This module introduces students to the macroeconomic environment and modelling, the role of money and central banking in the economy, the rationale for monetary policy and its effects on economic performance.

Year three

Professional Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module enables students who have secured a placement job to complete a period of appropriate work experience in a supportive environment. Students will have opportunities to gain employability skills, reflect upon the applicability of their subject specific skills, and gain insight into the graduate job market. Students who successfully complete the module are eligible for the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI).

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four

Financial Statement Analysis

Year: 4

The module aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of published financial statements and to develop their ability to critically evaluate and interrogate published financial statements with respect to their value relevance. This module will focus on the skills and techniques applied in contemporary financial statement analysis and equip students with the knowledge and skills to carry out and scrutinise firm valuation and appropriate relevant econometric analysis.

Portfolio Management

Year: 4

The module provides a deeper understanding of portfolio management, the role of the portfolio manager, the tools at the disposal of the portfolio manager and the dynamics of the portfolio management environment. Subjects examined within the module include: portfolio construction and performance measurement, equity and bond portfolio management, derivatives and risk management and market efficiency and the implications of behavioural finance.

Regulation and Ethics

Year: 4

This module provides an understanding of the regulatory compliance issues critical to a role in financial services in the 21st Century.

Derivatives

Year: 4

This module provides up-to-date coverage of the main aspects of financial derivatives. Moreover, it gives an overview of the mechanics of futures markets, the hedging strategies using futures, the determination of forward and futures prices, the mechanics of options markets and the swaps, and the Greek letters. The module presents the corner stone of financial derivatives, namely the Black-Scholes-Merton Model and Binomial Trees method.

International Finance

Year: 4

This module builds upon Money and the Economy introduced at level five. It covers the international financial system, exchange rates, open-economy macroeconomics, and will discuss current issues within international finance.

Money, Banking and Other Financial Institutions

Year: 4

This module is optional

Banks, and other financial institutions, play a pivotal role in developed and developing economies. This module provides an overview of these institutions and the role of money in such institutions.

Advanced Corporate Finance and Risk Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module offers an understanding of the major areas of risk exposure and advanced corporate finance issues that all organisations face in operating in today?s complex global marketplace. The module also makes the connections between corporate governance and risk oversight.

Behavioural Finance

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of theoretical and empirical limitations of traditional finance theory and presents the foundations of behavioural finance. Students will have the opportunity to critically evaluate behavioural explanations for anomalies in financial markets and gain an understanding of the inherent implications, opportunities and limitations of behavioural finance itself.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB or BBC to include GCE A Level in Mathematics.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile DDM to include Unit profile of 9 distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 or H3,H3, H3, H3, H4 to include Maths at Higher level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC or BBCCC to include minimum of Grade C in Maths.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC or CCD to include minimum of Grade C in Maths.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 70%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Maths with a minimum Grade B.

GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum Grade C.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

The first year comprises six compulsory modules. Subject areas including financial institutions and markets, microeconomics, quantitative methods and accounting are to establish the academic foundation for the second year of the programme with a study skills module equipping you with the necessary key communication skills, soft skills and learning strategies to enhance your learning and employability.

In second year you develop subject specialism. You will take five specialist finance modules which develop knowledge and skills in areas including corporate finance, money and the economy, financial modelling, financial accounting and a module which introduces students to principles of investing. In second year, a career entrepreneurship module will further develop key communication skills and soft skills to enhance learning and employability.

You spend your final year developing specialist in-depth knowledge of portfolio management, international investment, financial statement analysis, regulation, ethics, quantitative analysis, derivatives and the fundamental principles underpinning risk management.

Exemptions and transferability

Most students enter Year 1 of the programme. Applicants who can provide evidence of previous relevant study, awarded in accordance with the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme, (CATS), may be considered for entry to Year 2. In appropriate cases opportunities exist at the end of Year 1 for reciprocal transfer between this programme and other first-degree programmes in the School.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • PwC Augment
  • Citi Group
  • Energia
  • BDO Northern Ireland
  • Doherty PIC
  • Bell and Company
  • PwC

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Business Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Paraplanner
  • Adminstrator
  • Trainee Trading Analyst
  • Forensic Services Associate
  • Equities Settlement

Career options

This programme has been specifically developed to meet the needs of the wholesale financial services sector and to significantly contribute to achieving the stated policy objective to further develop the wholesale financial services sector in Northern Ireland. Graduates will be well placed to gain employment in financial centres such as London and Dublin. As mentioned, a diverse set of career opportunities are open to suitably qualified graduates. More generally, the skill set embodied in the degree are in high demand by employers. Graduates could also pursue careers in general business or the public sector and would be prepared for postgraduate study in finance or cognate disciplines.

Work placement / study abroad

You have the option of a placement year. This will provide a link between the subjects you have been studying and their application in a 'real world' setting, as well as allowing you to further develop your personal profile and finance skills base. Satisfactory completion of the placement year will lead to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice. You have also the option to study abroad for a year; satisfactory completion of a study abroad year will lead to the award of the Diploma in International Academic Studies.

Professional recognition

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA)

Recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA).

Academic profile

For their work in employability on 15 December 2014 an Ulster University Distinguished Teaching Fellowship Team Award was made to members of the programme team: Mrs Claire McCann and Mr Paul Stewart.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£12,890.00 - Please note that International tuition fees shown are for last year's entry.

Scholarships, awards and prizes

AIB Finance and Investment Award - Top performing final year student.

Marsh Ltd Prize - Top performing second year finance student.

HSBC Prize - Top performing first year finance student.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6906

E: accounting@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Claire McCann

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6447

E: c.badger@ulster.ac.uk