Banking and finance are not only central to the country’s (and the world’s) economy – they also offer a diverse range of opportunities for your future. Whether you’re considering a career in personal banking, wealth management or corporate finance (to name but a few), our BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance programme offers the skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started.
You’ll start off getting a good grounding in financial theory and practice, before exploring specialist areas in more depth – from retail banking and corporate finance, to risk management and the industry’s most influential institutions. You can also choose to spend a year working on a placement or studying abroad, developing valuable skills and boosting your career prospects.
Whether you take the three or four-year route – and whatever specialist areas you choose in your final year – you’ll find a practical focus throughout your studies. Not only is everything we teach rooted in real-world experience and expertise, but we’ve designed the course to give you the kind of transferrable skills employers across the industry demand.
Features and Benefits
Top class location – study in the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Manchester boasts one of the largest financial services economies in Europe.
ACCA exemptions – qualify for exemptions from ACCA professional accountancy exams.
Finance experts – you’ll be taught by leading academics and professionals who advise organisations like AJ Bell, the United Nations, HMRC and the World Trade Organization.
Free access to Bloomberg Terminal – make the most of the leading global platform used by the world’s banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
Placements – take advantage of our extensive industry connections and experience what it’s like to work in the world of financial services.
Employability – kickstart your career at leading organisations. They recruit students from this course because of the quality and relevance of what we teach.
Placement or study abroad flexibility – the course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.
Get social - join the Accounting, Finance and Banking Society and access a range of social events, weekend trips and a series of guest speakers from the accountancy, banking and finance industries.
Networking opportunities - enjoy a range of opportunities to engage with graduate employers throughout your studies, including the annual accounting, finance and banking employer café where you can network with actively recruiting companies.
"The Business School offered the opportunity to go out there and explore the wider working world. I did this throughout my degree and my placement year in Hong Kong SAR. I now work as a trainee wealth management consultant at a financial planners." Jacob Treasure, BA (Hons) Banking and Finance graduate.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
Accreditation The Business School is accredited by The Association of MBAs. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.
Accreditation The Business School is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means we are internationally recognised for meeting global standards of excellence in business and management education.
Endorsement The BSIS scheme is designed to determine the extent and nature of a Business School’s Impact upon its local environment. BSIS has given us the tools to capture the enormous added value and impact that Manchester Metropolitan's Business School brings to businesses and communities.
Start building your CV by making the most of our relationship with employers like Accenture, BNY Mellon, PwC and IBM to secure a placement year. Or you might spend a year abroad with one of our partner institutions in Europe and beyond.
Our graduates work in a wide range of financial services sectors including:
investment and wealth management
Many start their careers with top employers including KPMG, Deloitte, EY and Experian.
Because our course is accredited or approved by professional bodies, your degree can also pave the way to professional or chartered status.
This is a new course for the 2020 intake - advanced entry to the course is not available.
Accreditation with CBI and CII is being sought and will be confirmed as soon as possible.
You will enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad in year two, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.
This unit will cover all aspects of business law that are relevant to banking and financial services, such as contract, security, customer relationships and business entities.
Personal & Professional Development
This unit provides students with the ‘soft skills’ required to begin their career planning and consider future career choices. The unit will look at both personal development e.g. resilience, personal learning styles, and professional development e.g. CV’s, presentation skills.
Financial Accounting / Quantitative Methods
This unit provides an introduction to the concepts and fundamental principles of financial accounting. This unit will also provide students with the mathematical and analytical skills required for future financial services professionals.
This unit covers both the microeconomic and macroeconomic context of business, looking at the function of the economy, supply and demand and interest rates. The unit will consider these elements in the context for those operating in the financial services sector.
This unit will introduce the key investment considerations. It will consider the identification of asset classes and the fundamentals of portfolio construction.
Ethics & Sustainability in Financial Services
This unit will provide an introduction to the ethical and sustainability backdrop in which finance professionals operate. It will also demonstrate the importance of ethical behaviour, linking to ethical scandals and regulation.
This unit provides an introduction to banking covering key banking products, managing finances, development of money, transmission, regulators and electronic banking.
This unit will cover key components of the taxation system, including, Income, Capital Gains, National Insurance, Corporation Tax and VAT.
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Continuing Professional Development
Building on the Personal and Professional Development module at Level 4, this unit will continue to develop the ‘soft skills’ required by employers. Students will have the option to engage in mock employability tasks and develop their own professional skills. Engagement in departmental employability events will be an integral component of this unit.
This unit introduces students to the key considerations in financial planning from the following perspectives; tax planning; inheritance tax; budgeting; debt management; time value of money and education planning.
Risk Management in Banking
This unit considers the key risks faced by banks and considers how best to manage these risks. The unit will also consider regulatory issues in banking.
Pensions & Insurance
This unit provides an introduction to pensions and insurance, looking at the different pension types and key insurance products of relevance to typical consumers.
Regulation Compliance & Ethics
This unit looks at the importance of these elements in the financial services sector. Consideration will be given to the regulatory framework, ethical dilemmas, money laundering, know your customer and vulnerable customers.
Financial Innovation and Technology
This unit looks at the technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial services. The unit will consider the use of technology to improve traditional activities in the financial services sector.
This unit considers the key features of commercial lending from a product, sector and assessment perspective.
This unit builds on the Year 1 banking unit, via the introduction of intermediation, customer segmentation and diversification and through the further study of banking products and branch networks.
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Live Research Project
This unit will introduce students to the process of writing a live research project, via direct contact with a bank or financial planning firm. The unit gives students the opportunity to liaise directly with one of the institutions via the receipt of a project brief. The unit also builds upon the Professional Development and Project Management content unit in Year 2, as this unit will further embed the employability skills required to ensure students are ‘job ready’ on graduation. Students will have the opportunity to liaise directly with firms and to develop a range of skills, including client relationship management skills.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 3 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
Year 1 75% coursework; 25% examination
Year 2 70% coursework; 30% examination
Year 3 70-100% coursework; 30-0% examination
Most of our degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It’s an opportunity to develop core skills, explore your career goals and discover about how your industry really functions – and shows employers that you’re ready to get to work. Our Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. They’re well connected, with an extensive network of relationships with placement employers locally, nationally and internationally. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better.
Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects. Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.
Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.
Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking
Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.
The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)
UK, EU and Channel Island students
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Students would be required to have a calculator and access to a PC. Calculators would cost a maximum of £10.
Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.
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Being at university isn’t just about learning. It’s about living. Before you arrive, we’ll make sure you know where to go and what to do. And once you’re settled in, our team’s ready to support you during your stay.
From apartments and eco-friendly townhouses, to en-suite and standard rooms, we have all sorts of accommodation on (or near) campus. Whichever option is right for you, you’ll have a room complete with desk, heater, and storage, together with a shared kitchen, laundry facilities and free WiFi.
And in such a handy location, you’ll never be more than a few minutes from the library, Students’ Union, your next lecture or a bite to eat in one of the many nearby eateries.
We’re incredibly proud to be part of such a distinctive global city – and we think you will be too.
Manchester is a city of enterprise and sport, culture and diversity. Here, connections are formed and futures begun. Art, science and business coexist and collaborate. Actors and accountants, lawyers and linguists – they’ve all found a home for their ambitions.
We have sporting excellence, culinary creativity, digital innovation and thriving commerce. Entrepreneurs and entertainers. Theatre and music. A rich and distinctive culture. We have character, spirit and personality.
Here, you’ll find people of every type, making leaps in technology, taking strides in industry and creating art in every form. We have a proud heritage to look back on, and a vibrant and diverse future to look forward to, full of possibility and promise.
From advice and support to a fantastic Union and sports clubs, we’ve got your time here covered..
Whether you’re coming to Manchester from another continent or down the road, we’re here to help. As well as our Student Hubs, where you can get all sorts of information and advice, we offer a range of professional support services and social groups for our students.
Being part of our community, you’ll find societies, teams and groups that will help you make the most of your time here. This means you’ll have the chance to pursue your passions, but also to meet people with the same interests.
The Students’ Union is your voice in the University. Through the officials that you elect, the Union supports its members and stands up for your issues. And, with its building at the heart of the campus, it also provides you with a bar, shop, café, and event venue.
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