The three primary university ‘league tables’ all list Lancaster University in the UK’s top ten, due largely to its TEF Gold rating for teaching.
Interest in the financial markets, notably the forex markets, has risen considerably in recent years, due in no small part to political events such as Brexit that have put the pound firmly in the media spotlight. That’s not to mention the ongoing trade war between the US and China that’s causing volatility for both the dollar and the yuan, according to trading experts IG.
So for students in further education considering studying finance at university as their next port of call in 2020, it’s important to find a college that offers the right blend of theoretical and practical teaching, readying you for a career in any area of investment and finance.
Lancaster offers a host of undergraduate courses in finance, providing the bedrock of finance theory and methodology that enables graduates to become independent thinkers who can quickly interpret and analyse data – key attributes that are highly appealing to employers in financial investing.
Students interested in the way the financial markets work can also avail themselves of demo account trading platforms, which provide virtual funds to practice and experiment with investment strategies without the fear of losing real money.
If you’d like to know more about the available finance courses to enrol on at Lancaster University as part of your next step on the ladder to a career in finance, some of the details below could help in that quest:
This full-time three-year course is taught by academics at the leading edge of financial research. Lancaster University’s Department of Accounting and Finance has fostered good links with the Bank of England and leading asset management firms around the world. The course, which has an ‘AAB’ entry requirement, spans finance theory and methodology, real-time investing and corporate finance, with summer internships also available.
BSc Accounting and Finance
This three-year course is formally accredited by British accountancy bodies, equipping all graduates with a sound understanding of the finance world and subsequent technical knowledge. Those thinking of becoming a chartered accountant should note this course includes a ‘Professional Pathway’, with exams included set by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) putting graduates on the front foot.
BSc Finance and Economics
Fascinated by how the stock markets work or the direct correlation between exchange and interest rates? This three-year full-time course demonstrates the intrinsic nature of regional and global economies and the finance sector. Final-year students have the option to prepare for their Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 examination.
Graduates looking to specialise in certain aspects of the financial markets or risk management should consider Lancaster’s postgraduate MSc Finance course. Postgrads can pass their CFA Level 1 professional exam as part of this course, while those who pass the course will receive exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Fundamental examinations, putting you ahead of many of your contemporaries.
MSc Advanced Financial Analysis
Those leaning towards a long-term career in financial analysis or investment management should also consider Lancaster’s MSc in Advanced Financial Analysis. You’ll obtain all the skills and experience you need to obtain the highly prestigious CFA Level II professional qualification.
All prospective students looking to study finance at Lancaster University should consider seeing the opportunities on offer at one of the 2020 Open Days. You can and the university will be in touch when bookings are open for all undergraduates.
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