This specialised degree gives you the chance to prepare for a career in banking and finance at a Russell Group university. You will be taught by leading experts in our prestigious research-based Business School, which is recognised as a national Centre of Excellence by the Chartered Banker Institute.
The course provides a thorough grounding in both theory and current practice including specialist modules in commercial banking, investment banking and risk management. You will also develop the analytical, quantitative, research and communication skills required by leading employers in retail and investment banking, the City and financial services more generally.
Leeds is the UK's second centre of banking with over 30 national and international banks employing over 12,700 people in the city. With support from our dedicated employability team this degree offers you superb opportunities to gain relevant work experience during your time at university and excellent career prospects once you graduate.
Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.
Year 1 will introduce you to the basics of finance and the way financial information is reported and used in decision making. In addition, you'll study mathematics and economics to broaden your knowledge and skills base.
In year 2 you'll consolidate your understanding of core course topics with introductory modules in banking and commercial banking. As well as studying other specialist modules including financial mathematics, credit and financial analytics, you'll also have the chance to develop your commercial awareness and group-working skills.
Your final year will include a research project as well as advanced modules in investment banking, risk management, international banking and financial derivatives. Specialist options include sector-leading modules such as behavioural finance, forensic accounting and finance and international business finance.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: Grade A/7 in Mathematics and English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Leeds is the UK's second centre of banking so you will find lots of opportunities for relevant work experience. We expect a majority of our graduates will go on to pursue a successful career in retail or investment banking or a more general finance role in the City or industry. However, graduates will also be well prepared for a career in accountancy or a more general management role.
Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School
You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L'Oréal and Unilever.
The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 140 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.
In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Read more about Study Year Abroad
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.
Read more about the Year in Industry
EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.
Read more about the Year in Enterprise
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