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Global finance and its role in the world has never been so complex – or so exciting.
Recent world events have shown the importance of understanding financial decision-making, risk management and the behaviour of financial markets.
Our new BSc Finance degree will prepare you for a career in economics, banking and finance, with a focus on finance. It provides an entry route for both private and public sectors as well as for further academic studies.
During the first two years you’ll cover finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics and quantitative analysis. You’ll also study applied macroeconomics and microeconomics as well as financial topics such as asset pricing and corporate finance.
With a wide choice of modules in the final year, you can direct your studies to your interests or career aims, from quantitative methods in finance to corporate strategy and management of technology.
You can complete your Finance degree in three or four years. If you choose to spend a year in industry or study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
At least one of
Up to two optional modules from a range offered by the School of Economics and Finance. Up to two modules may instead be chosen from any other degree programme offered by Queen Mary or any other University of London institution (subject to availability).
Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.
Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (presentations, assignments, essay report writing, in-class tests, research and project work) and/or examinations in January and May.
Develop your business skills and spend a year on placement – apply for our Economics and Finance BSc with a Year in Industry. You'll put your understanding of economics into practice in a real-world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career. .
Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Economics and Finance BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).
Find out more about and what the are.
You can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.
You will receive approximately three hours of weekly contact time per module, comprising lectures led by academic staff and smaller classes.
For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.
Student Support at the School of Economics and Finance
Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (presentations, assignments, essay report writing, in-class tests, research and project work) and/or examinations in May or June.
You will study Economics and Finance in one of Queen Mary’s newest buildings – the Graduate Centre which opened in 2017. The £39m building was built with energy efficiency in mind, and provides access to the latest banking and finance industry software used by economists in finance or government.
The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:
Our designated computer labs that have a wide range of industry packages including Eviews, Maple, Mathematica, Matlab and Stata. You can access economic and financial data through platforms including Macrobond, Wharton Research Data Services and The Economist, and get free access to popular industry publications.
The building itself has a Harvard-style lecture theatre and a number of spacious seminar rooms to facilitate your learning experience. The ground-floor Café Grad serves Starbucks Coffee, as well as a tasty selection of sandwiches, salads and cakes.
As an Economics and Finance student, you will also have full access to the university’s academic and pastoral support. You will be assigned an academic adviser who will guide and support you throughout your studies at Queen Mary.
Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
This programme combines a three-year degree with a bespoke foundation year, providing you with a smooth pathway as an international or EU student whose prior education or English language proficiency does not enable you to apply directly for a three-year degree.
This programme is designed for students who have completed a good high school education that consists of at least 12 years study. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: qmul.ac.uk/international/countries
If you have taken both GCSE and A level exams (or equivalent qualifications) in the UK you will not be considered for admission to this programme. In such cases we recommend that you apply for the relevant three year programme with entry in year 1.
Applicants who have studied A levels in the UK will be considered on a case by case basis.
Current University Foundation Programme or International Foundation Programme applicants will not be considered for the Integrated Foundation level course.
Please contact the Admissions team if you are unsure about eligibility.
English language requirements
Minimum of IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.
You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.
See our general undergraduate entry requirements.
UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.
Please note that UK students accepted onto Integrated Foundation courses starting in January are not eligible for student loans from Student Finance England.
Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.
Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.
Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.
We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
If a career in economics, banking or finance is your calling, this programme will provide you with an impressive entry route – in addition to opening up pathways for postgraduate studies.
Recent Economics and Finance graduates have been hired by:
The School of Economics and Finance runs weekly careers workshops and events. Our annual 'Focus on Economics' and 'Focus on Finance' programmes offer exclusive workshops which will give you a thorough understanding of careers in consulting, government, investment banking, insurance, trading and more.
We arrange a number of work experience opportunities and organise a competitive Careers Taster Scheme giving students opportunities to visit a range of employers – which in the past has included Barclays, Lloyds of London and KPMG.
The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:
Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.
Finance - BSc (Econ) (Hons)
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The School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary is ranked fourth in London and 25th among all economics departments nationally by the Complete University Guide 2020. As one of London’s top Schools of Economics and Finance, we provide a solid foundation in economic and financial theory and practice, driven by research-led teaching from experts in the field, ensuring that not only will you be studying at the cutting edge of these disciplines, but also across a wide range of extracurricular school activities to enhance your learning experience. Our faculty members are recognised experts in their fields, who impact on policy making and public debate. The breadth and depth of our expertise allows us to offer courses in all major areas of economics and finance, and you'll be at the heart of the latest thinking and cutting-edge research. Each year we run a varied programme of lectures and talks by guest speakers, attracting big names from the worlds of economics, business and politics. We also support two societies where you can meet others with a shared interest in economics, finance and investment. Our proximity to the City and Canary Wharf gives us strong industry links.
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