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Applied Finance

Entry Year: 2025

Key information

BSc (Econ) (Hons)
2 years
September 2025
UCAS code
Institution code
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
None - your employer pays your tuition fees. In addition, you will earn a salary while you study.


Our specialised BSc (Econ) in Applied Finance programme combines the academic rigour of Queen Mary's academic excellence with the achievement of industry-recognised professional qualifications and work experience within partner organisations.

Designed to build diversity in the financial profession, this programme will support you to develop the skills necessary to become a highly competent professional who excels in the financial sector.

With a specially designed curriculum, the programme will take a block teaching approach which is strongly supported with online independent learning activities and workplace learning. In particular, the block-teaching approach for the on-campus teaching enables apprentices to have uninterrupted periods on the trading floor outside of the on-campus periods, which is essential for their understanding of how financial markets operate.

Apprentices will develop deep understanding of:

  • The structure of the Financial Services industry and in particular the role their part of the sector and organisation plays; the purpose of the function in which they work and how their function relates to the wider business
  • The relevant Financial Services legal and regulatory framework and ethics, and the purpose behind them
  • The relevant Financial Services products and services and a broad understanding of the organisation’s policies and procedures
  • Proficiency in relevant IT skills, and organisation and Financial Services specific software/systems, as required to deliver the role outcomes

The BSc (Econ) Applied Finance and Level 6 Financial Services Professional programme is designed as a natural progression from the two-year CertHE in Applied Finance and Level 4 Investment Operations Specialist apprenticeship programme.

How to Apply

You apply for degree apprenticeships either through the National Apprenticeship Service or via the employer’s own website, rather than through UCAS.

You can apply directly via the links below:

Professional recognition

Apprentices will work toward professional qualifications from the CFA Institute/CFA UK.

The curriculum of the BSc (Econ) Applied Finance closely aligns with the required knowledge, skills and behaviours for the Level 6 Financial Services Professional apprenticeship.

It is expected that apprentices on this programme will be FCA certified.


The BSc (Econ) Applied Finance and Level 6 Financial Services Professional programme is designed as a a natural progression from the two-year CertHE in Applied Finance and Level 4 Investment Operations Specialist apprenticeship programme. Please see the CertHE in Applied Finance webpage for more information.

Year 1

You will undertake the following five compulsory modules:

  • CFA (30 credit, professional qualification module)
  • International Finance
  • Advanced Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Big Data for Financial Professionals
  • Work Based Module: Systems and Processes

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

You will undertake the following six compulsory modules:

  • Portfolio Management
  • Advanced Asset Pricing
  • Valuation
  • Fintech
  • Work Based Module: Professional Development
  • Financial Derivatives

At the end of Semester 2 of Year 2 students are expected to reach Gateway for Level 6  Financial Services Professional apprenticeship standard and to take the EPA. 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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I have great passion for finance and business, as well as a desire to learn more in a competitive environment, I knew I could improve as a person and gain indispensable knowledge with this apprenticeship. My advice to others looking to do an apprenticeships is to take every opportunity afforded to you, work hard and to prepare thoroughly for interview.

Liam Griffiths- Hughes, BSc Applied Finance, Investment Operations at Deutsche Bank


Teaching and learning

The programme follows a block-teaching approach for the on-campus teaching, as this enables apprentices to have uninterrupted periods on the trading floor outside of these periods, which is essential for their understanding of how financial markets operate.

The intensive on-campus sprints are designed to provide in depth coverage of the academic knowledge and skills required, which apprentices will then apply in the workplace between sprints. In this period, learning and teaching will continue through online material and assessments (formative and summative) to keep apprentices engaged with their studies and enable them to learn at their own pace.

The work-based modules enhance these elements by providing important opportunities for students to engage in structured learning activities in the workplace, which will build workplace specific knowledge and skills, develop professional behaviours, and facilitate the implementation of the academic and technical capabilities developed as part of the apprenticeship programme.


The programme will blend on-campus, online and workplace learning, with a range of learning and assessment types. This will include modular assignments designed around workplace projects, practical skills, and professional capability assessments, as apprenticeships are based upon an applied learning pedagogy.

Learners will be working for 80% of their contracted week and line managers will be expected to assign work to the individuals that allow for the application of learning in the workplace and development of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the Apprenticeship Standard.

Assessment will take a variety of forms, as appropriate for the type of module and the learning outcomes. Assessment types will include tests and online quizzes, and coursework of various forms, including groupwork, presentations, data analysis, and academic and professional writing. There will also be practical and professional capability assessments to ensure that apprentices are achieving the required skills and behaviours. Most modules will have two methods of assessment.

In addition to the module assessments, apprentices are required to take:

  1. the exams for the professional qualifications specified in the apprenticeship standard (these are gateway requirements for the non-integrated End Point Assessments); and,
  2. the End Point Assessments (EPA) for the Level 6 apprenticeship. This is externally assessed by the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) and the assessment strategy is detailed in the apprenticeship assessment plan. The EPA for this apprenticeship is non-integrated.

Resources and facilities

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:

  • a trading floor set up with Bloomberg terminals
  • two computer labs exclusively for student use
  • subscriptions to the major statistical databases and software packages used by finance and government
  • online access to the Financial Times and The Economist
  • exclusive use of market-leading psychometrics software, meaning you will be able to prepare for job selection processes.

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 be assigned an academic adviser who will guide and support you throughout your studies at Queen Mary.

Entry requirements

Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Following successful completion of the CertHE Applied Finance programme, students, with agreement from the employer, can then choose to progress onto the BSc (Econ) Applied Finance and enrol on the Level 6 apprenticeship. The CertHE in Applied Finance would be revoked, with the credits from the Cert HE counting towards the BSc (Econ) Applied Finance. Please note applications must be submitted directly to the organisation via their website.

This course does not accept applications for deferred entry.


Apprentices will undertake a range of taught, work-based and professional modules, developing your skills to become a highly competent professional who excels in the financial sector.

Upon completion of the programme, apprentices will have:

  • the basic tools in making the optimal finance and economic decisions in an environment of economic uncertainty;
  • enhanced quantitative skills in the analysis and trading of financial markets;
  • an understanding how financial institutions or corporations work;
  • an ability to evaluate alternative investment strategies of corporations;
  • an understanding of how the global environment affects the decision making of managers in corporations;
  • knowledge of how the interactions of different national economies shape the worldwide pattern of economic activity;
  • a range of transferable skills valuable to them in employment or in continued education.

Career support

The BSc (Econ) in Applied Finance is designed for those who are new to the Financial Services sector and are beginning their career journey, or those who have some experience in the field and are interested in advancing their careers.

Apprentices will have access to the School of Economics and Finance dedicated careers support and activities.

About the School

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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