Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

Banking and Finance BA (Hons)

Course facts

  • UCAS code: N322
  • Bangor code: BA/BIF
  • Course length: 3 years

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Bangor Business School's Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 382085
E-mail: business@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/business

Course Overview

Banking and financial services is a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy and this course prepares you to takle it head on. In recent years, forces such as globalisation, technological change, deregulation and international integration have fundamentally transformed the banking and financial services sector. Banks have responded to growing competitive pressure by diversifying into new activities. Insurance companies and pension funds have also grown rapidly and non-bank institutions such as supermarkets and telecommunications firms now compete directly in financial services markets.

A degree in Banking and Finance offers you the opportunity to study the theory and practice of financial services and financial markets, and to analyse the broader role of the financial sector in the national and global economies.

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • We have world-renowned experts in banking teaching on this course.
  • Our staff are active researchers in their subject areas and we enjoy an international reputation.
  • During the course you will study within a multidisciplinary School that employs specialists across a broad range of business subjects, including accounting, banking, finance, economics, management, marketing and entrepreneurship.
  • All single honours students taking degrees within Bangor Business School, including this course, follow the same modules in year 1, so you are allowed to change to another Business School degree anytime up to the start of year 2.
  • Our students take part in national competitions such as the IBM Business Challenge.
  • We arrange a varied programme of guest lectures, eg Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League, Chief Operating Officer of No. 10 & 11 Downing Street, Head of IT security at HSBC.
  • We have excellent computing facilities and you will have the chance to develop your skills in data analysis and report preparation.
  • Bangor offers an attractive range of postgraduate degrees in business and finance subjects.
  • Bangor Business School is ranked amongst the top 15 institutions in the World for Banking research (RePEc, September 2014). 

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will spend up to 15 hours per week in lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is a mixture of continuous assessment and written examinations. You will complete assignments such as collecting and analysing information from commercial databases or the internet, preparing business case studies, writing essays and completing problem-solving exercises.

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

You take 10 core modules plus 2 options.

Core modules:

  • Quantitative Methods (double)
  • Intro to Business and Management
  • Management & Financial Accounting (double)
  • Introduction to Economics (double)
  • Business Study Skills
  • Introduction to Marketing  
  • Financial Markets and Institutions

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Probability and Optimisation*
  • Finance (double)
  • Comparative Banking (double)
  • Investment
  • Statistical Methods*
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Economics
  • International Economics & Finance

Year 3

You take the following core modules plus 6 options.

Core modules:

  • International Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Money and Banking
  • Principles of Econometrics*
  • Advanced Corporate Finance (double)
  • Financial Economics
  • Advanced Investment Theory and Practice
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Optional Modules. If you choose to follow the year 3 project module you will receive personal supervision from a member of staff.

* Modules available on the BSc scheme only.

 ** Modules available on the BA scheme only.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Banking and Finance Modules page.

Programme Specification

Careers & Employability

Many graduates from Bangor Business School pursue careers in areas such as accountancy, banking, investment, insurance, risk management, marketing, human resource management and retail management.

Employability and the Bangor Business School

As a multidisciplinary School spanning everything from Accounting and Finance to Business and Management, Bangor Business School offers a variety of programmes to meet any career aspiration. If you are undecided on your career path, the flexibility of our programmes enables you to try out different modules and subject areas to work out what appeals to your personal tastes and ambitions.

Extensive links with industry

Our staff have extensive links with industry, being at the top of their fields for research, widely published in books and leading journals and even conducting high level consultancy work for leading organisations such as the World Bank and the UK Treasury. This means that no matter what you go on to after graduating, you will leave Bangor with a degree that is current, relevant and in sync with the latest developments in the business and financial industries.

This lively academic environment is enriched by a programme of activities designed to encourage students to accelerate their personal development and to cultivate skills that will make them more employable.

Graduate Destinations

Destination of BBS graduates (most recent data):

  • Employment – 67.0%
  • Employment with study – 14.0%
  • Further study – 7.0%
  • Voluntary work – 1.0%

Our recent graduates have gone on to successful careers and further study in some of the following organisations:

  • Halifax Plc
  • Gwynedd Council
  • Moore Large Com Ltd
  • Kingston Smith Association Management
  • Roevin Management Services
  • O2
  • RBS
  • John Moores University, Liverpool
  • The King's School, Chester
  • Lloyds TSB
  • Magnox
  • Buckles Ltd
  • Debenhams Graduate Management Scheme
  • PBR Financial Services
  • Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd
  • Bangor University
  • Anglesey County Council
  • Frontier Public Relations
  • Britvic
  • Tulip Ltd
  • IP Global
  • Tai Eryri
  • Snowdonia National Park
  • James Cowper LLP
  • Natwest
  • Anglesey Accounting Ltd

You can read profiles of some of our alumni here.

Undergraduate Internship Scheme

In 2012-13, Bangor University launched an Undergraduate Internship Scheme aimed at providing opportunities to help enhance the employability of its students. All Bangor University Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for these internships, and they are worth 20xp towards the Bangor Employability Award.

In its first year, 31 paid internship vacancies were available for the scheme running between January and June 2013, lasting between 150-180 hours. Find out more about the Undergraduate Internship Scheme here.

Bangor Business Society

Bangor Business Society was launched in 2011/12. The purpose of the society is to foster a sense of community within the Business School by trying to include the students in as many academic and social activities throughout the year as possible. The Business School is unique within the University in that it has a diverse group of students from different countries around the world entering all three years of study. This in turn offers students a chance to broaden their learning environment by interacting with people they may not have had the chance to before.

Working closely with the staff, the Society aims to facilitate learning experiences for students from all years that can be used to put on their CV and to build on what they learn in the classrooms. For budding Marketers, there's the opportunity to undertake hands-on projects with local companies which are then put into practice. For future investors, there's the Stock Market Challenge which offers the chance to play the markets in a safe way. The Society also arranges visits to graduate fairs which are an invaluable opportunity to meet with prospective employers of the future.

New students will have the opportunity to find out more about Bangor Business Society at the Serendipity Fair during Freshers' Week.

IBM Universities Challenge

In recent years Bangor Business School students have had great success in the IBM Universities Business Challenge, a prestigious and highly competitive contest in which undergraduates from universities throughout the UK participate in a series of realistic, simulated business scenarios.

As well as enabling students to develop their employability, team-work and leadership skills, the Challenge is seen as a valuable opportunity for students to network with and to be head-hunted by recruiters.

Guest Speakers

Bangor Business School welcomes a number of distinguished guest speakers to the University throughout the academic year. We run two seminar programmes – one in Banking, Finance and Economics, and the other in Business, Marketing and Management. Previous organisations represented have included London School of Economics, European Business School, Bank for International Settlements, Bundesbank, Durham University and ISTAT (the Italian National Institute for Statistics).

Research seminars introduce students to the latest contemporary issues within the business and finance industries and encourage them to apply critical, original thinking to their studies. Seminars also offer a fantastic opportunity to hear the views of and to engage with leading sector professionals and academics.

CIM Student Chapter

Students of Bangor Business School run a CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) student chapter association which organises a range of marketing events and activities, enabling students to put into practice what is learnt in lectures.

Careers and Employability Service

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Student Volunteering

Student Voluteering is both worthwile in itself but also improves your employbility and widens your experiences. The Students' Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office - Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) within the Students' Union which has over 1,500 members, 600 of whom volunteer on one or more of our community based projects. SVB volunteers currently contribute a total of 600 hours each week which promotes a close relationship between the university and the local community.

 

 

Entry requirements for this course

  • 260-300 points - all subjects accepted
  • GCSE grade C in Mathematics (or equivalent) is essential.
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is accepted.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate.
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications
  • English language requirements for international students: IELTS 6.0 (no element below 5.5); Pearson PTE: a score of 56 (with no element lower than 51); Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 169 (with no element lower than 162)
  • We consider mature students on individual merit.
  • If you have relevant prior qualifications, you may be eligible for direct entry to year 2.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Why study at Bangor Business School?

  • In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Accounting and Finance within the Business School has been rated as the best in the UK for the quality of research conducted by its staff. (View Guardian League Table).
  • Bangor Business School is consistently ranked as one of the top 16 institutions in the world for research in the field of Banking (RePEc, as of October 2014).
  • An impressive 91% satisfaction rating was given by our students in the most recent National Students Survey.
  • Established in 1884, Bangor University is one of the oldest and most prestigious degree-awarding institutions in the UK.
  • Bangor is ranked amongst the top 5 best value university cities in the UK, according to the cost-of-living survey published in The Independent.
  • Bangor University was ranked 18th of 111 universities in the UK for student experience in the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, beating many other well-known institutions such as Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.
  • Bangor has the fairest workload in the UK according to the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2013.
  • We are rated amongst the top 10 universities in the UK for student support (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2013)
  • During its 125th anniversary celebrations, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize joined Sir David Attenborough to receive Honorary Doctorates awarded by Bangor University at a special ceremony held at the University in June 2009.
  • Bangor Business School's top researchers and senior staff, who were responsible for achieving the no. 1 position in the UK for Finance and Accounting research, also teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Our students therefore benefit from receiving lectures by academic staff who are pushing back the frontiers of research and who will share in lectures their latest findings.
  • The school enjoys an international reputation for research in Banking, Finance, Financial Economics and Econometrics.
  • Major text books and articles published in top academic journals have been written by staff at Bangor Business School. Further details on staff pages
  • Project and consultancy work of a high level is conducted by Bangor Business School staff for business and industry (e.g. the World Bank, the European Commission, the UK Treasury).
  • Students from countries worldwide attend Bangor Business School for undergraduate, masters and research training, creating a dynamic learning environment.
  • Bangor Business School enjoys partnerships with universities worldwide who send their students to Bangor every year to study at the Business School
  • The Institute of European Finance, housed within Bangor Business School, contains specialist research facilities used by students and staff alike and includes a specialist library, finance and banking online databases and journals.
  • World Banking Abstracts, The International Journal of the Financial Services Industry, is edited by two Bangor Business School Professors: E.P.M. Gardener and Philip Molyneux (Head of the College of Business, Social Sciences and Law). World Banking Abstracts is an invaluable reference source providing immediate access to all the important articles published internationally in over 400 banking and finance publications.
  • Bangor Business School, with support funding from the European Union, local Government and the Welsh Assembly Government, has established a world-class £14 million Management Centre. The centre, equipped with state of the art facilities, delivers high quality management and professional training for North Wales and furtherafield.
  • Our Alumni now hold senior positions in public and private organisations worldwide.
  • An innovative Business School, responsive to industry demands. The first UK university to offer an MBA in Banking & Finance, and now breaking new ground with MBA, MSc and MA degrees in Islamic Banking and Finance.
  • Bangor Business School was the first Welsh university to establish a campus in London. The Bangor Business School London Centre delivers a suite of cutting-edge MBA and MSc programmes, taught by Bangor academics, in the heart of London's financial district.
  • Bangor University is consistently ranked in the UK 'top 10' for the number of KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) that we run with businesses and other external organisations. These KTP schemes are designed to transfer expertise and share knowledge between the university sector and outside businesses and other organisations.

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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