BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice

Course overview

University of VeniceHighlights

  • Includes one year of study at the prestigious Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – Read our student blog
  • Taught entirely in English, with the option of learning Italian for free
  • Substantially reduced fees during the year abroad
  • £4,000 scholarships against fees for all Home/EU students
  • Studying abroad is a proven way to enhance your employability and career options
  • The ICMA Centre has 96% student satisfaction for finance undergraduate degrees

Course overview

If you are looking for a successful future in finance or business, the Henley Business School BSc Finance and Management, taught entirely in English but partly based in Venice, is a unique 3-year experience.

You’ll graduate with the skills to land a high-powered, well paid job in banking, finance, insurance or management, and enjoy the competitive advantage of international experience that will elevate you above your peers.

With the second year of study spent at the prestigious University of Venice, you will be fully supported by University of Reading and local tutors, and the course even attracts a £4,000 scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at admissions@icmacentre.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 6497

Careers

Careers

Our dedicated careers team will help you to achieve your goals and secure graduate employment. This degree will prepare students for managerial roles in a variety of sectors including banking, investment and insurance industries or in the finance functions of large enterprises

Visit our Career Development Unit pages for more information.

Entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English grade B (6) or above.

A and AS Levels: Achieve grades AAA-AAB in three A level subjects. Must include a minimum B grade at AS level Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate: Achieve 35 overall. Must also include grade 5 in standard level Mathematics.

We also welcome students with other qualifications e.g. Scottish and Irish Highers.

International Foundation Programme: Overall average of ‘Distinction’ level results. Please note that the foundation programme must contain a core element of Mathematics.

English requirements

If English is not your first language, you may be required to take one of the following:

TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language): overall score of 88 with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking

IELTS (British Council International English Language Test): Score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component of the test.

Examinations and Assessment

The majority of units are examined with an element of coursework. You must pass your first year examinations in order to proceed to the second year, however these results do not count towards your final degree. The results of your second and third year examinations are combined to form your final degree classification, these are weighted a third and two thirds accordingly.

Fees and funding

Great value for money

All students in this degree will benefit from a substantially reduced fee when in Venice as universities in England cap their fees for students spending a year abroad 

To promote the internationalisation of our degrees, Henley Business School will be granting a £4,000 scholarship against fees to all Home-EU students in this programme. The fee structure is summarised in the table below:

Home/EU
For new students in 2019/20:

Year 1 – £9,250
Year 2 – £1,385*
Year 3 – £9,250

Non-EU
For new students in 2019/20:

Year 1 – £19,330
Year 2 – £9,900**
Year 3 – £19,330

* Net of a £4,000 scholarship granted by the University of Reading to all Home/EU students.
** Includes a £7,000 fee due to the University of Venice.

All Home/EU students can apply for a loan sponsored by the UK government to cover university fees for the duration of the degree. More details can be found at www.gov.uk/student-finance.

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Why study at the ICMA Centre?

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“National league tables show that Henley Business School consistently provides one of the most satisfying and rewarding student experiences in the UK.” Professor John Board, Dean.

Part of the University of Reading and the triple-accredited Henley Business School, the ICMA Centre has a global reputation for its excellence in undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education in finance, as well as professional and policy development research and consultancy.

Based in University of Reading’s award-winning Whiteknights campus – a short train ride from London, the financial capital of the world – the ICMA Centre is the product of the first active collaboration between the securities industry and a university finance department.

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Compulsory modules

Introduces you to the key financial markets, exchange mechanisms and the investment banks and investment management houses that operate in these markets and their various functions.
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Provides you with a knowledge of the key concepts that underlie the valuation of financial assets, including an examination of the pricing of stocks, bonds and options. The module also provides an introduction to modern portfolio theory, a discussion of how to measure risk and return, and an analysis of whether financial markets are efficient. The trading simulation part of the module will introduce you to computer simulation of securities dealing and spreadsheet modelling. You will be taught the relevant theory and will experience how this theory works in a virtual dealing environment.
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Examines the principal financial statements produced by companies. You will cover many areas including the concepts of profit and capital; the balance sheet and profit and loss account; company accounts; and cash flow statements which are all essential ingredients in corporate valuation.
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An introduction to economics for students of business and finance. The module aims to provide an introduction to both microeconomics and macroeconomics sufficient to help students of business and finance understand the economic forces at play and economic framework that underpins their specific field.
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This module introduces students to a range of quantitative techniques that are commonly applied in business, finance and management. The module will cover both introductory statistics and mathematical techniques that are necessary for a good understanding of financial theories and to be able to develop and understand the models used in business and finance.
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To introduce students to the ethical difficulties encountered by investment professionals as they invest other people’s money. By the end of the course students will appreciate the ethical standards imposed by professional bodies and financial regulators. They will be able to identify the ethical dimension involved in the decision-making process, and be able to discuss the conflicts between economic efficiency and ethical behaviour.
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Optional Modules

Intended for students with no previous knowledge of the Italian language, this module aims at enabling students to achieve a CEFR A1 level. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the language and the ability to communicate at a survival level. It will also provide students with an insight into aspects of society and every-day life in Italy.
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Compulsory modules

In this module you will develop an understanding of human resource management in corporations including recruitment, employee learning and development, setting pay, incentives and benefits, fostering motivation and managing organizational innovation. HRM issues will be discussed considering both the Anglo-Saxon institutional context and the European one. A specific session will be devoted to the special topic of “Social networks in human resource management.” The role of individual social networks and the social network analysis for HRM policies will be analysed using practical examples and analytical tools. Students will learn by interactive teaching approaches: by meeting HRM directors, by working in groups, by presenting and discussing project works and case studies, by role playing and visual supported training, and by using tools for social network analysis.
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The module is an introduction to the basic concepts of business strategy, with a special emphasis on international strategy. The course will enable students to critically analyse concrete examples of business strategy and how firms are facing the challenges of global competition. Topics include: strategic thinking, mapping the business landscape, competitive advantage, competitive and cooperative dynamics, building and sustaining success, understanding globalization, business strategy and global competition.
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The module is an introduction to the principles of managerial control in private and public organisations. The aim is to provide students with the basic tools to represent and monitor the financial aspects of planning, feedback, and performance measurement, as well as the analytical skills to understand the behavioural implications of such instruments. Topics include budgeting, responsibility accounting, variance analysis and design of performance measures. On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: Analyse the link between the mission and identity of an organisation and the control systems that is uses; explain the role that performance measurement and control systems play in planning and controlling organisational activities; describe the behavioural implications of different types of performance measurement and control systems in different organisational contexts.
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The module will focus on the economic logic underlying the main strategic and organizational decisions faced by firms. Students will be introduced to classical management theories and modern approaches to organisation and business practices. Topics include management functions, managerial processes, interaction between organisations and their environment, organisational design and strategic management. Strong emphasis is given to the internationalization process and international firms.
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The basic objective of the module is to provide students with a broad introduction to marketing concepts, how these concepts fit within the overall strategy of the firm, and how they influence management and decision making. Students will develop a working knowledge of the 4 P’s of marketing—product, price, promotion, place—along with concepts such as consumer and business buyer behaviour, segmentation and product life cycle. The module includes interactive discussions among the students, case studies, and marketing projects formulated by teams of students.
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The module aims to offer prospective managers of international corporations a legal background on fundamental issues of corporate law. The main focus will be on functional aspects, with specific attention to comparative law across several jurisdictions and, specifically, corporate law in the European Community. The module will review the main theories of corporate governance and the role of the various stakeholders (including shareholders, managers, creditors, employees, local communities, government, etc.) and constituencies that, under different legal titles, influence the life of a corporation.
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The course provides a comprehensive introduction to econometrics methods, with particular emphasis on the interpretation of estimates and tests in dynamic models. Students will be exposed to model specification strategies through simulations of economic and financial time series and will become familiar with standard econometric software such as EViews and Gretl. Topics include linear regression model and ordinary least squares, goodness of fit and test of significance, univariate time series models, ARMA processes, stationarity and unit roots tests, selecting regressors, specification tests, heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation, generalised least squares, and static and dynamic forecasts.
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The aim of the research project is to allow students to define and execute a piece of research in finance on a topic of their choice, with direction from an academic supervisor and with assistance from a doctoral student support supervisor.
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Optional modules

The University of Venice offers modules in Italian at all levels (beginners to advanced). International students will be allocated to the appropriate module following a preliminary assessment of their language skills.
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Compulsory modules

The module aims to build on the techniques for portfolio selection that have been introduced in the Securities, Futures and Options module. The module examines the issues involved in understanding the investment market, constructing a competitive investment portfolio (of an active, passive or smart beta style), evaluating the performance of that portfolio, and adjusting its composition through time. It will also consider issues revolving around the management of risk. The compulsory, practical project of the course will provide students with hands-on experience in constructing and managing a realistic investment portfolio.
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Optional modules

Students should choose 40 credits from the following options

Designed to combine the theoretical and practical approaches to derivatives pricing and trading. You will gain an overview of derivative securities and markets and a thorough understanding of derivatives pricing and trading. You will also be guided on the use of derivatives data and shown how to apply theoretical models and strategies presented in class through a number of case simulations in the dealing room. The trading cases involve both discrete and continuous time models and will require you to both trade and build hedging portfolios using put and call options.
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Introduces you to current techniques for measuring and managing risk in financial institutions. This module will help you to develop critical risk management skills that are now considered indispensable for anyone wanting to undertake a career in the financial sector. Topics include: types of financial risks, bank capital regulation, value-at-risk and expected shortfall, back-testing, variance forecasting, VaR decomposition and minimisation, credit rating systems and credit risk modelling.
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Introduces the characteristics of private equity as an alternative asset class and the different strategies for establishing a private equity or venture capital fund. Students will learn how to prepare a business plan for the purpose of raising finance and to appraise it as an investment executive. Topics include selecting and approaching private equity and venture capital firms; venture capital and the venture capital investment process; management buyouts; the due diligence process; different strategies for investment; exit routes, including IPOs and trade sales.
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Provides students with an understanding of finance and the ability to place financial innovations within a contemporary and historical framework. Modules will vary from year to year but may include: the history of finance; pensions and the cult of the equity; commodities; current issues in finance; asset pricing; corporate finance; and risk management.
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The module aims to introduce students to key perspectives, theories and practices in Advanced Business Finance by considering inflation and taxation effects on investment appraisal, the effects of capital structure, portfolio analysis, different approaches to business valuation and tools of risk assessment and measurement.
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This is an applied course with little quantitative content. It deals with one of the most important groups of institutional investors - pension schemes, focussing on occupational pension schemes. Pensions are in a state of crisis and change, and have become the subject of popular debate and controversy. They employ fund managers to invest many £trillions on their behalf. Developing countries, such as China and India, have the potential for an enormous expansion of their pension schemes. Therefore the assets under management of pension schemes globally are likely to increase considerably. The investment of pension funds requires an understanding of how pension schemes work, which is hard to acquire as it has not been taught by educational establishments. This module will provide a detailed knowledge of a major group of institutional investors (pension schemes) and the real would problems they face.
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Students should choose 60 credits from the following options:

This module examines how practices of managing human resources could be different across countries and explores companies’ approaches to managing their human resources in an international business context. Topics include: IHRM strategy: modes of global integration and local responsiveness, national culture and global cultural integration, global staffing, global talent management, expatriate management, developing global leaders, diffusion of HRM practices in MNEs, managing a global HR function, global labour regulation and corporate social responsibility.
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Informatics is the study of the creation, management and utilisation of information in scientific and economic activities. E-enterprise is an emerging concept that makes effective use of information systems to enable organisations to create value throughout the value-chain. This module covers key concepts, theories, techniques, and issues towards an e-enterprise. It emphasises the importance of aligning business and IT strategies through an understanding of the structure and function of information processed by IT systems from both business and technical perspectives.
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This module focuses on management variations across the globe. It is concerned with national variations in business system, innovation and organisation behaviour, and how these differences influence firm performance.  The module starts with an examination of globalisation before going on to consider topics such as governance, education and industrial relations at the country level; we will look across the  USA, China, Japan and Europe to explore different context, culture and behaviour of business management
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As the global economic dominance shifts away from the USA and Europe, an understanding of firms originating from emerging economies is essential. This module aims to introduce frameworks that allow description and understanding of national institutions and competitive dynamics related to emerging economies such as China, Russia, Brazil, India and South Africa. It aims to explore the features of emerging economies firms, their continuities and changes, as well as the associated opportunities and risks in relation to their business operation. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of how managers can address challenges of different national institutions in product markets, labour markets and financial markets in the face of competition.
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This module allows students to engage in guided, independent study over two terms in their final year. The objective is to produce a long piece of written research (a ‘Project’), which engages in-depth with a chosen topic in business and management.
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Decisions and choices in human resource management (HRM) have to take into account the priorities and objectives of the organisation, while also accommodating the needs and expectations of its employees. This module explores the tensions and dilemmas associated with trying to balance these two perspectives. It focuses on HRM options and choices that are ‘strategic’ because they involve thinking about how to respond to commercial imperatives, growth opportunities and business change. Students are expected to be able to understand links between the business models adopted by a firm, and the associated HR choices and activities.
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'Responsible Investment and Sustainability Reporting’ provides the students with an understanding of how extra-financial factors play an increasingly important role in the investment process. This is achieved through critical analysis and discussion of the academic and professional status quo, relying heavily on academic and professional research publications.
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The growth of the internet has created new opportunities for organisations to reach and build relationships with their customers. At the same time, many firms struggle with making a successful transition from offline to online marketing. This module provides students with the key tools required to implement a successful digital marketing strategy. This includes understanding search engines, social media, content marketing,mobile marketing and the analysis of web analytics data. Students will also build an understanding of the wider social and public policy issues that use of internet technology, including questions of regulation, privacy and use of customer data.
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Open yourself up to a world of opportunities - as a student at Reading, you can learn a language either as part of your degree or for personal development.
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