Why Study Finance at the ICMA Centre

The ICMA Centre's unique combination of finance theory and practice provides students with a skill set, which sets them apart from graduates of other finance programmes.

The ICMA Centre is among the pioneers in finance education and renowned for its strong links with the financial services industry. The Centre was ranked in 2018 among the UK’s top 10 for its Masters programmes (Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking). It is also part of Henley Business School – among an elite group of 89 business schools in the world to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

The Centre’s unique practice centred approach includes a number of finance education innovations aiming to provide students with a solid grounding for a career in the industry and a skill set that sets them apart from graduates of other finance programmes. Our student employability track record is also bolstered by an in-house comprehensive career development programme as well Reading’s close proximity to the world’s top financial centre (25 mins from London Paddington). Several leading professional bodies including the CFA, CISI, GARP and ICS validate our programmes and offer exam exemptions to our students.

Being part of one of the top schools of finance in Europe, students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technology and are taught by world-renowned faculty and industry experts. Our innovative teaching and learning environment, including trading and financial analysis simulations, the latest financial data and programming software and three dealing rooms –one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world – provides an ideal setting for understanding how businesses and markets function in practice.

Our students’ learning experience is a top priority for academic faculty and administrative staff at the ICMA Centre, reflected in the latest student satisfaction rates in the PTES and NSS student surveys.

What our students have said

Nick Pilkington
BSc Finance and Investment Banking

“The support from the staff is invaluable. No problem is too big or small, the staff endeavour to give the best support to students, everyone from the lecturers, admin staff to the careers staff.”

Arik Matevosyan
MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking

“The global reputation and trading facilities allow students to use their academic knowledge in practical settings (e.g. trading simulations). Also, many lecturers have many years of financial industry experience meaning classes include a good balance of academic knowledge and industry practice.”

Kedar Kashid
MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking

“The opportunity to learn from experts along with meeting and networking with a diverse group of students from all over the world has been an amazing experience!”

Ellis Murley
BSc Finance and Investment Banking

“The thing which sets ICMA apart: the uncontested access to practical study facilities. Having three separate dealing rooms and access to Bloomberg and Reuters terminals has enriched my learning experience here more than I could have imagined.”

Hear more from our students on our testimonials page.

Undergraduate Degrees

BSc Finance and Investment Banking
This three-year honours degree will provide you with thorough preparation for a career in the financial markets through a combination of academic rigour and practical skill-building.

BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice
From the banks of the Thames to the canals of Venice – this Finance and Management degree will steer you to a better career.

BSc Mathematics with Finance and Investment Banking
This programme aims to provide a thorough degree-level education in mathematics, with a focus on differential equations and analysis, along with topics from finance which will help to prepare graduates for a career in the financial markets.

BSc International Business and Finance
This is an innovative programme based in expanding fields, bringing together international business and finance, taught within the Henley Business School and drawing in particular from international business and finance specialisms.

BSc Economics and Finance
This new programme, run jointly by the Department of Economics and the ICMA Centre of the triple accredited Henley Business School, is for those interested in the operation and impact of financial markets in a broad economic context.

Postgraduate Degrees

MSc Behavioural Finance
This programme provides a masters-level education with particular focus on Behavioural Finance, an interdisciplinary field which integrates psychology and financial economics.

MSc Capital Market, Regulation and Compliance
Regulation, compliance and risk management have quite rightly received intense scrutiny and interest in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. This course prepares students for a role as a practitioner, auditor or regulator in the financial services sector.

MSc Corporate Finance
This degree offers an introduction to all aspects of the dynamic sector of corporate finance. Students will gain an understanding of the wide range of corporate finance services and corporate transactions businesses face.

MSc Economics and Finance
MSc Economics in Finance is designed to prepare graduates to work as economists in the investment banking industry and other international or government organisations or in research related roles.

MSc Finance and Financial Technology 
The advances in financial technology have brought about transformational changes in many branches of the finance industry. Specialise in one of the most exciting areas of Finance by gaining cutting edge knowledge on finance applications of blockchain technology, digital currencies and Big Data.

MSc Financial Engineering
The ICMA Centre’s financial engineering degree is highly respected by quantitative analysts and their employers. The credit crunch and subsequent events have emphasised the need to develop better pricing and better hedging models for all complex products. The practical and quantitative skills that you will develop here will equip you to meet this challenge.

MSc Financial Risk Management
This innovative course sets the standards for graduate programmes in financial risk management the world over. Over the last ten years the ICMA Centre has built a world-class reputation in risk management, we are the leaders in this field in the UK and our degree has been carefully structured to provide students with the specialised knowledge they need.

MSc International Securities, Investment and Banking
This degree is widely regarded as one of the leading applied finance programmes in Europe. It has been specially designed with the support of industry practitioners to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the challenging field of investment banking.

MSc International Shipping and Finance
The MSc in International Shipping and Finance is designed to address the needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital-intensive shipping industry.

MSc Investment Management
This degree programme prepares students for entry into the fast growing and exciting investment industry. It provides a theoretical knowledge of portfolio management and quantitative finance, together with an applied set of courses looking at industry structure and trends.

Investment Banking and Islamic Finance (taught at University of Reading Malaysia)
With South East Asia, the Middle East and Far East being the next powerhouses of future economies, the Investment Banking and Islamic Finance MSc offers a qualification specifically designed to prepare graduates for a career in this rapidly evolving area.

Postgraduate Research

PhD programme
By undertaking a PhD at the ICMA Centre you will benefit by undertaking your studies supported by leading research academics and gain a qualification from an institution widely respected in the finance sector. There are huge industry funded scholarships available for our studentships and check our list of research areas that we are thoroughly interested in.

Executive Education

ICMA Centre Executive Education
The ICMA Centre has a reputation for providing quality cutting edge executive education for the financial markets. Alongside internationally recognised certificate programmes, we also run general training programmes.

International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Executive Education
In the financial markets, whilst nothing can be a substitute for hands-on experience, the importance of continuous training must not be overlooked. As part of ICMA’s commitment to enhancing professional practice, the Association has, for decades, assisted the market by providing quality educational programmes.

Henley Business School Executive Education
Henley started the management development revolution, and remains at the forefront; a catalyst, nurturing great people to fulfil their potential, and fuelling business transformation in an increasingly complex and challenging environment.