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Masters in Finance

BSc Finance (Investments)

A career in the financial markets, investment banking and securities is the first choice for many well-qualified graduates. This pathway gives you the knowledge and skills needed to make financial decisions and manage risk in a banking environment.

At a glance

  • New pathway for 2021/22
  • IMC Advantage partner
  • CFA Institute University Affiliation Program
  • Specialise in investment banking, financial markets and corporate finance
  • Taught by both academics and market practitioners in a variety of learning environments, including simulated trading sessions in our dealing rooms
3 years (4 years with placement year)
Whiteknights campus (Reading)
Programme Director
Gitanjali Persand
Dr Gita Persand

By choosing the BSc Finance (Investments) pathway, you will focus your study to delve deeper into subjects such as hedging and trading and Foreign Exchange markets. You will develop specific skills that will prepare you to enter a wide range of career destinations. Graduates will be equipped with specialised knowledge in asset classes, markets and institutions which comprise the world of modern finance, and gain a wide range of employable skills.

In the first year you will study core modules introducing you to topics such as Securities and Markets, International Finance and Ethics in Investment Management. You will also take part in your first simulated trading session in our dealing rooms at the ICMA Centre.

In your second year you will build upon the fundamentals of finance and explore more comprehensive areas of Investment Finance such as Econometrics, Foreign Exchange and Debt markets.

In the third year you will have the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. Placements are a great opportunity to enhance your CV, further develop your skills and apply your knowledge in a real work environment.

In your final year you will explore areas of Investment Finance at a more advanced level. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide of range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your own interests and career goals.


Here at the ICMA Centre, we recognise the importance of career development and have integrated specialist career management into the programme, thereby providing our students with a tool kit to help them achieve their career aspirations. Our graduates enter the market with knowledge and skills to enable them to gain excellent careers in areas such as sales and trading, asset management, operations and risk management. Our statistics show that typically more than 90% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating


Through the duration of this course, students are expected to undertake an eight to ten week working internship throughout the summer vacation between the second and third year. This invaluable experience can provide students with excellent experience and skills to add to their CV, as well as the opportunity to network. The ICMA Centre provides assistance in identifying and applying for internships with CV grounding and honing interview techniques.


CFA Institute

The ICMA Centre is part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This partnership signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that the university curriculum is closely linked with professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the three levels of CFA exams.

The BSc Finance (Investments) is an official Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. This title certifies the academic rigor and practical relevance of the degree and recognises that the curriculum of the programme covers at least 70% of the CFA Level l candidate body of knowledge. It also comes with a series of benefits, including a number of annual scholarships for final-year students who want to sit the exam.

CFA Institute

“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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Our pathways have been designed to allow you to focus your degree even further and tailor it to your specific interests. Here is a guide to help you understand them.

In year one of your studies you will focus on gaining core knowledge in Finance and the financial services industry. The content of the first year will be the same for all pathways as well as the general BSc Finance degree. At the end year one you will be able to transfer to a pathway of your choice or continue general programme. You are not tied to a specific pathway at this point.

Year of study % weight of modules
Year 1 100% compulsory modules (all pathways)

In year two you will gain a more in-depth understanding of Finance. You will now start to focus your degree further with modules that are specific to the pathway of your choice, as well as choose optional modules. At the end of the second year, you will not be able to choose a different pathway again, although you will have the opportunity to transfer back to the general programme.

Year of study % weight of modules
Year 2 50% compulsory modules (all pathways)
33.3% compulsory modules (pathway dependent)
16.6% optional modules

Between your second and final year you will have the option to do a work placement or study abroad year. Opting for the year can be beneficial for your career prospects and considerably enhance your CV, setting you on the right path for a successful career.

Year of study
Study Abroad/Placement Year

In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge, ready for you entering the world of work. You will have more flexibility with optional modules, with compulsory modules still relevant to the pathway you have chosen.

Year of study % weight of modules
Final year 33.3% compulsory modules (all pathways)
33.3% compulsory modules (pathway dependent)
33.3% optional modules

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.

Ellis Murley 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.

Nick Pilkington BSc Finance and Investment Banking