BA in Banking and Finance

Banking and Finance

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if… you want to develop detailed knowledge and critical awareness of the main ideas, concepts, models and principles in economic analysis and their application to the study of financial systems and institutions.


Course Description

The Banking and Finance BA combines the study of modern economics with banking and finance. You will be introduced to a broad range of economic subjects including banking, financial intermediation, asset and liability management, financial decision making, financial markets and institutions, and accounting. This wide range of topics will give you an in-depth understanding of the way that organisations and financial systems work.


You will also learn to apply microeconomic and macroeconomic theory in financial contexts, for example the appraisal of competing investment opportunities – how to choose between investments which offer the same financial returns – and how government policy influences the stock market.


The first year of this degree is common to all BA degrees in the Department of Economics so you will have the option to switch to one of these degrees during your first year: Business Economics BA, Economics BA, Economics and Accounting BA, or Financial Economics BA.


A Banking and Finance BA will prepare you for a career in the private sector, including banking and finance, and in central banking and regulatory agencies. Your time here will also equip you with the research techniques that are vital to postgraduate study


Our staff are internationally renowned and have acted as advisers and consultants to many international and national organisations, including the European Central Bank, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the Central Bank of Poland, the Central Bank of Greece and a number of UK Government departments.


The close relationship between research and teaching is one of the great advantages of studying with us. We welcome talented students from countries all over the world.


What’s the difference?


The Banking and Finance BA differs from the Banking and Finance BSc in the topics that you will study, as well as the entry requirements.


For the BA:

You will need to have achieved a GCSE in Maths – at least a grade B.


You will focus on the development of your skills as an economist through their application to a wide range of real world issues.


For the BSc:


You will need to have achieved an A-level in Maths – at least grade B.


You will gain experience in the use of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques in economic analysis and its applications.


Year 1


In your first year, you will be introduced to the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and the economic application of basic mathematical and statistical techniques to the solution of economic problems.




Maths for Economics 1

Maths for Economics 2


Statistics for Economists 1

Statistics for Economists 2


Year 2

In your second year you will develop your knowledge and understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will be introduced to the principles of banking and finance by studying topics like financial intermediation, asset and liability management and capital allocation financial decision-making, and financial market and institutions.



Intermediate Macroeconomics 1

Introductory Econometrics

Principles of Banking

Principles of Finance

Topics in Applied Econometrics

Intermediate Macroeconomics 2

Intermediate Microeconomics 1

Intermediate Microeconomics 2


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.


Teaching and Assessment

You will usually have eight hours of lectures and four hours of classes or tutorials per week, although this may vary between modules. The lecture programme is supported by small-group tutorials, seminars or practical classes, designed to encourage discussion, exploration and application of issues arising from lecture material.

During the course of your degree you will be assessed by a mixture of exams and course work. In your final year you will complete a dissertation – an independent research project. This will give you the opportunity to work on a topic of your choice that you are particularly interested in.


Final Year

In your final year you will have the opportunity to choose three option modules, giving you the opportunity to shape your degree according to your interests. Core modules will enable you to develop specialist knowledge in applying economic analysis to banking and financial products, international financial markets and corporate finance decision-making, such as the influence of risk and return upon portfolio choice. You will also undertake an in-depth research project in an area of financial economics during your dissertation.


Core modules

Corporate Finance


Financial Derivatives

International Finance

Investment Management

Option modules


Choose two option modules from:

Advanced Microeconomics

Development Economics

Experimental Economics

Industrial Economics

International Trade

Management Science

Managerial Economics


Plus a further one option module from:


Advanced Macroeconomics

Economics of Education

Economics of Health

Public Economics

Mathematical Finance

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.


Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)


You have the option of spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.


Year in Industry

An industrial placement is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment – and will normally be a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of the extra year.

Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. If you are accepted onto the programme you will be responsible for securing your internship placements. Please note that being accepted onto the programme does not guarantee you access to an internship.

During your placement you will be visited by a dedicated Academic Tutor and a Placement Support Officer. You will also come back to the University to give a brief presentation of your work experience. You will be provided with a log book to document your placement and will write a final report detailing your work, which will be assessed as part of your degree.


You will be supported through guided sessions, including:

Introduction to the scheme

Researching placement opportunities

Making successful applications

Effective interview techniques

Preparing for my placement


A year in industry is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the types of profession that you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you on the path to your chosen career.


Your placement effectively begins in Year 2 when you will be briefed in writing a CV, interview techniques and the procedures that you need to follow to obtain an industrial placement. In addition, a list of potential industrial partners who have taken students in past years will be provided to you.


Year Abroad Information


If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.


Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.


Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

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