International Banking and Finance (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)


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Key Facts

  • UCAS Code


  • Level


    BSc (Hons)
  • Duration

    Full Time: 1 Year

  • Starting


  • UK 24/25 Fees


  • International 24/25 Fees


  • Location

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 893981


This International Banking and Finance (Top-up) course is specifically designed for holders of HND qualifications or similar UK and international qualifications. The award allows you to gain a full honours degree in one year.

Updated 10/07/2024


  • Top-up up your qualification to a full BSc International Banking and Finance (Hons) degree.

Course Content

  • This is a research driven international banking and finance programme focusing on contemporary issues within the challenging global banking and finance sector. You will gain up-to date technical and professional skills, through specially designed modules namely Contemporary Issues in Banking, Risk Management in Banking and a dedicated project in International Banking and Finance.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 24/25. The modules relating to the academic year 25/26 will be available from June 2025.

      • Module code: ACC3007
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to appraise the increasingly important aspect of multinational financial management in dynamic international business. It critically analyses the attractions and limitations of doing business in a global market, identifying the additional inherent risks that global market exposure produces and strategies in managing the global firm.
      • Module code: ACC3009
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to equip students with theoretical and practical skills in contemporary corporate finance. Students explore the complexities of corporate financial management, investment decision making and financial risk.
      • Module code: ACC3017
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the practice and key issues of governance within organisations in the national and multinational context. The module combines theories, codes and regulations, corporate social responsibility and ethics in addressing how modern corporations could adopt effective governance to manage their role and place in the society.
      • Module code: ACC3019
        Status: Compulsory
        This module explains the place and importance of banking in the context of the global Financial Services industry and covers the practical aspects of international banking and financial markets. The focus is on the evolving structure and regulation of international financial markets, their role and importance to the world economies.
      • Module code: ACC3026
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop students' understanding of the complexity of the international financial systems and the issues multinational banks face in different jurisdictions. The module will cover historical and current developments towards the development of the `new' financial systems architecture and the challenge for harmonisation.
      • Module code: ACC3027
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to prepare the students for roles in treasury and risk management. Asset and Liability management is core to the sustainability of financial institutions especially banks, hence, this module focuses on the tools, techniques and models of bank risk measurement and management.
      • Module code: ACC4007
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to apply knowledge gained on the programme to carry out an independent project in international banking and finance. The focus is on the implications of environmental changes to the structure and performance of global banking groups.
  • Your application for the top-up international finance and banking degree will be considered if you have successfully completed the first two years of a relevant business, economics, accounting or finance degree, or HND (or equivalent overseas qualification such as the Chinese Dazhuan).

    If you hold a qualification at Level 5 or above in a relevant area, your application may also be eligible subject to a satisfactory module mapping.

    In addition, you should hold Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or above or equivalent.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    For information on how to apply to study with us as an International student, please see our How to apply for International Study page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2024/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • International Full Time: £16,500

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2024. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for the banking and finance undergraduate top up degree relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • International Full Time: £15,500
  • How will I learn on the international banking and finance course?

    For this international banking and finance degree course, you can expect taught study to be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops and usually 16 hours per week. We recommend that you spend ten hours per week in self-directed study time.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment for the Banking and Financial Planning Top-up involve case-based reports, essays, exams and a research project. We place particular emphasis upon developing your skills in independent study.

Careers and Employability

The UK is the centre for financial services and the largest sector for employment.

Those with knowledge in the field of financial services will find employment in international financial institutions in various roles such as analyst, financial adviser/manager roles, investment banker/analyst and compliance roles.

Please see the National Careers Service website for job description and earnings for banking and financial roles. Students graduating from this international banking degree can choose to progress onto a full-time postgraduate programme. This will enable you to focus your studies in a specialist area or gain a general management qualification such as the MBA.

Master’s Opportunities

On successful completion of your International Banking and Finance (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) course, you will be able to continue your further education by studying one of postgraduate degrees. Some of our industry-relevant master’s degrees are:

Campus Facilities

As a BSc International Banking and Finance (Top-Up) degree student you will have access to University of Northampton campus facilities, study areas, and services.

Learning Hub

The Learning Hub is at the heart of the campus and home to the student information desk.


Senate Building

The main reception for the University and additional teaching spaces.


Bloomberg Finance Lab Facilities

Bloomberg is the industry standard for economic, financial and other data provision and analysis.