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International Finance (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

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  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,900

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


The BSc International Finance Top Up equips international students with the knowledge, language and practical skills required to  operate effectively in economies where there is strong demand for international trade and finance.  This highly practical programme focuses on contemporary issues in international banking and trading goods globally, and the efficiency of international trade and finance arrangements.

There is a strong focus on English language skills throughout the programme, with scaffolded support for language development and opportunities to apply theoretical learning in practical activities.

Updated 15/10/2021


  • Strong and balanced focus on international trade, finance and banking.
  • Bridges the employability gap for careers in finance-related functions in a wide range of industries

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Course Content

  • As a one-year top-up programme aimed at international students with a slightly lower IELTS score 5.5, the BSc International Finance programme has been designed with 40 credits in English language (Academic Conventions for Business EDU3062) and 80 credits in Finance. In order to meet the requirements of the QAA Finance Benchmark Statement and Level 6 of UK FHEQ, all the modules are incorporated theoretical considerations and practical applications of a wide range of finance concepts and topics, relating theory to practice, in an international context.

    Students who join the programme will learn and develop knowledge and skills related to the operations of the financial systems, the constituents and structures of the financial markets and the interaction between those constituents and their behaviours. Thus, not only do the students study the technical knowledge and skills related to financial assets, financial instruments and risk management, but they also develop strong critical awareness for social, ethical, sustainability and regulatory issues encompassed in the financial activities and systems.


    Information about the modules for this course can be found on the award map:

    BSc International Finance Top up modules

  • Edexcel / SQA, HND, a relevant Foundation Degree, Advanced Diploma, Chinese Dazhuan Diploma.

    This course can only consider International Students whose first language is not English. Students are expected to join a pre-sessional English class before the programme starts.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

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

    • IELTS 5.5 (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.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • International Full Time: £13,000

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

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
    • International Full Time: £12,900
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

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  • How will I learn?

    Core knowledge will be gained through a mix of workshops, seminars, and directed readings. This is a Level-6 course, so students are expected to take responsibility for a significant proportion of their learning; however, the compulsory EDU3062 – Academic Conventions for International Business and ACC4007 – Banking and Finance Project are designed to provide more intensive support for international learners who may not have been accorded such autonomy in their previous learning. Students will also be prepared for the requirements of degree level study in the workshops that are held to support the Research Project. The key Finance and Banking modules will be taught using instructional scaffolding approach to promote deep learning, cognitive development and confidence in communication in English through interaction. Student independence is fostered through student-led seminars in some modules, group presentations and group projects which involve collaborative working with peers.

    How will I be assessed?

    There are a variety of ways in which knowledge is assessed across the different modules. Coursework assignments include essays, individual and group projects, and reports ranging from 1,500 to 2,400 words. A compulsory Research Project (4,000 words) also forms part of the overall assessment.

    These formal assessments run alongside regular seminars in which students are given the opportunity (and are expected) to articulate their developing knowledge of relevant ideas and theories and show their understanding of how these can be applied.

    Students studying at the UON campus in Northampton will also receive an additional 2 hours of assessment coaching per 20-credit module, in line with our Integrated Learner Support model.

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Careers and Employability

The BSc International Finance Top-Up programme has been designed to equip its graduates with transferrable knowledge and skills to enter the following industry sectors under various finance-related functions listed below:

Manufacturing & Commodity trading (Physical):

  • Financial management
  • Import/export management
  • Trade credit control
  • Business development
  • Treasury

International Trade Consulting:

  • Strategy consulting
  • International trade development

Commercial Banking:

  • Corporate banking
  • Trade financing (Letter of credit, Guarantee, Documentations, etc.)
  • Credit control /credit analysis
  • Risk management
  • Treasury

Investment Banking:

  • Currency trading
  • Commodity trading
  • Derivatives
  • Structured trade finance