Money, Banking and Finance with German BSc

These programmes combine the rigour of an economics degree with a practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance, plus competence in a modern European language. They are designed to provide you with the intellectual skills to work in financial services sector, whether in the UK or internationally, and should further enable you to gain exemptions from relevant professional examinations such as the ICAEW. 

  • 90% student satisfaction i.e. students satisfied with the overall quality of this course
  • 100% students believe that they have improved career prospects as a result of this course
  • Average starting salaries for our graduates of £21,000

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Course fact file

UCAS code: N3R2

Duration: 4 years

Places Available: 233 (total number of places available across all Money, Banking and Finance courses)

Applications in 2012: 1018

Typical Offer: AAA (More detailed entry requirements and the international qualifications accepted can be found in the course details)

Start date: September 2014

Contact

For information about admissions procedure, entry requirements etc, please e-mail the Money, Banking and Finance Admissions Officer, Ben Watson, b.a.weston@bham.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor: Afrasiab Mirza
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2929
Email:  mbf-admissions@bham.ac.uk

Please also check: Frequently Asked Questions

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Details

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Be ready for the global market: our Money, Banking and Finance (MBF) with Language programmes combine the rigour of an economics degree with a practical focus on banking, accounting, law and finance, plus competence in a modern European language.

Birmingham’s established MBF with Language programmes were developed in response to demand from employers in the financial services sector for informed, able graduates with a relevant degree and strong linguistic background. They are designed to provide you with the intellectual skills to work in this dynamic and fast-changing industry, whether in the UK or internationally, and should further enable you to gain exemptions from relevant professional examinations such as the ICAEW.

This course scored highly with our students in the 2013 National Student Survey:

  • 90% student satisfaction i.e. students satisfied with the overall quality of this course
  • 97% of our students felt that they could contact staff whenever they needed to
  • 100% students believe that they have improved career prospects as a result of this
Birmingham Business School

Business education since 1902

Business education was pioneered at Birmingham. As the country’s first Business School, our range of undergraduate degree courses have always been designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational relevance.

First year

You study core compulsory courses in Economics, Accounting, Law and Quantitative Methods, alongside study of your language option, which includes the relevant country’s social and political background.

Second year

In the second year you build on this foundation with more advanced compulsory modules in Economics, Financial Management, Quantitative Methods, Banking Law, and your relevant language option.

Third year

You spend this year taking relevant courses at a university in the appropriate European country.

Fourth year

In the final year, back in Birmingham, you move on to more advanced analysis of economics, banking and finance, and advance your chosen language to a high level of competence. Additionally, options are available in various areas of economics, accounting and finance that allow you to specialise in your preferred fields.

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

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Modules

First year


 

Compulsory

Please select from the options below where approproate:

Students without A-Level Mathematics MUST choose this linked module:

Students with A-Level Mathematics grades A,B,C or equivalent MUST choose this linked module:

Choose 10 credits from the list below, or a 10-credit Module Outside of Main Discipline

Second year


 

Compulsory

Optional

Choose 20 Optional credits from the following. These may be from Modules Outside the Main Discipline:

Third year


You spend this year taking relevant courses at a university in the appropriate European country.

Fourth year


Compulsory

Optional

Choose 40 Optional credits from the following: 20 credits of these may be Modules Outside the Main Discipline, if you wish. Where modules are linked both elements MUST be taken:

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply 
Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships
Learn more about our scholarships and awards

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required: 3

Typical offer: AAA

Required subjects and grades: A level German grade A; GCSE Mathematics at grade A if not offered at AS or A2 level

General Studies: not accepted

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

 

International students:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 36–38 points including 6 in HL German

Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.

How to apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code N3R2.

The below video is a step-by-step guide on applying through the UCAS process.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View further advice on 'How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Key Information Set (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.

The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.

The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.

Contact

For information about admissions procedure, entry requirements etc, please e-mail the Money, Banking and Finance Admissions Officer, Ben Watson, b.a.weston@bham.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor: Afrasiab Mirza
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2929
Email:  mbf-admissions@bham.ac.uk

Please also check: Frequently Asked Questions

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Learning and teaching

Economics is a department within Birmingham Business School, which has many strong links with industry. As well as exploring theoretical aspects, you’ll find that your degree has a strong practical focus, and this is reflected in the way you’ll be taught. Learning from experts in their field, you will be encouraged to think for yourself and will experience a number of different learning settings, including lectures, tutorials and even the opportunity to be involved in our Economics Laboratory.

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Our aim is to equip you with specific skills in economics, but also generic skills that can be applied right across the job spectrum, such as analytical and data analysis.

As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts.

How will I be taught?

During your time at the Business School you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.

Self study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject and allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.

Assessment

You are assessed mainly through examinations, with some assessed assignments for more practical modules. Whilst abroad you will complete an essay, which is to be examined for both language and economics content, and you will also write an extended essay in your fourth year, allowing you to consolidate the wide range of your acquired skills.

Skills gained

At the end of this degree, you should have a good appreciation of economics relating to financial markets and institutions; quantitative techniques for empirical analysis of economic and financial data; accounting concepts relevant to financial market analysis; the legal aspects of financial services; and the history, culture, political structure and economy of the relevant European country, allied to a high level of linguistic skill.

Contact hours

As well as time with your lecturers and personal tutor, academic and professional services staff (like our dedicated Careers Network team) will be available to offer individual and group support throughout your time here at Birmingham.

Learning Settings

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).


Click and drag in the image above to take a virtual tour of our campus.

You’ll find our Economics department staff here at Birmingham located in a building at the heart of our world famous main campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham. The main Edgbaston campus is close to the city centre but has all the amenities of a small town, as well as its own railway station. 

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In 2012, Birmingham Business School founded and invested in The Birmingham Experimental Economics Laboratory (BEEL) which enables economics experiments to take place on campus. The laboratory focuses on research into individual and strategic decision making and students are actively encouraged to participate in these experiments.

Support

To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues, and a formal transition review during your first year to check on your progress and offer you help for any particular areas where you need support.

Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.

Virtual and enquiry based learning

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an excellent tool for supporting our academic courses, allowing you to share thoughts on assignments with other students via the discussion group facilities, and even submit your work electronically.

Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.

Assessment methods

Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations and formal exams.

During your first year you will undergo a formal ‘transition’ review to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.

Contact

For information about admissions procedure, entry requirements etc, please e-mail the Money, Banking and Finance Admissions Officer, Ben Watson, b.a.weston@bham.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor: Afrasiab Mirza
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2929
Email:  mbf-admissions@bham.ac.uk

Please also check: Frequently Asked Questions

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Employability


Mark graduated from the BSc Money, Banking and Finance programme, going on to become Head of Finance at Aston Villa Football Club.

Our business degrees have long been recognised by major employers across all sectors of the economy. Our students find employment in areas as diverse as retail management, financial services, accountancy, motor manufacturing, management consultancy and pharmaceuticals; some become self employed.

100% students believe that they have improved career prospects as a result of this course, with average starting salaries for our graduates of £21,000.

Student profiles

joseph-morrisEnjoy all the University has to offer, which is a lot! Make sure you go to as many events as possible because you never know whom you might meet and those networking connections can be vital in your search for a job later on.

Joseph Morris graduated the BSc Money, Banking and Finance programme, going on to work as Chief Operating Officer for Grad Diary in London, read his story.

mark-fairbrother-online-picOf all the universities I visited, the UoB was the one I was most impressed by...The campus was really inspiring and the course itself was far more appealing than similar courses offered by other institutions.

After graduating, Mark Fairbrother went on to work as Head of Finance at Aston Villa Football Club, read his story.


Your Birmingham degree

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Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

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We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.

Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are 'Investing in your future'.

Contact

For information about admissions procedure, entry requirements etc, please e-mail the Money, Banking and Finance Admissions Officer, Ben Watson, b.a.weston@bham.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor: Afrasiab Mirza
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2929
Email:  mbf-admissions@bham.ac.uk

Please also check: Frequently Asked Questions

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