Money, Banking and Finance BSc with Integrated Foundation Year

Our Foundation Pathways combines the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.

The BSc Money, Banking and Finance with integrated foundation course equips you with the intellectual skills you need to work in the dynamic, fast-changing financial services sector. Upon graduation from the full Money, Banking and Finance course  you will be in high demand from employers in diverse institutions and firms, such as banks, insurance companies, pensions and investment funds, unit trusts, firms associated with the stock exchange, accountancy partnerships and many more.

Guillermo Garcia Pastor

BSc Money, Banking and Finance

“My BSc in Money Banking and Finance at the University of Birmingham was a great enabler to enter into my MSc Finance with the right mathematical skills and financial mindset to succeed. It also introduced me not only to the investment and banking side of finance but also to the corporate world of companies like P&G. My BSc at Birmingham provided me a holistic view of finance.”

The Money, Banking and Finance BSc with integrated foundation course is designed to ensure that you study a core of subjects to satisfy a wide range of employers during your career. During the final year of the Money, Banking & Finance course you will also write an extended essay which allows in-depth study of a topic of special interest to you.

Foundation year

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, the BSc Money, Banking and Finance foundation programme is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

Successful completion of the Money, Banking and Finance foundation year will also guarantee you progression onto the BSc Money, Banking and Finance course. *You will need at least 100 credits, an average of at least 60%, at least 60% in Academic English and Study Skills and at least 65% in Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics.

We will ensure you're fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the university environment and giving you dedicated support in your first year in Dubai.


All modules listed for this course are compulsory. 

Foundation year

*  Core

  • Business and the market (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and the Market (20 credits)
  • Academic English & Study Skills (40 credits)

*  Optional (Choose two from)

  • Law (20 credits)
  • Psychology (‘social’) (20 credits)
  • Biology (20 credits)

Year one

  • Applied Economics and Statistics, (20 credits)
  • European Economic Issues, (10 credits)
  • Financial Markets and Institutions, (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Finance, (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Management Accounting, (10 credits)
  • Principles of Economics, (20 credits)
  • Principles of Financial Accounting, (20 credits)

Year two

  • Economics of Corporate Finance, (10 credits)
  • Corporate Financial Management, (10 credits)
  • Econometrics, (20 credits)
  • Macroeconomics, (20 credits)
  • Microeconomics, (20 credits)
  • Regulatory Framework of Banking, (10 credits)

Year three

  • Advanced Finance, (20 credits)
  • Economics Extended Essay, (20 credits)
  • Economics of Banking, (10 credits)
  • Monetary Policy, (10 credits)

Students will also undertake a dissertation in their third year, worth (20 credits).

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

The foundation year of your programme will be charged at AED 82,030 for 2019/20 entry.

Following successful completion of your foundation year we charge an annual tuition fee which is set at AED 82,030 per year of study.


We have a number of scholarships available for 2019 entry. Find out more.

Entry requirements

Foundation Pathway entry requirements



Students studying the WAEC or NECO would be required to study a four year integrated foundation and degree programme.   

  • WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
  • NECO Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can also be accepted with at least 5 subjects at grade B3 or the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300+ points and at least 5 subjects at grade C4 to include grade B in Maths for our EPS pathway.


Middle East (Thaneweya)


Applicants to the Foundation pathway will require an average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.




The University will consider students with a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (also called Intermediate Certificate), with at least grade B or 70%, to include grade B or 70% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.


American System


High School Graduation Diploma with 'good'/grade B/GPA 3.0 average, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

How to apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

We will be accepting direct applications onto this programme from October 2018.

Learning and teaching methods on the Money, Banking and Finance course with foundation year will take the form of lectures, classes, case study work, online assignments and quizzes, presentations and self-directed study.

Work will be assessed via exams, coursework, presentations and a dissertation.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job.

Our degrees are highly regarded by employers and our graduates are very successful in the job market. In most cases, our graduates go into roles related to their degrees, such as trainee accountancy in professional practice, industry or the public sector, tax consultancy or banking.

Your Birmingham Degree

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.