The Global Finance BSc is designed as a special honours programme for our highest achieving accounting and finance students, and in addition to providing you with ACCA and CIMA exemptions and encouraging an academic approach to global finance, we provide you with structured career development support and placement opportunities to prepare you for a career as a modern financial specialist.
You will develop the skills you need for a future in global financial industries such as investment, banking, insurance and pensions and treasury management.
On this programme you will focus on modern global finance techniques, interpretative practices and issues, as well as developing theoretical and technical foundations.
Reasons to study Global Finance at DMU:
- Accredited by the CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK), this course provides solid knowledge for students aiming to gain the Investment Management Certificate (IMC). The IMC is the most widely recognised qualification of its kind in the UK and considered the profession’s benchmark entry-level qualification.
- Gain exemptions for professional qualifications from world leading professional associations including ACCA and CIMA
- Opportunity for an in-country experience with a leading international organisation
- Opportunity for an international experience with one of our international partner colleges
- Access to the Great Hall of Leicester Castle, which has recently undergone a £4.2 million refurbishment programme.
- Regular delivery from leading business figures
- Networking and peer support as a result of being part of a small tutor group
- Mentoring and 1-1 academic support
- Emphasis on the development of business-relevant cultural awareness, including optional language study
Structure and assessment
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test.
Teaching contact hours
This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. In the first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.
Other: In addition each module provides a two hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.
Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.
Subsequent years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.
Facilities and features
The programme is based in the Great Hall of what was once Leicester Castle. Originally built in approximately 1150, and then extensively rebuilt in approximately 1523, the Great Hall has recently undergone a restoration project. Based in Leicester’s historical Castle Quarter adjacent to the university, the Great Hall will provide a prestigious and inspirational setting for students who have the passion and talent to change the business world.
Students will also be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include break-out spaces for group work; quiet study zones for individual work, high-spec IT labs and a café. Learning will be supported by access to DMU’s excellent facilities.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
The Global Finance BSc programme includes an overseas study experience with one of our international partner colleges to help to broaden your cultural awareness and improve independence and resilience, which are valuable skills.
All students have the opportunity to take part in #DMUglobal, our ground-breaking international experience programme, which offers all students the opportunity to gain a meaningful international experience during your studies.
Taking part in a global opportunity will enhance your CV and help you to stand out in a global employment market.
You will also have the opportunity to take a paid placement year in industry to enhance your understanding of the global finance sector.
We have a dedicated Placement Team who advertise over 1,000 placement vacancies each year in locations across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
The Placement Team offers one-to-one CV and interview preparation sessions, advice on how to pass aptitude tests, and will assign you a placement tutor who keeps in regular contact during your placement.
A degree in global finance opens up a variety of career opportunities and provides financial management skills which are highly sought after by employers in all sectors.
The course will prepare you for a career in business and management in the public, private or voluntary sectors, as all of these require skilled managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues. After studying finance you will be able to consider careers such as those offered in investment, banking and insurance organisations.
Recent graduates from the Faculty of Business and Law have progressed onto roles such as Finance Analyst at Mattel, Finance Officer at Phillips Electronics, Corporate Treasury Specialist (Central and Eastern Europe) at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Finance Performance Analyst at BP.