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BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment Management
Master the art and science behind the financial markets and develop a deep understanding of the wider business world. Our CISI-recognised BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment Management course lays the foundations for a range of rewarding careers in this fascinating industry.
The core focus of our teaching is about preparing you for employment. Key modules include Careers in Accounting, Economics and Finance, and Professional Practice in Accounting, Economics and Finance – both designed to build practical knowledge of working in the industry.

And you won’t just be learning about investing in the classroom.
You’ll also be putting your skills into practice in our on-site trading room, complete with industry-standard professional Bloomberg terminals that reflect live, real-life market developments.



MODULES – Year 1
REF MODULE TITLE MODULE BRIEF CREDITS
EF3039 Listening and Seminar Skills for Academic purposes This module focuses on developing your listening, note-taking and seminar skills. It provides bi-weekly lectures covering topics relating to global issues that will allow you to develop topic knowledge and listening and note-taking skills. CORE, 20 Credits
EF3040 Reading, Writing and Research Skills for Academic Purposes This module introduces you to the skill of reading for academic purposes and develops your academic writing skills. There are weekly reading texts covering global issues topics that provide you with exposure to, and the experience of the types of academic texts you will be expected to read during your degree programme. CORE, 20 Credits
EF3041 Intercultural Communication Skills for Academic Purposes On completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate: 1. An awareness of yourself and your cultural background; 2. Knowledge of other cultures and how they are represented; 3. Confidence to express ideas and opinions objectively in academic English; 4. Improved pronunciation and fluency in English 5. Experience of working within a team and have developed intercultural communicative competence. CORE, 20 Credits
AF3001 Practical Maths and Statistics This module provides you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of practical mathematical and statistical methods that are used to analyse and interpret financial data.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF3004 Business Intelligence and Analytics This module is designed to develop your understanding of the role that data and data analytics plays in organisations. The module will introduce you to various data sources. It will empower you to build an understanding of how to collect and analyse data. You will become confident in locating data, interpreting and analysing it to facilitate business decisions.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF3005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting, Finance and Economics In this module you will explore the contemporary issues that are impacting the world of Accounting, Finance and Economics today. You will be able to understand and critically apprise the issues in order to demonstrate how these contemporary issues are likely to shape the future of the Accounting, Finance and Economics landscape.
CORE, 20 Credits
MODULES – Year 2
REF MODULE TITLE MODULE BRIEF CREDITS
AF4030 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics This module will introduce you to general mathematical and statistical methods used to analyse and interpret accounting, financial and economic data. The module will address and review essential preliminaries of algebra and mathematical functions, such as linear, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions; expanding on numerical series as well as context- based optimisation problems.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF4031 Accounting, Economics and Finance in a Global Business Environment This module will enable you to better understand the economic, institutional, accounting and financial forces influencing the development of markets and exchanges and interactions within the global business environment. This module will introduce you to analytical models and principles that will help you understand and analyse the global environment in which business decisions are made. You will develop an appreciation for the variety of factors that influence the choices and compromises that are made in international business and the implications of these choices on businesses.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF4032 Careers in Accounting, Economics and Finance This module provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to successfully secure a relevant undergraduate placement and/or a graduate-level role in your chosen discipline of Accounting, Finance and Economics. You will cover a number of key topics including career planning, writing CVs, cover letters and application forms, psychometric testing, competency-based interviews, assessment centres and current trends in recruitment and selection practice in accounting, finance and economics.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF4036 Principles and Theories of Finance This module provides you with an introduction to underpinning financial concepts upon which your degree will be based. You will learn about the financial system; interest rate theory; foreign exchange rate dynamics and the operation of the money, fixed income and equity markets. You will be introduced to a range of financial instruments including collective investments and socially responsible investments. You will learn about the concepts of utility, stock market efficiency, portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).
CORE, 20 Credits
AF4037 Business and Financial Analysis You will learn practical methods of analysing and comparing businesses and effectively interpret their financial results, in doing so you will be introduced to critical thinking skills. The module introduces you to the skills and techniques required to analyse and interpret financial statements and related information. This provides a framework within which you will be introduced to the concepts used in business valuations. You will be encouraged to consider the limitations of business and financial statement analysis as applied in different decision contexts, such as investment and lending decisions.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF4038 Financial Decision Making You will learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision-making processes. You will initially look at the informational needs of outside user groups, the nature of the information they are provided with, and how this information can be analysed and interpreted in order to enhance the effectiveness of their decision making.
CORE, 20 Credits
MODULES – Year 3
REF MODULE TITLE MODULE BRIEF CREDITS
AF5030 Financial Markets and Institutions You will learn the key aspects of the regulations, ethics and professional body requirements that define the ‘rules’ for the financial sector. You will draw from a range of historical case studies to see how regulation within the financial system has transformed. You will be encouraged to discuss and critique the latest regulation changes using academic literature to back up your arguments. You will explore the main financial instruments that are issued and traded including: money market instruments; bonds; equities; foreign exchange; and Insurance. You will learn about these instruments in the context of risk taking and the worldwide markets in which they are traded as well as the principal institutions that use these instruments.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF5031 Professional Practice in Accounting, Economics and Finance This innovative module attempts to provide students with a range of skills and practices, taught in the context of the particular functional specialism, which will prepare the student for a range of future opportunities. This module aims to prepare you for your future studies at Level 6 and work-based learning. It focuses on developing your skills and abilities to critically assess, analyse and manage business-based problems and projects, with emphasis on a range of business models.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF5036 Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Finance Building on knowledge gained at level 4, you will continue to learn and increase your skills in applying a variety of practical mathematical and statistical methods specific to the disciplines of finance and economics. On the side of mathematics, this module will expand on geometric series, optimisation methods and techniques, differentiation and integration. On the side of statistics, you will review the derivation of probability distribution and start exploring aspects of linear regression analysis. The module will address formal derivations of mathematical and statistic functions by applying theories and techniques to practical economic and finance cases and examples.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF5037 Personal Finance and Wealth Planning You will learn about personal finance and wealth planning with a view to understanding how different financial products can be used to satisfy different client needs and circumstances. You will learn about client appraisal; personal taxation (to include income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax); building an investment portfolio; mortgage finance; the handling of personal debt; insurance planning; retirement planning and estate planning in the financial planning process.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF5038 Derivatives and Risk On this module you will be introduced to complex financial instruments, derivatives. You will learn about the features of derivatives, the risks they are often designed to manage or speculate upon and the ways that money flows ‘through’ the transactions they create. You will learn how to calculate profits and losses resulting from transactions involving derivatives. The module specifically introduces you to Futures, Forwards, Options, and Swaps, as well as examples of exotic derivative types (such as carbon derivatives).
CORE, 20 Credits
AF5039 Econometrics Building on mathematical and statistical prior knowledge, the module introduces students to the theory and application of econometrics. You will learn classical econometric models such as simple and multiple regression analysis, assumptions and properties of statistical estimators, and the reasoning for violating these assumptions in specific cases. The module covers modelling and statistical inference techniques for single and multi-equation systems, and the use of these techniques with regard to data prediction, model evaluation and forecasting.
CORE, 20 Credits
MODULES – Year 4
REF MODULE TITLE MODULE BRIEF CREDITS
AF6030 Sustainable Development and Responsible Business This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of key literature, research and economic policy debates in the area of environmental sustainability and responsible business. The objective of the module is to provide students with appropriate tools and technical know-how to critically discuss the trade-offs between economic development and environmental protection and moving capitalism towards a wider sense of accountability.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF6036 Risk in Financial Insitutions I In this module you will learn about the capital risks faced by financial institutions. These include credit risk, risks from securitisation exposure, market risk and liquidity risk. You will study the specific areas of credit, market and liquidity risk in the context of the relevant regulatory framework (The Basel Accords) and draw on case study material provided by high profile banks and financial institutions. You will be expected to develop an understanding of the nature of these interlinked risks as well as to understand how they are measured and managed in line with regulations.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF6037 Risk in Financial Institutions II In this module you will focus on the specific area of treasury risk arising from interest rate and foreign exchange rate risk. You will also explore the ever-changing world of operational risk within financial institutions. You will investigate how the risks faced by financial institutions are linked via systemic risk and learn which institutions may be more susceptible to shocks. You will also learn how to measure and manage aspects of these banking risks with the help of case studies set within banking and finance institutions.
CORE, 20 Credits
AF6038 Investment Management This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to apply a variety of quantitative and financial tools to construct, rebalance and evaluate a portfolio consisting of financial assets, mainly equities (including collective investments including SRI funds). The module is organised within the themes of rational and behavioural decision making in relation to investments.
CORE, 20 Credits
NX9626 Undergraduate Consultancy Project The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.
OPTIONAL, 40 Credits
AF6042 Dissertation The dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into an applied business (or the named degree) problem or issue.
OPTIONAL, 40 Credits
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
In addition to a good secondary school profile, it is recognised that successful admission of the programme is dependent upon the ability of the students in the English Language. All students must have an adequate command of written and spoken English to be able to study any programme which leads to an award of the University.

The minimum pre-entry requirements into QFBA-Northumbria University programmes are as follow:

Mandatory for all years - a high school certificate recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar

Year 1: At least IELTS 5.0 or equivalent, with a minimum IELTS component score of 5.0
Year 2: Completed foundation year from a recognised institution by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar (e.g. University Foundation College, Academic Bridge Program)
Year 3: Completed 2-year diploma from a recognised institution by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar (e.g. College of the North Atlantic Qatar and Community College Qatar)
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Application Form - Online

  • ID / Passport

  • Passport Sized Photo

  • High School Transcript

  • College Transcript (if applicable)

  • IELTS (if applicable)

  • Application Fee: QR 300
APPLICATION TIMELINE
Application opens January 1
Application deadline : Initial closing date for applications is 1st August. Applications received after this date will be considered, on a first-come-first served basis, until the Programme is full.
Academic year starts in September
FEE SCHEDULE
Tuition fee: QR 70,400 per year
Application fee: QR 300

The application fee will be added to the first semester fees for students who enroll. Fees can be paid by card at the University premises, online from your applicant login, or via bank transfer.

MODULES – Year 1
REF
EF3039
MODULE TITLE
Listening and Seminar Skills for Academic purposes
MODULE BRIEF
This module focuses on developing your listening, note-taking and seminar skills. It provides bi-weekly lectures covering topics relating to global issues that will allow you to develop topic knowledge and listening and note-taking skills.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
EF3040
MODULE TITLE
Reading, Writing and Research Skills for Academic Purposes
MODULE BRIEF
This module introduces you to the skill of reading for academic purposes and develops your academic writing skills. There are weekly reading texts covering global issues topics that provide you with exposure to, and the experience of the types of academic texts you will be expected to read during your degree programme.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
EF3041
MODULE TITLE
Intercultural Communication Skills for Academic Purposes
MODULE BRIEF
On completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate: 1. An awareness of yourself and your cultural background; 2. Knowledge of other cultures and how they are represented; 3. Confidence to express ideas and opinions objectively in academic English; 4. Improved pronunciation and fluency in English 5. Experience of working within a team and have developed intercultural communicative competence.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
EF3001
MODULE TITLE
Practical Maths and Statistics
MODULE BRIEF
This module provides you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of practical mathematical and statistical methods that are used to analyse and interpret financial data.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
EF3004
MODULE TITLE
Business Intelligence and Analytics
MODULE BRIEF
This module is designed to develop your understanding of the role that data and data analytics plays in organisations. The module will introduce you to various data sources. It will empower you to build an understanding of how to collect and analyse data. You will become confident in locating data, interpreting and analysing it to facilitate business decisions.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF3005
MODULE TITLE
Contemporary Issues in Accounting, Finance and Economics
MODULE BRIEF
In this module you will explore the contemporary issues that are impacting the world of Accounting, Finance and Economics today. You will be able to understand and critically apprise the issues in order to demonstrate how these contemporary issues are likely to shape the future of the Accounting, Finance and Economics landscape.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
MODULES – Year 2
REF
AF4030
MODULE TITLE
Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics
MODULE BRIEF
This module will introduce you to general mathematical and statistical methods used to analyse and interpret accounting, financial and economic data. The module will address and review essential preliminaries of algebra and mathematical functions, such as linear, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions; expanding on numerical series as well as context- based optimisation problems.
CREDITS
CORE,20 Credits
REF
AF4031
MODULE TITLE
Accounting, Economics and Finance in a Global Business Environment
MODULE BRIEF
This module will enable you to better understand the economic, institutional, accounting and financial forces influencing the development of markets and exchanges and interactions within the global business environment. This module will introduce you to analytical models and principles that will help you understand and analyse the global environment in which business decisions are made. You will develop an appreciation for the variety of factors that influence the choices and compromises that are made in international business and the implications of these choices on businesses.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF4032
MODULE TITLE
Careers in Accounting, Economics and Finance
MODULE BRIEF
This module provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to successfully secure a relevant undergraduate placement and/or a graduate-level role in your chosen discipline of Accounting, Finance and Economics. You will cover a number of key topics including career planning, writing CVs, cover letters and application forms, psychometric testing, competency-based interviews, assessment centres and current trends in recruitment and selection practice in accounting, finance and economics.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF4036
MODULE TITLE
Principles and Theories of Finance
MODULE BRIEF
This module provides you with an introduction to underpinning financial concepts upon which your degree will be based. You will learn about the financial system; interest rate theory; foreign exchange rate dynamics and the operation of the money, fixed income and equity markets. You will be introduced to a range of financial instruments including collective investments and socially responsible investments. You will learn about the concepts of utility, stock market efficiency, portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF4037
MODULE TITLE
Business and Financial Analysis
MODULE BRIEF
You will learn practical methods of analysing and comparing businesses and effectively interpret their financial results, in doing so you will be introduced to critical thinking skills. The module introduces you to the skills and techniques required to analyse and interpret financial statements and related information. This provides a framework within which you will be introduced to the concepts used in business valuations. You will be encouraged to consider the limitations of business and financial statement analysis as applied in different decision contexts, such as investment and lending decisions.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF4038
MODULE TITLE
Financial Decision Making
MODULE BRIEF
You will learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision-making processes. You will initially look at the informational needs of outside user groups, the nature of the information they are provided with, and how this information can be analysed and interpreted in order to enhance the effectiveness of their decision making.



CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
MODULES – Year 3
REF
AF5030
MODULE TITLE
Financial Markets and Institutions
MODULE BRIEF
You will learn the key aspects of the regulations, ethics and professional body requirements that define the ‘rules’ for the financial sector. You will draw from a range of historical case studies to see how regulation within the financial system has transformed. You will be encouraged to discuss and critique the latest regulation changes using academic literature to back up your arguments. You will explore the main financial instruments that are issued and traded including: money market instruments; bonds; equities; foreign exchange; and Insurance. You will learn about these instruments in the context of risk taking and the worldwide markets in which they are traded as well as the principal institutions that use these instruments.

CREDITS
CORE,20 Credits
REF
AF5031
MODULE TITLE
Professional Practice in Accounting, Economics and Finance
MODULE BRIEF
This innovative module attempts to provide students with a range of skills and practices, taught in the context of the particular functional specialism, which will prepare the student for a range of future opportunities. This module aims to prepare you for your future studies at Level 6 and work-based learning. It focuses on developing your skills and abilities to critically assess, analyse and manage business-based problems and projects, with emphasis on a range of business models.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF5036
MODULE TITLE
Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Finance
MODULE BRIEF
Building on knowledge gained at level 4, you will continue to learn and increase your skills in applying a variety of practical mathematical and statistical methods specific to the disciplines of finance and economics. On the side of mathematics, this module will expand on geometric series, optimisation methods and techniques, differentiation and integration. On the side of statistics, you will review the derivation of probability distribution and start exploring aspects of linear regression analysis. The module will address formal derivations of mathematical and statistic functions by applying theories and techniques to practical economic and finance cases and examples.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF5037
MODULE TITLE
Personal Finance and Wealth Planning
MODULE BRIEF
You will learn about personal finance and wealth planning with a view to understanding how different financial products can be used to satisfy different client needs and circumstances. You will learn about client appraisal; personal taxation (to include income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax); building an investment portfolio; mortgage finance; the handling of personal debt; insurance planning; retirement planning and estate planning in the financial planning process.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF5038
MODULE TITLE
Derivatives and Risk
MODULE BRIEF
On this module you will be introduced to complex financial instruments, derivatives. You will learn about the features of derivatives, the risks they are often designed to manage or speculate upon and the ways that money flows ‘through’ the transactions they create. You will learn how to calculate profits and losses resulting from transactions involving derivatives. The module specifically introduces you to Futures, Forwards, Options, and Swaps, as well as examples of exotic derivative types (such as carbon derivatives).

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF5039
MODULE TITLE
Econometrics
MODULE BRIEF
Building on mathematical and statistical prior knowledge, the module introduces students to the theory and application of econometrics. You will learn classical econometric models such as simple and multiple regression analysis, assumptions and properties of statistical estimators, and the reasoning for violating these assumptions in specific cases. The module covers modelling and statistical inference techniques for single and multi-equation systems, and the use of these techniques with regard to data prediction, model evaluation and forecasting.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
MODULES – Year 4
REF
AF6030
MODULE TITLE
Sustainable Development and Responsible Business
MODULE BRIEF
This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of key literature, research and economic policy debates in the area of environmental sustainability and responsible business. The objective of the module is to provide students with appropriate tools and technical know-how to critically discuss the trade-offs between economic development and environmental protection and moving capitalism towards a wider sense of accountability.

CREDITS
CORE,20 Credits
REF
AF6036
MODULE TITLE
Risk in Financial Insitutions I
MODULE BRIEF
In this module you will learn about the capital risks faced by financial institutions. These include credit risk, risks from securitisation exposure, market risk and liquidity risk. You will study the specific areas of credit, market and liquidity risk in the context of the relevant regulatory framework (The Basel Accords) and draw on case study material provided by high profile banks and financial institutions. You will be expected to develop an understanding of the nature of these interlinked risks as well as to understand how they are measured and managed in line with regulations.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF6037
MODULE TITLE
Risk in Financial Institutions II
MODULE BRIEF
In this module you will focus on the specific area of treasury risk arising from interest rate and foreign exchange rate risk. You will also explore the ever-changing world of operational risk within financial institutions. You will investigate how the risks faced by financial institutions are linked via systemic risk and learn which institutions may be more susceptible to shocks. You will also learn how to measure and manage aspects of these banking risks with the help of case studies set within banking and finance institutions.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
AF6038
MODULE TITLE
Investment Management
MODULE BRIEF
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to apply a variety of quantitative and financial tools to construct, rebalance and evaluate a portfolio consisting of financial assets, mainly equities (including collective investments including SRI funds). The module is organised within the themes of rational and behavioural decision making in relation to investments.

CREDITS
CORE, 20 Credits
REF
NX9626
MODULE TITLE
Undergraduate Consultancy Project
MODULE BRIEF
The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.

CREDITS
OPTIONAL, 40 Credits
REF
AF6042
MODULE TITLE
SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES
Dissertation
The dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into an applied business (or the named degree) problem or issue.

CREDITS
OPTIONAL, 40 Credits
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
In addition to a good secondary school profile, it is recognised that successful admission of the programme is dependent upon the ability of the students in the English Language. All students must have an adequate command of written and spoken English to be able to study any programme which leads to an award of the University.

The minimum pre-entry requirements into QFBA-Northumbria University programmes are as follow:

Mandatory for all years - a high school certificate recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar

Year 1: At least IELTS 5.0 or equivalent, with a minimum IELTS component score of 5.0
Year 2: Completed foundation year from a recognised institution by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar (e.g. University Foundation College, Academic Bridge Program)
Year 3: Completed 2-year diploma from a recognised institution by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar (e.g. College of the North Atlantic Qatar and Community College Qatar)
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Application Form - Online

  • ID / Passport

  • Passport Sized Photo

  • High School Transcript

  • College Transcript (if applicable)

  • IELTS (if applicable)

  • Application Fee: QR 300
APPLICATION TIMELINE
Application opens January 1
Application deadline : Initial closing date for applications is 1st August. Applications received after this date will be considered, on a first-come-first served basis, until the Programme is full.
Academic year starts in September
FEE SCHEDULE
Tuition fee: QR 70,400 per year
Application fee: QR 300

The application fee will be added to the first semester fees for students who enroll. Fees can be paid by card at the University premises, online from your applicant login, or via bank transfer.