Finance is about making and managing money. It can involve investing in the stock market, trading in currencies and derivatives, or making lending decisions in banks. Students who study the BSc Finance degree at Queen's will gain the skills and knowledge that are needed to succeed in the financial industry.

Integral to the BSc Finance programme is the placement year with a financial institution. A dedicated placement team ensures that students are well prepared for placement, and obtain positions which are of the highest quality.

Finance Degree highlights

Accounting and Finance at Queen's is ranked 4th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2017.

Professional Accreditations

  • Top performing students are regularly awarded prizes and scholarships from leading financial companies, eg Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Ulster Bank and Citi.

Industry Links

  • During the third year of the degree, students complete a 9 to 12 month placement within a financial institution. These placements are usually in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow or London. Example placements include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, the Bank of England and KPMG. The placement year provides students with excellent experience and connections, and gives students a competitive edge when seeking graduate employment.

World Class Facilities

  • You will have access to industry standard Bloomberg terminals in the Trading Room, giving students the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to prepare them for a career in the financial services sector.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research and have many years of professional experience.
  • The BSc Finance at Queen's has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) University Affiliation Program. This status is granted to universities whose degree programmes incorporate at least 70 per cent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, including the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. Our status as an Affiliated University of CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) signals to students and the marketplace that our BSc Finance degree curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and helps students when sitting their CFA exams.

Student Experience

  • Students can take part in the QUB Student Managed Fund which gives participants the opportunity to invest real money and manage the risk of their portfolios. Students rate the course very highly, giving satisfaction rates averaging 95% over the last five years in the National Student Survey.
 ���������I think it's great that finance students have access to Bloomberg terminals from first year: it is a big advantage over other finance degrees. The placement year is also an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, work out your career path, and secure graduate job offers going into final year.'
Kerri Cassidy, BSc Finance


Career Prospects

Our graduates find employment in investment banks, corporate banks, building societies, insurance houses,
stockbrokers, investment banks, accountancy and actuarial firms, specialist financial and private equity companies as well as in the finance functions of more general companies.

Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates include:
Financial Analysts (in bonds, equities and derivative products),
Fund Managers
Financial planners
Wealth managers
Financial Economists
Corporate lenders

Employment Links
Recent graduate employers have included: Allstate; Bank of Ireland; Citi Group; Delta Index; Energia; Ernst & Young; First Derivatives; Goldman Sachs; HSBC; Kerr Henderson; KPMG; Mercer Plc; Morgan Stanley; Nationwide Building Society; Nomura Bank; Oxford Economics; PIMCO; PWC; Setanta Asset Management.

Alumni Success
'I began my career with Deutsche Bank, before moving to Lehman Brothers in 2003, where I ran Client Service and Transition, and then Nomura International. My team are responsible for clients on J.P. Morgan's Custody and Fund Services platform, which looks after assets of nearly $20 trillion.'
Declan Breslin, BSc Finance
Global Head of Client Service and Solutions, Custody and Fund Services - J.P. Morgan, New York

Professional Opportunities
This programme closely reflects the real-world finance and investment environment and focuses on the applied skills that employers look for.

We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including all the major finance employers in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Britain. We host annual employer liaison meetings for the course as well as annual finance careers fairs at which students can engage with a range of employers on a one-to-one basis. Students are also offered exposure to experts from the London financial markets, who share their industry knowledge and advice.

What employers say

'The Placement Office has consistently been proactive in engaging with our organisation, working closely with us to create a successful pipeline which benefits both their impending graduates and Morgan Stanley.'
David Tkalcic (Executive Director, Morgan Stanley)

Additional Awards Gained

Year in Industry

Prizes and Awards

Top performing students are regularly awarded prizes and scholarships from leading financial companies, eg PwC, KPMG, EY, Barclays, BDO, Citi, Morgan Stanley, Pramerica and Ulster Bank.

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

BSc Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
ABB including Mathematics

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Mathematics

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 75%. Must be relevant Access Course (eg: Mathematics and Computing).

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by Queen's University Management School. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Applicants for the BSc Honours in Finance must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement and in addition all applicants must have A-level Mathematics at grade B or above. Offers are normally made in terms of grades rather than UCAS Tariff points.

Demand for places differs from course to course and for Finance past performance at GCSE level is taken into account when deciding to make conditional offers. The GCSE threshold may vary from year to year, but as a general guide, offers are initially made to applicants who have achieved 4As and 2Bs at GCSE, this threshold may be lowered as the cycle progresses depending upon the number and quality of applications. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the admissions cycle, so there may be a delay in processing applicants who do not meet the initial threshold.

Offers are normally be made on the basis of 3 A-levels. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of 3 A-levels and is normally one grade higher than required for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering a relevant Access course/Certificate in Foundation Studies (e.g. Mathematics and Computing) will be considered individually on their own merits and if made an offer, will be asked to achieve an overall average of 75% in Level 3 modules.

In addition to the academic requirements above, the information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted, but these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking will not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day organised by Queen's University Management School, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University, to find out more about the degree programme of your choice, the facilities on offer together with a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

  • Foundation
    The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
    International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • International Year One
    The INTO progression course suited to this programme is

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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