Best Universities in London for Finance

5th December 2023 Lottie Salako News and Events, Study

Financial degrees are hugely popular because of how highly valued these skills are in the workplace, especially in well-paying industries. These studies cover a huge range of subjects that cover all areas of banking, accountancy, and wealth acquisition and management, such as:

  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Risk
  • Investment
  • Audit Management
  • Management Accountancy

Let’s explore the top 10 ranked London universities for finance degrees and dig into their unique offerings…

1. London School of Economics

Location: Holborn, WC2A

UK ranking: 1

Courses offered: Mathematics, Statistics, and Business (BSc), Actuarial Science (BSc), Finance (MSc), Accounting and Finance (MSc), Accounting, Organisations and Institutions (MSc), Risk and Finance (MSc), and more.

Accreditations: ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAEW

UK Entry requirements: AAA (mathematics required) or 2:1 for postgraduate

One of the most famous institutions for economics and finance is LSE. Situated in the heart of London, near the British Museum and Covent Garden, the London School of Economics takes the top spot in the UK for this subject area. There is a huge range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that allow you to get a world-class education and specialise in your skills.

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2. King’s College London

UK Entry requirements: A*AA or 2:1 for postgraduate

Location: The Strand, WC2R

UK ranking: 12

Courses offered: Accounting and Finance (BSc), Mathematics with Management and Finance (BSc), Accounting, Accountability and Financial Management (MSc), Banking and Finance (MSc).

Accreditations: ACCA, ICAEW

KCL is a cutting-edge university located in the heart of London. Constantly ranked as one of the best universities in the world, studying here will give you access to expert professors, the latest research, and a diverse cohort to widen your horizons.

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3. City, University of London

Location: City of London, EC1V

UK ranking: 13

Courses offered: Finance (BSc, MSc), Banking and International Finance (BSc, MSc), Investment and Financial Risk Management (BSc, MSc), Global Finance (Msc), and more.

Accreditations: CFA, ICAEW

UK Entry requirements: AAA (maths required)

Located in London’s financial district, City University was founded 130 years ago but has distinctly modern values and approaches. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that can take you into industries such as energy, trade, shipping, and grant-making. You can also study abroad at one of the partner universities in Europe, Asia, or the Americas.

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4. Royal Holloway, University of London

Location: Egham, TW20

UK ranking: 32

Courses offered: Accounting and Finance (BSc), Accounting and Financial Management (MSc), Management (BSc, MSc, multiple dual pathways), Business Management (BSc, MSc), Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSc), plus more.

Accreditations: CIMA, CIPFA, CPA, ICAEW

UK Entry requirements: AAB-ABB

One of the most picturesque universities in the country, Royal Holloway makes a grand impression that lasts. Located in green Egham, in south-west London near Heathrow, you’ll get the best of both worlds with the beautiful countryside and seamless connections to central London. This university offers a plethora of financial and management degrees designed to give you the practical understanding and skills to jump into your chosen industry and start a successful career.

5. Queen Mary, University of London 

Location: Mile End, E1

UK ranking: 33

Courses offered: Finance (BSc, MSc), Economics and International Finance (BSc, MSc), Accounting and Finance (BSc, MSc), Mathematics with Finance and Accounting (BSc, MSc), and more.

Accreditations: CFA, CISI

UK Entry requirements: AAA

At Queen Mary, you can explore exciting and globally-informed finance degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. From economics, financial management, statistics, and business analytics, you can follow your interests and gain valuable skills for the workplace. Queen Mary Uni also offers a range of year-in-industry placements and study-abroad options.

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6. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Location: Russell Square, WC1H

UK ranking: 48

Courses offered: Accounting and Finance (BSc, MSc), Management (BSc, MSc), International Business (MSc), Public Financial Management (MSc), and more.

Accreditations: CIMA, ACCA

UK Entry requirements: ABB or 2:2 for postgraduate

Located in beautiful west London, SOAS is a globally recognised institution that students and researchers from around the world flock to. Their finance and management department aims to support students in pursuing a career in accounting, finance, investments, auditing, taxation, and other finance-related strategic roles in business.

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7. Kingston University 

Location: Kingston Upon Thames, KT1

UK ranking: 59

Courses offered: Accounting and Finance (BSc, MSc), Business and Accounting (BSc, MSc), Finance (MSc), Financial and Business Management (MSc), Financial Technology (MSc).

Accreditations: CIMA, ACCA, ICAEW

UK Entry requirements: 120-136 UCAS points

In idyllic south London, Kingston University offers a prestigious educational experience across accounting, finance, banking, and business management. You’ll get expert lecturers from industry leaders and hands-on experience with the latest technology and research skills to create a strong CV once you graduate.

8. University of Greenwich 

Location: Greenwich, SE10

UK ranking: 66

Courses offered: Accounting and Finance (BA, MSc), Business with Finance (BA, MSc), Finance and Investment Banking (BSc, MSc), Financial Management and Risk (MSc), Fintech and Finance (MSc), International Banking (MSc).

Accreditations: ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, AIA, CIPFA and IFA.

UK Entry requirements: 120 UCAS points (including 2 A-Levels with a C grade or above) or 2:1 for postgraduate.

This historic university is based in the iconic Greenwich Park on the Thames, surrounding the Royal Observatory, with campuses in Eltham and Kent, further south. They offer flexible undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to join the modern workforce.

9. University of Westminster 

Location: Westminster, W1B

UK ranking: 70

Courses offered: Finance (BSc, MSc), Accounting (BSc), Fintech and Analyst (BSc, MSc), Investment with Risk Management (MSc), and more.

Accreditation: CFA, ACCA, CIMA.

UK Entry requirements: 112 UCAS points and up, depending on the degree.

For 180 years, Westminster University has been educating London and beyond, now welcoming students from 169 nationalities and collaborating with 183 industry partners. The university receives ongoing feedback from the School of Finance and Accounting’s Employability Advisory Board, whose members include practitioner representatives from Vanguard, JPMorgan and Global Structured Finance. This means you’ll be studying the most relevant and up-to-date industry information, preparing you for a wide range of careers in the financial sector.

10. London South Bank University 

Location: South Bank, SE1

UK ranking: 82

Courses offered: Accounting and Finance (BA), Business Management Finance Pathway (BA), Economics Finance Pathway (BSc), International Finance (MSc), and more.

Accreditation: ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW

UK Entry requirements: DD or 2:2 for postgraduate degrees.

A modern London university that offers a fantastic centrally located campus and high-quality education across a number of finance and accounting degrees. At LSBU, you’ll have access to industry-leading technology, networking opportunities, a consultancy project with the opportunity to get your idea funded, and professional accreditations to kickstart your career.

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Why Study Finance In London?

If you’re looking to get into a financial career, you can’t do much better than coming to London. As a global financial capital with multinational banks and corporations choosing to base themselves in the city, you’ll have a rich choice of placements, internships, graduate schemes, and networking events. Studying in London gives you the great privilege of being well-connected to world-leading institutions across the globe with easy travel wherever you come from or want to go.

How To Choose The Best University For Finance

When choosing the best university rankings can help you find out who performs well, but the best university for you may not mean the #1 university in the world. You should carefully consider the courses offered, entry requirements, and modules that are available to you, so you can follow your interests. Take a look at our tips for choosing a university course to give you a checklist to make the process a little easier.

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Lottie Salako

Lottie Salako

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