The ifs School of Finance and the School of Management at the University of Surrey have combined to offer an academic and professional qualification in financial services.
The new subject will combine a BSc (Hons) in Financial Services Management from the University of Surrey with the professional Associateship (Aifs) of the ifs School of Finance.
The four-year qualification will include a professional training year in the third year when students will be spending a year with an employer in the financial services industry, combining theory with practice.
Students will attend the University of Surrey based in Guildford, but will be taught by full-time faculty from both the School of Management and the ifs School of Finance.
Martin Day, director of higher education at the ifs School of Finance, says: “This unique dual award is a tremendous opportunity for anyone aspiring to do well in the financial services industry.
“It is also particularly exciting for the ifs as it will be the organisation’s first full-time students. The tens of thousands of students doing ifs qualifications worldwide have traditionally studied through distance learning supported by the ifs’ extensive academic community, or they have been supported by a range of international educational partners.
“Employers in the financial services industry increasingly need graduates with a mix of skills and experience and this course, which blends the academic with the vocational, delivers both.”
Professor Terry Desombre, head of the School of Management, adds: “The University of Surrey and the School of Management have a long history of combining academic and professional education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
“Adding this unique offering to the undergraduate portfolio of programmes in the School of Management further confirms the school’s commitment to educating students for working in the real world.”
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