Top-up (Bachelor) Financial Services Management


Course Name: 
IBA Financial Services Management (FY)
Course Type: 
Bachelor (Final Year Top-up degree)
Course Sector: 
Business & Finance
Course Duration: 
1-2 Years


Entry Points Per Year: 
6 x entry per year possible
Next Starting Date(s): 
4 December 2017, 12 February 2018, April 2018 ...MORE DATES
Degree or Qualification: 
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Tuition Fee: 


Financial Services Management looks at the different branches of banking: - Insurance, Financial Advice, Investment. Students learn about mortgages, loans, insurance, pensions, investments and the stock market. Financial systems and regulations imposed by different countries are illustrated, analysed and compared.

Core aims: Through combining theoretical perspectives with case studies from practice, the programme aims to allow students to develop critical and contextualised understanding of the issues, problems and solutions faced by and offered to financial services institutions worldwide. Students will learn to understand the context of financial services within a wider economic context, also from the perspective of developing countries.

Course Content

In addition to the base IBA modules, the programme focuses on various industry specific areas such as pensions and investment, the legal environment of financial services, financial tax regulations, and mortgages and real estate. Also the fundamentals of the banking world and international finance are offered.

The modules will introduce students to key factors driving change in the banking sector, the financial services marketing environment, and the key principles of regulation, the global frameworks that exist. Work placement is carried out within a bank or financial services company.

Key Financial Services modules include:

  • European Financial Regulations
  • Money & Banking
  • International Mortgages & Loans
  • Pensions & Investment
  • Personal Insurance
Final Year IBA in Financial Services Management
Cost Accounting & Management
International Labour Relations
- (seminar) Labour Negotiation & Work's Council
Advanced Corporate Strategy
- (seminar) Corporate Social Responsibility
Business Plan
Research Methodology & Quantitative Methods
- (seminar) Business Research Methods
Strategic Marketing
- (seminar) Marketing in Turbulent Times
International Marketing for SMEs
- (seminar) International Marketing in Practice
Quality Management
- (seminar) Quality & Change: Auditing/Certification
International Mortgages & Loans
- (seminar) Appreciative Inquiry
2nd Foreign Languages /
Intercultural Business Communication for Managers
PDP 3 - Personal Development Plan & Tutoring
Work Placement Module
Graduation Assignment


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements - Bachelor Programmes

High School Diploma or final certificate, equivalent to the Netherlands VWO, HAVO or MBO level 4 diploma / UK AS & A Level or BTEC. Please contact the Admissions Office to receive High School diploma comparisons. Please note: Advanced Placement / Credit Transfer Possible.

Direct Entry to Final Year Bachelor Programme (Top-Up)

Students with successful study experience equivalent to 160 European Credits in a related business or economic field are able to enter directly into the Final Year Programme (80 credits - please see 'Top-Up Degree' descriptions). Wittenborg's Graduation and Examination Board will decide on entry based on credit transcripts and qualifications presented.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6 or TOEFL Equivalent. Click here for an overview of the equivalent scores.
TOEFL Code of Wittenborg is 4889.

Not got the English language level requirements? Inform about our Foundation Programme here.

The Industry

The Financial Services Industry plays a vital role in the world economy, often acting as an intermediator between organisations that require funds and those able to provide financial investment and support. The Financial Services Industry plays a vital role in the world economy, often acting as an intermediator between organisations that require funds and those able to provide financial investment and support.

The industry includes a broad range of organisations and companies that provide economic services and manage money. These include

  • Banks;
  • Insurance companies;
  • Pension funds;
  • Investment companies;
  • Accountants;
  • Credit-card providers
  • Stock-brokers;
  • Financial loan companies;
  • Securities trading companies;
  • Government sponsored / regulated companies such as
  • Provincial mortgage societies and banks;
  • Regulatory Agencies and Securities Exchanges;
  • Public Accounting Firms
  • Financial Information Services
  • Financial Consulting

Customers of the financial services industry include individuals, non-profit organisations, and agencies of government, and of course companies and businesses of all sizes.

Career Prospects

Financial Services specialists work in various branches of varying sizes, from corporate banks and insurance companies to SME companies advising home owners and private investors on matters relating to their personal finance.

Financial advisors are affiliated to most real estate brokers and law firms; many Wittenborg Financial Services Management graduates have gone on to work in international banks such as HSBC in Shanghai, Commercial Bank of China in Beijing, RaboBank Netherlands in Utrecht and ABN AMRO in Rotterdam. Also, many students have also gone on to work for mortgage, investment and insurance companies such as Nationale Nederland, Achmea, and AON Consulting. A number of students have started their own consultancy.

The Financial Services Sector is cyclical: when there is a downturn in the economy the industry requires less graduates, when it starts to recover there is a great shortage! The economy is in recovery!

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