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Introduction to the City and Global Financial Services Short Courses

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London’s financial district (known as the City) has been a leading global financial centre for many years, and so provides a wide range of financial career opportunities. This Introduction to the City short course is global in its coverage of markets, instruments and financial risks.

Why choose this course?

Taught over 10 weekly evening classes, our Introduction to the City and Global Financial Services short course offers students an extensive introduction to London's financial district.

The City and Global Financial Services course will provide a basic and comprehensive understanding of the activities and careers available in the City and in financial services generally and could also be used as a launch pad for further study or employment.

You will develop a key understanding of the organisations, markets and instruments that form the key components of the City, with the help of industry experts.

Course overview

Our evening course provides a comprehensive introduction to the many organisations, markets and instruments of the City and their corresponding jargon.

  • Credit, interest rate and currency risks are explained and practical examples used to illustrate their management with derivatives.
  • The process of raising equity is set out with examples of how to analyse equity investment opportunities using fundamental analysis. Technical analysis is also explained.

Financing and investing with many instruments are explained and discussed. Comprehensive examples are used to illustrate the practical aspects of many careers in the City. Regulation of the City and of banks is explained.

  • The City and Global Financial Services course ends with a general discussion of the causes and effects of the global financial crisis.
  • “ I am satisfied with the duration and the content of the course. ”


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What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Over the part-time course of 10 weekly evening classes on the Introduction to the City and Global Financial Services course, you will learn:

  • Activities in the City and in financial services
  • Organisations in the City and in financial services
  • Careers in the City and in financial services
  • Financial risks and derivatives
  • Financing and investment instruments
  • Financial markets
  • Regulation in the City and in financial services
  • Development of the City as a financial center



English requirements

Good written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Handouts of PowerPoint class notes will be provided via the City's online document software: Moodle.

An informal one-hour multiple choice test at the end of the short course will be given to test individual understanding and progress.

Classroom tuition will be complemented by group discussion of topical news of the City, economics or global financial markets.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

  • The City and global financial services (2016): Dr Permjit Singh

Tutor information

  • Dr Permjit Singh

    Dr Permjit Singh is a qualified corporate treasurer and has held various positions in treasury management for financial services companies, including Head of Treasury.

    Permjit has a degree in biochemistry from Warwick University and a PhD in finance from Reading University.

    He has devised, prepared and taught corporate finance courses at various universities and business schools, and is currently a visiting lecturer at City and a Treasury Consultant.