Cass London Summer School 2017

Richard Payne, a Professor of Finance at Cass Business School, talks to us about their new summer school

The Cass London Summer School is an intensive study programme, offering the following credit bearing graduate/postgraduate modules in a three week block format:

  • Introduction to Finance 
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Accounting for Decision Makers
  • Hedge Funds
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Shipping Markets & Finance

Here are the key details on the course from a professor who teaches on it.

About the Cass London Summer School programme

Length and course dates: 3 weeks (10–28th July 2017)

Location: London 

Best suited to: Undergraduates, postgraduates and recent university leavers in any discipline

Meet the professor

Richard Payne is a Professor of Finance at Cass Business School (City University London) and is the director of the Summer School.

Why should I attend the Cass London Summer School?

Cass is a market leader in business education, consistently ranked among the 20 best business schools in Europe, according to the Financial Times. Our courses are renowned for their strong practical element and for creating superbly taught, market ready professionals.

The Summer School is a new initiative that was launched in 2015. Aimed at current and former students with an interest in business and finance, it’s a chance to enjoy some of the same opportunities on offer to current Cass students in an intensive format.

There are six, credit bearing modules for participants on the Summer School to select from. These run from introductory level courses for people from a non-finance background, to more specialist programmes for those who have acquired some experience in a business or financial setting, either from their studies or their professional life to date. 

Each of these provide a solid grounding in your area of interest, on top of which they are a great opportunity to really add value to your skillset and to prepare you for your next challenge, whatever that might be. 

Part of our aim is to add a bit of ‘spice’ to your CV, which will make you more marketable to employers and help you stand out from the crowd.

What’s special about the Summer School?

Aside from having the Cass name on your CV and all of the advantages that it brings, you’ll be receiving the highest quality of teaching available, delivered by leading authorities from the world of business and finance. 

Each module is taught by a combination of advanced academics, and industry experts with extensive practical experience in their field, be it hedge funds, M&A or quantitative trading methods. 

Our aim is not only to provide you with a robust theoretical or academic foundation but also to make sure our graduates are business and market ready. Students undertaking the Hedge Funds module, for example, will be acquiring the skills and understanding they need to work in a fund or related business, if that’s what interests them. 

They’ll also be ready to move on to the next phase of their studies, if that’s their objective, be it a Masters in Finance or an MBA. 

As such, the course material for each of the modules dovetails nicely with current themes within the business world and financial markets. You’ll be discussing the latest news and developments as well as developing your soft skills in areas such as public speaking and team work. 

If that wasn’t enough you’ll be studying right in the heart of the Capital, with the City of London and Tech City right on your doorstep. Students have the opportunity to take part in day-trips and class outings organised by the school and are well placed to enjoy everything else the city has to offer.

How do I know if the Summer School is the right course for me?

If you’re interested in business and finance and are looking to take your knowledge and skills to the next level, then there really is no better place to do this.

All the modules take place over three weeks or a maximum of 15 teaching days. This leaves plenty of time to fit studying around your other summer plans, such as internships or holidays. It all amounts to a substantial return on your investment.  

How can I find out more about the course?

Our information sessions are held on campus and online, and are a good chance to meet the faculty and find out a bit more about the Cass Summer School and the different options available. Our next Summer School online information session with take place on the 26th April, you can register at:

Alternatively, you can visit the Summer School website at:

We also have a fantastic admissions team who are on hand to provide you with any additional information you might need.