About the course
Are you interested in how financial markets operate? Do you want to learn about financial decision making and investment? Would you like to join one of the UK’s largest and most respected finance groups, with some of Britain’s most satisfied students?
This professionally accredited course prepares you for a fast-paced career in any area of finance. In your third year, you also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or study abroad year.
You have access to our virtual trading floor, where you can trade multiple markets from a single screen with industry leading software, X_TRADER. You can also use real-world Bloomberg data, within minutes of it being released, so you can practise making business decisions in the same way you might in the workplace.
The course examines international financial markets, as well as how finance shapes leadership, strategy and planning within organisations.
Topics may include:
- the pricing of securities in financial markets
- risk management
- corporate finance and financial decision making
- business economics
- quantitative methods
- financial modelling
- portfolio analysis
We use real-life examples to apply theory to practice and develop your capacity to analyse statistics. Ethics underpins all of our teaching, so you can graduate with the ability to make sound, responsible financial decisions for the benefit of organisations and their stakeholders.
Your first year ensures you receive a fully-rounded business education by introducing you to topics such as marketing, economics, management and accounting.
In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in depth, independent research project or dissertation (subject to approval). This gives you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, project management and critical thinking.
BSc Finance also gives you the option to follow a specialised pathway in Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM).
With employers looking for graduates with data analysis skills, The University of Essex is one of just three UK universities to have received Q-Step Affiliate status. By completing necessary AQM modules, your quantitative skills are evidenced on your degree transcript to give you the competitive edge in the jobs market. We can also provide work placement bursaries to develop your skills in evaluating numerical evidence, analysing data and designing research.
Essex Business School, where this course is taught, is an IMC Advantage Partner. This course is aligned to the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) syllabus, the industry’s benchmark entry-level qualification.
“My assignments involve using financial concepts, models and software to solve business challenges. I like that I get to apply my quantitative skills to real-life problems, but also improve my knowledge of IT ready for the workplace. I’ve joined the Trading and Investment Society, volunteered for Enactus Essex and gained work experience with Santander on campus. One of my proudest achievements so far has been securing a summer internship at Lloyds Banking Group; they’ve offered me a place on their graduate scheme after I finish my degree.”
Alina Boboc, BSc Finance (to be awarded 2017)
Completion of BSc Finance provides you with accreditations and exemptions from the following professional bodies:
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Upon graduating, you’ll be able to gain a professional qualification by taking fewer exams, giving you the edge over your competition in the job market.
Why not develop your international education by studying abroad at one of our exchange partners? You can study abroad in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.
With the four-year version of our BSc Finance, you spend your third year studying in another country and do not pay tuition fees during this time (2017 entry). In all other regards, your course content will remain the same as the traditional three-year degree. By opting for this variant, you develop your language skills and demonstrate a range of employability skills, including a willingness to learn and take on new challenges.
Like our study abroad option, our placement year variant also extends your degree by a year at no extra tuition fee cost (2017 entry). You gain valuable business contacts and work experience that can make your CV stand out from the crowd.
The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. Our students have gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins.
Our expert staff
We’re ranked in the UK’s top 20 for finance and our finance courses have 91% student satisfaction (NSS, 2016). Essex Business School, is ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014) and we have one of the largest finance groups in the country.
You learn from a mixture of industry practitioners and academics, all with wide-ranging research interests and proven academic track records. Their research informs your lectures and seminars, so you learn about the latest issues impacting the finance sector.
Our staff join us from all over the world and specialise in areas such as:
- financial crises
- behavioural finance
- hedge fund performance
- financial bubbles
- growth and poverty
Our BSc Finance is based at our Colchester Campus.
You learn in the first zero carbon business school building in the UK. Not only is our building environmentally friendly, it provides superb facilities:
- our winter garden and Eden-style dome maintains the building’s own micro-climate
- gain in-depth knowledge in our cutting-edge lecture theatres
- take advantage of our study pods and innovation booths for group working
- grab a coffee or a bite to eat in our café with an adjacent sun terrace
- maximise your academic performance with study skills workshops
We develop your employability skills throughout your course. In your first year, a specialist module develops your professional skills in analysis, critical thinking, presentation and communication. In your second year, our Successful Futures module introduces the graduate recruitment process, including practical advice to excel at interviews and assessment centres.
Our students develop rewarding careers at some of the most recognised brands in the world, as well as exciting SMEs:
- Bank of England
- WeFarm, a social enterprise helping farmers out of poverty
- Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency
Many have also started their own successful businesses. Recent examples include:
Our recent graduates have entered employment in a range of areas from financial analysis to management, public administration and accountancy.
Alongside the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, we work hard to support you on your path to your chosen career, offering you access to employability opportunities such as work experience, internships, placements, voluntary opportunities and employer talks. As a result, in 2015 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers).
UK entry requirements
GCSE: Mathematics C
IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C or above.
Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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English language requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.