About the course
Do you want to widen your career options by studying both finance and business management? Do you want to join one of the largest and most respected finance groups in the UK, with some of Britain’s most satisfied students?
This professionally accredited course is designed to give you career flexibility after graduation. You may seek to lead a finance team within an organisation, pursue a career as a financial analyst or use your business knowledge to work in any area of management. In your third year, you also have the option to undertake a paid work placement to develop your professional skills and further enhance your CV.
You learn about how businesses make financial decisions and study international financial markets. Your management modules also develop the necessary skills and knowledge to be an effective leader.
We use real-life examples to apply theory to practice and you regularly have access to our virtual trading floor. Here, you can learn how to use real-world Bloomberg data, information and analytics to make better business decisions and practise trading stocks and securities using X_TRADER. This industry leading software enables you to trade multiple markets from a single screen.
Management topics may include:
- organisational behaviour
- business strategy
- human resource management
- management psychology
- corporate governance and business ethics
Finance topics may include:
- corporate finance
- financial management
- portfolio analysis
- risk management
- financial markets and trading
Your first year introduces you to finance, management, marketing, accounting and economics so you receive a fully-rounded business education. As your course progresses, you can tailor your studies to your career aspirations by choosing from a selection of optional modules.
In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation. This will give you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.
BSc Financial Management 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 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. BSc Financial Management is aligned to the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) syllabus, the industry’s benchmark entry-level qualification.
Completion of our course 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)
This means you are able to gain a professional qualification by taking fewer exams when you graduate, giving your career a head start.
As well as our standard three-year course, we also offer four-year options with either a study abroad year or a work placement. These additional years are offered at no extra tuition fee cost (2017 entry), with the course content otherwise remaining the same as the standard three-year variant.
Making the decision to study abroad can provide you with the opportunity to develop language skills, experience another culture and develop competencies valued by employers, such as flexibility. Our exchange partners are located in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.
Alternatively, on a placement year you can gain relevant work experience within an external business. This can give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and provide you with key contacts within the industry.
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
Our finance group is one of the largest and most respected in the UK. We’re proud to be ranked in the UK’s top 20 for finance and our finance courses have 91% student satisfaction (NSS, 2016).
This course is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the UK’s top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the in top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014).
You learn from leading academics and business practitioners from across the globe. They use research in their teaching to ensure you receive a highly relevant, real-world and engaging education inspired by cutting-edge thinking.
Our staff specialise in areas including:
- behavioural finance
- financial bubbles
- the management of organisational space and architecture
- psychoanalytics of management
BSc Financial Management is based at our Colchester Campus.
Our landmark Essex Business School building is the first zero carbon business school in the UK, set around a lush winter garden and an Eden-style dome that provides the building with its own micro-climate.
You benefit from an inspirational learning environment, facilities and services such as:
- spacious lecture theatres
- ample areas for group working, including study pods and innovation booths
- a café with an adjacent sun terrace
- study skills workshops and resources
- a virtual trading floor
Essex Business School in Colchester is located on the Knowledge Gateway, a technology and research park which builds on the University’s reputation for data science and analytics. The site is home to Parkside Office Village, where you may be able to access networking and work experience opportunities with businesses based there.
A degree from Essex Business School is good for your career; 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). Our graduates work in roles from financial analysis to financial management, business management, public administration and accountancy.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies and innovative SMEs including:
- Bank of England
- John Lewis Partnership
- 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:
In addition to employability opportunities provided by the School, we also work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. You take a career development module as part of your course to further nurture you employability skills and there is access to employer talks on campus.
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.
for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the
high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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.
Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.
Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.
The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.
Applicant Days and interviews
Resident in the UK? If your application is successful, we will invite you to attend one of our applicant days. These run from January to April and give you the chance to explore the campus, meet our students and really get a feel for life as an Essex student.
Some of our courses also hold interviews and if you’re invited to one, this will take place during your applicant day. Don’t panic, they’re nothing to worry about and it’s a great way for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about the course. Some of our interviews are one-to-one with an academic, others are group activities, but we’ll send you all the information you need beforehand.
If you’re outside the UK and are planning a trip, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you plan a visit to the University.
Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. In 2017 we have three undergraduate Open Days (in June, September and October). These events enable you to discover what our Colchester Campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.