Finance and banking

Finance isn’t only about trading stocks and managing hedge funds; understanding the financial markets can help alleviate hunger, predict civil unrest and avoid conflict.

Finance and banking

Essex is home to one of the largest groups of finance academics in the UK. They can teach you how to forecast share prices, manage investment portfolios, understand the role of financial technology and big data, identify factors behind market booms and crashes, and why the psychological behaviour of investors is so important.

Not only will you become a skilled practitioner, you’ll become a responsible one. We’ll help you to understand the impact that the financial sector has on the world and its people and how finance professionals can be a force for positive change.

Many of our finance and banking degrees are professionally accredited and you’ll enjoy access to industry-standard facilities, such as our Bloomberg virtual trading floor.

Why study here?
  • Get a head start on your career and develop your practical skills on our virtual trading floor.
  • Our academics work with the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve ensuring your teaching is grounded in the sector.
  • Professional accreditation gives you the opportunity to qualify into your finance career faster.

Business is global and therefore finance is too. Our staff and students join us from around the world, attracted by opportunity to work alongside world-leading researchers and practitioners in finance.

We offer Masters courses for students who want to specialise in highly skilled areas of finance, such as risk management, financial engineering and fintech. Alongside these, we offer programmes for students who have studied only a little finance, economics or business previously and want to fast-track to a career in the financial sector.

Why study here?
  • Up to six scholarships per year to support students wishing to qualify as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
  • We offer courses for you if you've studied only a small amount of finance before, as well as specialist programmes if you want to extend your knowledge.
  • Our academics and practitioners regularly present at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve. 

We believe in advancing financial research that makes a difference to industry. Work by our researchers is discussed at the most influential financial institutions in the world, such as the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve, but most importantly it is relevant to real people's lives.

By joining our research community, you’ll be at the forefront of thinking in areas such as the financing of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), commodity prices and their relation to food poverty, bank risk and regulation, acquisitions and financial econometrics.

We’re pleased to be able to offer a number of integrated PhDs, for students who have a strong research proposal but who do not have previous research or Masters-level study experience.

Why study here?
  • You’re part of a vibrant research community, challenging the conventional perspective of the finance sector and its impact.
  • Limited research training or don't have a Masters? You can still gain a PhD with our integrated PhD route.
  • We’re home to two thriving research centres, Essex Centre for Macro and Financial Econometrics and Essex Finance Centre, offering plenty of opportunity for research collaboration and supervision. 
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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.