About the course
Our BSc Financial Management (including foundation year) is open to Home, EU and international students. It will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the three-year version of this course and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge as well as improves your academic skills.
This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of study. During your Year Zero, you study four academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory English language and academic skills module.
You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.
After successful completion of Year Zero in our Essex Pathways Department, you progress to complete your course with Essex Business School. This course combines the study of finance with business management. We use real-life examples to apply financial theory to practice and explore how companies, banks, investors and financial professionals make decisions.
You examine the challenges impacting business strategies across the globe and have access to our virtual trading floor. Here, you can use industry standard Bloomberg data, information and analytics to practise making financial decisions and trading stocks and securities using the same equipment found in many leading financial organisations.
You cover topics including:
- the nature and role of financial markets
- corporate finance
- organisational behaviour
- business strategy
- risk management
Your first year also covers topics in marketing, accounting and economics to provide you with a fully-rounded business education. You have the option to tailor your course to your career aspirations by choosing from optional modules in your final year.
In your final year, you will have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation (subject to approval). This will give you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management critical thinking.
Essex Business School is globally renowned for research and ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). You benefit from highly relevant and engaging course content inspired by cutting-edge thinking to prepare you for a career in financial management.
Essex Business School courses provide you with accreditations and exemptions from a range of professional bodies including:
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
This means that you are able to gain a professional qualification by taking fewer exams when you graduate, giving your career a head start.
Our expert staff
You learn from leading academics and business practitioners from a variety of backgrounds with expansive research interests. Our finance group is one of the largest and most respected in the UK, with staff joining us from across the globe.
Our staff specialise in areas including:
- behavioural finance
- financial bubbles
- the management of organisational space and architecture
- psychoanalytics of management
By studying within our Essex Pathways Department for your foundation year, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex has to offer, as well as those provided by our department to support you:
- We provide computer labs for internet research; classrooms with access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning materials
- Our new Student Services Hub will support you and provide information for all your needs as a student
- Our social space is stocked with hot magazines and newspapers, and provides an informal setting to meet with your lecturers, tutors and friends
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
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; 80% of our graduates enter work or further study after graduating, working in roles from financial analysis to management, public administration and accountancy.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies including:
- Bank of England
- John Lewis Partnership
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 also take a career development module as part of your course to further nurture you employability skills.
UK entry requirements
A-levels: DDD, or equivalent in UCAS tariff points, to include 2 full A-levels.GCSE: Mathematics C
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 5.5 overall. 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 required. 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.