Accounting and finance
Q-Step Affiliate status
We are one of three universities in the UK to receive Q-Step Affiliate status,
meaning you can develop your quantitative skills by taking a specialised degree pathway or receiving a student bursary to go on a quantitative work placement.
At Essex, accounting and finance isn’t just about trading stocks or
maintaining balance sheets. Our
professionally accredited courses develop your ability to solve
complex business problems and make responsible,
ethical decisions that ensure organisations thrive, not just
We equip you with the inter-personal skills needed to get the best from your
team and our
finance group is one of the largest and most respected in the UK. We’re
ranked in the UK’s top 20 for finance and our finance courses have 91% student
satisfaction (NSS, 2016).
All of our accounting and finance courses are based at our
Colchester Campus, just an hour from the City, where you benefit from
state-of-the-art facilities in
our new zero-carbon building.
Our accounting and finance courses
You have the option to undertake a
placement year (except language courses) or
study abroad with all of our courses. Our common first year provides
an all-round business education and our
modular degree structure lets you tailor your course to your
Bloomberg trading floor
Our Bloomberg Financial Market Lab, otherwise known as our virtual trading
floor, brings the real world of finance into the classroom. We offer direct use
of industry-leading Bloomberg data, information and analytics for our finance
courses, providing students with access to the same software used by traders and
business analysts worldwide. The trading floor also features industry-leading
software X_TRADER, where you can trade multiple markets from a single screen.
Expert teaching staff
Our accounting and finance faculties are home to some of the world’s most
influential thinkers. Accounting expert
Professor Prem Sikka is frequently cited in The
Financial Times, BBC News and the Guardian.
You’re taught by world-renowned
academics and practitioners; we have specialists in almost every aspect
of accounting and finance. Their teaching is informed by
research into current business issues, so you experience an education at
the cutting-edge of your discipline.
CFA and IMC scholarships
If you want to work in investment management, qualifying as a Chartered
Financial Analyst (CFA) is one way to give your CV the edge. The University of
Essex can offer a limited number of scholarships to students wishing to sit the
CFA Level One exam.
We can also offer a scholarship for the IMC Advantage Programme, a mandatory
requirement for many UK investment firms.
You can read more about both schemes on our
fees and scholarships page.
What our students say
What’s it like to study accounting and finance at Essex Business School?
Virginia, who secured a graduate internship in the accounting and finance
department at Firstdata, explains what she enjoyed about studying with us.
Enhance your career
We equip you with skills for the modern workplace. Whether you’re seeking graduate employment or starting your own business, we offer
bespoke careers advice and a range of employability options to enhance your CV.
All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening
classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.
UG Open Days
Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff
can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.
Ask us a question
Would you like to find out more about our business courses or School? We know how important your choice of university is so
ask us a question and our friendly team
is on hand to offer support and information.