Good financial decision making is key to the success of any business. With this financial management degree you'll gain the knowledge and skills to plan, organise and control business finances. You'll also explore other key business functions such as marketing, managing people and operational management, giving you an understanding of how finance affects and underpins a whole business.
As the course progresses you'll be able to focus on your interests through optional modules. You can explore data and analytics, accounting or financial systems in more detail, depending on what kind of role you'd like when you graduate.
Graduates of this course have gone on to be finance managers in business, accountants, or to work in financial services.
What you’ll experience
- Be employment-ready by using industry-standard software and databases such as Oracle, SAP, Sage and S&P Capital IQ
- Gain skills in modelling and visualising financial and business data in our data analytics modules
- Benefit from the opportunity to gain additional certifications, for example the ACCA Data Analytics certificate
- Apply your learning by helping local charities and student entrepreneurs with their finances
- Gain a Bloomberg Certificate (a trading platform that's used by 250,000 financial service professionals) in our dedicated Bloomberg Suite
- Feel supported throughout your studies through our peer mentoring, maths support and our team of friendly staff who'll get to know you well
Work experience and career planning
Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you’ll get 1-to-1 support form our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you’ll get bespoke careers support through our faculty ‘career-ready’ programme.
You can boost your employability by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree.
Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:
- Boeing Defence UK
- TK Maxx
Many of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employers.
The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £16,500. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.
You could also set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.
In your second year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant.
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Our teaching has been developed to maximise skills that employers are looking for. In our classes you'll engage in activities that both enhance your learning and develop your communication, presentation and team working skills. Where appropriate, you'll use computer packages that are valued within the accounting and finance professions.
We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we're keeping a blended model which will include some online learning.
The majority of your timetabled teaching will be face-to-face and will include:
- practical workshops
- computer workshops
- group work
- 1-to-1 tutorials
- guest speakers from the profession and industry
To learn more about how our teaching and learning have evolved visit our Covid information pages.
We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. In addition to our dedicated teaching team, you'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.
We use a diverse range of assessments and we focus on the types of work you'll be expected to complete in the workplace.
Assessment methods are likely to include:
- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports
- self-led project or dissertation
- group work
- portfolio creation
The blend of business skills and financial knowledge you'll develop on this degree prepares you for many career options.
Job vacancies in the financial services sector in the UK rose by 38% in 2021 and surveys show that 32% of UK firms are suffering shortages in financial, professional and business services skills (Soaring demand for financial services skills, 2021).
Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs at companies such as:
- Ernst & Young
- PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
- Alliotts LLP (accountancy firm)
- Conde Nast Publications
- Ergonomic Technology Solutions
Graduates of this course have gone on to jobs as:
- insolvency administrator
- financial advisor
- sales representative
- payroll administrator
- computer system validation consultant
You could also choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level, or set up your own business with help and support from the University.