Financial Management BA (Hons)


Effective financial management is core to all successful businesses and the demand for financially literate graduates has never been higher.

On this BA (Hons) Financial Management, you'll learn the skills and knowledge you need to plan, organise and control business finances and make good financial decisions. You'll also learn core business skills in areas such as marketing and people management.

You'll develop a thorough knowledge of financial decision-making, learn analytical skills valued by both the corporate world and the finance industry, and develop commercial awareness. You'll learn how to manage money and use funds effectively, and apply what you learn using real-life business scenarios and data.

Between years 2 and 3, you can apply your skills on a paid year-long industry placement or experience a new culture by studying abroad.

Successful businesses need people with financial acumen, and the skills you develop on your degree will  be valuable in all areas of business. Specialist areas you could go into include corporate finance, investment and commercial banking.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Develop core transferable skills which employers value
  • Be taught by a mixture of professionally qualified staff with experience in industry and expert academic researchers
  • Analyse market movements and learn to make fast-paced investment decisions using our Bloomberg Suite, the trading platform used by professionals
  • Get the Bloomberg Certificate as part of your studies, demonstrating to future employers that you know your way around the Bloomberg Suite
  • Have the chance to network with potential employers and work with  businesses on projects
  • Get experience with specialist software and resources you'll use in your career – these include the SAP Next Generation Lab and S&P Global Market Intelligence data
  • Tailor your studies to focus on the specialist topics that interest you
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in any area of your life and career, such as analytical skills, resilience, time management skills and communication skills

You can also:

  • Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
  • Study abroad through our links with overseas universities
  • Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP 

Work experience and career planning

To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course to develop your skills and build links in the industry. You'll get careers support throughout your studies and for 5 years after you graduate.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.

What you'll study

Core modules

  • Business Accounting
  • Economics for Business
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting for Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance
  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Management Accounting

You can also get the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate in Marketing, which is highly sought after by employers for both marketing and non-marketing roles.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • small-group seminars
  • practical workshops
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • a self-led project
  • an optional dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 60% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 27% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 28% by written exams and 72% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

The blend of business skills and financial knowledge you develop on this degree provides many career options when you graduate.

Many of our graduates with a degree in financial management have gone onto managerial-level roles. Others have used their financial skills to start their own businesses.

Areas graduates have gone into include:

  • Commercial banking
  • Corporate finance
  • Chartered accountancy (with further study)
  • Investment banking
  • Financial management
  • Real estate
  • Financial planning
  • Insurance
  • Project management
  • Further study at postgraduate level

Organisations graduates have gone onto work for include:

  • IBM
  • The NHS
  • The "Big 4" accountancy firms – Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Amazon
BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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