This professionally accredited 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 and 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. We're ranked in the UK’s top 20 for finance (NSS, 2016). Essex is one of just three UK universities to have received Q-Step Affiliate status, including for our BSc Financial Management, to support the way we develop the quantitative skills of our students. This means we can provide work placement bursaries to develop your skills in evaluating numerical evidence, analysing data and designing research. We also offer the opportunity to follow a specialised degree path, where you graduate with enhanced quantitative skills. These are evidenced on your degree transcript, to help give you the competitive edge in the graduate job market. This course is taught at Essex Business School, 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.