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. 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 gives you the opportunity to undertake a work placement year within an external business. This can give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and provide you with key contacts within the industry. Our students have previously gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins. We're ranked in the UK’s top 20 for finance (NSS, 2016).