Business Management and Finance BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)

Chelmsford

January 2018, September 2018

January start only available for 3-year course.

Overview

How do capital markets function? What do you need to know about them to make decisions in the business world? Study in our Centre of Excellence for Accounting and Finance and get the skills you need to make the financial case for business projects.

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Careers

Throughout our BSc (Hons) Business Management and Finance course, you’ll benefit from lectures and seminars on career-relevant issues, such as CV preparation, job-hunting, obtaining work experience and using social media.

Our dedicated placements and employability support team will give you access to information that’s directly relevant to business management and finance graduates. We’ll encourage you to reflect on your strengths and areas for development, and to make plans to strengthen your skills and experience in preparation for employment.

Studying Business Management and Finance is perfect if you want to become an accountant, or go on to further study in financial management. It can also be the basis for a wide range of careers in industry, business and the public sector.

Or you might choose to enhance your education and career prospects further still by taking a postgraduate degree.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Introduction to Business Studies
    This module aims to equip you to function effectively as an independent self-learner within the higher education learning environment, with specific reference to the area of business management and business research. You will be introduced to the learning context and the responsibilities of the individual learner and encouraged to develop practical skills identified as being central to undergraduate business degree programmes. These will include the use of information technology, presentation skills (both individually and groups), critical thinking, report writing, business calculation, logical thinking in numeracy skills, problem solving, research and analytical skills using various database such as academic research databases including Fame, Osiris and Bloomberg. There are two elements of assessment within this module which will allow you to demonstrate skills such as research skills, data presentation, data interpretation, presentation and team working. This will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of critical thinking, research and analysis and is designed to not only gain greater understanding of a range of commercial applications but also to enhance your employability and transferrable skills such as critical analysis, data presentation and interpretation.
  • Business Analytics I
    The aim of this module is to build and develop understanding and application of mathematics and statistics, appropriate for business disciplines at the undergraduate level. The module begins by reviewing various techniques for collecting and presenting data. Some important measures and techniques for making sense of raw data are then introduced which are widely used by businesses when analysing both their internal and external environments. This module supports a range of numerical skills and techniques commonly developed within the modules “Introduction to Accounting and Finance” and “Foundations of Finance” both in a theoretical manner and a practical approach through the use of Microsoft Excel. This module also provides mathematics and statistics skills which are integral to the business finance and economics modules which you will take in future semesters as part of your ongoing development. You will be helped to develop further your hands-on skills in using Microsoft Excel in computer workshops to handle both small and large business data. Careful attention will also be paid throughout the module to the interpretation and application of the various quantitative methods and techniques to the solution of real-world business problems.
  • Economics for Managers
    This module introduces you to the fundamentals of economics and focuses on applying key economic insights to business and management. First, the module focuses on microeconomics - the decisions and behaviour of individuals and firms. The economic principles underlying the determination of price and output, firm costs, industrial structure and market failures are outlined. Next, the module focuses on macroeconomics - the economy at national and international levels - and its impacts on business behaviour. You’ll learn how the key macroeconomic variables (inflation, unemployment, and so on) influence business activity and government macroeconomic policy.
  • Foundations of Finance
    This module introduces you to the basics of financial management. The purpose of this module is to equip you with a framework and basic tools and techniques necessary to make sound financial decisions. Both short and long term decisions need to be made within the corporate environment. In the short-term, organisations need to manage their liquidity position and to this end, you’ll learn about the main components of working capital management, including cash, inventory, receivables and payables management. Long term projects will also be evaluated using investment appraisal techniques such as accounting rate of return, payback method, internal rate of return and net present value analysis. The module will introduce you to the decisions that need to be made in relation to each of the concepts and the tools that can be used to aid in this decision-making. This will include evaluating sources of finance and the associated costs of each source, exploring the dividend policies that can be adopted by an organisation and the impact of such policies as well as using the aforementioned investment appraisal techniques to assess investment opportunities.
  • Financial and Management Accounting
    The financial accounting half of this module will give you a thorough grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, regulatory framework) and builds towards a proficiency in the recording of business transactions. The module introduces the principal concepts of financial accounting, and the way in which individual transactions can be analysed to provide appropriate information for stakeholders. The preparation of principal financial statements is also explored, together with the interpretation of such statements. The management accounting half of this module is designed to emphasise the acquisition and application of skills and knowledge necessary to inform managers responsible for planning, decision-making and control and will provide the underpinning skills and knowledge required for more advanced study. The key issues addressed will be the fundamentals of cost data collection, analysis and allocation of costs, costing of products and services, decision-making using absorption (including Activity-based costing), marginal costing techniques and cash flows, budgeting and budgetary control.
  • Introduction to Organisations and Management
    Management in practice is about supporting people to work effectively in different organisational contexts. Regardless of your technical area, type of organisation or job position, you will need to manage your relationships with colleagues, managers, subordinates and customers. This module will equip you with knowledge and skills to help you understand how people and organisations function at individual, group and organisational levels based on the latest academic evidence.
  • Principles of Marketing
    This module will present you with a foundation in the core theories and models of marketing, from a bottom-up perspective. The module will instil in you an understanding of how marketing operates as a key functional area within business and how it critically interacts with other areas such as accountancy, human resource management and business management throughout all business sectors.

Year two, core modules

  • Quantitative Methods for Banking and Finance
    Quantitative Methods for Banking and Finance module provides banking, finance and business analytics students with rigorous grounding of the essential econometrical skills that are required to solve 21st century banking, finance, economics and business analytics problems. You will be exposed to the fundamental econometric theories, tools and/or concepts in the context of linear regression setting. To this end, part of the learning process will make use of the Bloomberg terminal and the SPSS software package in parallel with the learning experience to help alleviate, articulate and eliminate theoretical and empirical problem areas. There will be a good balance of roughly 50% theory and 50% practice throughout the semester. The module is designed to minimise lecture and maximise hands-on experience in problem solving during the weekly lab sessions. Towards the end of this module, you will have an appreciation of the difficulties and complexities in solving real-world problems in the areas of banking, finance, economics and business analytics whilst concurrently accumulate the experience in using the econometrical tools from this module to further their studies such as mastering the art of modelling and forecasting. You will also have the opportunity to complete and pass the Bloomberg Market Concept (BMC) modules with the added bonus of earning Bloomberg Certification. The functional and practical knowledge gained from learning and using the SPSS software package will enhance your analytical research ability and employability for the job market.
  • Financial Sustainability
    Within this module you will be introduced to how sustainability (economic, environmental, social and governance) issues have a direct impact on risk exposure and management and the quality of public, private and government debt/equity investments within the global financial market. By the end of the module, you will understand how these issues affect investment decisions made by institutional investors, corporate lenders, insurance companies, asset management funds, hedge funds, venture capitalists and retail investors, as well as business decisions made by corporate managers.
  • Financial Management
    The main aim of this module is to provide a rigorous grounding in the theory and practice of financial management. Financial management is concerned with the assessment of the investment and financing decisions of firms elaborating concepts from previous modules. Within this module you’ll gain knowledge of the theoretical foundations underlying much of financial management practice and learn how those theories should be applied in practice. This module will explore investment and financing functions of an organisation in great detail by covering such issues as advanced investment appraisal, risk and return and treasury management.
  • Strategic Management
    Strategic Management is a fascinating discipline that studies the long-term purpose and direction of organisations, by looking at how to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. The first part of the module focuses on core frameworks and analytical techniques that will enable you to assess the resources and capabilities of organisations in relation to the conditions of the industry and the macro environment, and stakeholder pressures. The module concludes with the evaluation of business-level and corporate-level strategies, providing a springboard to the Advanced Strategic Management module in the final year, focused on strategic implementation.
  • Performance Management
    Looking forward and planning for the future is essential in any organisation. As organisations develop they must always have an eye on the future and make decisions that influence performance. Planning and decision making is a core aspect of business strategy and this module will look at the accounting and finance information that is used in planning and in support of the decision making process and control against those plans. It will introduce and demonstrate to you the accounting techniques which are used in planning and control and short and long term decision making. It will critique the various techniques, discuss the theoretical underpinning and reflect on application and validity. The module will also draw on aspects of organisational behaviour, and the risky, uncertain and quickly-changing environment in which many organisations operate.
  • Project Management
    Project management is a key skill for any future professional to acquire, at some stage in your career you will be involved in delivering or working on a project. This module focuses on providing a sound basis for managing or working on projects. In essence, the concept of managing a project hinging on one quite basic principle, managing the triangle of: quality of the project outcomes, cost and time. In practice, this is a complex juggling act. The module covers: the major process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge; the importance of stakeholder and risk management; scheduling and costing; monitoring and controlling techniques, including cost control, time management and resource optimisation; improving the success of projects; and the principles of agile project management. Assessment is by two pieces of coursework: a project schedule and discussion of stakeholders and risks, and a limited time case study problem.
  • Business Analytics II
    This module continues the thread of Business Analytics I, which as an introductory module includes fundamental principles and practical techniques in statistics. Within Business Analytics II you will encounter additional statistical concepts, theories and techniques which will enable you to examine a wider range of questions and scenarios in business, economics, marketing and finance and as such gain an appreciation on the diverse application of statistics. The topics within the module include estimation and confidence intervals, statistical inferences, analysis of variance, linear and multiple regression. The focus is therefore to develop analytical and critical thinking in respect of the application of data, data analysis, statistical concepts, theories and techniques to business decisions. Each topic will be introduced, explained and illustrated with examples, followed by practical sessions using SPSS. You will acquire knowledge and skills to perform statistical inferences, understand the key concepts in hypothesis testing, interpret and apply the concepts of the simple linear regression model and be able to carry out analyses in statistical software. Therefore, you will establish a framework to solve problems and understand the validity and interpret the meaning of statistical information.

Placement year (Optional)

  • Work Placement - Accounting Finance and Operations Management
    This is a pass/fail optional module. In a competitive job market, understanding how the professional work place functions, along with well-developed employability skills, are key to a graduate securing employment. The work placement gives you the opportunity to put into practice what would have been learned in the first two years and to enter their final year with the insights of their practical experience in the field. During this module you will undertake a work-based learning internship with a company or organisation where they will be supported in developing effective professional practices through guidance in generic and specific employability skills and through developing independent reflective learning practices to enhance your continuing professional development in the context of your own working environment. The module aims to provide you with experience of work in a business environment including familiarisation with a professional work environment. The module will be underpinned by employability skills training, reflective assessment and support from academic tutors. You will expected to be able to reflect on your experience in writing and orally, and demonstrate how you have applied theory, and learnings to date within a work-based environment. The assessment aims to support and develop your ability to demonstrate your professionalism, leadership and managerial skills to a prospective employer whilst also learning key communication and personal skills. - You must secure a placement, or placements (maximum 3) amounting to 9 months duration with minimum term of 3 months per placement. - Placement can start at any point from 1 June and must have started by 1 October.

Year three, core modules, or year four with placement

  • Advanced Strategic Management
    This module introduces you to how an organisational strategy takes shape and what strategists actually do. The module is organised around five themes. Firstly, it focuses on the evaluation of strategic options in terms of suitability, acceptability and feasibility. Secondly, 'intended strategy development' versus 'emergent strategy development' is examined as two broadly different approaches of strategy development. The third theme covers the role of organisational structures and systems in strategy development. The fourth theme is the leadership of strategic change. Lastly, the module discusses the practice of strategy. You'll learn about practical examples associated with Strategic Management together with key problem-solving skills.
  • Career Management and Employability
    This innovative and exciting career-focused module will help you develop the employability skills and capabilities that are needed to compete successfully in the graduate labour market whilst seeking to provide you with knowledge, support and insight into the contemporary world of work and the business market. The module will also develop your skills and is therefore practical and engages you in case study exercise, real-life scenarios, audit and skills testing techniques and invites external guest speakers and employers to provide insight and input. The lectures and seminars will provide key inputs to help introduce you to fundamental employability concepts, insights and techniques, drawn from the world of business and management, but also from other disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and the humanities.
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
    This module will provide you with a rigorous grounding in the theory and practice of corporate finance at an advanced level, and a thorough synthesis of the most important current research in corporate finance, with an emphasis on the applications of the principles. Both normative and positive aspects of the theory are examined, together with supporting descriptive and empirical evidence. This module extends, develops and applies some of the materials introduced in previous modules and focuses on key aspects of the financial operations related to maximising the valuation of a corporation in an international environment. Principles that corporations use in their investment and financing decisions making are reviewed and practices evaluated. This includes portfolio management, fisher's separation theorem, and arbitrage pricing theory technical analysis, fundamental valuation and relative valuation investment strategy.
  • Big Data Fundamentals
    This module will provide an introduction to Big Data analytics and explain key concepts, theories and issues of working with big data. You will develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of big data analytics and how the methods employed in analysis of big data differ from those used in analysis of small data sets. This module will equip you with tools and techniques that are essential to turn constantly expanding data to meaningful information. Big data fundamentals will enhance your skills in data extraction, interpretation of data structure, identification of patterns and trends within the data available within enterprise, external and in a variety of media resources, to provide a better solution to the relevant business problems. At the end of the module, you will develop an understanding of the strategic implications of big data analysis, and will be ready to face the challenges of work in contemporary data-rich business environments. The knowledge and skills in this field are increasingly in demand, therefore this module will help you become more competitive in the job market.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    Undertaking a Major Project allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research, and/or product development work, on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, relating to your particular interests and background, although closely linked to our wide range of staff interests and research. You will have many group sessions to support your project, plus the supervision by an academic member of staff. The project also encourages students to share ideas and approaches. The chosen topic will be in your course subject area and require you to identify/formulate problems and issues based on a range of topics provided by conducting a literature review and evaluating information. You will investigate and adopt a suitable desk based methodology and determine solutions, perhaps developing hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate. You will critically appraise and present your findings, reflecting upon the limitations of your research and the research process.

Year three, optional modules

  • Financial Investment Analysis
    Financial Investment Analysis provides finance academics and practitioners alike with a powerful tool to understand the financial investment world. This module equips you with the prerequisite background to comprehend investments by looking into the fundamentals and try to capture the salient features of financial data. This module extends, develops and applies some of the materials introduced in Financial Management and Foundations of Finance with rigorous grounding in the quantitative methods taught in Business Analytics I and II as well as Quantitative Methods for Banking and Finance. The module introduces and reviews statistical techniques and proceeds rapidly to model building and applications with financial securities from the Bloomberg Terminal. By the end of this module, you will have an appreciation of the difficulties and complexities of the financial world whilst concurrently will be ready to apply the tools and techniques to the art of value investing.
  • International Intercultural Management
    In an increasingly global business environment, those involved in international business and management must develop the insights and skills to interact with customers and stakeholders in a culturally sensitive way. The module introduces and examines the work of important researchers in the field such as Hofstede, Hall, Watson, Tayeb, Holden, Hampden-Turner and Trompenaars. It explores the application of these theories to decision making at an organisation level. Presenting cultural diversity as a central element in the phenomena of business change and organisational development through the use of case studies and interactive scenarios. It draws on the diversity of the student group as a resource and attempts to generate dynamic learning experiences.
  • French
    Foundation French is perfect for complete beginners to the language, the course focuses on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an integrated approach. It’ll introduce key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the French society and culture. Intermediate: If you’ve already studied French but would like to take it further, this module will develop your focus on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) further in an integrated approach. It’ll expand upon the key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the French society and culture.
  • Spanish
    Perfect for complete beginners to the language, the course will focus on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an integrated approach. It will introduce key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the Hispanic society and culture.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by examination, coursework, essays and activity based assignments. Your coursework could include problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, computer-based exams, a portfolio based on Bloomberg trading and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials supported by materials accessed through our virtual learning environment (VLE).


This is a 3 year programme (or 4 years with placement)

Alongside your core modules you will pick a number of optional modules. Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£9,250

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£11,700

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)

£9,250

International students, 2018/19 (per year)

£12,500

Placement year (UK, EU, international students)

£1,000

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Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

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International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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