finance

Undergraduate

BSc Financial Management

Gain the skills and knowledge to excel in financial management at a business school accredited by the major accounting bodies.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

N340

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Start date

Course overview

Discover how to balance risk and reward in competitive, unpredictable environments. And learn how companies use financial information to make vital decisions. You'll develop an in-depth understanding of the roles of the financial managers and analysts who deal with vast sums of money worldwide.

You'll study under staff with real-world experience, as well as academics at the forefront of research. You'll have access to our Bloomberg Financial Markets Laboratory, which simulates financial trading activities in real time.

Summer schools are also available with our overseas partners. These count towards your degree mark as well – a distinctive feature at Hull.

6 reasons to study Financial Management at Hull

  1. 97% graduate employability rating*
  2. Accredited by the main accountancy bodies
  3. Significant exemptions from professional exams
  4. Opt to study abroad or go on placement for a year
  5. Practise on industry-standard Bloomberg software
  6. Study at an AACSB-accredited business school

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Accounting and Finance

    This module delivers essential basic accounting and finance knowledge. You'll study topics including measuring financial performance; analysing and interpreting financial statements; capital investment appraisal decisions; financing decisions; working capital management; cost behaviour; cost-volume-profit analysis; absorption costing; variance analysis and budgeting.

    Marketing

    This module introduces you to core marketing theories and concepts such as segmentation, targeting and positioning, consumer behaviour, and marketing mix. You'll have the opportunity to apply your understanding of these different concepts in a real-life business project.

    Personal and Professional Skills for Contemporary Organisations

    This module introduces the organisational behaviour and HRM concepts that you'll need for the course. Areas of focus include individual difference, personal development, people management and leadership. You'll also concentrate on effective communication and information; skill evaluating; and strategy, culture, and referencing.

    Principles of Economics 1

    This module provides an introduction to economics for specialists and non-specialists alike. You'll explore both microeconomics (the affairs of individual consumers, firms and governments) and macroeconomics (the study of the economy as a whole).

    Financial Accounting

    This module will provide you with introductory accounting knowledge covering basic double entry book-keeping, analysis and preparing a simple set of financial statements.

    World Economy

    This module provides an introduction to the world economy. You'll study the nature of, and change in, the world economy from an economic perspective complemented by a social, political and institutional understanding. You'll develop insights into key contemporary issues associated with international trade, international finance, regional groupings such as the European Community, climate change and others.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Financial Management

    Develop a fundamental understanding of investment, financing and dividend decisions. You'll be introduced to the basic techniques and concepts needed to evaluate complex financial management problems.

    Financial Reporting

    This module covers a wide range of the regulatory aspects of financial reporting. It will enable you to understand and evaluate the meaning and construction of traditional financial statements of companies according to international accounting standards.

    Information Systems in Accounting and Finance

    We live in an ever-changing world - a global marketplace - dominated almost exclusively by flows of knowledge and information. Gain an insight into the nature and role of information within the competitive business environment.

    Management Accounting

    Become familiar with the various concepts and techniques essential to calculating costs and prices of a product or service to survive in a competitive market. Along with the costing systems, this module aims to introduce you to the budgetary cost-control technique.

  • Optional

    Responsible Business in Society

    Examine the challenges to business practice from the social and environmental responsibility agenda. You'll explore concepts like responsible business, corporate social responsibility, business ethics and sustainable development. And you'll learn to understand them in a global context.

    Understanding Entrepreneurship

    Learn about entrepreneurship and SMEs from a policy and research perspective. You'll develop an understanding of the factors which contribute to successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurship, how entrepreneurship differs around the world, how governments encourage entrepreneurship and how one researches entrepreneurs.

    Marketing Intelligence

    This module equips you with the ability to selectively analyse marketing data for insight, and to make effective decisions in relation to marketing resources and retaining consumers.

    Company Law

    Develop your understanding of the legal environment within which an accountant works, developing the ability to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources.

    Summer School

    Broaden your experience in an international setting and study in one of our partner institutions for up to three weeks over the summer. This module can count towards your degree.

    Research Methods

    This module offers the exciting opportunity to prepare and undertake a small action research project. It will introduce you to research methodology, the need for ethical approval, how to find and analyse data and how to use literature to support the formulation of a research question. The module will also help you to become better critical readers of others’ research.

    Supply Chain Information Management and Big Data

    This module discusses the role that information management and big data can play for the supply chain. It will introduce you to the use of qualitative and quantitative methods for big data, text mining and social media mining analysis.

    Macroeconomics

    You will develop an understanding of how variables, such as inflation, employment and production, interact in order to define the economic performance of a nation. You'll be able to identify the results of specific public policy actions in terms of monetary and fiscal policy, discussing and analysing the economics and politics of different nations.

    Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence.

Year abroad modules

Spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. This is an outstanding opportunity to broaden your horizons in a different culture and environment, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts while continuing your studies.

Placement year modules

Your placement is your opportunity to get some real-world work experience under your belt.

Just like in the real world, you’ll be responsible for finding and applying for opportunities, with the added benefit of help and support from university services.

The Centre for Professional Success is a dedicated team within the faculty who provide tailored support to students who are seeking a placement or internship.   You'll also benefit from the University's Careers and Employability service based in Student Central.   

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Financial Control

    Develop insights into accounting issues surrounding the application of financial and management controls. You'll study topics including the control function of management; management control alternatives and their effects; financial results control systems; performance measurement issues and their effects; corporate governance; and important control-related roles and ethics.

    International Finance

    Gain practical knowledge and analytical skills in the functioning of foreign exchange markets, international monetary and financial theories, foreign exchange risk management and international investment strategies.

    Dissertation or Research Project

    You can choose to complete a dissertation worth 40 credits (across two modules) or a shorter research project at 20 credits (for one module) on a subject relevant to your degree.

    Risk Management

    Develop an understanding of key issues about uncertainty and risk management. You'll cover the theory and practice of risk management at an introductory level and explore the complex tools used today by experts in this area.

    Current Issues in Financial Management

    Discover important contemporary corporate financial issues in the private sector. This module sets out theories surrounding each aspect of financial issues and relates them to what appears to happen in practice.

  • Optional

    Managing Your Money – Personal Financial Planning

    Prepare for the financial challenges and opportunities of life after university. Discuss the monetary issues of being a third year, and cover topics including tax, student loans, credit, debt, pensions, insurance, savings and investments.

    Quantitative Methods in Finance and Accounting

    This module focuses on the statistical features and structure of financial data and econometrics, including returns in financial modelling.

    Business Project Management

    This module addresses project management, covering a range of concepts, tools, techniques and approaches. You’ll explore factors affecting project success and failure.

    Summer School

    Broaden your experience in an international setting and study in one of our partner institutions for up to three weeks over the summer. This module can count towards your degree.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

264 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

936 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

67%
8%
25%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

216 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

984 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

50%
2%
48%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

1200 hours

Work placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

1200 hours

Work placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

276 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

924 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

46%
54%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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"Hull was the only university that fitted all of my criteria."

Entry Requirements

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

Applicants should also have

  • GCSE Maths at Grade 4 or C, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 15 credits at distinction and 15 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Our teaching staff

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Take a 360-degree look at our Bloomsberg Suite where you'll train and practise live trading on industry-standard software.

Fees & funding

Home / EU

Fees for Home/EU students have not yet been confirmed for 2020/21. 2019/20 fees were £9,250 per year*. The University sets fees in line with Government direction.

International

£14,500 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Financial administrator
  • Management accountant
  • Auditor
  • Stockbroker
  • Portfolio manager
  • Mortgage advisor

A wide range of employment possibilities is open to our graduates, including starting a new business.

Our graduates have recently found work with organisations including Citibank, Lloyds Banking Group, Fujitsu, Smith & Nephew and the Civil Service.

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*Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

†Accredited by ACCA (also as an Accelerate Partner), CIMA (as a University Partner), CIPFA, ICAEW (as a Partner in Learning), HKICPA and CPA Australia

‡All Hull University Business School degrees have international accreditation from AACSB, held by fewer than 5% of business programmes worldwide