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Our four-year BSc Finance with a Modern Language enables you to become proficient in one or more modern languages, while gaining an academic training in the principles of finance. You receive a broad foundation in the financial decision making of companies, banks, institutional investors, and individuals, while devoting specific attention to the nature and role of financial markets. There is also an opportunity for you to develop expertise in your chosen specialism. Your third year is spent abroad so you can practise your language skills while developing an understanding of the culture and society of another country. You acquire a sufficient depth of knowledge to pursue a career in the financial sector. This course also provides you with the knowledge and analytical skills to continue with postgraduate studies.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
- GBP 11950 Year (Non-EEA)
The special characteristics of our courses are flexibility and choice. In your first year, you usually take four or five modules that include pre-requisite(s) for your course but, in many cases, mean you can try subjects you have not come across before. If you are taking science and engineering subjects, then these options are slightly restricted because our science modules tend to rely on previous knowledge of the subject.
With a small number of exceptions, if you successfully complete the first year of your BSc, then you are qualified to enter the second year not only of that course but also of a range of other courses: for example, if you are a BSc student who takes economics, politics, philosophy and sociology in your first year, then you have a choice of at least two courses and, in some cases, as many as five. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
We offer a range of optional modules in your second- and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project, an individual piece of research on a topic that interests you. Some of our science courses offer an optional extra year of an industrial placement.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Introduction to Accounting and Finance;
Introduction to Management;
Quantitative Methods and Finance; and
Economics for Business
Financial Reporting and Analysis;
Foundations of Finance;
Financial Modelling; and
one language option
The Pricing of Securities in Financial Markets;
Options and Futures;
one language option; and
one Essex Business School option or one outside option
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
- A-levels: AAB-ABB
- IB: 33-32 points (we consider IB certificates at the Higher Level on a case-by-case basis)
- GCSE Mathematics: C
- GCSE English: C
- One modern language must be taken as the major language. German, Italian and Spanish can be studied from scratch. If French or Portuguese is taken as the major language, you will need A-level French or Portuguese/Spanish (or equivalent).
- If you are interested in studying a language for which you consider yourself to be a native speaker, please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office.
- BTEC qualifications, in relevant disciplines, will be considered on an individual basis, depending on the units studied. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
- Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 6 level three credits at distinction and the remainder at merit (or above).
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Essex.
For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.