BSc (Hons) in Finance and Business Analytics

General

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Program Description

The application of appropriate financial technology and analytical skills is a growing priority, particular for finance professionals. In increasingly competitive environments, professionals within the financial sector require a more detailed view of their organisation's financial data.

This programme is designed with inputs from leading industry professionals and strikes a balance between the mechanics of analytical methods and the dynamic finance-related decision-making process. We aim to develop our students as finance professionals of the future who, equipped with analytics skills, have the appropriate attributes to reduce risks through making smarter, timely and more accurate financial decisions.

Students will gain technical data science skills and non-technical management skills along with a deep understanding of the application of analytics within the context of financial management. The core ethos of the programme is designed in accordance with the University’s mission ‘Making Knowledge Work’ in order to provide latest Finance and Business analytics skills for making informed decisions and foster a better quality of financial management as a profession.

You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with specialist business analytics software, SAS, who is considered one of the world’s leading industry-standard data analytics software providers, widely used in the business world. You'll also learn about additional tools and techniques necessary for managing your self-development as a manager in alignment with your career aspirations in an inspiring and innovation-led environment.

You will develop your understanding of topics such as:

  • Financial Analytics and Accounting
  • Multinational Finance and Investment
  • Fundamentals of Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Analytics for Business
  • Risk Management and Derivatives

In addition, our research-focused academics will facilitate your learning throughout the duration of this degree programme, ensuring you remain up to date with the latest trends in the area of Finance and Business Analytics. Through innovative teaching and practical application, this programme aims at incorporating finance and business analytics, therefore placing you at the forefront of graduate competition for roles such as Financial Analyst, Audit Analyst, Finance Manager, Business Development Manager and many others.

Professional accreditation

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

We use SAS, one of the world’s leading industry-standard data analytics software as part of this degree to train students.

SAS is one of our strategic partners and acknowledges this programme. They are advocates for our students gaining experience with the software, which is used widely in the business world.

Rankings

The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Business and Economics in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Entry requirements

112 UCAS points.

A-Levels: There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM - there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes: There are no specific subject requirements.

International Baccalaureate requirements: 112 points to include at least 2 HL subjects plus HL3 or SL4 in English and Maths

Plus a minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

  • Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

All module information is for 2020 entry and is subject to change.

First Year

Core

  • Business Economics (AFE4001-B)
  • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (OIM4012-B)
  • Introduction to Accounting (AFE4005-B)
  • Introduction to Finance (AFE4004-B)
  • Principles of Management (OIM4006-B)
  • Foundations of Marketing (MAR4002-B)

Second Year

Core

  • Big Data Analytics for Business (OIM5015-B)
  • Business Forecasting and Analysis (OIM5016-B)
  • Business Law and Ethics (LAW4004-B)
  • Employability and Enterprise (HRM5004-B)
  • Financial Management (AFE5011-B)
  • Multinational Finance and Investment (AFE5013-B)

Third Year

Core

  • Placement (MAL5009-Z)

OR

  • Study Abroad (MAL5010-Z)

Final Year

Core

  • Financial Analytics – Final Year Business Project (OIM6016-D)
  • Applied Business Analytics and Simulation (OIM6014-B)
  • Artificial Intelligence for Business (OIM6015-B)
  • Risk Management and Derivatives (AFE6013-B)

Option

  • Auditing (AFE5009-B)
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (HRM6010-B)
  • Cross-Cultural Management (SIB6009-B)
  • Leading and Managing People (HRM6014-B)
  • Taxation (AFE6002-B)

Study abroad

As a student at the University of Bradford School of Management, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.

This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading business schools.

Learning and assessment

You will gain a range of knowledge and understanding specific to Finance and Business Analytics and personal transferable skills, which will improve and enhance their ability to excel at university and beyond.

To this end, teaching on the programme will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of formal lectures, staff/student-led group discussions, personal research and guided self-study, tutorials, seminars and directed reading. These activities will all be further supported by the use of a virtual learning environment.

Generally, the programme will aim to integrate applied and theoretical knowledge with assessment processes that test both pieces of knowledge of the discipline and understanding of its application and limitations. To facilitate learning, lectures and seminars will typically utilise case studies and simulations. Sessions may be delivered weekly. Small Group sessions will use case studies and simulations with oral feedback given in class.

You will be guided to suitable primary and secondary data sources, and be required to conduct research and presentation exercises. Resources to support the teaching and learning activity will be provided on the University’s virtual learning environment.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home: £9,250 (sandwich year: £925)
  • International: £16,090 (Management/Social Sciences)
    (sandwich year: £1,609)

Scholarships

Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career Booster

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Career prospects

Throughout this programme, you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with specialist business analytics software, SAS, who is considered one of the world’s leading industry-standard data analytics software providers and are widely used in the business world.

SAS are one of our strategic partners and acknowledge this programme. They are advocates for our students gaining experience with the software, which is used widely in the business world.

You'll also learn about additional tools and techniques necessary for managing your self-development as a manager, in alignment with your career aspirations. All of this will take place in an inspiring and innovation-led environment.

In addition, our research-focused academics will facilitate your learning throughout the duration of this degree programme, ensuring you remain up to date with the latest trends in the area of Finance and Business Analytics, preparing you for when you step into the world of work.

Through innovative teaching and practical application, this programme aims to incorporate finance and business analytics, therefore placing you at the forefront of graduate competition for roles such as Financial Analyst, Audit Analyst, Finance Manager, Business Development Manager and many others.

Our four-year course, with a sandwich year in industry, allows you to gain real-world experience of working in the industry.

Last updated Mar 2020

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