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Prepare for a world-class career in investment banking or business management, or for starting your own successful business, with a degree specialising in finance and management.

This course is offered by Norwich Business School in the Social Sciences Faculty at UEA and participates in the University Affiliation Program of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. If you love working with numbers, want a career that’s more varied than accountancy, and aspire to rise to the top of your chosen field, this degree is ideal.

You don’t need to have studied business before to thrive on this degree. You just need to be ambitious, numerate, and passionate about business and finance.

Overview

When you work in business, whatever you do, you will make decisions that involve the use of money, and have direct or indirect financial implications. So whatever you want to do in business, understanding finance will give you a distinct advantage in reaching your career goals.

Our affiliation with the CFA institute means you’ll also graduate well placed to take your level 1 CFA exams, ready to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional qualification, the most prestigious and highly sought-after credential in investment management.

NBS is a friendly and supportive school with a lively and international cohort. We are in a region that’s safe and welcoming, with a thriving business innovation and enterprise community. All our teaching is informed by our world-leading research and real-world business experience. That means you’ll gain knowledge of the latest issues and debates facing industry and employers.

In the Guardian University League Tables 2020, we were ranked in the UK top 10 for Accounting and Finance and top 15 for Business, Management and Marketing.

Analysis of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked UEA ninth in the UK for the quality of its research output in Business and Management Studies (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis). Our current research interests include finance, accounting, employment systems and institutions, responsible business regulation, marketing, entrepreneurship and business strategy, and innovation, technology and operations management.

Course Structure

All our undergraduate degrees share a common first year. This structure means you’ll get a broad view of business, and can be confident you are on the right course for you. As you progress through your degree you will be able to specialise and tailor your studies to the areas that you find most interesting and that are most relevant for your career goals.

Year 1

Across six fascinating core modules you’ll explore the essentials of modern business. This will give you an excellent grounding in not just management and accounting, but also economics, organisational behaviour, human resources management, marketing, supply chain management, and operations management. By the end of your first year, you won’t just have a firm foundation of your chosen subject, you’ll understand all the key disciplines of business. Throughout your future career you are likely to work closely with these disciplines so this understanding is extremely valuable. And should you discover during your first year that your true passion lies with one of these other subjects, you are welcome to change pathways in order to focus on it – an option roughly 25% of our students take advantage of.

Year 2

In your second year, you’ll discover key business finance skills and theories in your compulsory finance module. You’ll also build and hone your quantitative skills. You’ll then explore key management theories, tools and methods in three management modules, developing critical skills that will enable you to start to think for yourself and make your own business decisions. You will also choose one optional module, selecting any of those available across NBS. The annual NBS Module Fair will help you choose the right option for you.

Year 3

Your final year will be your most challenging yet. It’s the time to really push yourself as you drill deeper into the subject and develop your finance specialisms. You will take three compulsory finance modules where you’ll discover the latest thinking and practice in investment management, financial services and financial modelling. You will continue to tailor your degree to your interests by choosing three optional modules. Some third year options are only available if you’ve taken specific second year modules, but we can advise you on this.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

Throughout your degree you will hone your skills and build your knowledge through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops.

All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. That means you benefit from the latest thinking in the industry. Business is ever-changing, so you won’t just learn to understand, evaluate and utilise the leading theories of today, you’ll also develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career. You will study with world-leading researchers in the field of finance. Many of our lectures are interactive, and across all our teaching you’ll use a rich selection of source material, including text books, articles, academic research papers, videos, and business articles from publications such as the Financial Times and the Economist.

Independent study

You will also learn through self-directed study – a skill that’s highly prized by employers. You’ll undertake IT lab work, using online resources to practice text book questions. You’ll also have the option to take part in various projects, including solving a live business problem for a real company. In addition you can choose to enhance your studies by getting involved in the various student-led, extracurricular business related societies.

Team work and communication

During your first year, and in some of your second and third year modules, you will work alongside students from other NBS degrees. This will build your teamwork and communication skills, as well as helping you gain insight into other business disciplines. We attract students from the UK and all over the world, so the relationships you build here will also be valuable if you aspire to an international career, to work for a multi-national company or even start your own.

Guest speakers

During your time at UEA you’ll have the chance to gain unique perspectives from leading industry figures, with opportunities to hear guest speakers from the business world, including UEA alumni. Past speakers from Goldman Sachs, PwC and EY have given students valuable insights into the transition from student to business life, sharing their unique experiences and advice about how to succeed in business.

Employability

Your career is our priority, and employability is embedded in our degrees in all sorts of innovative ways, from guest speakers from industry and projects with real businesses, to accreditations and exemptions from key professional bodies, to our flagship Employability Week. During this annual event you can meet potential employers and speak to successful UEA alumni about how they got where they are now.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through a mix of coursework (including course test, individual and/or group presentation) and examination. The balance is approximately 57 per cent exams and 43 per cent coursework, depending on the optional modules you choose.

Study abroad or Placement Year

Choose BSc Business Finance and Management with a Year Abroad and spend your third year abroad before returning to UEA for your final year. You can choose from several European universities, or go further afield to one of our partner institutions in Australia, North America or Asia. A year abroad is a unique, fulfilling experience that will help you develop skills that you’ll use throughout your career, and that are coveted by employers.

After the course

In an ever-changing and increasingly complex world one thing is certain, Norwich Business School is where great business careers begin. Our degrees have a proven track record of leading to successful careers in accounting, management and financial services.

You will graduate ready to begin your career by working as a financial analyst in a bank or hedge fund, as a management consultant, or in a finance function within any business.

You’ll also have the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to establish your own business.

Should you wish to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) professional qualification, the most prestigious and highly sought-after credential in investment management, our affiliation with the CFA institute means you’ll also graduate well prepared for your level 1 CFA exams. We offer one scholarship for third year students to put towards books or exam fees for the CFA exams. 

Graduate Trainee Management Scheme

After you graduate you could secure a nine-month paid graduate trainee placement as part of our Graduate Trainee Management Scheme (GTMS). Created in partnership with local employers, every year the GTMS features a number of exciting placements that are ring-fenced for our graduates. Our best students are then put forward for those positions. This is your chance to gain industry experience in a salaried position. Placements often lead to employment, so it’s also a chance to kick start your career. All students that are eligible to work in the UK and meet a certain level of academic achievement during their studies are eligible to apply for the GTMS.

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include:

  • Financial analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Hedge fund manager
  • Financial manager
  • Consultant
  • Entrepreneur

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

Course Modules 2019/0

Year 2

When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module. Please note that any Variation to Course Profile requests for non-NBS modules will not be permitted.

Compulsory Modules (100 credits)

 
Description Credits
QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS 20
BUSINESS FINANCE 20
OPERATIONS STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT 20
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 20
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 20

Options Range A


Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT 20
BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW 20
BUSINESS ETHICS 20
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 20
DIGITAL MARKETING AND THE SERVICE ECONOMY 20
EMPLOYABILITY, CREATIVITY AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 20
PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT 20
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS 20
AUDITING AND ASSURANCE 20

Year 3

When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module. Please note that any Variation to Course Profile requests for non-NBS modules will not be permitted.

Compulsory Modules ( 60 credits)

 
Description Credits
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES 20
FINANCIAL MODELLING 20
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT 20

Options Range A


Students will select 40-60 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
PERSONAL AND CORPORATE TAXATION 20
CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY 20
ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 20
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 20
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 20
MARKETING: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LAW 20
INNOVATION MANAGEMENT 20
MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND DEVELOPMENT 20
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: STRATEGY AND DESIGN 20
PROJECT MANAGEMENT 20
BUILDING STRENGTHS AT WORK 20
STRATEGIC BRAND MANAGEMENT 20
ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS 20
COMPETITION AND CONSUMER POLICY FOR MANAGERS 20
SHOPPER MARKETING 20
DEVELOPING ORGANISATIONS CAPABILITY, ADAPTIVITY AND AGILITY 20
DEVELOPING TALENT; MANAGING YOUR CAREER 20
PROFESSIONAL VALUES 20

Options Range B

Students are required to select a further 20 credits, which may be from Option Range A above or from the defined choice of modules included in Option Range B.
Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT 20
BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW 20
BUSINESS ETHICS 20
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 20
DIGITAL MARKETING AND THE SERVICE ECONOMY 20
EMPLOYABILITY, CREATIVITY AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 20
PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT 20
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS 20
AUDITING AND ASSURANCE 20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

Year 2 entry will be assessed by Norwich Business School at UEA on a case by case basis.  Year 2 entry will also be considered by reviewing previous studies alongside our minimum Year 1 entry requirements. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

UK and overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students 

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

FURTHER INFORMATION  

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

    Next Steps

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