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BSc (Honours) Financial Trading and Investment Management

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BSc (Honours)

Financial Trading and Investment Management

Gain rounded expertise on this unique degree course - which includes a qualification in investment management on top of your degree.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A113
When do I start? September 2023
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Learn how to trade a range of financial markets.
  • Gain several qualifications alongside your degree.
  • Benefit from cutting edge facilities including Bloomberg professional terminals and a state of the art trading room in London

On this course, you′ll learn about multiple areas of finance. Your first and final year will be in Sheffield but in your second year you’ll work with our experienced trading partner in London to gain valuable market knowledge. You′ll finish not only with a degree and a separate trading qualification, but you’ll also be able to complete the CFA’s Investment Management Certificate and a CISI Derivatives paper which together will allow you to pursue a range of careers within financial services.

Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

How you learn

Watch Course Leader Damion Taylor talk about the BSc (Hons) Financial Trading and Investment course at Sheffield Hallam University.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The teaching and learning on this course is designed to give you practical experience of trading and investment management.

You will learn what it takes to become a successful trader, while developing the knowledge and skills needed to work in investment management. Topics include fundamental economics and accounting principles, progressing into practical application of trading and portfolio management techniques, before rounding off with legal and regulatory requirements.

You will learn through

  • live market trading
  • portfolio management simulations
  • case studies/scenarios
  • real–world experience in London

Course leaders and tutors

Damion Taylor
Damion Taylor

Damion is both course leader and recruitment leader for finance courses at undergraduate level. He teaches a range of modules in the financial management subject are … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

The course incorporates an optional placement. As your second year will be based in London, you will be well positioned to secure a placement in London before returning to Sheffield for your final year. You are not limited to Sheffield or London, however, we regularly source and help our students apply for placements around the globe.

Live projects

In your second year you will devise and implement trading strategies on live markets using real time data. You will then blend this expertise with your investment management knowledge, to build a simulated trading and investment portfolio which will become a major final year project. Because of the practical nature of the course your final year project will be in lieu of a dissertation.

Networking opportunities

You will benefit from networking opportunities in both Sheffield and London. Sheffield Business School has strong links with industry both locally and nationally, giving you regular opportunities to network with employers. Additionally, during your time in London you will benefit from the longstanding relationships our trading partner has in the City.


As well as in–class tests and quizzes to help build your learning, we also run investment competitions and regularly take part in the annual Bloomberg University Trading Challenge.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • financial trading
  • investment management
  • investment banking
  • wealth management/financial planning

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with:

  • Bloomberg professional terminals– industry standard.
  • The Financial Times, with free access to
  • Microsoft Office 365, which is free to install on your own devices.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies


  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Asset Classes Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Investment Theory Management And Measurement Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Quantitative Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Trading Algorithms Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Employability Skills For Financial Services Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Ethics And Investment Professionalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Markets And Institutions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Trading Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Legal Concepts Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Client Advice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Derivatives And Risk Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Taxation In The Uk Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Regulation Of Financial Markets And Institutions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Trading And Investment Management Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Accounting, banking and finance courses (PDF, 223.3KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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