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Finance and Data Analytics with a Year in Industry

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Course overview

In choosing to study this course, you will receive rigorous training in areas such as econometrics for finance, programming with Python, theoretical finance, and computational methods. You will have the opportunity to study cutting- edge topics such as data mining, machine learning, financial data visualisation, and financial technology. You will be able to combine your knowledge of finance, programming in Python, and analytics to solve finance problems and generate insights.


The BSc Finance and Data Analytics Year in Industry programme blends together the areas of finance and data analytics and equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to follow a range of careers, e.g. finance and consulting.

You will be equipped with the foundational knowledge of finance and introduced to Python, the programming language. Your understanding of advanced finance theories and their implications for the industry will be developed, and you will learn to use Python and industry-leading datasets to empirically test finance theories. You will also learn to use data visualisation techniques to communicate your insights with the audience.

During your final year, you will deepen your knowledge of the finance industry and have the opportunity to take cutting-edge modules such as Data Mining and Machine Learning. You will also develop a range of transferable skills, including flexibility, problem-solving ability, commercial awareness, and communication, which are highly valued by employers.

Studying Finance with Data Analytics at Liverpool will enable you to reach your full potential as you will benefit from our range of industry links and research expertise in addition to being exposed to our cutting-edge curriculum, the state-of-the-art computer room, and innovative teaching methodologies.

What you'll learn

  • Corporate finance
  • Financial markets
  • Financial econometrics
  • Financial technology
  • Python programming
  • Data mining and machine learning
  • Data visualisation
  • Database management
  • Computational methods
  • Corporate reporting and analysis


The University of Liverpool Management School holds accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This makes it one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard triple accreditation.

Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

We’re proud to announce we’ve been awarded a Gold rating for educational excellence.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

In the first year of study, you will acquire the foundational knowledge of accounting, finance, and data analytics. During this year, you will learn about the key concepts and datasets and their implications for decision-making. You will also begin to develop an expertise in the area of data analytics and computational methods by using Python to write computer codes to solve finance problems. In addition to your technical abilities, you will also develop key employability skills that will be important in your future career.

Compulsory modules


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

ACFI101 aims to develop a sound understanding of the fundamental principles and techniques of financial accounting. The context and purpose of financial statements is introduced, after which students are introduced to the techniques of recording financial transactions, adjusting financial records and preparing basic financial statements. Successful students will possess a sound base of knowledge for progression towards studying financial reporting in greater depth in the second and final years: the preparation of complex financial statements in conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), both for single entities and groups of companies, and for entities undertaking a wide range of accounting transactions. This module is delivered by means of lectures and tutorials, supported by online self-study question material.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module aims to provide an introduction to quantitative methods that will assist students in establishing basic quantitative and statistical skills for the study of accounting and finance.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module will offer students opportunities to develop professional skills such as team work, presentation (oral and written), accessing, organising and presenting relevant information.

Data Analytics (ACFI130)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module equips students with the tools to successfully analyse data. The module introduces students to programming with Python and highlights the usefulness of programming for data analytics. The module begins with an overview of various data types/structures. It then covers topics such as mathematical and logical operators, flow control, exception handling, functions, data exploration, and data wrangling. The seminar/lab sessions provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge by using Python to extract and analyse data. The assessment is conducted via a group project (50%) and an individual project (50%). Overall, the students will develop a range of skills, including communication skills, IT literacy, numeracy skills, and problem-solving skills.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module introduces students to fundamental concepts in finance. The course aims to provide a firm foundation for the students to build on later on in the second and third years of their programmes, by covering basic logical and rational analytical tools that underpin financial decisions. The course covers topics such as the structure of firms and time value of money. Building on these notions, we then discuss the valuation of simple securities such as bonds and equities. The course also introduces students to project appraisal techniques.

Economics of Risk and Uncertainty (ACFI131)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module equips students with the building blocks of economics that are important for a good understanding of finance. The course’s main aim is to develop the student’s understanding of decision-making in an uncertain world. The course discusses the concepts of risk, risk aversion, expected utility and their implications for portfolio choice. It also covers behavioural theories. The module presents both the theory and the empirical evidence, thus enabling the students to compare theory and practice.
Throughout the module, students will learn about the applications of these economic principles to decision-making when faced with risk and uncertainty. While the lectures introduce the conceptual framework, the seminars are more problem-based. The assessment is conducted via an individual exam (100%) at the end of the course. Overall, the students will develop a range of skills, including problem-solving and communication skills.

Computational Methods (ACFI132)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module equips students with both theoretical and practical knowledge of computational methods used in the financial services industry. The module’s topic coverage includes: series expansion, root-finding, optimisation methods, interpolation techniques, quadrature, and simulation methods. The lectures introduce the key concepts while the seminars are more practical. During the seminars, students will apply their knowledge of computational methods through the use of Python. The assessment is conducted via a mid-term test (30%) and an individual project (70%) at the end of the module. Overall, the students will develop a range of skills, including communication, IT literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module introduces students to the graduate recruitment process by providing them with the skills required to secure a work placement or summer internship. It also provides the opportunity to acquire, develop and apply these skills.   

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide. Choose to spend a year at XJTLU in China or a year or semester at an institution of your choice.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Year in industry

This course is also available without an included year in industry.

View Finance and Data Analytics BSc (Hons)

To spend a year in industry, you'll need to secure a placement with an organisation. If you're unable to find a placement, you'll continue with the standard version of the course without a year in industry.

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Your experience

Day-to-day teaching takes place in the Management School, a world leading centre for management and leadership education and research. ‌You will have access to extensive library facilities, industry-leading databases, such as Bloomberg and Wharton Research Data Services, and a state-of-the-art computer room (McKenzie Suite).

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Careers and employability

Undertaking this Finance and Data Analytics degree will ensure you study a curriculum inspired by the growing demand for graduates in this field developing in you all the skills which are highly valued by employers.

This course will help you develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully pursue careers in:

  • Asset management
  • Banking
  • Financial technology (FinTech) firms, large corporations
  • Consultancy and financial services firms.

There will also be the possibility to pursue further degrees, including a taught postgraduate degree (e.g. MSc) or a research degree (e.g. PhD under the ESRC 1+3 route).

Fees and funding

Your tuition fee covers almost everything, but you may have additional study costs to consider, such as books, specialist equipment or field trips.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £22,400
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £11,200
Fees are correct for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that the Year Abroad fee also applies to the Year in China.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

All students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying overseas during their second year, subject to your year one performance. If you elect to study abroad you will need to cover associated travel and living costs. University travel bursaries and subsistence grants are available.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

All students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying overseas during their second year, subject to your year one performance. If you elect to study abroad you will need to cover associated travel and living costs. University travel bursaries and subsistence grants are available.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to provide tuition fee discounts and help with living expenses while at university.

Check out our Liverpool Bursary, worth up to £2,000 per year for eligible UK students. Or for international students, our Undergraduate Global Advancement Scholarship offers a tuition fee discount of up to £5,000 for eligible international students starting an undergraduate degree from September 2024.

Discover our full range of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

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Your qualification Requirements

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A levels


T levels
GCSE GCSE Mathematics at grade 6 required.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma

D*D* in a Business related subject plus A level at grade B.

Business related subjects:

  • Applied Law
  • Applied Psychology
  • Business
  • Business, Accounting and Finance
  • Computing
  • Creative Digital Media Production
  • Engineering
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality
  • Information Communications Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Media
  • Public Services
  • Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Travel and Tourism
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D. BTEC qualifications must be in a Business related subject.

International Baccalaureate

35 with no score less than 4

Irish Leaving Certificate H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H3.
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Scottish Advanced Highers accepted at AAB.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Accepted at grade A or B alongside two A Levels only.
Access 45 credits at Distinction in graded level 3 units in a relevant Diploma.
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language, unless you’re from a majority English speaking country.

We accept a variety of international language tests and country-specific qualifications.

International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component below 5.5
TOEFL iBT 88 overall, with minimum scores of listening 17, writing 17, reading 17 and speaking 19
Duolingo English Test 120 overall, with no component below 95
Pearson PTE Academic 61 overall, with no component below 59
LanguageCert Academic 70 overall, with no skill below 60
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0500 Grade C overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking and listening. Speaking and listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0990 Grade 4 overall, with Merit in speaking and listening
Cambridge IGCSE Second Language English 0510/0511 0510: Grade B overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 0511: Grade B overall.
Cambridge IGCSE Second Language English 0993/0991 0993: Grade 6 overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 0991: Grade 6 overall.
International Baccalaureate Standard Level grade 5 or Higher Level grade 4 in English B, English Language and Literature, or English Language
Cambridge ESOL Level 2/3 Advanced 176 overall, with no paper below 162


Do you need to complete a Pre-Sessional English course to meet the English language requirements for this course?

The length of Pre-Sessional English course you’ll need to take depends on your current level of English language ability.

Find out the length of Pre-Sessional English course you may require for this degree.

Pre-sessional English

If you don’t meet our English language requirements, we can use your most recent IELTS score, or the equivalent score in selected other English language tests, to determine the length of Pre-Sessional English course you require.

Use the table below to check the course length you're likely to require for your current English language ability and see whether the course is available on campus or online.

Your most recent IELTS score Pre-Sessional English course length On campus or online
6.0 overall, with no component below 5.5 6 weeks On campus
5.5 overall, with no component below 5.5 10 weeks On campus and online options available
5.5 overall, with no more than one component below 5.5, and no component below 5.0 12 weeks On campus and online options available
5.5 overall, with no component below 4.5 20 weeks On campus
5.0 overall, with no component below 4.5 30 weeks On campus
4.5 overall, with no more than one component below 4.5, and no component below 4.0 40 weeks On campus

If you’ve completed an alternative English language test to IELTS, we may be able to use this to assess your English language ability and determine the Pre-Sessional English course length you require.

Please see our guide to Pre-Sessional English entry requirements for IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5, for further details.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

  • If your qualification isn't listed here, or you're taking a combination of qualifications, contact us for advice
  • If you are returning to learning, have had a disrupted education or are switching career pathways, the one-year Go Higher diploma qualifies you to apply for University of Liverpool arts, humanities and social sciences programmes
  • Applications from mature students are welcome.

Changes to Finance and Data Analytics with a Year in Industry BSc (Hons)

See what updates we've made to this course since it was published. We document changes to information such as course content, entry requirements and how you'll be taught.

7 June 2022: New course pages

New course pages launched.

6 January 2023: Optional and compulsory module lists updated

Additional modules added to module lists

3 May 2023: Module changes

Removal of compulsory module ACFI318: PROJECT IN FINANCE and addition of further optional modules