Other options

If you study Information Management and Information Systems BSc at XJTLU you can choose from these options to study at the University of Liverpool on the XJTLU 2+2 programme.

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Financial Computing BSc (Hons): XJTLU 2+2 programme

Course details

Financial computing is at the very heart of the world’s global financial centres, from Wall Street to Chicago, London and Tokyo. This dynamic programme will develop your knowledge and skills in all aspects of financial services.

Course overview

Study Financial Computing at Liverpool and learn to understand the underlying technology that powers modern financial markets and the financial theory that steers them.

Bringing together finance, economics and computing, this programme will develop your understanding of financial services by developing your knowledge and practical skills of algorithms; financial accounting; designing, implementing and evaluating software systems to analyse stock portfolios and operating financial markets.

Taught in conjunction with the Management School, your studies will be guided by experts in both computer science and financial services. After covering core  elements in your first year, we subsequently give you the flexibility to tailor and focus your learning to your own interests or you can choose to maintain a balanced mixture of modules throughout your degree.

Fees and funding

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

Tuition fees

All XJTLU 2+2 students receive a partnership discount of 10% on the standard fees for international students. We also offer 50 XJTLU Excellence Scholarships providing a 25% discount on tuition fees to the students that score most highly in stage 2 at XJTLU across the different subject areas. Allocation is based on the number of applications received per programme.

The net fees (inclusive of the discounts) can be seen below.

XJTLU 2+2 fees
2024 tuition fee (full) £28,000
2024 tuition fee for XJTLU 2+2 students (inclusive of 10% discount) £25,200
2024 tuition fee for XJTLU 2+2 students qualifying for Excellence Scholarship (inclusive of 25% discount) £21,000
Fees stated are for the 2024-25 academic year.

Course content and modules

Year two

In your first year at Liverpool, you will study a mix of modules related to computing, accounting, economics, finance and management but also have the opportunity to specialise in certain subject areas of your choice. You will take all the core modules, and select optional modules.

On the 2+2 programme, you'll study your third and fourth years at the University of Liverpool. These will be year two and year three of the University of Liverpool's programme of study.


Computer-Based Trading in Financial Markets (COMP226)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

The last few decades has seen a huge transformation in finance, where
human traders have been increasingly replaced by algorithms. The aims of COMP226 are to:

– Provide an understanding of financial markets at the level of individual trades;
– Provide an overview of computer-based trading applications;
– Introduce key issues with the use of market data;
– Develop a practical understanding of the development of algorithmic trading strategies.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module aims to introduce students to the modern theory of finance and financial management. Theoretical concepts like the net present value, decision making under uncertainty, dividend valuation, bond pricing, portfolio theory, asset pricing, futures and options are introduced. In all cases numerical examples, using real market data, will be used to make theory come to life.

Database Development (COMP207)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces students to the problems arising from databases, including concurrency in databases, information security considerations and how they are solved; the integration of heterogeneous sources of information and the use of semi-structured data; non-relational databases and the economic factors involved in their selection and to techniques for analysing large amounts of data, the security issues and commercial factors involved with them.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module develops students’ knowledge from first year study by introducing more complex accounting standards which enables them to prepare complete single entity financial statements or extracts thereof. The module introduces accounting concepts and ethical issues and begins to develop students critical thinking in this area.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module seeks to provide students with an understanding of the role of securities markets in the global economy. This will be achieved through a presentation of their basic mechanisms and technical features, an explanation of the valuation of certain financial assets and an assessment of the operational and allocative efficiency of the markets. The module will be delivered via weekly small group face to face sessions and through weekly online lectures delivered asynchronously. Students will be directed to various media resources relevant to their day to day following and awareness of the activities of the global financial markets.

Software Engineering I (COMP201)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module deals with the issues associated with the analysis, design, implementation and testing of significant computing systems (that is, systems that are too large to be designed and developed by a single person).



Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module aims to increase students’ knowledge of financial accounting theory and its relevance to accounting practice. The module examines market for accounting information; processes and effects of regulating financial reporting; the incentives which drive managers’ choices of alternative accounting policies; unregulated financial reporting with specific focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting, capital markets’ response to accounting information; the critical perspectives of accounting and also considers a number of other important issues in financial reporting. Upon successful completion of this module, students should develop a good understanding of the role of financial accounting theory and its importance for accounting practice and reporting.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Business strategies and behaviour are part and parcel of dynamic interactions between a wide range of actors in the world economy. This module aims at producing the basic knowledge and skills for understanding that interaction, taking into consideration firms but clearly examining also other types of actors such as states, international organisations, labour and social movements. It does so by asking three sets of interrelated questions. Firstly, why do businesses internationalise their operations? What, and in relation to whom, can they gain from doing so? Secondly, how do transnational corporations operate across borders? How do these operations contribute to patterns of international development? Are these patterns smooth and harmonious (simple globalisation) or uneven? Thirdly, what is the current (and future) context in which transnational enterprise takes place? Recently, the 2007-09 global economic and financial crisis, the 4th Industrial Revolution, the climate change crisis and the global health crisis have transformed the dynamics of the world economy in a number of ways, and the module aims at enhancing knowledge of this new context of business. The module will also consider key phenomena ranging from the role of the BRIC economies in the future international economic order to gender. Throughout the module, we will consider political (power) and ethical issues, as they are fundamental to understanding the world economy, past, present and future.

Computer Aided Software Development (COMP285)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

This module covers the theory and practice of the application of tools to the software development lifecyle

Planning Your Career (COMP221)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

​This module aims to provide a more in depth experience of crucial employability skills needed to secure either a placement or a graduate job.

Scripting Languages (COMP284)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

COMP284 `Scripting Languages’ is one of several technical skills/employability skills modules offered in the second semester of the second year of study. It addresses both the demand by employers and the desire of students that students should encounter a range of programming languages during their studies and should be able to use these programming languages productively. Scripting languages have gained enormously in their popularity with the expansion and development of the world wide wide and world wide web technologies as they are now the predominant languages used in the development of web applications. The module will cover two scripting languages, namely, JavaScript and PHP. At the end of the module students should be able to develop applications, both web-based and computer-based, in them.

Your experience

Computer science is housed in a grade II listed building which has been extensively refurbished for 21st century needs and challenges and provides state-of-the art equipment and high-speed communication links. The Management School is home to a state-of-the-art Bloomberg Suite resembling a professional trading floor.

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Supporting your learning

From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:

An exciting place to study Computer Science

  • You will be taught by some of the best researchers in the field. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the research output of our department was ranked 5th in the UK. This research expertise shows through in our teaching
  • We teach in state-of-the-art PC and Mac laboratories running a variety of different operating systems, as well as iOS and Android tablets to encourage creativity and innovation within a stimulating environment in which to work and study
  • Our programmes are continually updated to reflect new technologies and trends.

What students say...

The University has also provided me with the best opportunities to meet amazing people in my field through networking events.

, BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Software Development with a Year in Industry 2020