PG Certificate Business and Financial Trading

University of Essex Online

Program Description

PG Certificate Business and Financial Trading

University of Essex Online

Our PG Cert Business and Financial Trading is an introduction to business and finance for individuals who have an interest in business management principles, risk management and trading.

This course will teach you how financial assets are analysed, used and traded by different market participants for different applications. It will develop your understanding of different asset classes (including commodities, equities and the money market), analytical tools and risk management strategies. You will also look at the role that risk management plays in financial decision making and learn about theories of behavioural finance and trading psychology. Finally, students will also learn about financial markets and how they operate, management skills and financial decision-making.

Our Financial Trading Analysis module has been developed in association with FXStreet - a leading independent portal dedicated to the Foreign Exchange (Forex) market. In it you will be able to put your learning into context on live trading simulators and benefit from tuition by experienced industry professionals.

Why study this subject?

The financial markets are important to individuals, organisations and entire nations; affecting everything from personal wealth to corporate behaviour. Whether you want to build on your undergraduate business studies with an eye to financial management, build on your management skills, take the first step towards a career in investment banking or brokerage or create a portfolio as a private investor, the PG Cert Business and Financial Trading will give you an excellent grounding in how financial markets and businesses operate and how industry professionals approach them.

The PG Cert Business and Financial Trading is worth 60 credits at Level 7 (Masters Level) which may be carried forward to progress on to one of our related business Masters courses.

Course Structure


The PG Cert Business and Financial Trading is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 Level 7 credits.

Level 7 modules:

  • Management: Principles and Practice (20 credits)
  • Financial Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Financial Trading Analysis (20 credits)

Upon completion of the PG Cert Business and Financial Trading we offer students the opportunity to progress on to the MSc Business and Management or MBA, subject to meeting entry criteria, with 60 credits of exemptions.

Career Prospects

Management skills are essential for creating an efficient and profitable business, and coupled with an understanding of finance (the lifeblood of any business) and an understanding of how financial markets operate, this course provides a distinct advantage for individuals who may hold responsibility for financial or investment functions in the future.

If you are looking to secure your first role within the financial sector or just get ahead in your career, the real-world insights provided by the PG Cert Business and Financial Trading can help you gain the practical skills that employers are looking for.

If you are already working in banking or finance, the course will give you the opportunity to demonstrate that you have the motivation and ability for further career advancement.

And finally, if you are a part-time trader the course will advance the informal knowledge you have built, give you the skills to improve your performance and potentially help you move into a full-time trading career.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 26, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
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Apr. 2017
8 months
Part time
3,000 GBP
Start date Apr. 2017
United Kingdom
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Duration 8 months
Price 3,000 GBP