Data and Statistics: Bloomberg

What is Bloomberg and how do I access it?

Bloomberg Remote Terminal Access ends 30 June

Bloomberg is ending the remote terminal access at the end of June, 2022, a possibility highlighted in training throughout 2021/22. Please note that after this date, access to the Bloomberg terminal will be at a physical location in the Library (specific details available soon).

We are working to set up a new Financial Resources Suite in time for the start of the academic year. If you are studying remotely and require access to the terminal, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian who can discuss options with you, Meet the Team - Academic Liaison Librarians - LibGuides at Brunel University Library.

Bloomberg is a global financial markets database providing economic and business news, analytics, real time pricing for over 5 million securities world-wide. It also includes extensive historical pricing and stock charts.

Bloomberg is traditionally only available in the Library building but Brunel have signed up to the Bloomberg 'Disaster Recovery' service, meaning that during the current situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bloomberg is available to access online. A limited number of people can use the online Bloomberg service at one time so it is very important that you use the booking system when you want to use Bloomberg.

To use Bloomberg if you already have a Bloomberg username and password (set up at Brunel - not a previous institution). Follow the instructions in this FAQ:

If you don’t already have a Bloomberg username and password, or your previous login has lapsed, you need to set one up or renew your old login, via the Bloomberg for Education portal. Follow the instructions in this FAQ:

How can I learn to use Bloomberg?

  • A "getting started" guide has been created by Bloomberg and provides an overview of, and how to navigate and search, the resource.
  • The Bloomberg Market Concepts e-learning programme, with certification, is a great way to learn to use the database - see the box below for details on how to access the BMC.
  • In Bloomberg, type in HELP or BU (Bloomberg University) for access to resources which can help with learning to use the terminal.
  • We will be relaunching our Bloomberg LibSmart workshops soon, over Zoom. Details will be in the box below.

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Certification

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is a self-paced e-learning course that provides an interactive introduction to the financial markets. The course helps you learn to use Bloomberg through an exploration of financial market concepts.

The BMC has four core modules:

  • Economics
  • Currencies
  • Fixed Income
  • Equities

Once you have completed these, you will be able to download a certification, which you can include on your CV and LinkedIn profile.

Further Bloomberg for Education e-learning modules, not part of the core certification, are available on Terminal Basics, Commodities, Equity Options and Portfolio Management.

  • Getting Started with the Terminal
  • Portfolio Management.

BMC is usually available through the Bloomberg Terminal or online at a cost. However due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, BMC has been offered freely online for staff and students.

If you are an existing user, login to your account with the link below:

Accessing your existing BMC account

New users will need to create an account using their Brunel University email address and join a class:

Setting up a new BMC account

Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for the class code:

Academic Liaison Librarians

Upcoming Bloomberg events

These events will be held online as standard - Bloomberg workshops will be on Zoom. A link and passcode for access will be in the calendar event emailed out to people who register.

Getting Started with Bloomberg

An introduction to the financial markets database, covering: what’s available, booking a terminal and setting up an account, finding your way around, getting help. Including Equities (GP, FA, SPLC, EQS); Equity Indices (WEI); Industries (BI); Economics (ECST, BECO).

Monday 20th June 12-1pm


Using Bloomberg with Excel

Covering exporting data from Bloomberg, downloading the Excel add-in, using the Spreadsheet Builder to import time series and static data, accessing templates, the basics of using formulas to build functions.

Attendees at this seminar should have previously attended Getting Started with Bloomberg, or have past experience using Bloomberg.

Please note this event was previously scheduled on Tuesday 26th October, and has now been changed to Thursday 28th October.

Tuesday 24th May 12-1pm

See below a Panopto recording demonstrating most of the content usually covered in the Using Bloomberg with Excel class:


Bloomberg certification

An overview of the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) e-learning module: how to access and work through it, and how completing it can benefit employability, especially for those seeking careers in finance and investment. 

Tuesday 3rd May 11:30am-12noon