Data and Statistics: Bloomberg

What is Bloomberg and how do I use it?

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.

A "getting started" guide has been created by Bloomberg and provides an overview of, and how to navigate and search, the resource.

To explore the Bloomberg terminal, type User into the search box (at the top left), then select Learn the Bloomberg, at the bottom of the menu list. This opens a new window, Master the Bloomberg Terminal which takes you through a quick tour, helping you Discover, Explore, Target, Get Alerted, Keep up and Accelerate.

Upcoming Bloomberg events

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).

Tuesday 15th October 2019, 12-1pm


Monday 28th October 2019, 12-1pm


Monday 11th November 2019, 12-1pm


Monday 25th November 2019, 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.

Tuesday 29th October 2019, 12-1pm


Tuesday 26th November 2019, 11am-12noon


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. 

Thursday 17th October 2019, 12-12:30pm


Thursday 14th November 2019, 12-12:30pm

Learn to use Bloomberg: Certification

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an e-learning programme available online to members of the public at a cost, but free to students via the Bloomberg terminals in the Financial Resources Suite on Floor 1 of the Library.  The programme helps you learn to use Bloomberg through an exploration of financial market concepts. It is an 8-10 hour self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to the financial markets. BMC consists of 4 modules – Economics, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities.  You will get a certificate upon completion.

To get started…

  • Log into a Bloomberg PC using your usual details, then double-click the green Bloomberg icon.  Click on 'Enter or Go to start' to see the login screen.
  • If you have already registered enter your username and password, otherwise choose the option for creating a new login
  • Once you are logged in, type in the function code BMC and hit ‘GO’ to get you to a page where you can get more information and sign up.

Booking a Bloomberg terminal

Access to Bloomberg is only available on campus. There are currently 10 Bloomberg terminals at Brunel University Library, which are located in the Financial Resources Suite on the first floor of the Library.

Each slot is one hour long, and you can book up to a week in advance. The PCs are available to book during the following hours in term-time:

  • Monday - Friday: 9am – 2am
  • Saturday: 9am – 2am
  • Sunday: 9am – 2am

(Access to the Financial Resources Suite has been extended from 10pm to 2am on a trial basis.)

NB: Please ensure you book a terminal to guarantee your session. All bookings will have priority.