Financial Management MSc

This is a 12-month programme designed for university graduates who have some quantitative backgrounds and want to work in the finance sector but have limited knowledge of accounting, economics or finance.

The programme aims to provide such graduates with the knowledge, skills and qualification they need to work in the sector.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 12 months full time

Start date: September


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The finance sector is at the heart of the economy of every nation. The jobs there are interesting, challenging and highly lucrative. However, competition for the jobs is often very intense, especially in the area of financial management.

This programme will give students a broader, and deeper, range of the knowledge and skills required for the jobs than any of its kind currently available. Therefore, students who graduate from it will have an advantage over their competitors. The programme is also useful to students who want to acquire research training and skills for starting a PhD course.

Students will acquire critical knowledge of corporate finance and foreign exchange markets. They will also learn how to interpret and analyse financial statements, as well as how to use a wide range of financial modelling techniques to analyse data, conduct research and forecast variables.

Depending on the modules they choose in the second semester, students will also acquire critical knowledge of the literature on private equity and venture finance as well as the skills for valuing securities, managing risks, and managing treasury departments, among others.

These knowledge and skills are in high demand in banks, insurance companies, stock broking firms and other industries in the finance sector. They are also in high demand in the treasury departments of many local and multinational companies.

The overall aim of the programme is to produce financial management specialists who will have a competitive advantage when applying for jobs in the organisations mentioned above.

ACT University Partner

We have applied to the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) to become one of its select group of University Partners and hope to finalise the arrangements for this very soon. What we are aiming for is that students admitted to our MSc Financial Management programme in September this year who wish to become student members of the Association will be able to do so from October this year. We are also aiming to ensure that they will have the option to enjoy all the benefits of ACT student membership from that date onward and be able to take the examination(s) of the ACT in October 2015 (i.e. very soon after they finish the MSc programme), if they wish to do so.


Semester 1 (all modules are compulsory)

Semester 2

Compulsory modules

Students will also have seminars on research methods and techniques in Accounting and Finance during this semester, but the seminars are part of the Dissertation Module, rather than a separate module.

Optional modules - students choose THREE of the following

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for the programme for 2014/15 are as follows:

  • UK/EU students = £7,740
  • International students = £15,525

Please check with the School for the latest fees information. Learn more about fees and funding.

Business School Scholarships may be available, find out more about our scholarships.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Find out more.

Entry requirements

(a) a second class upper division degree or postgraduate diploma obtained from a university in the UK, or equivalent, in any subject. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about our international entry requirements

(b) a pass mark (or a pass grade) in any quantitative subject (such as econometrics, statistics, mathematics, physics, or any other relevant module) obtained on the bachelors degree programme referred to in (a) above, or any pass grade at GCE A-Level in mathematics, further mathematics, statistics or physics;

(c) overall score of 6.5 in IELTS and not less than 6.0 in any band OR overall score of 88 in the internet based TOEFL (with 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing);

(d) two satisfactory references, at least one of which must be academic; and

(e) a satisfactory personal statement.

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

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Students will take four modules in the first semester and another four modules in the second semester. In addition, they will have a series of seminars on research methods and techniques in accounting and finance in semester two and each student will write a dissertation during the summer period under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

A variety of methods will be used to deliver the programme, including lectures, seminars and classes. Typically, the contact hours for each module on the programme will be approximately 3 per week, for 10 weeks, making a total of 30. Students are expected to complement that with 70 hours of independent study for each module over the 10 week period to read further on the topics and issues that are covered in the lectures, seminars and classes.

The main method of assessment that we use is a 2-hour or 3-hour examination. However, we also use a variety of other methods of assessment, such as class tests, individual assignment, group assignment, presentations, a dissertation, etc. Marks obtained in taught modules will contribute two thirds (i.e. 120 credits) of all the marks that will be used to determine the class of the degree that will be awarded to each student at the end of their programme. The dissertation written by each student will have a weight of 60 credits and contribute the remaining one third.

The contents of our programme reflect many of the topics in the intermediate and final stages (i.e. Stages 2 and 3 respectively) of the examinations for the Association of Corporate Treasurers’ AMCT Diploma in Treasury Management. ACT is the world’s only chartered body for the treasury profession and qualifies finance professionals working in a broad range of roles in non-financial corporates as well as in banks and other financial institutions.

For further information about the ACT and the syllabuses for the intermediate and final examinations for the AMCT Diploma, please visit ACT qualifications. Students will find the knowledge and skills that they will acquire from our programme very useful in preparing for the examinations of the ACT.


Students on the programme will have the added advantage that familiarity with the AMCT topics will improve their prospects of passing the ACT’s professional examinations and becoming a member. ACT qualifications provide an internationally recognised ‘professional passport’ to treasury and finance jobs and career progression with organisations worldwide.

Careers in Business

As a postgraduate at Birmingham Business School you will have access to our specialist careers service, Careers in Business. This service is only available to postgraduates and provides support with job applications and interviews, job seeking and skills development.

Services include:

  • Individual appointments to review your CV or application form, discuss your career plans and provide advice about job seeking
  • Workshops to help you develop the skills that multinational employers look for
  • Events and exercises to help you get through the graduate selection process include practice interview sessions and a mock assessment centre
  • Opportunities to interact with employers and recruiters at sector specific events such as Careers in Banking and Careers in Consulting.

Postgraduates can also access Employer presentations and Career Fairs organised by the University’s central service, Careers Network.

Please get in touch if you have any questions before starting your programme and would like to speak to a Careers Consultant;

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