Financial Management MSc

At the heart of every nation’s economy, finance offers a world of interesting, challenging and highly lucrative careers. This makes competition for jobs intense, especially in financial management. Our MSc is designed for graduates with a quantitative background who have limited knowledge of accounting, economics or finance. It provides the knowledge and skills you need to work in the finance sector as well as those that can give you a significant edge in this competitive global sector.

Please note that this course is now closed for 2016 applications but will reopen again for 2017 in early Autumn.

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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 equips students with a broader, deeper, range of the knowledge and skills required for the jobs than any of its kind currently available - a valuable competietive advantage.

Students graduating from this programme will gain:

  • A critical knowledge of corporate finance and foreign exchange markets;
  • The ability to interpret and analyse financial statements;
  • The ability to use a wide range of financial modelling techniques to analyse data, conduct research and forecast variables;
  • Critical knowledge of the literature on entrepreneurial finance;
  • Skills for valuing securities, managing risks, and managing treasury departments;
  • A firm grounding in the research training and skills needed for starting a PhD course.

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.

ACT Accredited University

Birmingham Business School, at the University of Birmingham, has been named as an ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY for the professional qualifications awarded by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). All students graduating from the MSc Financial Management programme will, in addition to their degree qualification, be able to gain the ACT’s professional qualifications – the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals and Certificate in Treasury - if they meet the required criteria either through exemption or further study. ACT qualifications are recognised as the global standard for treasury and are an indicator that those holding them are qualified to work in treasury roles in both local and multinational organisations. 

Birmingham Business School is currently the first and only ACT ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY under their new qualifications programme at this time. 

To learn more about this unique opportunity at Birmingham Business School, please contact msc-bbs@contacts.bham.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)121 414 8626

Modules

Core modules

Optional modules

Students will choose 40 credits from the following in semester 2:


The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

For programme fees and information on further costs please visit our Fees and Financing page.

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.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The new postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. As part of the UK’s Chancellor’s 2014 Autumn Statement, the government has reconfirmed its commitment to loans for postgraduate Masters degrees as part of the 2015 Spending Review.

The government-backed student loans will provide up to £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas.  Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process is expected in early 2016.  For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page

  • Questions about funding? Use our Student Help knowledge base to find the answer.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. Applicants must have a pass mark or a pass grade in any quantitative subject (such as econometrics, statistics, mathematics, physics, or any other relevant module) for at least two terms on the bachelor’s degree programme, or any pass grade at GCE A-Level or overseas equivalent in mathematics, further mathematics, statistics or physics. If you would like A Level (or equivalent) mathematics, further mathematics, statistics or physics to be considered as part of your application, please upload evidence of these results when making an application. We can only consider these qualifications if they are submitted as part of the admissions application. 

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements 

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band).

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

How to apply

Learn more about applying 

There is currently no official application deadline date, but it is advisable to apply as early as possible especially if you need a visa to study in the UK, or if you want to apply for any available scholarships.

Please note that this course is now closed for 2016 applications but will reopen again for 2017 in early Autumn.

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 syllabuses for the examinations for the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals and the syllabuses for the examinations for Unit 1 (The Context of Treasury), Unit 3 (Corporate Finance), Unit 4 (Ethics, Governance and Regulation in Treasury) and Unit 5 (Risk Analysis and Management) for the Certificate in Treasury of the ACT.  Students who graduate from our programme will also find the knowledge and skills that they get from the programme very useful in preparing for the examinations for the Diploma in Treasury Management of the ACT, if they take the relevant modules.

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 examinations for the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals, Certificate in Treasury and the Diploma in Treasury Management,, please visit ACT qualifications.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.

Career development advice

Our consultants offer an individual advice service, which includes:

  • Career review and objective setting
  • Job-seeking strategies
  • CV review
  • Application advice
  • Interview and selection advice
  • Working in the UK
  • International work enquiries

Skills coaching

Employers aren’t just looking for great qualifications. They want to see high-quality personal skills too, such as team working, leadership, presentation and interpersonal skills. Our Skills Development Consultants offer individual appointments to help you shape and hone these qualities.

Keeping you up to date

Our Employer Liaison Team regularly undertakes initiatives to attract employment/ project opportunities into the Business School. You can find information about vacancies and other openings on Careers in Business Online and on Business School noticeboards, as well as through the Careers and Employability Centre vacancy database .

Careers events and workshops

This is your chance to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with industry professionals. Our range of career management, personal development and employer events are a great opportunity to discover what’s open to you upon graduation – just sign up to the events to take part.

Using the Careers and Employability Centre

Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by the Careers and Employability Centre such as online vacancy listings, employer presentations and fairs and accessing online careers information. You can use the Careers in Business team for individual appointments, CV checking, mock interviews and other job search-related activities.