Financial Management MSc

Dubai Campus

Start date
September 2024
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

Annual fee for 2024 entry
AED 155,399 (full-time) 
AED 77,700 (part-time)
Scholarships are available 

MSc Financial Management at the University of Birmingham Dubai

Take control of your career in financial management. Our MSc Financial Management programme provides the knowledge and skills that will give you a significant edge in this competitive finance sector.

This programme is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education

At the heart of every economy, finance offers a world of interesting, challenging and highly lucrative career paths. Our programme is designed to strengthen the knowledge and skills you need to work in financial management and provide you with a significant edge in the competitive global sector.

Why study the MSc Financial Management at the University of Birmingham, Dubai?

  • Financial Management graduates are in high demand from a wide range of top employers for their specialist skills. Our ever-growing relationship with key employers in the sector will provide you with the opportunity to meet and network with leading global organisations;
  • Birmingham Business School is part of an elite group of global business schools that holds the Triple-Crown accreditation from leading bodies AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.  
  • You will study a variety of innovative topics that will prepare you for a global career, including foreign exchange markets, international treasury management, ethics, governance and regulation in treasury, business valuation, corporate finance and financial modelling. You will gain knowledge of real-world investment challenges with an emphasis on ethical and sustainable business practices;
  • You could choose a pathway with MSc Financial Management to achieve two ACT (Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK) professional qualifications. The University of Birmingham is one of only a few ACT accredited universities. The pathway covers 80% of the syllabus for the ACT examinations for the professional qualifications. If you take and pass the elective modules required for the professional qualifications (namely, International Treasury Management and Risk Analysis and Management) and satisfy the other requirements for the qualifications, you will be eligible for the award of the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals (CertTF) and the Certificate in Treasury (CertT), in addition to your MSc Financial Management degree;
  • You will benefit from hands on training on financial markets simulations and programs similar to those used by major investment banks;
  • You will learn how to conduct research, how to collect data to use for the research, analyse the data, interpret the results of your data analysis and write a research report;
  • You will also work with a wide range of databases (such as WRDS, Compustat, CRSP, Capital IQ, BoardEX, MorningStar, BankFocus, CSMAR, Datastream, ThomsonOne and FAME.) and learn how to analyse the data and draw conclusions from the results obtained.  The software is the same as the one that is widely used in industry and will give you experience which will prepare you for your professional career.
  • When you choose the University of Birmingham Dubai, you are choosing to study at an outstanding internationally focused university renowned for changing lives and transforming society.

Who is this course for?

This course is for graduates with strong quantitative backgrounds and an interest in working in the financial sector. This degree will give such university graduates the knowledge, skills and qualification(s) that they need to work in the industries.


Core modules

Optional modules

Choose two modules from the following:

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


Fees for 2024 entry

  • AED 155,399 full-time
  • AED 77,700 part-time

The fees above are the annual fees.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

Our Standard Requirements

In order to be considered, applicants will have or should be expecting to achieve an Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in a highly quantitative subject. 

Applicants must have achieved a mark equivalent to a 2:2 at undergraduate level in Mathematics or Mathematics related modules. If necessary we will assess the academic transcript for performance in Mathematics and Mathematics related modules. A minimum of GCE A-Level grade D (or overseas equivalent) in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics or Statistics may also be considered to meet the quantitative requirement. 

Applicants who demonstrate being able to exceed the minimum entry requirements will be given preference.

International Requirements

International Students

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

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

You will benefit from a hands-on teaching and learning approach, providing you with a unique educational experience and allowing you to enhance your competitiveness in the financial world. Teaching methods include a mix of lectures, seminars, and classes. External speakers with a wide range of industry expertise are regularly invited to deliver guest lectures. Audio-visual materials ranging from video presentations to interviews with industry experts are also an integral part of the teaching.

Course delivery

We offer a combination of evening and weekend classes which are designed to accommodate working professionals and those who choose to study full-time.

Our draft timetable for Full-time students is designed to deliver teaching on one or two evenings from 18:00-21:00 and on Saturday from 09:00-15:00 (timings vary per module). Each module is block taught over 3 weeks. Part-time students will study during these hours as per the number of modules they choose to study.

Please note that the example timetable is to be used as a guide and is subject to change. Our term dates are also available online. For further information, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Imen Tebourbi at

View example timetable for MSc Financial Management (PDF)

Assessment Methods

Assessments focus on real-world challenges and help you to develop self-confidence to deal with the global investment and finance communities. Assessment include a combination of case studies, digital presentations, oral debate, written exams, individual and group assignments and a dissertation.


Dubai is a financial hub with strong demand for financial management graduates who will have both the knowledge and skills for working in banks, insurance companies, stock broking firms and other industries in the finance sector in Dubai.  Graduates from the programme will also gain theoretically underpinned knowledge and skills on the MSc Financial Management programme that can be used to work in the treasury departments, corporate finance, investment banking, and financial consulting in companies in Dubai as well as in multinational companies that operate globally, government departments and other organisations.

Strong Industry links

Dubai is a global hub of business and hosts financial companies from across the globe and is a gateway from key employers in the financial sector. We will provide you with the opportunity to meet and network with leading global organisations throughout your experience at Birmingham. As a graduate of the Financial Management MSc, you will benefit from a wide range of career options, ranging from careers in treasury management investment institutions, banks, insurance companies, private equity funds, investment banking, business valuation, consultancy, etc.

Excellent career prospects

Students who have graduated from Birmingham have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, in organisations such as Accenture, Deloitte, PWC, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Arcadia Group, Cisco Systems, Nissan, Ford, BP, Cadbury, P&G, and a whole host of other prestigious companies.

Careers Support

The Careers Service will 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. Throughout your programme you will have exposure to business leaders through on campus events and within the curriculum.

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.

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.