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MSc Financial Management (Singapore)

Start date
12 months full time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

For 2021/22: S$30,600 (before GST) / S$32,742 (incl. GST)

Delivered in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Management, the MSc Financial Management programme provides the knowledge and skills that will give you a significant edge in this competitive finance sector internationally, with special emphasis on Singapore and Asia.

The MSc Financial Management programme is innovative, contemporary and has modules that will equip graduates from it with the knowledge, skills and qualification(s) that are in high demand in banks, insurance companies, stock broking firms, stock exchanges and other industries in the finance sector. The knowledge, skills and qualification(s) that will be acquired from the programme can also be used to seek lucrative jobs in the treasury departments of many local and multinational companies, government departments and other organisations.

Why study MSc Financial Management at Singapore from University of Birmingham?

  • You will be motivated to develop a deep and critical knowledge and understanding of corporate finance theories and their contemporary application with the use of the latest digital finance and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and ESG  (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria to evaluate projects and make financing decisions, when appropriate;
  • You will learn how to interpret and analyse financial statements of companies (including their annual reports, interim reports, etc.), value businesses and securities of companies and prepare associated reports for an investor or the board of directors of a company;
  • You will be taught a wide range of econometric techniques and how to apply them and interpret the results that you obtain from their application;
  • You will learn how to download data from a wide range of databases that we have in our Bloomberg Trading Room (such as Bloomberg, WRDS, Compustat, CRSP, Capital IQ, BoardEX, MorningStar, BankFocus, CSMAR, Datastream, ThomsonOne and FAME.) as well as how to analyse the data and draw conclusions from the results obtained from their analysis. The software in our Bloomberg Trading Room is the same as the one that is widely used in industry.  Therefore, its use in our Bloomberg Trading Room will give you some experience which will prepare you for your professional career;
  • You will learn how to conduct research on a topic or an issue of your choice, how to collect data to use for the research, analyse the data, interpret the results of your data analysis and write a research report;
  • We will provide online Financial Markets Simulations through Amplify Trading Limited in the UK (To be confirmed) 

This course focuses on real world investment challenges with emphasis on ethical and sustainable business practices. You will learn about Ethics, Governance and Regulation in Treasury on the programme. Find out how we are working for a responsible future at Birmingham.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in the award-winning Future Leaders Certificate programme. This extra-curricular programme will give you the chance to work on an exciting virtual live project set by a multinational company and enables you to better understand the impact that technology is having on the business world and the implications for your own career. 

This programme has a pathway which will enable you to achieve two ACT (Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK) professional qualifications. The pathway covers 80% of the syllabus for the ACT examinations for the professional qualifications.  Students who 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, will be eligible for the award of the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals (CertTF) and the Certificate in Treasury (CertT), in addition to their MSc Financial Management degree.

Who is this course for?

This is a conversion programme. It is designed for university graduates who have some quantitative backgrounds and want to work in the finance industries (such as banks, insurance companies, pension funds, stock broking firms, stock exchanges, finance/treasury departments of many local and multinational organisations or government departments) but have limited knowledge of finance, accounting or economics to do so. The MSc Financial Management programme will give such university graduates the knowledge, skills and qualification(s) that they need to work in the industries.



  • Corporate Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Ethics, Governance and Regulation in Treasury (20 credits)
  • Financial Modelling Techniques (20 credits)
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation (20 credits)
  • International Treasury Management (20 credits)
  • Risk Analysis and Management (20 credits)


Total: S$32,742, payable in instalments

Per 20 credits fee: S$5,457

Each instalment is payable based on the number of taught module credits undertaken in a term.

Note: Taught modules are denoted in 20 credits each.

Application Fee applies.

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and are payable before term commencement (exclude textbooks). Fees are valid for 2021 intake and assume that students complete the programme in one year.

How To Apply

The application process is not online as it is classified as non-standard.  Applicants should begin by completing and signing an application form available from:

To apply, please register an account at SIMConnect.

Our Standard Requirements

(a) a degree equivalent to a 2:1 or higher in the UK obtained in any subject from a university in Singapore or an equivalent qualification obtained from overseas; and

(b) a qualification equivalent to a pass grade in the GCE ‘A’ Level Mathematics in the UK obtained from Singapore or equivalent.

English Proficiency Requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each band); or
  • TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 88 (with no less than 20 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); or
  • Pre-sessional English course offered by SIM to fulfil the requirement of English; or
  • Equivalent. 

No exemptions will be granted. Applicants may be required to be interviewed.

International Requirements

The programme covers 6 taught modules (120 credits) and a written dissertation (60 credits).

Taught modules are delivered on a block teaching basis through classroom learning by Birmingham academics who teach the same module on the University’s home campus to ensure equivalent academic inputs to the Singapore programme.

A 20-credit module is equivalent to two weeks of lectures. One to two modules are expected to be delivered monthly. The modules are conducted intensively on weekdays, typically 6 hours per day on SIM’s campus. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required.

Most modules are examined by a combination of individual assignments, closed book examinations and group work normally undertaken during the teaching of the module.

There will be workshops, consultation sessions and assigned supervisors to guide students on dissertation.

Assessment Methods

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

Graduates may find themselves taking a major step towards developing an international or strategic focus within their careers. While some will accelerate their careers with existing employers, others can create potential for change. Major directions include jobs in business analysis and development, banking, management and strategy consulting, corporate finance and investment, human resource management and marketing.

We pride ourselves on our graduates’ high levels of employability. We will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you the competitive edge when it is time to start job hunting. The University of Birmingham has ranked in the top 5 Universities Targeted by the Largest Number of Top Employers in the UK for the past 5 years, according to the Graduate Market reports (2017-2022).

Many employers visit the Business School to run seminars for our students. In fact, companies such as IBM, HSBC, and Deloitte are just a few of the organisations who see these sessions as an opportunity to look for suitable candidates for internship programmes and graduate training schemes.

BBS Careers and Careers Network

As a Birmingham Business School student, you will benefit from two award-winning Careers teams.  

Careers Network is the University of Birmingham careers and employability team offering: career fairs, employer events with top firms across the UK, start-up and entrepreneurial activities, and support. Internships and bursaries are also available exclusively to University of Birmingham students.   

BBS Careers is a dedicated service for Birmingham Business School students. The team provides guidance, support, and work experience opportunities, tailored to business school students, to help you succeed during and after university. We offer workshops, alumni and employer events, and 1-to-1 consultations. These will help you to develop your skills and learn how to submit high-quality internship and graduate applications.  

BBS Careers is one of a few, if not the only business school career service to offer life-long support.  

We are here to support you! Whether you are applying for postgraduate end-of-study internship, a graduate job, or applying for a management role five years after graduation.  

Visit the BBS website for more details

Future Leaders Certificate

The postgraduate Future Leaders Certificate, run by the Birmingham Business School Careers team, is an extra-curricular programme which is designed to prepare our MSc students for the potential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This is intended to equip students with the skills they need to stand out and succeed within this increasingly competitive market. As part of this, students will be encouraged to increase their awareness of responsible business and ethical considerations.

Students selected for the Future Leaders Certificate will receive expert coaching, mentoring and industry insight, and work on a group project set by multi-national companies which place high importance on their social and corporate responsibility. 


SIM – Liaison with Employers

There are also career development opportunities At SIM. Singapore Institute of Management has a reputation for curriculum design which is relevant to industry manpower needs. “Learn today, apply tomorrow” is the philosophy. To achieve this, SIMUniversity forges linkages and partnerships with established organisations.  This, in conjunction with your degree from the University of Birmingham, represents a powerful and valuable combination.

Alumni Services

A package of benefits including social, leisure and sports discounts and continuous professional development opportunities is available to all Birmingham Business School Alumni.

To access the benefits, log into your alumni community. If you have not yet set up an account on your.bham, you can do so by registering on the site.

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