MSc Financial Management

Start date
September
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees
For 2021/22:
£17,100 (Home)
£27,000 (International)
Funding opportunities are available

Be part of the next generation of global and ethical financial management graduates. Our MSc Financial Management programme provides the knowledge and skills that will give you a significant edge in this competitive finance sector.

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 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.  This programme will give such university graduates the knowledge, skills and qualification(s) that they need to work in the industries.

Discover our unique scholarship offers

Students walking on University campusAt Birmingham Business School we are offering a wide variety of scholarships for our new MSc students in 2021.

These awards are available to both UK and international applicants and range in value from partial to full tuition fee support, as well as awards of up to £10,000 for our alumni.

Find out more about our scholarship offers

Dubai Campus

Study at the University of Birmingham Dubai campus

Places are also available on the MSc Financial Management degree at our new campus in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). Our leading academic staff teach to the same standards as our UK based programmes and you will graduate with the same MSc degree from the University of Birmingham; a qualification that is internationally respected and recognised. Dubai is a rapidly developing, cosmopolitan city that offers an exciting experience and a world of opportunity to students. 

Study MSc Financial Management in Dubai

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Modules

Core modules

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Financial Modelling Techniques
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
  • Ethics, Governance and Regulation in Treasury
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose two modules from the following:

  • Alternative Finance (Including Islamic Finance)
  • International Financial Management
  • International Treasury Management
  • Risk Analysis and Management

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

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

Postgraduate Taught Scholarships in Birmingham Business School

We have a number of scholarships available for students joining us in September 2021 on our 12-month MSc programmes. Full details are available on our scholarships page.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government;  find out more about finance for international students.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

Please note that the loan amounts listed below are for 2020 entry. Up to date loan amounts will be published here in due course, as they are made available.

UK students looking to pursue a Masters programme in the UK can apply for a non-means-tested loan from the British government via the Student Loans Company (SLC).  You can get up to:

  • £11,222 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020
  • £10,906 if your course started between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020
  • £10,609 if your course started between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019

The amount you’ll get is not based on you or your family’s income. The loan is paid directly to you. You can use it for your course fees and living costs. If your course lasts for more than a year, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

Detailed criteria and information regarding the application can be found on our  postgraduate funding page

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

How To Apply

Applications to this programme will be closed to China-domiciled applicants after 15 December 2020. We are not able to consider applications for 2021 made after this date.

1 July 2021 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2021 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2021.

Our selected admissions process

A staged admissions process is in place for this programme. This means that when you apply, your application will be considered with all others that have been submitted before the deadline. Therefore you might not hear from us with a decision on your application until a few weeks after the deadline has been reached. This enables us to ensure that all applications are considered fairly and equally. When you apply please ensure that you submit all of your supporting documents including an English language proficiency certificate (if English is not your first language) if you have one.

Further information and application deadlines

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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Our Standard Requirements

A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. You must have obtained good grades in mathematical related modules at undergraduate level.

GCE A-Level grade D or better or overseas equivalent in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics or Statistics can be considered for meeting the mathematical module requirement. If you would like A-Level (or equivalent) qualifications 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.

International Requirements



International Students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band).


IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 76 with no less than 67 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced or Proficiency – minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component

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.

English Presessional Programmes 

If you’re looking to improve your knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for studying at Birmingham, our pre-sessional English courses are for you. If you have a conditional offer, you can take one of these courses as an alternative to retaking IELTS or other similar qualifications. Find out more 

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.

A high-class learning environment

Students outside the Alan Walters BuildingAs a postgraduate student, you will have access to our award-winning £10 million postgraduate teaching space, the Alan Walters Building. This will provide you with access to facilities of the highest quality, including a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, dedicated computer clusters and seminar rooms as well as communal areas for studying and group work, which look out over the University's ambitious Green Heart development, which was completed in 2019.

Take a virtual tour of the Alan Walters Building

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.

Strong Industry links

Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK for financial companies, and our proximity to London, the global financial capital, and ever-growing relationship with key employers in the financial sector, will provide you with the opportunity to meet and network with leading global organisations. As a graduate of the Financial Management MSc, you will benefit from a wide range of career options, ranging from careers in investment institutions, banks, insurance companies, pension funds, government institutions, consultancy etc.

Excellent career prospects

Our students 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 smaller companies and public sector organisations.

Future Leaders Certificate

The postgraduate Future Leaders Certificate, run by the Business School’s Careers in Business 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.

The Certificate culminates in our Gold Award, where students 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. 

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.

Visit the Careers in Business website

Learn more about the service that our Careers in Business team can provide.

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 Network 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 Careers Network

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

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