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MSc Financial Management

Start date
September
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees
For 2023/24:
£17,010 (Home)
£28,890 (International)
Attractive scholarships are available

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.

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 MSc Financial Management at Birmingham?

  • 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.
  • 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. You will gain knowledge of real-world investment challenges with an emphasis on ethical and sustainable business practices.
  • You can choose a pathway with MSc Financial Management to achieve two ACT professional qualifications. By choosing the specific optional modules and completing the requirements, you will receive the Certificate in Treasury (CertT) and the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals (CertTF), as well as your degree.

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

Discover our unique scholarship offers

Students walking on University campusAt Birmingham Business School we offer a wide variety of scholarships for our new MSc students in 2023.

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 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

Modules

Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2023.

Core modules

The following modules must be taken. All modules are worth 20 credits, with the exception of your Dissertation, which is worth 60 credits:

Optional modules

Choose two modules (20 credits each) 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 programme fees and information on further costs please visit our Fees and Financing page.

Find out more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Taught Scholarships in Birmingham Business School

We have a number of scholarships available for students joining us in September 2023 on our 12-month MSc programmes. Full details regarding eligibility and application can be found on our Business School scholarships page.

Other sources of funding may be available. Explore our Scholarship and funding database.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

UK and EU students (with settled or pre-settled status) 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).

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

1 July 2023 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 2023 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 31 August 2023.

Our staged 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

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.

Find out more about entry requirements

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 that 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

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.

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 will leave Birmingham perfectly placed to take up key financial management roles in a variety of organisations, throughout all sectors of business, industry and commerce. Some may begin their training in firms of chartered or certified accountants, whilst others may work within charities, health authorities, local government, banks, media, manufacturing industries and IT companies. 

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. 

Top jobs in financial management include: 

  • Audit Graduate Trainee
  • Financial Operations Analyst
  • Corporate Banking Analyst
  • Valuations Manager
  • Trader
  • Financial Account Manager
  • Senior Credit Risk Analyst
  • Investment Manager
  • Tax Professional
  • Senior Associate
  • Assistant Director Credit Risk

Excellent career prospects

Our students have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, working with employers such as Mazars, BDO, Kroll, Accenture, Evelyn Partners, VISTRA, OSB Group, Rockaway Blockchain Fund, HM Revenue & Customs, PwC, Moody’s Analytics and a whole host of smaller companies and public sector organisations.

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 Highfliers.co.uk 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. 

 

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