Our MSc in Finance and Management is an intensive postgraduate course which aims to fuse knowledge and empirical skills from the complementary areas of finance and management.
Studying postgraduate Finance and Management you will develop an in-depth understanding of finance and investment, coupled with management theory and practice strategic management and the business environment. Much of our teaching has significant relevance to the broader business industry.
During two semesters you will gain a thorough grounding in the key aspects of finance and management. In summary, you will learn about:
Finally, during semesters two and three, you have the opportunity to complete a Masters dissertation which will involve you in planning and implementing a research study on an approved topic within the area of finance and management. This provides an ideal opportunity to personalise your study programme reflecting your own interests and career aspirations. There is an alternative MSc programme in the finance area with a different specialisation MSc Finance and Investment. This programme provides a common core of underlying financial knowledge and skills but also elements that are subject-specific according to the programme. Alternatively for those interested in management, there are a range of postgraduate programmes in this area offered by Lancashire Business School.
The course will allow you to apply latest thinking on financial and management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses and to develop the research skills necessary to tackle financial and business management problems and issues. Employability is central to the delivery of the MSc in Finance and Management and you will gain an understanding of the skills required to utilise world-leading SAP software within financial and management context and thereby enhancing your career prospects.
The course is delivered by the Division of Accounting and Finance at Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise, students will benefit from wide range of facilities aiding their learning and training including our dedicated SAP accounting computer lab and state of the art specialised trading information system terminal.
The MSc Finance and Management programme aims to provide you with a rigorous and challenging postgraduate education experience leading to the award of a Masters degree.
This intensive 12-month programme offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will contribute to your development into an effective professional or manager working in finance and management context.
The programme reflects the University's commitment to active education and involves you in a challenging and participative range of learning processes from day one. With a busy induction involving you in meeting with the staff team and your fellow students, exploring the learning resources available to you in the University and engaging in social activities, the programme expects you to discuss and debate the key issues, both in the subject itself and in the world of business itself. There will be many opportunities to examine what is actually happening in the business world around you as you progress through the programme.
Ranked as a top 10 UK Master’s in Finance by the Financial Times (2017), the Finance and Management MSc provides solid grounding in finance and management principles, rigorous training in relevant tools and techniques, and demonstrates how to apply them practically in the global workplace.
More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.
Our Finance and Management MSc is distinctive in covering the principles, tools and techniques of both finance and management, as well as how to apply them in real work situations. You will gain an in-depth understanding of financial and management accounting, economics, international financial markets, statistical analysis, financial modelling and corporate financial management.
The programme of study is distinct and unique in the way that it provides a link between the School and the business community. You will be taught by faculty with experience of the real world of finance and business, together with practitioners from different areas of finance.
Modules focus on real-world challenges, and include a combination of case studies, participative exercises, interactive lectures and group projects. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and get ready to face the professional world, through attendance at regular seminars and speeches.
Our classes are small and each academic tutor has no more than five students in any one cohort, ensuring close contact continuous interaction.
Studying this course will enable you to work in a range of financial roles across a variety of organisations worldwide. With students and academics from over 50 countries, the Finance and Management MSc is truly international. High standard content and fruitful discussions about its application within different cultures and geographical areas prepares you for working in every part of our increasingly globalised world.
An external advisory panel informs the design and development of the course, and comprises senior finance practitioners, reinforcing its relevance to the modern financial world. Our faculty are also supported by a team of international visiting industry speakers and professors who bring the latest thinking and best practice into the classroom.
The course content covers much of the syllabus of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification, giving you the opportunity to work towards an additional professional qualification while you are studying with us through the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. If you choose this option, you will receive revision support from our faculty ahead of sitting the first examination in term three of your course. You can then sit parts two and three of the qualification after completing your course. More information about the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program and associated CFA Program Awareness Scholarships can be found on the CFA website.
The course comprises 10 core modules and four elective modules. This enables you to tailor the programme of study to suit your personal career plan. Throughout the course you will have access to a highly effective infrastructure including Bloomberg live financial news and data, DataStream, FAME and EBSCO, and use real-world, international case studies to support your learning. The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis.
You will undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis, enabling you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt during the course. This provides the opportunity to work in an original way, and may involve undertaking a research project for one of our industrial partners on a real-world challenge.
Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%
95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.
The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.
During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.
Cranfield graduates are highly valued in the job market and aim for careers in investment banking, financial services or the financial function of a diverse range of global corporations. Our Finance and Management MSc graduates have secured jobs with organisations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Barclays Investment Bank, Bloomberg, Bank Indonesia, Lloyds Banking Group, Credit Agricole, Diageo, Ernst & Young, Thomson Reuters, Toyota, UBS and Morgan Stanley. Their roles have included Data Analyst, Financial Planner, Consultant, Private Equity Analyst and Financial Risk Manager.
*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).
The MSc Finance and Management provides a good foundation in finance together with an overview of management functions within an organisation. It is an ideal qualification for anyone wanting to start or progress their career in the finance function of an organisation and then move into general management later. It is relevant to working in small businesses where the ability to control finances is essential, within the finance function of large business organisations, and also in public sector organisations.
The programme offers a choice of the full range of options in both finance and management, so it is possible to tailor this programme to match your career goals.
You can study the programme in an intensive nine-month format, or over 12 months. With both formats you will gain a firm foundation in financial management, investment decisions and research skills in finance, as well as an introduction to the main ideas and functions of international business and marketing. If studying over nine months you will then study corporate finance, strategy, plus four additional options in the second term. With the 12 month format you can study the Investment Analysis Dissertation (45 credits) plus three optional modules or the Management Dissertation (30 credits) with five optional modules.
In addition, intensive computing training covering Datastream, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, BvD Orbis and Zephyr and other financial databases and software systems including STATA and VBA, is incorporated into relevant modules.
The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.
During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation in the 12 month variant) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .
Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows;
Some recent examples are as follows;
The Masters in Finance and Management is a one-year taught course run by the School of Management.
The taught elements of the programmes are delivered using a range of methods including lectures, small group tutorials, workshops and seminars. The average lecture size is 30 students, however, in some cases there will be seminars of 15 to 18 students or larger lectures with up to 100 students, which would normally be augmented by small-group tutorials.
Assessment comprises a combination of coursework and examinations. From June to August, students undertake a research project culminating in a written dissertation of 15,000 words. You will attend a weekly series of lectures and workshops focusing on research methods and other topics to help prepare you for the dissertation.
Typically, each module consists of three to five contact hours per week including lectures, seminars and tutorials. Assessment is either entirely by coursework or through a combination of coursework (50%) and a two-hour end-of-semester examination (50%).
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.
This one-year full-time programme is designed to provide rigorous training at the frontier of research, giving you the opportunity to develop the advanced analytical and technical skills that are highly sought after by global employers.
The first of its kind at a global level, MSc Islamic Finance and Management is a cross-disciplinary specialised programme, aiming to provide management-related knowledge and skills to students who, at the same time, specialise in Islamic Finance. This programme requires less quantitative material, knowledge and skills then MSc Islamic Finance.
The programme consists of a set of core and elective modules, culminating in a practice-based business project or a research-based dissertation.
You will study:
You will then choose one elective modules. The list of modules may vary from year to year, but has typically included Decision Making and Business Modelling, Financial Management, Global Business, Islamic Capital Markets, and Strategic Marketing Management.
In the third term, you will complete a 12,000 word dissertation which could be a specific project with an organisation. Supervised by a faculty member with relevant experience, you will investigate in greater detail a subject that you have already studied as part of your programme. A major piece of independent work, the dissertation will enable you to exercise critical judgement and illustrate how economic analysis has relevance to financial decision taking.
We organise an optional International Study Tour to a European destination, typically Switzerland. This intensive programme takes place over several days, normally in March/April, and offers you a great opportunity to get an ‘inside perspective’ on international business, and to network with key staff within organisations.
We organise and sponsor international conferences on Islamic economics and finance in collaboration with other leading global academic institutions such as the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank; International Shari’ah Research Academy (ISRA), Malaysia; and Kyoto University, Japan.
As part of your programme, you have the opportunity to enjoy presentations by academics and practitioners within your chosen area of interest. Past speakers have included leading academics and professional financiers and bankers, providing an ideal opportunity to gain practical knowledge and progressive insight in Islamic finance related areas.
The programme is mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures and seminars. Lectures provide key contents of a particular topic. Occasionally lectures might be delivered by guest speakers who are internationally recognised academic experts or practitioners in their field. Students can also attend the Durham Speaker Series including Islamic Finance Programme’s specialised seminars, providing the opportunity to network with senior business leaders, academics, staff and alumni.
Seminars provide the opportunity for smaller groups of students to solve problems and discuss and debate issues based on knowledge gained through lectures and independent study outside the programme’s formal contact hours. These help students to articulate the knowledge they have developed in the lectures and independent study time.
Students study 7 core modules, and select 1 elective module to study, which enables them to undertake more in-depth study of particular topics. This is followed by a 12,000 word dissertation to allow students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. They are supported in writing their dissertation through the study of research methods, and attending individual meetings with an allocated supervisor, who monitors their progress and provides advice.
Throughout the year, students may have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, which includes conferences and seminars organised within the programme and also professional conferences organised within the industry. Durham Islamic Finance Summer School in August should also be considered as an extremely valuable opportunity to develop practical knowledge and for networking purpose. They also have the opportunity to attend an International Study Week at an overseas location at the end of Term 2, which gives students the opportunity to learn about the business, economy and culture of another country, gain an ‘insider perspective’ on international businesses and network with key business staff.
Outside of timetabled contact hours, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study in preparation for teaching sessions, assignments and other forms of assessment including exams, and general background reading to broaden their subject knowledge. All students have an Academic Adviser who is able to provide general advice on academic matters. Teaching staff are also available to provide additional support on a one-to-one basis via weekly consultation hours.
Students also have access to the facilities available at Mill Hill Lane including dedicated postgraduate working spaces, an onsite library and IT helpdesk.