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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. Read more
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.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

During two semesters you will gain a thorough grounding in the key aspects of finance and management. In summary, you will learn about:
-Strategic Financial Management
-International Financial Risk and Control
-Financial Investment Analysis
-Accounting with SAP R/3
-Management Theory and Practice
-Strategic Management
-Business Environment
-Research Methods

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.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The University is located on a compact campus near the centre of the busy city of Preston in the northwest of England. Preston is a major administrative and commercial centre which benefits from good road and rail links to the rest of the country.

Lancashire Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings offer a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Library and Learning Information Service (LIS) provides a library of books, journals, and other media as well as study facilities, including bookable rooms for group use. The LIS also provides access to electronic journals and electronic information services, via the University's PC network, while document delivery services make it possible to get hold of published texts which are not in our collections.

Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development, giving feedback on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing periodic evaluations of progress.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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 the School of Business and 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.
-Apply the latest thinking on financial and management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses
-Possess a thorough understanding of finance and investment coupled with management theory and practice, strategic management and the business environment
-Achieve the understanding and skills necessary to utilise world-leading SAP software within financial and management context and thereby enhancing your career prospects
-Develop the research skills necessary to tackle financial and business management problems and issues and the study skills required to successfully engage in postgraduate study.
-Undertake your own postgraduate research work into a topic within the field of finance and management that has interest and relevance to your future career.

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.

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Learn how to identify, interpret, organise and manipulate knowledge on finance and management relevant to the sustainable development and management of global organisations. Read more
Learn how to identify, interpret, organise and manipulate knowledge on finance and management relevant to the sustainable development and management of global organisations.

The MSc in Finance and Management integrates academic rigour and practical application. Industry practitioners contribute significantly to the development, delivery and curriculum. It is aimed at students pursuing a career in business, banking, financial institutions, regulatory bodies or government institutions. In particular, it provides an understanding of international finance within a management context, in theory and in practice.

The programme will provide you with a combination of the latest knowledge in corporate finance, financial markets, risk management and global business management as well as equip you with practical skills required in the job market to produce relevant financial analysis of corporate companies, financial institutions or other bodies where finance is an important activity both in the public and private sectors. You will acquire an appropriate range of management decision making tools, research skills, report writing, oral presentation as well as relevant personal and interpersonal skills to enable you to interact in the real world of finance and management.

A highlight of the programme is the participation of industry professionals. Guest lectures are delivered by experts from the City of London and senior-level decision makers from industry. Professor Moorad Choudry, convenor of the Bank Asset Liability module in 2016, and also Chief Executive of Habib Bank AG Zurich in the UK says, "It is exciting to see a Master's programme that has involved practitioner input as an important part of the early development stage. Having worked with Finance colleagues at KBS to create some core material, I am now looking forward to meeting the students and being part of the delivery team.”

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/742/finance-and-management

Modules

The course structure below provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:

CB8021 - Foundations of Finance (15 credits)
CB900 - Corporate Responsibility and Globalisation (15 credits)
CB9073 - Bank Asset-Liability Risk Management (15 credits)
CB9075 - International Financial Markets and Instruments (15 credits)
CB9078 - Research Methods and Skills (Finance) (15 credits)
CB935 - Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (15 credits)
CB936 - Business in an International Perspective (15 credits)
CB934 - Strategy (15 credits)
CB9074 - Credit Risk (15 credits)
CB8030 - Investments and Portfolio Management (15 credits)
CB859 - Managing the Multinational Enterprise (15 credits)
CB8015 - Financial Regulation and Financial Crises (15 credits)
CB8020 - Corporate Finance (15 credits)
CB9079 - Business Report in Finance (45 credits)

Assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June. Once these are completed, you work full time on the Business Report in Finance.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

- provide students with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in Finance and Management within both national and international contexts.

- provide awareness of up-to-date practices in key areas of both Finance and Management.

- provide knowledge, as well as to facilitate understanding, of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and responsible management.

- provide students with knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical research and the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theories.

- provide students with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models.

- provide preparation for and/or development of a career in Finance/Financial Management/ International Management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area.

- develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills.

- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.

- foster the enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society generally.

- develop students’ ability to develop independent self-directed research.

- bring the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with the financial management of global organisations.

Careers

Our finance programmes equip you with an impressive set of skills and specialist knowledge. In addition, inbuilt practical experience will help you succeed in a competitive job market.

This programme is ideal preparation for a career in business, banking, financial institutions, regulatory bodies or government bodies. You can also enter other industries with an invaluable blend of finance and management skills.

Careers in finance continue to provide exceptional earning potential in the UK (The very highest-paying job specialisms in the finance sector include structurer, trader, M&A and leveraged finance, 2 November 2015, CityA.M.).

Our students have an excellent record for employment. Recent graduates are now working in top global companies including AXA, BNP Paribas, FactSet, HSBC, PwC, Santander, Thomson Reuters, USB Investment Bank and Zurich Financial Services.

Professional recognition

KBS is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD), CIPD, CIM and the Association of Business Schools (ABS). In addition, KBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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This programme aims to take graduate students with only a limited knowledge of economics, management and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field. Read more
This programme aims to take graduate students with only a limited knowledge of economics, management and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field.

You will read and assess the current literature in the main fields of economics, management and finance and form independent, informed judgements about it. You will then plan and embark on a programme of independent research (under appropriate supervision), undertaking a thorough literature review in a prescribed topic area or analysing economic, management or financial data and relating the results to theory.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management aims to provide excellence in teaching and learning within a stimulating research environment.

Programme structure

Core units
-Economics for Finance and Management
-Finance and Accounting
-Management
-Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units - You will choose one option from each of the key subject areas of economics, finance and management and a fourth option from the entire range on offer. Optional units can vary from time to time but may include:

Economics options:
-Growth, Trade and Structural Change
-Industrial and Managerial Economics
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
-Introduction to Development Economics
-Law and Economics
-Personnel Economics

Finance and accounting options:
-Corporate Finance
-Financial Markets and Investment
-International Finance
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting

Management options:
-Electronic Commerce
-International Business
-Marketing Management
-Operations Management
-Project Management
-Strategic Management

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Dissertation
The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you choose your specific topic from one of these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you will be expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.

Careers

Some past students have gone on to more specialised studies, while others have progressed to employment, with the banking and accounting/consulting sectors being particular favourites.

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This Masters degree develops your understanding of advanced accounting by examining a range of contemporary finance and management topics, whilst also engaging you in research methods and the undertaking of a significant research exercise. Read more
This Masters degree develops your understanding of advanced accounting by examining a range of contemporary finance and management topics, whilst also engaging you in research methods and the undertaking of a significant research exercise. You will develop strategic and tactical management skills from an accounting and finance perspective and gain a good understanding of how accounting techniques and accountants can add value and contribute to the success of an organisation. The programme will also enhance your understanding of the changing role and perception of accounting and related areas within the context of changing global markets, competition and shifting societal values. The aim is to prepare you to face the challenges of managing and working in organisations with a wide array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions.

What will I study?

You will study a set of modules designed to broaden your knowledge and understanding of accounting, finance and management. The programme also requires you to complete a dissertation or consultancy exercise, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in leading-edge research.

Modules consider contemporary issues in financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, auditing and business strategy. You will also examine the methods and methodology of research in accounting which will prepare you for your preferred research project.

How will I study?

The programme will be delivered through a hybrid approach that makes use of group sessions and one-to-one meetings. The modules may be delivered weekly, in block sessions, or by other appropriate arrangements such as audio/video conferencing and online discussions as appropriate.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods will be used on this programme. The dissertation/consultancy challenge is predominately assessed by a 25,000-word written thesis. Other modules are assessed through essays and examinations.

Who will be teaching me?

This programme is taught by highly motivated and experienced academics who specialise in different areas of accounting, finance and management research. All members of the programme team are active researchers engaged with research projects at national and international level. Some seminars will be delivered by external guest speakers from academia and industry. You will also be invited to attend a series of research seminars organised by the department and have the opportunity to present your own work within a supportive and nurturing environment.

What are my career prospects?

The programme is closely aligned with the requirements of professional accounting bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

As such, successful completion of the programme will significantly enhance your CV and employment prospects in accounting, finance and management.

The skills and experience acquired through this programme also provide essential preparation for progressing onto higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD.

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The MSc in Finance and Management is designed for students who wish to follow a career in the investment management industry or as a financial officer within a commercial or public organisation. Read more

Overview

The MSc in Finance and Management is designed for students who wish to follow a career in the investment management industry or as a financial officer within a commercial or public organisation. The programme will help to develop students' skills and knowledge in the area of Finance and Management and help prepare them for their future careers.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/financeandmanagement/

Course Aims

The MSc in Finance and Management is designed to provide the systematic understanding of finance, financing and the modern organisation. It provides the analytical and technical skills in finance combined with the professional and management techniques of operational, strategic and financial management.

Successful students will gain:
- A systematic understanding of knowledge in finance and critical management thinking.
- A command of analytical techniques, computing and appropriate software in the relevant areas of finance and management.
- Increased confidence in the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of problems and their solutions.
- Improved employability through enhanced professional and practical skills.

- Course Destination Information:
The course provides students with career related skills and expertise. Typical career destinations may include employment in the investment management industry or as a financial officer within a commercial or public organisation.

Teaching & Assessment

Modules are taught in lectures, tutorials and computer laboratory classes. Practical use is made of standard software and data sources. Taught modules are usually assessed by a combination of unseen examination and coursework which may include essays, mini projects and tests. Guidance is provided on dissertation /project topics and each student will be assigned a supervisor.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.

Graduate Attributes

The Graduate Attributes Statement is designed to raise awareness of the attributes that will be developed whilst you are a student at Keele University. It explains each of the attributes in detail, tips on how to achieve them and how they relate to your chosen programme of study.

Employability Skills and Professional Training

In addition to the learning activities that are part of the MSc programme curriculum, students also benefit from collaboration with Bloomberg, London. Students take part in the Bloomberg Professional training event which is delivered by experts from Bloomberg. During this event, students are familiarised with the Bloomberg Professional platform and explore its uses, functionality and tools as used by finance professionals.

Students are able to use Bloomberg Professional service for their financial market research and also hands-on practice of applying professional analytical tools and functions. Bloomberg Professional is accessible from all terminals in KMS multifunctional IT suite.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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The MRes in Finance and Management degree at SOAS is unique in two respects. First, it combines a broad based training in quantitative and qualitative research methods used in financial and management studies. Read more
The MRes in Finance and Management degree at SOAS is unique in two respects. First, it combines a broad based training in quantitative and qualitative research methods used in financial and management studies. Secondly, due to the research background of academics at SOAS and their regional expertise, the qualitative and quantitative research methods introduced can be applied in the context of developing and emerging economies.

The programme is suitable for students with a background of BA or BSc level who wish to progress to undertake a PhD, but who do not already hold a Masters level qualification. It is also suitable for students who want to improve their qualitative and quantitative research methods skills, and for those whose Masters level degree did not contain significant research methods components.

In many cases, students will wish to join a PhD programme after successfully completing the MRes in Finance and Management.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/mres-in-finance-and-management/

Structure

The MRes in Finance and Management has two components:

1. Four core modules (2 units)

2. Dissertation of 20,000 words on an approved topic (2 units)

The 20,000-word dissertation is worth 50% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and select an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.

- Part-time Study

Part-time students are required to complete two of the core courses during their first year, then two core courses and the dissertation during their second year. Please see the programme specification below for further information.

Programme Specification

MRes in Finance and Management - Programme Specification (pdf; 219kb) - http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/mres-in-finance-and-management/file99358.pdf

Employment

The Department of Financial and Management Studies (DeFiMS) maintains close links with employers in the United Kingdom, and its focus regions. We expect that many of our graduates will move into higher education, research and development, manufacturing, banking, consulting, media, and other industries.

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. The faculty is the largest in the School in terms of student and staff numbers and consists of the departments of Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, as well as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, the Centre of Taiwan Studies and a number of department-specific centres. All five departments offer undergraduate programmes, and all but Finance and International Management offer joint undergraduate degrees which can be combined with other disciplines from across the School. Each department also offers a range of masters-level programmes with a regional or disciplinary specialism, as well as a postgraduate research programme. The range of course options and combinations is one of the most distinctive characteristics of studying at SOAS and all students are given the option of studying an Asian or African language, either as part of or on top of their degree.

Staff in the faculty come from all over the world and combine regional knowledge with disciplinary specialisms. Teaching draws heavily on academic staff’s individual research which allows the faculty to maintain a large portfolio of courses, often exploring cutting-edge issues. Many faculty members have played a significant part in public debates and policy-making in relation to Asia and Africa. Academics in the faculty are regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, DFID and other country-specific organisations and NGOs.

-Excellent student satisfaction for Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at SOAS, University of London has performed extremely well according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

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The MSc in Finance and Management is a one-year full-time course designed both for graduates looking to develop their knowledge of finance and management before seeking a first professional role, and for individuals who already have work experience in the area of finance or management and are looking to move ahead in their career. Read more
The MSc in Finance and Management is a one-year full-time course designed both for graduates looking to develop their knowledge of finance and management before seeking a first professional role, and for individuals who already have work experience in the area of finance or management and are looking to move ahead in their career.
The course combines a solid grounding in finance and management principles with rigorous training in relevant tools and techniques and how to apply them in the workplace. It is taught by our team of faculty experts who have extensive industry experience and who regularly work with major global financial services organisations, multinationals and government agencies around the world.

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This highly successful MSc programme us designed for students who want to put greater emphasis on finance, accounting and management topics in their graduate studies. Read more
This highly successful MSc programme us designed for students who want to put greater emphasis on finance, accounting and management topics in their graduate studies. The programme is academically rigorous and tailored to the needs of the current business environment.

In the first term you will develop key skills and a grounding in accounting, finance and management. This will prepare you for the more advanced units taught in the second term. The final part of the MSc is a dissertation. Throughout your studies you will learn and develop academic skills that will be relevant for future employment, such as analysis, synthesis and critical thinking.

Programme structure

Core units
-Finance and Accounting
-Financial Reporting
-Management
-Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units
One option is chosen from each of the key subject areas of accounting, finance and management, and a fourth option is taken from the whole range. Optional units can vary from year to year but may include:

(Group 1 options)
-Accounting Theory, Scandals and Standards
-Advanced Financial Reporting
-Auditing and Assurance Services
-Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
-Strategic Management Accounting

(Group 2 options)
-Advanced Financial Reporting
-Corporate Finance
-Financial Markets and Investment
-International Finance
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
-Law and Economics

(Group 3 options)
-Electronic Commerce
-Industrial and Managerial Economics
-International Business
-Marketing Management
-Operations Management
-Project Management
-Strategic Management

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Dissertation
The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you will be able to choose from a set of dissertation topics in these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you are expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.

Careers

Some students have gone on to more specialised studies, while others have progressed to employment, with the banking and accounting/consulting sectors being particular favourites.

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The MSc Finance and Management provides a good foundation in finance together with an overview of management functions within an organisation. Read more
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. You can select a short investment analysis project as one of the options. With the 12 month format you can will study the Investment Analysis Dissertation (45 credits) plus up to four optional modules.

In addition, intensive computing training covering Datastream, Thomson Reuters, and other financial databases and software systems, is incorporated into relevant modules.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

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/.

Programme structure

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/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows; Advanced Corporate Finance; Financial Instruments; Fundamentals of Financial Management; Investment Analysis; Strategy; Managing Operations; Marketing Strategy and Principles of International Business

Optional modules

Some recent examples are as follows; Banking and Financial Services; Derivatives Pricing; Domestic and International Portfolio Management; Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development; International Financial Management; International Financial Management; Investment Analysis; International Human Resource Management; Strategic Innovation Management; Topics in Financial Economics; Financial Modelling; Corporate Finance and Governance; Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganizations and Alternative Investments.

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How can we prevent another financial crisis? What do ethical finance and responsible management look like in practice?. If you’re looking for a career that combines management success and creativity with a deep understanding of the financial world, then our course is for you. Read more
How can we prevent another financial crisis? What do ethical finance and responsible management look like in practice?

If you’re looking for a career that combines management success and creativity with a deep understanding of the financial world, then our course is for you. We broaden your understanding of these two disciplines and prepare you to face the challenges of working in complex economic, social, political and cultural conditions. By developing a diverse range of financial and management skills, you can graduate as an extremely attractive candidate to employers in a range of financial organisations.

Topics include:
-Corporate finance
-Portfolio management
-The foundations of marketing
-Management principles

MSc Finance and Management is taught at Essex Business School, acclaimed for research expertise on workplace behaviour, management and finance. You join an internationally diverse school, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014).

This course is also available to study part-time and you may be able to apply for scholarships and discounts provided by the University of Essex. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam and IMC level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.

Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our lecturers have presented their work at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve.

Our team form one of the largest finance groups in the UK, with expertise across both academia and industry. Essex Finance Centre organise research seminars that Masters students are welcome to attend.

We have specialists from across the discipline who draw upon a range of social science theories and concepts to ensure this course reflects the breadth of contemporary issues in banking and finance affecting today’s organisations.

We are recognised for being at the forefront of research in:
-Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

Specialist facilities

Our zero carbon Essex Business School building is the first of its kind in the UK and provides superb learning and socialising facilities.

As well as a lush winter garden and sun terrace, which provide the building’s own micro-climate, you can enjoy our virtual trading floor with industry-standard Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, space for group working, and our Bonds café for meetings and socialising.

Our Essex Business School building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, providing potential networking and career opportunities for students with a host of innovative Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Your future

Take the next step towards becoming a business leader of the future with our MSc Finance and Management. We foster your creativity, innovation and ethical awareness so you can meet the challenges of today’s global business world.

A Masters degree from Essex Business School can form the basis of a successful career in financial analysis, management, public administration or accountancy and has inspired many students to go into business themselves.

Many of our recent graduates work for global organisations, including:
-Tata Steel
-Cisco Systems
-Government of Pakistan
-Yes Bank
-Jewim Pharmaceutical Inc

The University’s Employability and Careers Centre and our dedicated careers team will help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Corporate Finance
-Portfolio Management
-Dissertation (optional)
-Managing Across Cultures (optional)
-Foundations of Management and Marketing
-Management: Principles and Practices
-Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
-Exchange Rates and International Finance (optional)
-International Environment of Business (optional)

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Our MSc Finance and Management programme is designed to offer modern knowledge in the area of corporate finance and business management of companies by combining key finance-related modules as well as business management modules focused on project management and strategy. Read more
Our MSc Finance and Management programme is designed to offer modern knowledge in the area of corporate finance and business management of companies by combining key finance-related modules as well as business management modules focused on project management and strategy.

Our MSc in Finance and Management is suited to those who seek careers, as say financial analysts, in the finance functions of organizations and who intend to move into more managerial positions as their careers develop. The knowledge and skills gained from the course are relevant to working within any business – in small business where the ability to control finances is vital, or in large businesses and public sector organizations where an understanding of financial management and its wider role in the overall management of the organization is critical.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE & CONTENT

Semester 1

Competitive Strategy
Corporate Governance
Financial Analysis
PLUS one from either Corporate Finance or Capital Markets

Semester 2

Emerging Financial Markets
Project Management
Research Methods
PLUS one from: Comparative Financial Reporting; Project Finance, Accounting & Control; Research in Finance.

Students who successfully complete these taught courses go on over the summer months to undertake their disseration.

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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. Read more
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.

Core and elective modules

You will study:
-Islamic Banking and Finance
-Islamic Law and Financial Transactions
-Islamic Political Economy
-Islamic Accounting
-Organisational Behaviour
-Islamic Management
-Risk Management Issues in Islamic Finance
-Research Methods and Dissertation
-You will then choose one elective module. 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
-Strategic Marketing Management

Dissertation/Business Project

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.

Adding to your experience

International Opportunities
International Study Tour: 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.
International Conferences: 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.

Guest Speakers
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.

Learning and Teaching

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.

Academic Support:
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.

Learning Resource:
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.

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The MSc Finance and Management is designed to provide a systematic understanding of finance and the modern organisation. You will acquire analytical and technical skills combined with the professional and management techniques of operational, strategic and financial management. Read more
The MSc Finance and Management is designed to provide a systematic understanding of finance and the modern organisation.

You will acquire analytical and technical skills combined with the professional and management techniques of operational, strategic and financial management.

Graduates are typically employed in the investment management industry or in a finance role within a commercial or public organisation.

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Ideal for graduates with a degree in a business, economics or finance/accounting related discipline, this programme has been designed for those seeking to develop a financial management career in either the public or private sector. Read more
Ideal for graduates with a degree in a business, economics or finance/accounting related discipline, this programme has been designed for those seeking to develop a financial management career in either the public or private sector. You will have the opportunity to engage with current business issues through specialist input and the completion of independent study.
You will study topics relating to international finance processes and there will be an emphasis on assessing performance management, risk and management accounting.

You will study the following units:

Core Units

Corporate Finance and Strategy
This unit will develop your knowledge and skills in designing and implementing business strategy in the context of the external environment and internal capabilities. Key themes of the unit include:
■corporate strategic theories
■implementation issues/approaches
■external and internal environmental analysis
■financial risk management
■financial objective settings
■financial analysis techniques.

Governance, Risk and Management Control
(Description of this unit will be posted here in due course).

Investigating Business Practice
You will work on a live business problem, from the setting of objectives through to the production and presentation of recommendations for a business audience. This is an investigative unit that enables students to synthesise theoretical knowledge with practical application and supports the development of professional and employability skills.

Research Methods
This unit will help you develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level.

Dissertation
You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.

Option Units

You can select from a range of option units from across the Business School that will enable you to specialise in a particular subject area. Indicative option units that may be available include:
■Behavioural Economics and Financial Decision Making
■International Environment
■Public Relations Theory, Strategy and Planning
■Project Management Concepts and Practice
■Integrated Marketing Communications Planning and Control
■Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

You will be well placed to move into the finance function of both large and small organisations in the private and public sector. Alternatively you may prefer to seek work in financial analysis, securities and investments or commercial lending.

Special Features

You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters in central Manchester.
Teaching staff on this programme are highly experienced practitioners and active researchers in their fields. Read more about the staff from the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at: http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/departments/afe/
All graduates from the MSc International Finance and Management course will be eligible to sit the CIMA Gateway paper which will fast track them to the CIMA Strategic Level. The route requires you to sit a single three hour exam in either May or November each year. It assesses your knowledge of the material covered in the management level of the CIMA Professional Qualification. Once you have passed, you will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting and be granted examptions from all certificate, operational and management level exams in the CIMA Professional Qualification. Then by sitting three strategic level papers and TOPCIMA (and relevant work experience) it will lead to students becoming CIMA qualified accountants.
As a student of the AFE Department, you will have complementary access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
Use of the University's online learning portal (Moodle) to provide additional learning materials, links to library materials or other web sites of interest, communication and an aid to discussions.
You will have the opportunity to undertake short-term work experience as part of your studies through our Postgraduate Internship Scheme.
You will have the opportunity to visits local companies as part of the postgraduate business visits programme and have the opportunity to attend guest lectures.

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Our Finance and Management programme is designed to fast-track the careers of graduates from non-finance backgrounds who want to work in financial management for commercial and non-commercial organisations. The programme uses the expertise of our renowned research-active academics to develop your knowledge and analytical skills in finance-relevant fields, and to ensure that you will graduate with essential skills to apply in practical work environments.

You will develop an understanding of business and management by studying across a range of areas, including marketing, HR, accounting, strategic management and in particular, finance. Your financial knowledge and skills will be further developed within accounting and finance modules.

All of our modules combine contemporary case studies with skills-based coursework, ensuring that you will pursue a programme where content is up-to-date, relevant and geared towards helping you achieve your ambitions.

Core study areas include accounting and performance measurement, foundations of corporate finance, human resource management, marketing in the organisation, corporate and wholesale finance, international financial management, financial theory and policy, current issues in finance, financial derivatives, global strategic management, and skills for employability and personal development.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-management/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
Compulsory Modules
- Accounting and Performance Measurement
- Foundations of Corporate Finance
- Human Resource Management
- Marketing Management

Semester 2:
Compulsory Modules
- Business Analysis
- Corporate and Wholesale Finance
- Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
- Financial Theory and Policy

Optional Modules* (choose one)
- Business Economics
- Business Forecasting
- Enterprise Employability and Personal Development
- Enterprise Resource Planning
- International and Cross Cultural Management
- International Business Environment
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Services and Retail Management
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship

* The School reserves the right to vary the list of optional modules.

Summer:
- Current Issues in Finance
- Financial Derivatives
- Strategic Management

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments.

Careers and further study

Graduates are employed in a wide range of financial, management and accountancy roles.
Example destinations include:
- Bank of America - Operations Analyst;
- Deloitte - Business Analyst; EDF Tax - Tax Analyst;
- Global Visa - Immigration Clerk;
- HSBC - Bank Manager;
- JCB - Buyer; Samsung - Treasury Analyst.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-management/

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