The course aims to provide industry-ready professionals equipped with the skills needed for success in a variety of banking, finance, analysis, local government and regional development careers.
You will be taught critical knowledge for Economic and Financial Analyst careers, and have extended opportunities to develop highly valued skills using industry-standard software (Bloomberg and Stata) in your analysis of real data to answer your own research questions.
All this will be done in a challenging and thought provoking manner, which questions the traditional assumptions underlying many mainstream models of societies and economies to arrive at more useful perspectives.
Following this course, you would have the ability to assess a new financial product or innovation in terms of its likely success or failure, and its overall effect on the financial system.
The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits of units + 60 credit dissertation).
• You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus. Watch the video to find out more.
• As a student of the Accounting, Finance and Economics 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.
• Read our new economics blog at: http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/eomics
• There are opportunities to focus your assignments on your employment goals.
• You will have extensive access to real world data and academic journals.
• Our academic team includes internationally renowned economists and finance specialists
• Timetabled lectures and seminars are complemented by the guest lecture series run by the Accounting, Finance and Economics Society
• Adding value to your employability skills
Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activities that include:
Live business project
Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.
In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business.
Behind-the-scenes business visits
As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:
• Manchester United Football Club – museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations
• Robinson’s Brewery – tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker
• BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works.
• Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.
Professional development weeks
The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.
Expert guest lectures
A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students.
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