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International Finance and Management (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc International Finance and Management programme provides you with a detailed understanding of modern business principles, techniques and contextual conditions, paying particular attention to international finance.

You will receive an introduction to contemporary business and management issues, as well as gaining an informed understanding of environmental and historical influences on business and management practice. This programme will enhance your ability to interpret data, compile reports of key findings and make recommendations to meet the needs of an organisation.

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.

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.

Visit the International Finance and Management (MSc) page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Frank Bachmann

688.jpg Frank graduated in MSc Finance & Business with Distinction and now works as an Assistant Management Accountant at Salford Primary Care Trust.

Why did you decide to study a postgraduate degree?
My main reasons were to improve my employability and gain valuable experience in a foreign country. I also wanted to make international friends and find out more about different cultures and mentalities

What most attracted you to this particular course?
For me, the possibility of doing a specialised masters degree in Finance was very attractive. In my first degree I developed an interest in financial matters and at MMU I could get further develop my skills in this field and study in much more detail.

What did your degree entail? Could you mention specific modules you took?
My degree included technical accounting subjects such as International Corporate Reporting or Accounting for Management Control, but also broader management areas such as Understanding Organization or International Business Environment.

Did you write a dissertation and if so, what was it on?
I wrote my dissertation about a management accounting topic. The research project was about implementation issues of the Balanced Scorecard in a supplying company. I conducted a placement and spent four weeks in Germany to raise primary data and write a case study.

What was the biggest challenge you have faced in studying for your postgraduate degree?
I think that the biggest challenge was to cope with large amounts of information and try to prioritise in order to separate the important from the less important. If you are doing a master’s degree, you will need to study topics in great depth and critically evaluate information from many different sources. I found this both challenging and interesting.

In what ways do you hope studying for your degree will help you with your career?
My degree has already helped me to find a job in one of the biggest organizations in the UK and I experience a lot of interest from employers and job agencies. It will also help me to get exempted from many exams of an accounting qualification such as CIMA or ACCA.

What advice would you give anyone thinking about taking a postgraduate degree?
From my experience, it is important to revise course material early and consistently. Working reasonably hard right from the start will make your studies a lot more interesting and rewarding.


Entry Requirements

You will normally have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in a business or economics subject area with some accounting or finance included. If you have a different background you may be admitted if you have an equivalent professional qualification or significant proven management experience in a relevant field. Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English Language proficiency to TEFL minimum score 575 (minimum 4.0 in written test) or IELTS minimum score 6.5.

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