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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 (minimum good UK honours degree 2:2), this programme has been designed for those seeking to develop a financial management career in either the public or private sector.

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 have the opportunity to engage with current business issues through specialist input and the completion of independent study.

During your studies, you may have the opportunity to participate in:
-Industry visits to real companies
-Short term internships with local employers
-Live business projects for real clients

Features and benefits of the course

-You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.
-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.
-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 exemptions 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.

Postgraduate Internship Programme

Employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate relevant and practical work experience. All full-time Masters students at the Business School have the opportunity to undertake an optional, short-term internship with a real business in order to develop relevant experience relating to their studies.

The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit which allows you to gain up to twelve weeks of work experience in a business environment; putting your studies into practical application, at the same time as gaining practice credits, which are recorded on your degree qualification transcript. Internships can be part-time or full-time but must fit around your scheduled classes. A dedicated team are on hand to guide you through this process.

About the Course

Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.
Our research in business and law brings together a number of synergistic research centres and knowledge clusters and our doctoral school of PhD researchers who work with teaching staff on the design of the programme.

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

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in a business, economics or finance related subject.

Last Updated

27 July 2017

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