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MSc Finance and Management

Course Description

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.

Visit the MSc Finance and Management page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Yilel Gong

2233.jpg Yilei wanted to study finance at a postgraduate level and discovered that Exeter is one the best places to do it.

“Like most Chinese students, I paid a lot of attention to the university rankings when I was looking around for where to study my Masters – and Exeter’s position in the top 10 for finance was an important factor. It’s one of the best business schools in the UK and studying this programme means I have had access to the most up-to-date financial know-how, from some of the country’s leading finance academics.

My background is not primarily Maths focused, but Exeter accepts students from a mix of backgrounds, so having an interest in studying finance at a higher level was sufficient for me to be accepted onto the programme.

I came to Exeter to study a one-year Masters but I’ve been fortunate enough to have the chance to study for two years, being one of the first students to be accepted onto the new double-award degree programme.
Having completed my studies at Exeter I am now continuing my postgraduate studies at the European Business School (EBS) in Germany. I feel very thankful for this opportunity and for the full scholarship, which has covered my tuition fees for this year. It means I’ll end up with not just one Masters qualification but two.
EBS has provided me with a unique experience to expand my knowledge in finance and other areas of business. We tackle current issues through case studies, which provides us with a real opportunity to link theory with practice.

The opportunity to live and study in Germany for a year has enabled me to grow both personally and professionally and the diversity of the student population makes for a excellent learning environment.

In addition, the career services centre here is great. Backed by the Coaching Team it provides each registered student a one-to-one personal coach who can offer careers advice. These coaches are often experienced managers in well-known companies, allowing me to broaden my personal network at the same time."

(Student Profile)

Xingyu Sun

“My main reason for choosing to study at the University of Exeter Business School was its growing reputation and global rankings. One of my undergraduate tutors also did his PhD at Exeter, which encouraged me to come here. On top of that, the excellent facilities and lovely campus made Exeter stand out over several other UK universities.

The Business School offers such a wide range of postgraduate programmes, particularly for me the possibility to study a combination of finance and management was a big draw. I love finance, but I also wanted to gain knowledge of management and marketing. This program offers me the chance to study modules such as Financial Management as well as Marketing Strategy and International Business. So instead of only dealing with data, I am pushed to think about real world problems through case studies and group work. I believe this is really helpful for future career experience.

I find both study and daily life here really enjoyable. The campus is really beautiful and students organise all sorts of activities that are easy for anyone to join in with. Personally, I have registered for the Exeter Award, which helps students to develop inter-personal and career-related skills. In terms of the facilities, I am really grateful that our library opens 24 hours a day. This allows me to access much-needed study materials at any time.

Business School staff are all really helpful, particularly my tutor Dr Tharyan Rajesh, who teaches me Financial Instruments, and my lecturer Dr Sotiris Lalaounis, who teaches my Marketing Strategy seminars. Dr Rajesh teaches finance with a clear structure and great patience. He explains new things in a way that students can easily understand. Dr Sotiris is so experienced in the marketing field, always full of ideas, and happy to help. In class, he interacts with students a lot, which I really like because it’s an efficient and fun way to learn and actually remember the material as well.

The support available to students is probably one of the best things about studying here. With all the available support for study-related matters, daily life and wellbeing, I don’t need to worry about anything. This allows me to make full use of my year here to study, enjoy myself and prepare for my career.”

(Student Profile)

Nguyen Ngoc Anh Truong

3937.jpg “There are many reasons why I wanted to study at the University of Exeter. As well as Exeter’s high rankings, I found that not many other universities provided the programme that I wanted to study, Finance and Management. I have a background in Finance and wanted to continue this but also develop my knowledge of Management to help my future career development. I was also very excited by the wide range of modules on offer and the flexibility of the course.

So far, I am really enjoying my lectures. They cover a lot of information but are delivered very clearly and are easy to understand, even though I am not a native English speaker. There are also often guest lectures, which are great as they provide us with different perspectives and in-depth information on specific industries and how theories work in the real world.

I am particularly impressed by my lecturer, Dr Lindsay Stringfellow, who teaches me Marketing Strategy, and delivers very engaging lectures, using real world examples. This module involves a group presentation with a real company, which helps to apply what we have learned to practical situations.

In my opinion, the best thing about studying at the Business School is the career support available. I have been making the most of all the employability events, skill sessions, psychometric testing and much more.

At Exeter, there are many societies and clubs including sports, music, cultures and charities. Taking part in societies makes my student life a lot more balanced as I can socialise, make new friends, relieve stress, improve my English and learn a lot about different people and cultures.

After graduation, I would like to work in an international company in the finance industry. My Masters degree will help me with this, not just because of the good reputation of the Business School, but also because it has given me the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, which is a skill that is highly desirable among employers.

If you are considering taking a Masters degree at the Business School, I would say go for it! If you want to enhance your employability and enjoy student life then Exeter is the right place for you. You will not only gain a degree but develop as a person. Everything is provided for you so all you need to do is just try your best and enjoy yourself.”

(Student Profile)

Xinbei Zhang

3951.jpg I knew the University of Exeter had been undergoing a great deal of development with scope to grow in the future and this really appealed to me when choosing where to study. I also really wanted to study in a location where I can maintain a good work/life balance and the city of Exeter has everything to offer within easy distance of the University.

Studying the MSc Finance and Management has encouraged me to push myself – the teaching style here is completely different to how it is abroad and the course is quite intensive. I didn’t come from a finance-related background but the lecturers have been hugely supportive, meaning I’ve been able to adapt quickly and feel confident in my studies. I’ve just applied to continue my studies with a PhD programme at Exeter.

The Business School encourages you to put what you’ve learned to practice in the real business world. It’s not just academic research but useful skills and knowledge that we can put to good use in a competitive business environment.

I’ve also found the career events at the Business School really helpful. There are often representatives from large multinational companies and small fast-growing business visiting the campus to offer advice on career options, not to mention guest speakers who are able to provide useful insights into key financial areas, such as capital budgeting, mergers and acquisition.

Before joining the Business School I only had a very general idea about finance and studying here has helped me to identify my key interests. I’ve really enjoyed learning about portfolio investment and fund management which will help me to narrow my options for a future career choice.

(Student Profile)

Alasgar Yusifli

3961.jpg As I had studied Management at undergraduate level, I started off at Exeter doing a pre-Masters year, to improve my English and gain some basic finance knowledge – before beginning on the full Masters a year later.

The Finance and Management MSc gives you a good grounding in all areas of finance. It is very practical in terms of the skills it teaches you. Financial Modelling, Investment Analysis, Investment Portfolio Game, and Entrepreneurship are some of the subjects I have liked the most.

As a Finance Manager, it is very important to have a good knowledge of every aspect of finance, and this Masters is excellent for that. It’s then up to you what direction you take things, for example if you want to study towards the CIMA, CFA or ACCA qualification next.

In terms of student experience, my two years at Exeter have been very different to anything I had experienced before in Azerbaijan. I have enjoyed talking to students from various nations, and developing friendships with them. Being in an international university is an experience I will never forget. The teachers are also extremely supportive and you can always go to speak with them during office hours if you have any questions or need extra support.

The campus is beautiful here – that’s one of the things I really love. I try to go for a walk around it at least twice a week with a friend. It’s so green and spacious, and we always find new places to explore and take lots of pictures.

As well as the excellent facilities and the fact the Exeter is a very safe city, I have appreciated what the employability team is doing for students. I have been to events to improve my CV, and to learn how to write a perfect cover letter. I have also attended presentations from various companies to find out about work opportunities. The presentation I went to with KPMG particularly appealed to me, and I have now applied for a job with them back in Azerbaijan. They’ve invited me for interview, and I am confident my education abroad will set me apart from other local graduates.

(Student Profile)

Tural Mammadov

3969.jpg I won a competitive scholarship to study here from the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, so this means I will go back to work with them for five years after I finish my studies here in the UK. My decision to come to the University of Exeter specifically was based on my discussions with an agent at a university exhibition in my home country. They explained that Exeter was very strong for Accounting and Finance, that the campus was very beautiful and that Exeter was a safe student city.

I have been here nearly two years now. I came initially to do the one-year INTO programme, which is a preparation course for the Masters in Finance and Management. We studied English language classes as well as the basics in Finance. Now I am nearing the end of my Masters, I am feeling sad the experience is nearly over. I have gained such a lot in the time I have been there, not just in relating to financial knowledge but in interpersonal skills as well. I have had the opportunity to work with students from many different backgrounds, and there is a strong emphasis on group work, so we have been able to share our ideas and different perspectives with one another. This, together with what I have learnt about international financial standards, and the qualifications I will gain, I think will put me in an excellent position for building my future career.

I have been very impressed by Exeter overall. It is a great city, the University is well regarded, both in the UK and the world rankings, and the quality of the teaching is excellent. What’s more, nearly all of my lecturers know my name and are more than happy to answer any extra questions I might have outside lectures.

I am now preparing to return to Azerbaijan to apply my knowledge and experience within my sponsor company. Studying a Masters in Finance and Management gives me the flexibility either to work within their finance department or to work in a management position. Either way I am looking forward to sharing what I have learnt at Exeter and taking my career forward.


Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An good Honours degree (equivalent to a UK 2:1) in Accounting, Finance, Management, or a related discipline from a recognised institution. View Website

Last Updated

02 August 2017

Course Fees

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