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This programme is ideal 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.

You will gain a solid foundation in finance, an overview of the management functions within an organisation, and an introduction into the main ideas and functions of international business and marketing.

You can choose from a full range of options in both finance and management, so it is possible to tailor your studies to match your career goals. You can study the programme in an intensive 9-month format, or over 12-months.

In addition, intensive computing training covering Datastream, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, BvD Orbis and Zephyr, and other financial databases and software systems including STATA and VBA, is incorporated into relevant modules.

The 9-month programme comprises five taught modules, four of which are compulsory modules and seven of which are selected from optional modules.

The 12-month programme gives you the option to study the Investment Analysis Dissertation (45 credits) plus five optional modules or the Management Dissertation (30 credits) with seven optional modules.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

Spend your first year at Exeter and a second year at another world class international institution, resulting in two Masters degrees and the opportunity to expand your knowledge even further. We offer three fantastic Double Degree options with:

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
  • EBS University of Business and Law in Germany
  • Fudan University School of Economics in China

The opportunity to study with Fudan is specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & Econometrics and MSc Financial Economics programmes. For more information on Double Degrees and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.

Programme structure

The 9 month variant of this programme is available for full-time study over three terms from September to June. The 12 month variant of this programme is available for full-time study from September to September. Both are University-based throughout this time.

During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list.


Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows:

  • Fundamentals of financial management
  • Investment analysis 1
  • Managing competitive strategy
  • Marketing strategy
  • Investment analysis dissertation (12-month programme)
  • Dissertation (Management) (12-month programme)

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 human resource management
  • Strategic innovation management
  • Topics in financial economics
  • Financial modelling
  • Corporate finance and governance
  • Mergers, management buyouts and other corporate reorganisations
  • Alternative Investments

Learning and teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.


The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.


Our Master’s programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.

An MSc in Finance & Management will enable you to develop the professional and financial and management skills and subject expertise to make you a valuable asset from day one of your career.

Read more on the programme pages.

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





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