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MSc Financial Management

Course Description

Learn how to help organisations compete more successfully through better strategy and financial management, in the UK or internationally. This course has a real-world focus and your studies benefit from strong links to professional bodies such as the ACCA, CIMA and ACT.

We designed this course for the personal and professional development of graduates who want to work in accounting, strategy, finance and management fields. It is also suitable for other professionals wishing to fill the role of financial management in a private or government organisation.

Strategic financial management integrates the financial management function into business strategy and every other part of an organisations operation. Applying strategic financial management knowledge and skills improves an organisations effectiveness and efficiency. In today’s highly competitive business environment, both private and government organisations are increasingly putting more emphasis in this area to achieve their objectives.

The course emphasises business awareness, proactive and logical thinking, research and critical analysis to help managers make sound strategic financial decisions on a global scale. A distinctive course feature is its focus on present-day national and global developments in business strategy, management, accounting and finance.

By studying updated literature, worldwide events, case studies and companies’ financial accounts, you learn how real organisations operate and the strategies and decisions they implement. You complete in-depth research into various industries when producing presentations, coursework, assessments and dissertations. This real world focus provides immediate value to your present or potential employers.

Helping an organisation compete more successfully through better strategy and financial management can be a rewarding career, in the UK or internationally. The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

See website for further details: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-financial-management

Course structure

September start – typically 12 months
January start – typically 15 months but it can be completed in 12 months

Semester One – Postgraduate Certificate
-Methods of enquiry
-Understanding markets
-Financial risk management

Semester Two – Postgraduate Diploma
Core modules
-Corporate finance
-Corporate governance and ethics
-Strategic management accounting for performance enhancement
One from: advanced portfolio management, consultancy project 1, financial analysis, information system auditing, innovation in the digital enterprise, international treasury management*

*Successfully completing the international treasury management module gives you an additional professional qualification awarded by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). If you choose this module there is an ACT registration fee in addition to your course fees, which you are invoiced separately for.

The options available are subject to demand.

Semester Three - MSc
-Research methods

-Assignments, examinations, and dissertation.

Other admission requirements

-If you don’t have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience and other formal qualifications.
-Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English qualification.
-If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business-related masters degrees.

Visit the MSc Financial Management page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You normally need one of the following in a relevant subject: a good honours degree, a recognised postgraduate qualification, an equivalent recognised professional qualification. Relevant subjects include: accounting, banking, business management, business administration, economics, finance, financial services, global trade/business. See course description for further admission requirements.

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