At the heart of every nation’s economy, finance offers a world of interesting, challenging and highly lucrative careers. This makes competition for jobs intense, especially in financial management. Our MSc is designed for graduates with a quantitative background who have limited knowledge of accounting, economics or finance. It provides the knowledge and skills you need to work in the finance sector as well as those that can give you a significant edge in this competitive global sector.
The finance sector is at the heart of the economy of every nation. The jobs there are interesting, challenging and highly lucrative. However, competition for the jobs is often very intense, especially in the area of financial management. This programme equips students with a broader, deeper, range of the knowledge and skills required for the jobs than any of its kind currently available - a valuable competitive advantage.
Students graduating from this programme will gain:
These knowledge and skills are in high demand in banks, insurance companies, stock broking firms and other industries in the finance sector. They are also in high demand in the treasury departments of many local and multinational companies.
ACT Accredited University
Birmingham Business School, at the University of Birmingham, has been named as an ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY for the professional qualifications awarded by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). All students graduating from the MSc Financial Management programme will, in addition to their degree qualification, be able to gain the ACT’s professional qualifications – the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals and Certificate in Treasury - if they meet the required criteria either through exemption or further study. ACT qualifications are recognised as the global standard for treasury and are an indicator that those holding them are qualified to work in treasury roles in both local and multinational organisations.
Birmingham Business School is one of the very few universities that have been selected and granted the status of ACT ACCREDITED UNIVERSITIES under their new qualifications programme.
To learn more about this unique opportunity at Birmingham Business School, please contact [email protected] or telephone: +44 (0)121 414 8626.
Students will take four modules in the first semester and another five modules in the second semester. In addition, they will have a series of seminars on research methods and techniques in accounting and finance in semester two and each student will write a dissertation during the summer period under the supervision of an academic member of staff.
A variety of methods will be used to deliver the programme, including lectures, seminars and classes. Typically, the contact hours for each module on the programme will be approximately 3 per week, for 10 weeks, making a total of 30. Students are expected to complement that with 70 hours of independent study for each module over the 10 week period to read further on the topics and issues that are covered in the lectures, seminars and classes.
The main method of assessment that we use is a 2-hour or 3-hour examination. However, we also use a variety of other methods of assessment, such as class tests, individual assignment, group assignment, presentations, a dissertation, etc. Marks obtained in taught modules will contribute two thirds (i.e. 120 credits) of all the marks that will be used to determine the class of the degree that will be awarded to each student at the end of their programme. The dissertation written by each student will have a weight of 60 credits and contribute the remaining one third.
The contents of our programme reflect many of the topics in the syllabuses for the examinations for the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals and the syllabuses for the examinations for Unit 1 (The Context of Treasury), Unit 3 (Corporate Finance), Unit 4 (Ethics, Governance and Regulation in Treasury) and Unit 5 (Risk Analysis and Management) for the Certificate in Treasury of the ACT. Students who graduate from our programme will also find the knowledge and skills that they get from the programme very useful in preparing for the examinations for the Diploma in Treasury Management of the ACT, if they take the relevant modules.
ACT is the world’s only chartered body for the treasury profession and qualifies finance professionals working in a broad range of roles in non-financial corporates as well as in banks and other financial institutions.
For further information about the ACT and the syllabuses for the examinations for the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals, Certificate in Treasury and the Diploma in Treasury Management,, please visit ACT qualifications.
Careers in Business
Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.