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Financial and Business Management MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Financial and Business Management MSc

This course is a combination of two highly successful courses run by the Business School – the Accounting and Finance MSc and the International Business Management MSc – both of which have established an international reputation for excellence. It is an intensive, thorough and challenging programme, designed to give students the theoretical and practical skills essential for managing today's businesses.

This course is suitable for both experienced corporate finance and financial management practitioners who want to add to their skills, and those looking for a career in the area.

The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.

We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.

There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.

As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

You will learn the computer and research skills employers demand for work in this highly competitive sector. The programme has a balanced approach, teaching you how to interpret and solve problems using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The course is taught by both Kingston Business School's academic staff and expert guest lecturers form the accounting, auditing and financial services sector.


We will assess you through assignments, case studies, formal examinations and your dissertation. All these tests are based on real-life practices, preparing you for your future career.

Course structure

The course is divided into two stages, with stage one made up of four core modules and one optional module, and stage two involving research towards your dissertation.

Stage one

September to December

You will start with an induction and personal development programme and then move on to studying theories, models and practice of management accounting and finance.

January to May

You will continue to study three of the 30 credit modules and add an optional module.

Stage two

June to September

You will work on a research project (dissertation) module. This allows you to study a topic of your choice in detail, carry out research and write a report on your findings with conclusions and practical advice for management. You will get one-to-one tuition and guidance, and can tailor your research to fit in with your career interests.

Carrying out this research in a financial or business environment means that you can build professional contacts and connections in the business world that will be useful when you graduate.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

Management Accounting
Financial Modelling and Research Methods
Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Accounting and Financial Management
Contemporary Business Strategy
Research Project

Option modules (choose one)

Islamic Banking and Insurance
Global Marketing

Information for international students

If you don't meet these entry requirements, our Pre-Masters programme can prepare you for the course (http://www.kingstonisc.com/pre-masters).

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Financial and Business Management MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from anyone with a good honours (or equivalent) in any relevant discipline. The most important requirement is a proven interest in the fields of finance and business management – and the willingness and determination to work hard to expand your knowledge and understanding of real-life business scenarios.If you do not have an honours degree you will need to provide evidence that you have satisfactory knowledge of relevant subjects. This could be an appropriate professional qualification, training, or work experience in a relevant field. Please contact the postgraduate admissions team to find out more.

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