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Financial Management MSc/PGDip

Course Description

The Master's (MSc) in Financial Management is designed for students from any background who are interested in moving into a career in finance. This programme in Financial Management combines the academic theory of finance with a strong practical perspective closely related to the world of finance, facilitating a sound understanding of finance and associated areas. Modules on the programme include: corporate finance, financial modelling, international financial markets, quantitative methodologies, and corporate governance and ethics. Financial Management graduates will also develop a sound understanding of the role and importance of accounting information in the financial management of complex organisations.

Key Features

A full conversion programme that may be completed in a single year
Does not require accounting, finance or any quantitative study to be completed at undergraduate level
All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)
A wide range of professional accreditations to accelerate your career depending on the optional modules you take
93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
Scholarships available for outstanding students
Swansea is 3rd in the UK for international ranked research outputs (REF 2014)

Modules on the Financial Management programme typically include:

• Principles of Finance
• Principles of Law for Accounting & Finance
• Corporate Finance
• Financial Modelling
• International Financial Markets
• Quantitative Methods
• Corporate Governance and Ethics
• Financial Modelling

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
Complete the Swansea Employability Award
Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Facilities and Support

The School of Management has heavily invested in upgraded facilities and support over the past years, including:

Expanded student social space: We provide a Junior Common Room (JCR) for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet, relax and socialise. We also provide several group work rooms with presentation facilities for students to come together on group projects and practice team working or presentation skills.


The MSc Financial Management has been awarded the following ACCA exemptions:

F1 - Accountant in Business

F2 - Management Accounting

F3 - Financial Accounting

This means that graduates of our MSc Financial Management will be exempt from three out of nine of the ACCA ‘Fundamentals’ examinations. This means that students graduating from this programme can now leave Swansea as part-qualified accountants and just have to sit the remaining eleven.

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Business Analyst, Bloomberg
Commercial Graduate, Tata
Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
IT Consultant, Cap Gemini
Management Consultant, Accenture
Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
Management Trainee, Shell UK
Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
Share Dealer, OSTC
Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Visit the Financial Management MSc/PGDip page on the Swansea University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the Financial Management programme is a 2.2 Honours degree or above in any subject. We consider all applications on their merits and will look at each individual case before making an offer so students who fall slightly short of the entry criteria should still apply to the School of Management. English language requirement IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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