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Financial Management MSc

Course Description

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 will give students a broader, and deeper, range of the knowledge and skills required for the jobs than any of its kind currently available. Therefore, students who graduate from it will have an advantage over their competitors. The programme is also useful to students who want to acquire research training and skills for starting a PhD course.

Students will acquire critical knowledge of corporate finance and foreign exchange markets. They will also learn how to interpret and analyse financial statements, as well as how to use a wide range of financial modelling techniques to analyse data, conduct research and forecast variables.

Depending on the modules they choose in the second semester, students will also acquire critical knowledge of the literature on private equity and venture finance as well as the skills for valuing securities, managing risks, and managing treasury departments, among others.

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.

The overall aim of the programme is to produce financial management specialists who will have a competitive advantage when applying for jobs in the organisations mentioned above.

ACT University Partner

We have applied to the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) to become one of its select group of University Partners and hope to finalise the arrangements for this very soon. What we are aiming for is that students admitted to our MSc Financial Management programme in September this year who wish to become student members of the Association will be able to do so from October this year. We are also aiming to ensure that they will have the option to enjoy all the benefits of ACT student membership from that date onward and be able to take the examination(s) of the ACT in October 2015 (i.e. very soon after they finish the MSc programme), if they wish to do so.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Financial Management MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

(a) a 2:1 degree or postgraduate diploma obtained from a university in the UK, or equivalent, in any subject. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about our international entry requirements(b) a pass mark (or a pass grade) in any quantitative subject (such as econometrics, statistics, mathematics, physics, or any other relevant module) obtained on the bachelors degree programme referred to in (a) above, or any pass grade at GCE A-Level in mathematics, further mathematics, statistics or physics;

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