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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Financial Services Management

Course Description

This course offers you an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s most dynamic growth sectors, with relevance to areas including property, transport, shipping insurance, credit cards, wealth management and home and commercial mortgages

Key benefits:

• A programme that equips you with the necessary theory and skills to work successfully in the rapidly expanding financial services industry
• Excellent career potential and the opportunity to take a Business Innovation Project, enhancing your practical skills and experience
• Choose to take a one to three-month Assessed Internship with an employer, supported by Salford Business School

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/financial-services-management

Course detail

The fast-paced subject of financial services management also offers significant opportunities in banking and finance as these arenas have recognised the need to re-think their strategies. The chance to develop long and profitable client and customer relationships is open to firms which are thinking and acting strategically, by embracing new approaches, working creatively and innovating to effectively manage costs and improve the understanding of individual customer’s needs.

This course will provide you with the appropriate advanced-level skills and knowledge you need to contribute to the growing and sophisticated international banking and finance industries.

Suitable for

This programme is ideal if you are looking to build a career in the banking, insurance or mortgage industries, or want to pursue one of many other opportunities that exist in this popular and diverse commercial sector. The financial services sector is the UK's largest employer with over one million people working across a variety of industries.

Why study this course?

On completion you will be able to place yourself favourably in a managerial or consulting role. You will be equipped with the skills and understanding necessary to effectively and efficiently perform tasks relevant to your organisation. You'll learn to develop your ability to work effectively in teams and independently, to evaluate critically, think creatively and communicate effectively with respect to issues in the industry; and to recognise good practice in the analysis, planning and management of international banking and finance products and services. You'll also develop an advanced level of understanding of research methods and their application to a wide range of international banking and finance problems.

Format and assessment

- Semester 1 -

• Accounting and Finance
• International Financial Management

- Semester 2 -

• Risk, Regulation and Compliance
• Marketing and Service Management

- Semester 3 -

- Business Innovation Project:

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

• Dissertation - traditional 3 month research pathway.
• Internship - 3 month group project activity researching a commercial project.
• Live Project – 3 month opportunity to develop your skills working in partnership with an organisation.
• Placement – 6 month paid work experience implementing a commercial project.

The course is delivered in four blocks of three-day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Career potential

This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

• Ernst & Young
• Dixons Group plc
• British Airways
• Cooperative Insurance Services
• American Express
• Citibank
• Ladbrokes
• Numberica
• Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Premier Travel Inn
• Thomson Holidays
• BT
• DTS Logistics
• Greater Manchester Police
• The NHS

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Financial Services Management page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Student Profiles

University of Salford - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of generous scholarships for high achieving students. We offer these awards because we believe that rewarding hard work and academic achievement is the right thing to do. Over the last two years we have awarded over £1.5 million in scholarships to international students so that they can concentrate on moving their careers forwards and not on their finances.From September 2012 we are making some changes to our scholarship scheme, but our principle of rewarding excellence remains the same and because of this we are not restricting the number of Vice Chancellor’s scholarships we award. This applies to both PG and UG awards.How much are the scholarships worth?
How much are the scholarships worth?
Vice Chancellor’s Undergraduate Excellence ScholarshipThis award is worth either £3000 or £5000 depending on the programme you enrol on.Vice Chancellor’s Postgraduate Excellence ScholarshipThis award is worth £4000 for the MBA, MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering and MSc Gas Engineering and Management programmes; and either £3000 or £2000 for all other programmes.Country discount schemeThis bursary is worth £1000 to students studying full-time postgraduate taught programmes from World Bank classified low/ low-medium income countries. A full list of countries that qualify is available here. These awards are made in addition to any other scholarship we offer. So if you are eligible for the Vice Chancellors Postgraduate scholarship of £3000, and are a national of one of the qualifying countries for this discount, you would receive £4000 in total.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Who will receive the awards?
All full-time international students (those paying international fees) are eligible to be considered for one of the Vice Chancellors awards based on their previous academic experience at undergraduate level – part-time students are eligible, but the award will be issued on a pro-rata basis. The awards are also available to self-sponsored students. The country discounts are available to nationals of qualifying countries only. There are separate awards for UK and EU students.to find out more go to http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/international/faqs/scholarships-faq

Application Procedure

We will assess your eligibility for a scholarship as soon as we receive your previous undergraduate records. There is no need to apply separately. We will let you know the amount (if any) you qualify for in your offer letter. You can apply online by visiting http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/international or email [email protected] or contact one of our in-country representatives.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management. A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

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