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MSc in Management with Business Finance

Course Description


This Management with Business Finance Masters programme is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills in the areas of management with an emphasis on business finance. You will need some background in Economics and other quantitative subjects, from that base we will provide you with a general introduction to a range of management and finance topics and will give you a chance specialise in particular areas of financial management in the second term.

The Business Finance programme will provide you with knowledge and skills to undertake a range of management roles, particularly in the financial services industry, large public sector organisations or in consultancy.

Course Structure

Course Structure
Term 1
• Business Information Systems
• Advanced Financial Management
• Managerial Economics
• Introduction to Strategic Management

Term 2
• Operations and Project Management
• Qualitative Research Methods

Example Options
Choice of 2 from:
• Financial Markets and Investment
• Financial Strategy and Governance
• Social and Environmental Accounting
• Managing Public Finance
• Accounting and Risk

Term 3
• Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Brief Description of Module Aims

Business Information Systems
Aims for students to learn and engage with:
- the organisational and managerial foundations of information systems.
- the various types of information systems in organisations.
- real-world systems, focusing on their relationships to organisations, management, business processes, strategy and important ethical and social issues.

Advanced Financial Management
Students will acquire knowledge of:
- techniques of financial appraisal in a series of decision-making contexts.
- principles of financial management and reporting.
- company performance through the preparation and analysis of accounts.
- sources of finance and mechanisms for financial planning.

Managerial Economics
Aims to develop a critical understanding of:
- the markets and hierarchies perspectives of firms and industry organisation, including information costs, coordination and bounded rationality, moral hazard and incentives.
- the economics of intellectual property and trademarks, employments contracts and incentives, executive compensation, capital structure and the market for corporate control, economies of scale and scope and the resource-based view of the firm.

Introduction to Strategic Management
Familiarises students with:
- theories underlying approaches to strategy formulation and implementation in organisations.
- the application of theories through the practice of strategic management by using the various analytical and decision-making techniques to analyse case studies.

Operations and Project Management
Provides students with:
- an introduction to the role, objectives and activities of operations and project management.
- a portfolio of techniques and their selection and use.
- an ability to recommend a complete operational and project management strategy for a given business context.

Qualitative Research Methods
Aims to develop students’ critical understanding of:
- .key techniques of qualitative analysis.
- the merits and demerits of the respective approaches to qualitative and multi-method research.

Financial Markets and Investment
Equips students with:
- the tools necessary to make good investment decisions through understanding theory relevant to determining investment risk and return.
- a foundation for the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) syllabus.

Financial Strategy and Governance
Develops an understanding of:
- the nature of financial strategy in market economies.
- the main techniques used in formulating financial strategy.
- the financial reporting environment, regulatory and conceptual frameworks underlying financial decision making in firms.

Social and Environmental Accounting
This module considers the following:
- measuring and reporting on social and environmental performance.
- the Global Reporting Initiative.
- the origins and development of social and environmental accounting.

Managing Public Finance
This module examines:
- the theory, policy and practice relating to the management of public finances.
- the policies of a range of countries including global initiatives emanating from bodies such as the OECD, IMF and World Bank.

Accounting and Risk
The aim of this module is to develops a knowledge of:
- the nature of risk.
- the rise in risk and risk management.
- the relationship of risk to accounting, financial reporting and auditing.

Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
Covers the statistical ideas and theoretical principles underpinning data analysis.

Note: Course descriptions on these pages are indicative, and subject to possible change.

A World-class University Environment

The University of York holds top spots in national and international rankings:
- 1st in UK for best overall University experience according to a survey of international students studying at UK institutions (hotcoursesabroad.com).
- 8th in UK/45th worldwide for Research and Research Linkages in the EU ranking of Universities worldwide.
- 11th in The Times/Sunday Times University League Table 2014.
- Top 100 in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14.
The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK universities, which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Our aim is to develop intellectual, entrepreneurial and highly employable graduates in a world class university environment renowned for its friendly and inclusive atmosphere.
York is a beautiful location and one of Europe's finest cities, with world class cultural attractions. According to Tripadvisor, York is the 6th best destination in the UK. In addition, it is one of the three safest UK cities to study according to The Complete University Guide 2013 and it presents students with plenty of opportunities for leisure activities.

Visit the MSc in Management with Business Finance page on the University of York website for more details!

Student Profiles

The York Management School Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

There are a number of department scholarships worth £5,000 each, a sum subtracted from the total tuition fee payable to the university. In addition we offer a small number of travel bursaries of £1,500 each. The awards are open to Home, EU and Overseas applicants. All Master offer holders are invited to apply. For more information visit our website pages: • http://www.york.ac.uk/management/taught-masters/scholarships/• http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/taught/uk-eu-funding/

Value of Scholarship(s)



The awards are open to Home, EU and Overseas applicants.

Application Procedure

Please visit the website pages for more details

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent) in any of the following:• Finance or Accounting. Ideally there should be some modules in other management subjects• Management or Business Studies with substantial Finance, Accounting, and Economics component• Economics, with some modules in Finance and Accounting• Degree with substantial Management, Finance/Accounting or Economics component. Applications will also be considered from candidates with a good 2:2 (or equivalent) and at least two years relevant work experience.Applicants for whom English is not their first language should provide evidence of English language competence.

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