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Finance and Management (MSc)


Course Description

Course Description

The MSc in Finance and Management is a one-year full-time course designed both for graduates looking to develop their knowledge of finance and management before seeking a first professional role, and for individuals who already have work experience in the area of finance or management and are looking to move ahead in their career.

The course combines a solid grounding in finance and management principles with rigorous training in relevant tools and techniques and how to apply them in the workplace. It is taught by our team of faculty experts who have extensive industry experience and who regularly work with major global financial services organisations, multinationals and government agencies around the world.

Course overview

The Cranfield MSc in Finance and Management is a one-year course that starts in September each year. In terms one and two, you will study 10 core modules covering both finance and management subjects. In terms three and four, you will select four elective modules that will allow you to tailor the programme to suit your personal career plan, and complete a thesis.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5 overall and 6.5 in the writing component
TOEFL - 92 and a writing score 21
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Is this course for you?

The Cranfield MSc in Finance and Management postgraduate degree is distinctive in covering the principles, tools and techniques of both finance and management, as well as how to apply them in real work situations.

This one-year full-time course is delivered over four terms covering core modules, electives and an individual research project.

The course is designed for:
- Graduates with a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in finance and management before seeking their first professional role
- Professionals who already have work experience in the area of finance or management and are looking to take their career to the next level
- Business-like people who want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business and finance
- Ambitious individuals who are keen to develop themselves, enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities

Modules

In terms one and two, you will study 10 core modules covering both finance and management subjects. In terms three and four, you will select four elective modules that will allow you to tailor the programme to suit your personal career plan, and complete a thesis.

Core:
- Accounting
- Corporate Finance Transactions
- Economics for Financial Markets
- Financial Markets Regulation and Ethics
- Organisational Behaviour and Personal Development
- Research Methods in Finance
- Statistical Analysis for Finance
- Strategic Management
- Valuation and Financial Modelling
- International Corporate Finance

Elective:
- Advanced Corporate Finance
- Applied Financial Econometrics
- Corporate Restructuring
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Infrastructure Finance
- Managing International Mergers and Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Strategic Management Accounting and Control

Individual Project

You will undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis, enabling you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt during the course. Students will be helped to secure their research projects or they may secure their own company research projects or internships under the guidance of their supervisor.

During terms three and four of the course you will research, report and present on a subject that will be agreed between you and the course director. You will then be assigned a supervisor with expertise in your field of study who will work closely with you to provide expert guidance, advice and industry insights.

The process of writing your thesis will give you grounding in a number of transferable skills that you will be able to apply to future complex research challenges in the workplace. They include:

Principles of research
The research process
Problem formulation
Data collection
Data analysis
Report writing.

Assessment

Your progress throughout the course will be assessed through a combination of assignments, presentations, examinations and individual and group projects. This reinforces the emphasis we place on the application of learning and encourages you to find your own solutions to business issues.

Career opportunities

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

Services available to students include: interview skills workshops; career planning workshops; CV and cover letter workshops; searchable online CV service; job matching service; networking opportunities; on-campus company presentations; careers fair; sector events; individual career consultations.

98% of the class of 2011/12 were employed within three months of graduation and recruiting companies included Barclays Capital, Deloitte, Accenture, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking 2015 ranks Cranfield 1st in the world for careers and reports that the class of 2010 receive an average salary today of $85,640 (approx. £55,350).

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/msc-in-finance-and-management

Visit the Finance and Management (MSc) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Marco Marioni

I chose Cranfield because if its high rankings.
Life on campus is like a little universe of it own. The academics that taught me and the career service are fantastic. The Cranfield alumni network is very powerful and I am pleased to be part of it.
I did a consultancy project whilst studying with an external client which was great experience.

Marco Marioni, Danone Ltd (London), MSc Strategic Marketing, 2014, full-time

(Student Profile)

Allison Alassan

I chose Cranfield for its great reputation which has been formed by the many industry leaders who have studied or worked there. I believe that the knowledge I have acquired will be an invaluable asset to any organisation and be beneficial to my career.
The environment is next-to-none for studying and the lecturers are very experienced. For our group project we worked with a marketing consultancy in London on one of their real-life business problems. Connecting with business in this way brings learning to life.


Allison Alassan, Nigeria (MSc, Strategic Marketing, 2014, full-time)

(Student Profile)

Miss Yue Zhu

I studied full-time at Cranfield, which I chose because of its good reputation in the field of logistics and supply chain management.
I found its close relationships with industry gave me opportunity to work on real things which bring true value for my future career. The research environment is focused and mature.

Some of my experiences when I was at Cranfield were tough but introduced me to new items like popular topics in industry. I found the time constraints for assignments and projects brought challenges but helped me to improve my own processes to deal with tough times.
I learned how to solve complicated problems in a much more effective way. So, all in all, my course has helped me to be more positive when facing difficulties by teaching me how to get over them.

At the beginning of the year we did group assignments. Then, for my thesis project, I worked alone. My thesis project was sponsored by British American Tobacco (BAT) and focused on a procurement-related topic. The company was very supportive - both regarding my project and my career development. My professor at Cranfield also guided me with clear structure and direction. With their help, I reached outcomes I didn't expect I would be capable of when I first arrived.

Miss Yue Zhu, Business Navigator, Carlsberg Supply Company, UK

(MSc, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2014, full-time)


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Entry Requirements

A 1st or 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent bachelor’s degree; or a professional qualification (e.g. CIMA) plus 5 years’ relevant work experience, and exposure to quantitative subjects (mathematics, statistics, engineering, economics etc.) from previous studies or work experience.

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