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Master of Business Administration (Finance)

Course Description

This MBA (Finance) has been designed for those ready to make the leap into management roles from an existing job and those who are aspiring to become managers. Applicants are welcomed from any discipline and from a wide range of job roles. Many entrants to an MBA have a science or technology qualification so it is not necessary that you have studied business or management before.


Making decisions in organisations requires that you consider a broad range of issues. These include human and financial resources, customers and the business environment.

As such, this MBA will help you to gain a broader understanding of business by exposing you to its various aspects and demonstrating how it all fits together. Importantly, we take a strategic perspective on business and management and help you to develop the skills to contribute to major decisions made by organisations about their future.

This course will additionally have a focus on the finance function and consider ways in which these resources can be managed to support business development, particularly internationally.

The MBA is not though simply an academic course. Organisations will present real-life problems for you to resolve and there is a requirement that you have a short placement with a company towards the end of the programme. At Edge Hill Business School you will not simply learn about management - you will practice it.


The MBA is designed to allow you to develop an understanding of key aspects of business and management. You will study topics related to accounting and finance, human resource management, marketing, and operations. By the end of these modules you will have an understanding of these critical aspects of business. Those who major in Finance will also study International Finance.

Teaching is set in an international context with examples and illustrations drawn from the global economy. Throughout we will also take a strategic focus, concentrating on the major decisions that organisations have to make to determine their overall direction. Finally, you will be exposed to a range of contemporary issues that are of interest to all managers. These will include such things as globalisation, ethics and social responsibility.

At the end of the taught element you can undertake a work placement. This will require you to undertake a project on behalf of the host company and produce a report with your findings.


As well as preparing for and attending lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, you will spend time reading and completing coursework, including written assignments, portfolios and presentations.

Working with business is a strong theme of the programme. The workplace will be brought into your study and you will also have the opportunity to go out into the workplace. Learning from your colleagues is an important part of the course and many exercises will require you to work in teams.


The course provides a placement opportunity after the second semester. This is an unpaid period of time spent with an employer, either singly or in a group, where you will undertake a project of strategic value to that organisation. On completion of the project you will write-up the work as the final piece of assessment undertaken on the programme. This is a vital part of the MBA. It allows you to demonstrate what you have gained from your study and allows you to show some UK work experience on your CV when applying for jobs.


All our staff are passionate about student learning and development. The MBA is delivered by specialists in accountancy, marketing, human resource management, e-commerce and small and medium sized enterprises. The team includes active researchers who publish in academic journals, as well as academically and professionally qualified staff. All team members are people with an energy and enthusiasm for their subject area.


Throughout the programme, there is a combination of different forms of assessment to test intellectual development, vocational capability, and critical thinking. Coursework often involves both individual and group-based working and utilises case studies and problem solving exercises. Examinations take a variety of forms, with both seen and unseen questions.


An MBA helps to equip you for a range of career opportunities in both general management and specialist functions. Typical MBA careers include accountancy, administration, banking, education, finance, human resource management, marketing, public and private sector management, retailing and enterprise.

Visit the Master of Business Administration (Finance) page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this MBA you should have a degree equivalent to UK lower second class honours. Overseas applicants should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Ideally you should also have two years of relevant work experience gained after graduation although well qualified and motivated candidates without this will be considered.

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