120 credit programme
• Governance, Risk and Control (15 credits, online delivery)
• Financial Technologies (15 credits, online delivery)
Governance, Risk and Control
As a result of numerous international corporate scandals over recent years, corporate regulation is coming under increasing scrutiny. Adopting a critical and topical perspective, you will critically evaluate corporate governance and in particular the importance of risk management, internal control and ethical considerations in corporate governance.
Technological advances in recent years have meant that data analysis and computer-processing power are no longer prohibitively expensive to implement in a small business. As a result, many large financial institutions are finding their traditional business models under threat by the disruptive application of technology led by smaller competitors.
The unit is intended to give you a foundation in financial technologies and their most promising applications within the financial sector. You will critically examine the disruptive impact of these technologies as well as the potential risks they entail.
90 credit programme
• Academic and Professional Development (30 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)
Academic and Professional Development
This unit has been designed to help you develop critical thinking, reflective thinking and other study skills, including analysis and research skills to successfully study at Master's level. This unit will prepare the ground for you to move forward into the dissertation stage. The indicative content includes:
- Studying at Master's level critical writing, referencing, and reflection
- Contemporary issues, worthy of examination in the domain of financial planning
- Designing and systematically managing business research
- Quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Effectively presenting the outcomes of research.
Dissertation (60 credits)
The Academic and Professional Development unit provides the foundation for this, the final stage of your MSc. Upon successful completion you will have demonstrated ability to:
- Identify the macro and micro organisational context for your dissertation and the objectives of your research
- Critically review and synthesize the relevant literature on your chosen subject area in order to construct a conceptual framework to underpin your research
- Identify the nature of relevant evidence and associated data sources to support achievement of your research objectives
- Apply an appropriate methodology for collecting and analysing primary data with due regard to ethical considerations
- Interpret and present data clearly, integrating data from different sources, where applicable, and critically discussing your findings
- Appraise the implications of your research outcomes to managerial professional practice in response to strategic issues.