Financial Planning and Business Management

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This course has a February start date.

This part-time, professionally-focused course has been developed to offer thought-leaders in the financial planning sector the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Financial Planning profession. You will study financial planning concepts, critically examine theories and models, and engage in applied research.

Throughout the research process, you will work with like-minded individuals and receive one-to-one supervision from academic staff with expertise in the financial planning arena, culminating in the submission of your dissertation.

You will be supported by staff with an appreciation of the issues being addressed by financial planning communities, with research expertise underpinned by academic study, professional qualifications, and several years of experience in supervising and supporting individuals with little or no previous experience of the rigours of academic research.

Study this part-time course around your existing commitments. There are two entry routes based upon your current experience and qualifications:

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

The principal objective of this programmes is to examine knowledge, claims and understanding of financial planning concepts, theories, behaviour and management practices, and to develop your skills to allow you to undertake a meaningful piece of applied research. The outcome of your research will add to the existing body of knowledge in your chosen area and make a contribution to the development and status of financial planning as a profession.

“If you would like to explore, challenge and develop understanding of concepts and theory underpinning the provision of financial planning advice and contribute to the development of the Financial Planning profession in the UK, then this is the course for you.” 

John Reynolds, Chartered Financial Planner, FIFP, MSc Financial Planning and Business Management graduate.

"The experience of undertaking applied research in your chosen area of interest and the recognition of your achievement upon graduation in gaining a Level 7 qualification will provide opportunities for you to differentiate the financial planning services you provide. One graduate claimed that the experience on the MSc. not only changed his view of financial planning and how to run his business, but also changed his view of life."  

Trevor Williamson (BSc  DipFS  CFPCM MBA  FCIB  FHEA), Principal Lecturer and Course Leader. 

Dedicated career and employability support

The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate.  With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.

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Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced standing – 120 credit programme:
You will have gained the Chartered Financial Planner qualification
or equivalent.

Advanced standing – 90 credit programme:
You will have gained Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society
or equivalent.

In addition:
• You must have a minimum of four years of relevant
management experience.
• You must be engaged in formal continuing professional
development (CPD) activities

Course details

Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.

The Faculty is home to the Centre for Business and Society, which brings together a number of synergistic research centres and knowledge clusters and our doctoral school of PhD researchers who work with teaching staff on the design of the programme. 

Industry experienced teaching expertise

Teaching staff on this programme combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research active academic staff. 

Meet the lecturer: 

Mr Trevor Williamson | Principal Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator, MSc Financial Planning and Business Management 

The September (120 credit) programme, the first two units of which will be delivered online from September 2018, provides opportunities to develop understanding of the interconnectedness of corporate social responsibility, business ethics, organisation and business management, and to critically examine the disruptive impact of financial technologies and their associated risks.

The 90 credit programme is delivered part-time on campus (from February) by academics with an appreciation of the issues being addressed by financial planning communities, relevant research expertise and several years of experience of supervising and supporting individuals with little or no previous experience of the rigours of academic research. You will work with like-minded individuals and be supported by academic staff throughout the research process, culminating in the submission of a dissertation.

Core units

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.  

Financial Technologies

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.

Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking

Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.

The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,000 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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