Manchester Metropolitan University


Financial Planning and Business Management

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • You will be taught in the multi award-winning Business School in central Manchester. 
  • This programme is an advanced standing route for mature students who have relevant professional qualifications and substantial work experience in a financial planning environment. Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently, you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter timeframe. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.
  • This programme is delivered by academics with an appreciation of the issues being addressed by financial planning communities and the research expertise underpinned by academic study, professional qualifications and several years' experience in supervising and supporting individuals with little or no previous experience of the rigours of academic research.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

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.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

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.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Assessment methods include written assignments that will require you to engage in critical evaluations and reflections upon academic theory and management practice.

You will be required to design a research plan to explore opportunities to develop existing theory, knowledge and understanding in your chosen area. 

Assessments will be both formative and summative in nature, enabling you to reflect upon your progress, as well as providing the basis for appraisal of your achievement at each stage of the programme.

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical 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

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

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.

Please note it is not possible to apply online if you want to apply for the advanced standing route for this programme.

Apply online now

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Career options after the course

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.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.