MSc Finance and Business

Expand your international financial management expertise, transform data into insights and explore the latest industry issues.

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Overview

Already have a degree in a business, economics or finance and accounting? At Manchester Met, we’ll help you specialise in international financial management, advance your skills and stand out from your competition.

Our MSc Finance and Business course is designed to give you the chance to explore modern business principles, techniques and contextual conditions.

You’ll study topics relating to international finance processes focusing on assessing performance management, risk and management accounting. Understand organisations as a whole will help you provide recommendations and make an impact.

Preparing for success in financial management

Throughout the course, we’ll develop your ability to interpret data, create reports of key findings and make recommendations to meet the needs of an organisation. 

As part of a live project, we’ll match you with a real organisation. You’ll meet the client, identify key issues and scope out their business needs. Working as a team, you’ll assign roles and tasks and showcase strategies that your client can implement into their business. 

When you graduate, you’ll be spoilt for choice deciding what to do next. You’ll have the skills for senior roles in global organisations, the know-how to set up your consultancy and expertise to work in a whole host of areas.

Features and Benefits

  • The industry on your doorstep –  Manchester is a centre for financial services, international trade and investment. It’s home to major organisations including The Co-operative Bank, KPMG, PwC and Barclays.
  • Fast track to the CIMA Strategic Level – after you graduate, you’ll be able to sit the CIMA Gateway paper. Taking this route, you’ll be able to work towards becoming a CIMA qualified accountant.
  • Live business project – during the unit Live Client Brief, you’ll act as a consultant for an established business. This will build on your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.
  • Access to Bloomberg – you’ll be able to use the global platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.  
  • Postgraduate internship programme – this optional unit allows you to gain up to 14 weeks work experience in a business environment so you can put your learning into action.
  • Networking opportunities – our regular employability events and industry links give you the chance to build your network. You might even be the first to hear about open positions.
"Manchester is one of the largest financial centres in Europe. It’s the perfect classroom for your studies." Anna Hardy-Watmough, Principal Lecturer.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

After you graduate, you’ll be prepared for careers in the finance function of both large and small organisations in the private and public sector. Alternatively, you could kickstart a career in management consulting. 

You might also find roles that suit you in financial analysis, international asset management, securities and investments or commercial lending.

And, because you’ll understand business on a global level, your degree could take you anywhere. There are opportunities for graduates in financial cities across the globe – from New York to Frankfurt.

Recent graduates from this programme have taken up roles in industry including:

But the possibilities don’t end there. Some students start up their own consultancy business or SME. Others complete graduate schemes with large organisations to get their foot in the door.

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Entry requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in a business, economics or finance related subject.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“The landscape of accounting, finance, and banking is constantly evolving. We equip students with the necessary skills in order to compete in the global job market…”
 
Listen to what Anna Hardy-Watmough, Principal Lecturer, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

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

Industry experienced teaching expertise

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

Meet the lecturers

Inalegwu Ode-Ichakpa | Programme Leader

Core units

  • Performance Management and Control
  • Corporate Finance
  • Critical Perspectives of Ethics and Sustainability
  • Governance, Risk and Forensic Accounting
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Masters-level Learning
  • Dissertation

Option units

Choose two from a list that may include: 

  • Advanced Finance
  • International Business Acquisitions
  • Live Client Brief 

Please note: option units are subject to demand and timetabling. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Placement options

While this course doesn’t include any placement opportunities, you can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

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.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 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: Full-time fee: £16,500 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.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 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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Alternatively, you can download a form from mmu.ac.uk/applicationform and send it to direct@mmu.ac.uk. Note that, to apply for this course, you only need to submit one reference.

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate 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.

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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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
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