MSc Finance

With a finance masters from Manchester Met your career options are extensive. Apply your skills to roles in brokering, risk management, insurance, retail banking and more.

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The financial sector is one that’s always evolving. It has the ability to impact many areas of the global economy. That means working in this industry is exciting, fast-paced and rewarding.

This course is designed to give you a fundamental understanding of finance in today’s world. You’ll explore specialist subjects, from financial systems and their structures to risk management and banking.

Industry experts

You’ll learn from experts in various areas of financial services. Our teaching staff are active researchers and many had successful careers in the sector before moving into lecturing.

Examples from their careers will bring the theory to life and give you an in-depth understanding of the challenges you’ll face as a finance professional.

Career focused

Your course will prepare you for a career in this industry. You’ll leave with the practical skills employers are looking for.

Our experts know what it takes to succeed in the financial services. They’ll pass this knowledge onto you.

We work closely with industry to make our courses relevant to financial services. You can also attend guest lectures from some of the leading figures in the sector thanks to our excellent industry links.

Features and Benefits

  • Finance experts – learn from expert academics and leading professionals who advise organisations like AJ Bell, the United Nations, UEFA and the World Trade Organization.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Kickstart a rewarding career – develop the knowledge you need for roles in financial services, insurance, risk management and more, even if you don’t have a finance background.
  • Regional financial centre – study in a thriving financial and banking hub with one of the largest economies in Europe. Many large banks have their regional bases in the city.
  • Gain experience – you can choose to take a short internship during your course. Gain experience and make professional connections.
  • Industry tools – enjoy free access to Bloomberg, the leading global platform for news, data, analytics and research. It’s used by the world’s top banks, corporations and government agencies.
  • Career opportunities – financial services is one of the largest employers in the region. Graduates like you are always in demand. Past students have gone on to work for the likes of Deloitte, KPMG and RBS.
“Manchester is one of the largest financial centres in Europe. It’s the perfect classroom for your studies.” Anna Hardy-Watmough, Deputy Head of Department, Accounting, Finance and Banking

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“Studying this course offers students an exciting opportunity to develop the critical analytical and communication skills that are highly sought after by employers across the sector.”

James Rattenbury, Principal Lecturer, Accounting, Finance and Banking

Career Prospects

This masters is ideal if you want to progress your career in financial services and banking. It’s also suitable if you have a broader business or economics degree and want to specialise in finance.

The skills you develop will give you varied career options. These include working in corporate finance, banking, financial planning and management roles. You’ll also be well suited to financial positions in businesses operating in any sector.

Our graduates have gone on to work for the likes of Deloitte, KPMG and RBS. And the global nature of the banking and financial services industry means there are opportunities to work overseas in financial hubs like Singapore, NYC and Frankfurt.

As you gain experience in your chosen field of financial services you’ll be ready to move into senior-level roles.

Make the most of studying in one of the UK’s top financial centres. Build connections through our lecturers, industry visits and networking events.

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Entry requirements

You will have a minimum 2:2 degree UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) preferably 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.


“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, Deputy Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

The financial sector is one of the world’s largest – offering career paths that can span continents and cross oceans. There’s a vast variety of specialisms to pursue, from financial planning and investment management to corporate finance and risk management. Whatever your direction, it’s a field with clear avenues for progression and excellent rewards for those with the expertise.

Designed around the industry’s demands, this course is built to get you to work. So while it’s rooted in academic understanding from the latest research, it provides the skills that employers want. We put the principles and techniques you’ll learn in a practical context, give you the chance to work on real client projects and even offer an optional internship so you have the opportunity to put your skills to the test in a real-world environment.

It’s not only a big step forward for finance graduates, but a chance to move into the area from other business-related fields. For those already working in the field, it’s a vehicle for professional progression – allowing you to focus assignments on your employer’s goals or strategies. And, for those looking ahead to your first role in the financial sector, it offers the flexibility to set the pace and direction of your career path from the start.

Industry experienced teaching expertise

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

Meet the Lecturers

Dr Katarzyna Werner | Programme Leader

Over the course of a year’s study, you’ll do five core units, covering areas including Corporate Finance, Risk Management and Investment Banking, as well as two option units – allowing you to tailor your course to your interests.

From there, you’ll complete your last two core units – learning the masters-level study skills you’ll need to tackle a major piece of work, before going on to complete your dissertation project.

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Core Units

Masters Level Learning

This exciting unit is an introduction to the world of postgraduate study for all of our students. This unit brings together students that will have a wide range of prior educational and professional experiences. The focus of this unit will be on demonstrating how we can convert this wide range of experiences into the tools and capabilities needed to successfully engage in this postgraduate qualification. As such, it will incorporate encourage critical thinking and writing through a range of learning and teaching approaches. At the end of this unit, all students, regardless of their prior academic experiences, should feel more confident in their ability to engage with a postgraduate qualification in Accounting, Finance and Banking.

Corporate Finance

This unit explores the fundamental role of financial awareness for strategic decision making in an organisation. When large companies like Apple, Alibaba or Nike make announcements about new products, services or expansions, consumers and the markets tend to get very excited. However, as financial experts, we tend to be more focused on how these companies intend to fund such activity. This unit will help you to better understand the background to such decisions. It will investigate the competing demands of stakeholders (such as investors, lenders and customers) and demonstrate how decisions are made in relation to strategic financial management.

Every day, in every market, organisations are making these decisions. This unit will give you the knowledge and understanding needed to appreciate how these decisions are made and what potential implications might arise as a result. It will utilise current and emerging case studies that reflect the theory being analysed within the unit.

Critical Perspectives of Ethics and Sustainability

For many involved in the corporate environment, the role of the company has traditionally been viewed as that of maximising shareholder wealth. However, in recent years, organisations have faced increasing scrutiny regarding their ethical behaviour and social responsibility.

This unit provides an exciting opportunity to blend ethical and social responsibility theory with the practices we are witnessing in organisations across the globe currently.

It explores the impact of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Integrated Reporting on organisational behaviour. In particular, it challenges students to reflect on their own positioning regarding these powerful topics and explores the extent to which organisations are truly engaging in ethical practices. To achieve this, the unit looks at the varying levels of socially responsible practices evidenced in organisations and examines the motivations behind these. As such, a range of case studies from recognised, and lesser well-known companies are explored.

Commercial and Investment Banking

This unit deals with main operations of commercial and investment banks, by highlighting the key differences in the purpose of these financial institutions. In particular, the unit focuses on financial and non-financial assessment of companies and ethical issues related to bankers’ practices in the context of financial difficulties of such companies.

Given the tumultuous activity that has recently been experienced by such financial institutions, as you may imagine, this unit provides an opportunity to comprehensively build your knowledge of these institutions by working with academic staff that have had a wealth of experience in commercial and investment banking. Given the differences in these institutions it is also exciting to explore the different perspectives of these unit leaders.

Risk Management for Financial Institutions

Risk Management has never been more heavily scrutinised, particularly following the global financial crisis and the continued negative publicity financial institutions receive. In addition to risk management regarding traditional activities, financial institutions are now also faced with the evolving nature of their product and service offerings and the implications this will have going forward.

This module covers aspects related to the management of risk at commercial and investment banks, investment managers, financial regulators and depositories, etc. It provides exciting insight into the differing requirements of stakeholders and encourages you to reflect on how these are balanced

International Financial Marketing and Derivatives

This Unit examines global financial markets, their infrastructure and operation. A detailed examination of asset classes from simple equities through to Over the Counter (OTC) derivatives will provide a foundation for understanding how various security types and financial markets operate.

Financial markets vary greatly across different regions, different security types and in liquidity. A wide range of market participants from investors to market makers, custodians and clearing houses come together in these markets, and this Unit explores their roles and the processes through which these markets work, or on occasion fail.

The Unit will look at basic trading strategies in different markets and in different financial products and review settlement and market regulation. Through extensive use of case studies and relating theory to historical and current events you will build a comprehensive knowledge of what actually happens on Wall Street, the City of London, global exchanges and trading rooms from Mayfair to Hong Kong SAR in practice.

Extended Research Proposal/Dissertation

In this unit, students are expected to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of their achievements and conclusions. This project is split into two different assessment points to allow for targeted activity and feedback to be utilised in specific timeframes.

This unit presents a particularly exciting opportunity for students to engage in some independent research, with the support of a dedicated supervisor. The chosen topic will be one that interests and challenges you. If you were intrigued by the social responsibility practices of organisations or fascinated by the dividend decisions made by top management teams, this is your chance to explore these areas in further detail. Perhaps, you’ve figured out where you want to focus your graduate career and accordingly engage in some independent study related to that position.

As you will be supported by a dedicated dissertation supervisor, you can run ideas and drafts past this person. You can also avail of a wide variety of workshops to support this independent study. But above all, you will be able to develop a whole range of skills that you should feel confident of when seeking future graduate positions.

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:


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.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 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).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,000 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).

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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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.

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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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