MSc Financial Planning and Business Management

Make your mark in financial planning. On this MSc, you’ll conduct impactful research, expand your expertise and elevate your career to a new level.

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This course is designed for thought leaders in the financial planning and wealth management sectors. It’s an opportunity to reflect on your professional experiences and to undertake a piece of research to contribute to theory and knowledge underpinning management practice and investment decision-making behaviour. 

Your professional qualifications are recognised, allowing you to join the course with 'Advanced Standing’, which shortens the time period of study, but not the lasting impact.

A life-changing experience

The requirement to adopt a more academic perspective on the world of financial planning will challenge your beliefs and help you to develop insights and skills to supplement your technical skills and professional competence.  You will receive guidance and support from tutors who have experience working with practitioners and supporting them throughout the process of writing a dissertation.

You are free to choose a dissertation topic. Drilling down into a subject area surrounding financial planning or wealth management that is of particular interest to you is invariably enlightening. The outcome of your research is likely to be of interest to others and will help to raise the profile and status of those engaged in the provision of financial planning advice. It will be a life-changing experience for you and maybe so for all those with whom you come into contact in future.

Features and Benefits

  • Financial planning specialism – a specialist MSc in the UK that allows you to focus on financial planning and business management, supported by an expert team.
  • Flexible study – study part-time to fit this course around your other commitments. Continue working and use your professional experiences to support your learning.
  • Triple crown - study with a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Online access – make use of all our fantastic resources remotely. Use the library and our online resources whenever you need.
  • Academic support – your tutors and other members of staff are there to support your research. Tap into their academic experience to focus your work.
  • Make a contribution – your research will contribute to the body of financial planning research and knowledge. Contribute to the development of your profession through your dissertation.
  • Enhance your skills – gain an academic qualification to support your professional development. Apply your research skills to your job.
“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.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“The masters in financial planning and business management is for experienced financial planners who want to contribute new knowledge to the industry through though leadership and exploratory research.”

Joanne Bambrick, Programme Leader

Career Prospects

This course is designed for experienced financial planners. Working with like-minded thought leaders provides opportunities to consider the theory and practice of your profession in a fresh way. Different perspectives on your business, your identity and the profession will emerge.

You’ll find that your academic research skills can be applied in your current workplace and could add value to your service proposition. Contributing to the existing body of knowledge in this field will further enhance your expert status.

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Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on an individual basis.

120 credit course:
You will have gained the Chartered Financial Planner qualification or equivalent.

90 credit course:
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

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.


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Course details

There are two intakes each year:

The September (120 credit) course commences with two 15 credit units, delivered online, that provide opportunities to develop an 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 February (90 credit) course is delivered part-time on campus. It is run by academics with an appreciation of the issues being addressed by financial planning communities 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 course

You will study these units prior to completing the units studied on the 90 credit course.

  • Governance, Risk and Control (15 credits, online delivery)
  • Financial Technologies (15 credits, online delivery)

90 credit course

  • Academic and Professional Development (30 credits)
  • Dissertation in Financial Planning and Business Management (60 credits)

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Core Units

Academic and Professional Development

Students taking this course will often come from a professional background having had no prior experience with a third level academic qualification. As such, we feel that it is essential to support you as you build the skills needed to successfully complete this course.  
The aim of this unit is to develop your research skills to help you attain your professional objectives and to prepare you for a successful dissertation process. The key research skills developed are those of critical reading, reflective writing and good academic practices.  
To achieve this, you will be aligned with a personal academic tutor when you start the course. This tutor will work with you throughout both units to ensure that you understand the requirements of each unit and have the ability to successfully engage with the assessments set. As we are a professional department, the majority of tutors within the department have had a similar experience to you, trying to balance a full-time position with further study. As such, we try to be as flexible as possible when working with you. 

Dissertation in Financial Planning and Business Management

The purpose of this unit is to help you develop your academic research skills, which can be applied within your professional environment, by testing your ability to produce a substantial, original, and independent piece of scholarly work. The dissertation unit follows on naturally from Academic and Professional Development. By learning and applying academic research skills in your organisation, you should be able to more effectively and efficiently further your own professional learning and enhance your career progression  
We often encourage students to engage with this unit by picking a topic of interest to them, for example an area of your organisational activity that is under-researched, or a topic related to your career progression plans and to develop a dissertation in this area. This is to ensure your interest is maintained and the extensive study you do will be of benefit to you going forward.  

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, students will critically evaluate corporate governance and in particular the importance of risk management, internal control and ethical considerations in corporate governance.  This content will be explored using a range of recent and well-known case studies, encouraging you to explore the extent to which the developments in this area have achieved the intended impact.

Financial Technologies

While we are all familiar with the term Financial Technologies, it continues to be an abstract concept for many of us. In fact, some of the most exciting advances in recent years related to development in financial technologies. These advances 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 students a foundation in financial technologies and their most promising applications within the financial sector. Students will critically examine the disruptive impact of these technologies as well as the potential risks they entail.   

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:


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: £2834 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).

Additional costs

Specialist 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 each year for books and printing.

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