The Master’s in Financial Management is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills of the fundamental principles of financial management which are relevant to global business, in order to enhance their operational effectiveness in this particular area or to serve as preparation for further study or an academic career.
The programme covers areas such as financial management within banks, and regulation and finance functions within generalist and non-finance firms such as FMCGs (consumer goods firms). The focus is on key elements of corporate finance, banking, economics, regulation, international finance, portfolio management and applied quantitative methods. The aim is to produce ethically responsible specialists who have a strong financial and banking perspective in relation to corporate activity, pension funds, investment funds and international financial markets. Throughout the programme, there will an intensive use of the financial software packages that are most widely utilised in industry, and students will obtain advanced training in the use of these packages.
The Master’s programme in Financial Management is built on a foundation of general Financial Management, International Banking and Derivatives Pricing and valuation modules.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.
The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Business and Economics in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Candidates for the MSc in Financial Management will normally have a first degree or its equivalent in accounting and finance, economics, management (with a significant component of economics and/or accounting and finance) or a quantitative science such as mathematics, physics or engineering from an approved higher education institution.
The usual entry requirement is: a UK 2:2 degree or its equivalent in any discipline from an approved higher education institution. Equivalent professional qualifications will also be eligible if supported with appropriate practical experience.
Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications or mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant relevant experience.
English language requirements
If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:
IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or
IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or
PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.
Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.
What you will study
The MSc in Financial Management would equip students with the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of financial management, which are relevant to business organisations.
The focus of the programme is to promote a critical understanding of how capital markets operate, how companies are valued, how markets shape the financial manager’s operating context, and how companies can protect themselves against risk and uncertainty.
Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.
Business Economics (AFE7504-A)
Quantitative Methods in Finance (AFE7501-B)
International Banking (AFE7502-B)
**Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (AFE7505-B)
Derivatives Pricing and Valuation (AFE7507-B)
**Corporate Financial Management (AFE7509-A)
**International Finance (AFE7508-A)
Financial Technology and Blockchain (AFE7510-A)
Operations Management (OIM7503-A)
Marketing Metrics (MAR7503-B)
Accounting and Finance (AFE7511-A)
International Marketing (MAR7504-A)
Corporate Social Responsibility (SIB7505-A)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EAE7501-A)
*Financial Risk Management in European Banking (AFE7512-A)
International Master's Summer School (SIB7506-A)
* As part of the School’s exchange agreement with Toulouse Business School (France), students, if they wish to, have the opportunity to study one module in ‘Financial Risk Management in European Banking’ in Toulouse each year. Travel and maintenance costs are additional for students. The School usually contributes to the overall budget, but the level of contribution can vary.** exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Learning and assessment
Teaching involves a combination of formal lectures, group discussions, seminars and directed reading.
The programme integrates applied and theoretical knowledge with assessment processes that test both the knowledge of the disciplines plus their application and limitations.
Each module represents approximately 100 hours' study time of which typically 24 hours is contact time with the module tutor(s) and the remaining 76 hours is made up of pre-reading, directed reading, preparatory work and assessment.
Methods of assessment are varied and linked to learning requirements. They may include open and closed book examination, essays, coursework assignments and case studies.
The Bradford Trading Room enables our students to gain experience in real-life financial and economic markets using software such as Bloomberg Professional.
Bloomberg Professional is an industry-standard market information software package that is used by a majority of organisations engaged in finance, banking and macroeconomic analysis. It offers a feature-rich environment with a wide range of data classes, giving access to data used in decision making in areas such as macroeconomic policy-making and central banking, portfolio management, equities, insurance, and risk analysis.
Fees, finance and scholarships
Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law, you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme (PDF, 2.8 MB) offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
On completion of this qualification, you may go on to work in an economics, finance policy or management capacity in government, the private sector, in development agencies (e.g. regional or national development banks) or in the third sector in a capacity relating to economics and finance (e.g. microfinance or enterprise support and development).
As part of our exchange agreement with Toulouse Business School (France), students have the opportunity to study a module in ‘Financial Risk Management in European Banking’ in Toulouse each year.
This is a very popular option, allowing participants to broaden their knowledge and experience a different business culture.
Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).
These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.
Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations), as well as help overseas students, adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.
The teaching philosophy in this MSc is research-led. Our academics incorporate cutting edge research results and enable students to gain knowledge of and skills in subject-specific techniques. At the same time, there is a strong emphasis on application to the business context, as well as facilitating responsible financial decision making.