MSc Public Financial Management

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc Public Financial Management

SOAS University of London

MSc Public Financial Management

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two or Three calendar years (part-time)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme provides students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public financial management, and with the development of capabilities and skills to apply theoretical and domain knowledge to problems encountered in the financial management of public sector organisations. It is aimed at students who wish to pursue a rigorous, scientifically based course of study in the theories underpinning how public finances are managed; how public managers make sound financial decisions; what kind of techniques and tools are used in the financial management of public sector organisations; and how the financial management of public sector organisations is reported to the public.

Graduates will have a solid understanding of public financial management that should place them in a good position to pursue a career or advance their career, in the civil service, local government, NGOs, and super-national organisations.


Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation. The MSc Public Financial Management has three components:

  1. Five core modules
  2. Three option modules
  3. Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic

The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 33% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and be allocated an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months, you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.

Not all option modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also not when selecting modules that these should be chosen in pairs, one in term 1 and one in term 2.

Part-time Study

Part-time students over two years usually complete their core modules in the 1st year and their options in the 2nd year with their dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance 15PFMC090 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Public Financial Management: Revenue 15PFMC092 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Public Financial Management: Financial Reporting (IPSAS) 15PFMC091 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Public Financial Management: Audit and Compliance 15PFMC093
  • Research methods in management 15PFMC062 (15 credits) Term 2

Elective Modules

  • Managing Organisational Change 15PFMC089 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial markets 15PFMC087 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Managerial Accounting 15PFMC088 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and Issues 15PFMC094 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Public Policy and Strategy 15PFMC095 (15 credits) Term 1
  • International human resource management 15PFMC078 (15 credits) Term 1
This school offers programs in:
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
11,855 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £11,855; Full-time Overseas Fees: £19,845 per academic year
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019