In 2008 cataclysmic events shattered the world of Finance and caused shockwaves through the rest of the global economy. Some realised that change would be needed but none forecast that less than a decade on the sector would be so radically and irrevocably changed.
These new postgraduate programmes in Accounting and Finance; Banking and Finance; Economics and Finance have been designed to develop postgraduate students who are equipped academically to succeed in an increasingly complicated and challenging global workplace.
Employability & Careers
The demand for highly skilled and knowledgeable finance professionals is now more global than ever before. No longer are London and New York the only homes for large multi-national international financial businesses and institutions. These potential employers are now additionally located in the Middle and Far- East and a postgraduate student are almost as likely to find their first job in Dubai, Bahrain or Shanghai as in the traditional centres.
This demand has been instrumental in designing this challenging suite of programmes. In order to maximise employability, the programme learning outcomes are geared towards supplying students with the knowledge, skills and understanding that the finance industry requires. A key component of this is the module “Current Issues in Accounting, Economics & Finance”.
The programmes seek to meet individual and industry needs by developing students with higher-level cognitive skills and abilities who also possess an excellent practical understanding of "how to apply" rather than just "why it happens".
All the programmes have a 20 credit optional Professional Work Experience module which involves a minimum 4-week work placement to take place outside the teaching semesters. Students are expected to organise their own placement and all such placements must be substantive and at an appropriate level. These placements will involve “employer” input and must be approved by the Programme Director prior to commencement. Alternatively, students with appropriate managerial level experience within an appropriate field can apply for “Recognition of this Prior Experiential Learning”.
The School of Management has opportunities for successful graduates to apply for M.Phil./ PhD study within the School.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should meet one of the following:
Possess, or expect to obtain, an undergraduate degree or equivalent, in a relevant area (Accounting, Economics or Finance) with a minimum of a 2:2 classification. Students with a general Business Studies degree with a relevant pathway or substantive appropriate module coverage will be considered on a case by case basis;
Have a minimum of five years relevant work experience in the field of finance;
Hold a suitable professional qualification from an appropriate professional body. In some instances, those with higher level professional qualifications may be exempt from specific taught modules. Such exemptions would be discussed on a case by case basis with the Programme Director.
In general terms, graduates from non-financial disciplines will not normally have the pre-existing skills set to succeed in the programme BUT such students are welcome to apply and such applications will be viewed on an individual basis.
Students whose first language is NOT English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard.