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Expand your international financial management expertise, transform data into insights and explore the latest industry issues.


Our MSc Finance and Business course is designed to give you the chance to explore modern business principles, techniques and contextual conditions.

You’ll study topics relating to international finance processes focusing on assessing performance management, risk and management accounting. Understand organisations as a whole will help you provide recommendations and make an impact.

Preparing for Success in Financial Management

Throughout the course, we’ll develop your ability to interpret data, create reports of key findings and make recommendations to meet the needs of an organisation.

As part of a live project, we’ll match you with a real organisation. You’ll meet the client, identify key issues and scope out their business needs. Working as a team, you’ll assign roles and tasks and showcase strategies that your client can implement into their business.

When you graduate, you’ll be spoilt for choice deciding what to do next. You’ll have the skills for senior roles in global organisations, the know-how to set up your consultancy and expertise to work in a whole host of areas.

Features and Benefits

  • The industry on your doorstep – Manchester is a centre for financial services, international trade and investment. It’s home to major organisations including The Co-operative Bank, KPMG, PwC and Barclays.
  • Fast track to the CIMA Strategic Level – After you graduate, you’ll be able to sit the CIMA Gateway paper. Taking this route, you’ll be able to work towards becoming a CIMA qualified accountant.
  • Live business project – During the unit Live Client Brief, you’ll act as a consultant for an established business. This will build on your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.
  • Access to Bloomberg – You’ll be able to use the global platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
  • Postgraduate internship programme – An optional internship allows you to gain work experience in a business environment so you can put your learning into action.
  • Networking opportunities – Our regular employability events and industry links give you the chance to build your network. You might even be the first to hear about open positions.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

  • The Business School is accredited by the Association of MBAs. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants offers professional training for aspiring and qualified management accountants. CIMA also provides management qualifications and training and is a globally recognised qualification.
  • The Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means we are internationally recognised for meeting global standards of excellence in business and management education.

Career Prospects

After you graduate, you’ll be prepared for careers in the finance function of both large and small organisations in the private and public sector. Alternatively, you could kickstart a career in management consulting.

You might also find roles that suit you in financial analysis, international asset management, securities and investments or commercial lending.

And, because you’ll understand business on a global level, your course could take you anywhere. There are opportunities for graduates in financial cities across the globe – from New York to Frankfurt.

Recent graduates from this programme have taken up roles in the industry including:

  • Finance Director at Global Forex
  • Accountant at Saudi Geological Survey
  • Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

But the possibilities don’t end there. Some students start up their own consultancy business or SME. Others complete graduate schemes with large organisations to get their foot in the door.

92% of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry Requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, 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.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

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Course Details

In business, it pays to consider the big picture. If you want to make an impact, you have to first understand the organisation as a whole. Our master brings it all together in an international context.

It’s a comprehensive introduction to modern business principles and techniques that will give you the knowledge and skills to succeed in a financial role. Once you’ve finished, you’ll be ready to apply for a wide range of senior finance positions around the world.

Our postgraduate courses aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.

Industry Experienced Teaching Expertise

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

Year 1

You’ll study six core units, covering areas including Corporate Finance and Performance Management and Control, as well as an in-depth dissertation. You’ll also be able to tailor your studies with a selection of the option units.

The units below indicate the course content for entry in September 2020.

Core Units

Master's 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 of 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.

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 about when to seek future graduate positions.

Performance Management and Control

Whether you work directly in a finance function or not, understanding the internal financing system of any company is essential to individuals at any level of an organisation. To build this knowledge, you need to understand how organisations link finance and performance. Being in the know around performance management and control provides managers with confidence when they need to make decisions and interact with others regarding finances in the organisation. To that end, this unit will demonstrate the real-world application of strategic management accounting tools and techniques. As always, this will be achieved by encouraging students to review organisational activity and theory. We will explore traditional tools and techniques and their more contemporary counterpart and look at what is actually used in practice, and why.

Corporate Strategy

Corporate Strategy is not a new concept, however, in a global environment where disruptive models appear to be winning out and traditional theory is being challenged, this unit explores the extent to which the strategic tools and techniques normally employed by organisations continue to be effective. The range of strategic activities engaged within the practice will be explored and discussions will be facilitated by relying on exciting business cases and examples. We will also continue to explore whether so-called ‘traditional theories’ have really lost their impact. This unit will give you an exciting opportunity to evaluate your approach to strategic decision making and test your ability to identify and capture all the challenges and opportunities available in a global economic environment.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equate 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:


  • Full-time: 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 70% independent study


  • Full-time: 91% coursework; 0% practical; 9% examination
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, but 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.


UK and EU Students
  • UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 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: £16,500 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).
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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

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 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 27, 2019
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