MSc in Finance and Management

Cranfield University

Program Description

MSc in Finance and Management

Cranfield University

Ranked as a top 10 UK Master’s in Finance by the Financial Times (2017), the Finance and Management MSc provides a solid grounding in finance and management principles, rigorous training in relevant tools and techniques, and demonstrates how to apply them practically in the global workplace.

At a glance

  • Start date: 24 September 2018
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Delivery: Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study type: Full-time

Who is it for?

  • Graduates with a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in finance and management before seeking their first professional role
  • Professionals with work experience in the area of finance or management who are seeking to take their career to the next level
  • Individuals who want to be taught by faculty who have experience of business and industry and can bring their knowledge to the programme

Class Profile 2017/18*:

Gender: Male 73% - Female 27%
Age Range: 21 - 26 years
Average Age: 24 years
Number of Nationalities: 29
Nationality: UK/EU: 26% - International: 74%
Cohort Size: 79
Average Class Size: 40

*The above data combines the 2017/18 class profiles for the two Cranfield Finance MSc courses.

Term Dates

Orientation Week: 24 September 2018 – 28 September 2018
Term One: 1 October 2018 – 14 December 2018
Term Two: 7 January 2019 – 22 March 2019
Term Three: 8 April 2019 – 21 June 2019
Term Four: 24 June 2019 – 6 September 2019

Why this course?

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Our Finance and Management MSc is distinctive in covering the principles, tools, and techniques of both finance and management, as well as how to apply them in real work situations. You will gain an in-depth understanding of financial and management accounting, economics, international financial markets, statistical analysis, financial modeling and corporate financial management.

The programme of study is distinct and unique in the way that it provides a link between the School and the business community. You will be taught by faculty with experience of the real world of finance and business, together with practitioners from different areas of finance.

Modules focus on real-world challenges and include a combination of case studies, participative exercises, interactive lectures and group projects. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and get ready to face the professional world, through attendance at regular seminars and speeches.

Our classes are small and each academic tutor has no more than five students in any one cohort, ensuring close contact continuous interaction.

Studying this course will enable you to work in a range of financial roles across a variety of organisations worldwide. With students and academics from over 50 countries, the Finance and Management MSc is truly international. High standard content and fruitful discussions about its application within different cultures and geographical areas prepare you for working in every part of our increasingly globalised world.


This course is consistently recognised in International Business Rankings.

In the Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience ranking 2017 Cranfield School of Management's Finance and Management MSc achieved the following rankings:

  • 6th in the UK and 29th in the world
  • 13th in the UK and 52nd in the world for careers
  • 12th in the UK and 48th in the world for career progress.

Informed by Industry

An external advisory panel informs the design and development of the course, and comprises senior finance practitioners, reinforcing its relevance to the modern financial world. Our faculty is also supported by a team of international visiting industry speakers and professors who bring the latest thinking and best practice into the classroom.


The course content covers much of the syllabus of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification, giving you the opportunity to work towards an additional professional qualification while you are studying with us through the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. If you choose this option, you will receive revision support from our faculty ahead of sitting the first examination in term three of your course. You can then sit parts two and three of the qualification after completing your course. More information about the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program and associated CFA Program Awareness Scholarships can be found on the CFA website.

Course details

The course comprises 10 core modules and four elective modules. This enables you to tailor the programme of study to suit your personal career plan. Throughout the course, you will have access to a highly effective infrastructure including Bloomberg live financial news and data, DataStream, FAME, and EBSCO, and use real-world, international case studies to support your learning. The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis.

Individual project

You will undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis, enabling you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned during the course. This provides the opportunity to work in an original way and may involve undertaking a research project for one of our industrial partners on a real-world challenge.


Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%

School of Management Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course, you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting to take your career to the next level.

Cranfield graduates are highly valued in the job market and aim for careers in investment banking, financial services or the financial function of a diverse range of global corporations. Our Finance and Management MSc graduates have secured jobs with organisations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Barclays Investment Bank, Bloomberg, Bank Indonesia, Lloyds Banking Group, Credit Agricole, Diageo, Ernst & Young, Thomson Reuters, Toyota, UBS and Morgan Stanley. Their roles have included Data Analyst, Financial Planner, Consultant, Private Equity Analyst and Financial Risk Manager.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 4, 2018
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United Kingdom - Cranfield, England
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