Part-time MSc in Financial Management


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Program Description

This flexible MSc introduces you to more sophisticated tools and techniques that finance practitioners regularly exploit in their profession. If you are looking to up-skill or are seeking career progression, this course will equip you with the financial management knowledge and skills sought by organisations across the globe.

This MSc in Financial Management equips you with a deep understanding of the tasks finance professionals undertake, and the skills required for a successful career in finance. It will help to enhance your lucrative career opportunities in the multinational financial sector.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the interplay between well-functioning financial markets and successful companies;
  • Apply a full range of financial techniques to real-life business situations;
  • Search and gather relevant financial information from multiple sources, including companies’ annual reports and financial databases;
  • Offer data-based solutions to complex and relevant business challenges, such as analysis of financial strategies, selecting valuable investment projects.

Programme Structure

Units 1 - 4

Unit 1 - Foundations of Accounting

  • Introduction to accounting
  • Accounting conventions and techniques to support organisational decision-making
  • Foundations and principles of management and financial accounting

Unit 2 - Foundations of Finance

  • Introduction to finance
  • Time value of money and asset valuation
  • Cost of capital and capital budgeting techniques

Unit 3 - Corporate Finance

  • Introduction to corporate finance
  • Cost of capital estimation and advanced capital budgeting techniques
  • The choice between equity capital and debt capital

Unit 4 - Global Financial Markets and Institutions

  • Overview of the global financial system
  • Banking and financial regulation, investment banking and private equity
  • Risk management and hedging strategies

Units 5 - 8

Unit 5 - Data Analysis and Statistical Techniques

  • Basic econometric tools to estimate relationships between variables
  • Formulation of empirical hypotheses to be tested
  • Interpretation of results from statistical and econometric outputs

Unit 6 - Financial Statement Analysis

  • Strengths, limitations and developments in contemporary financial reporting
  • Interpretation and assessment of firm performance
  • Credit and debt analysis to predict the likelihood of financial distress

Unit 7 - International Financial Management

  • Principles underlying financial decision-making by multinational corporations
  • Foreign direct investment decisions, exchange risk and hedging techniques
  • Political risk measurement and management

Unit 8 - Quantitative Methods for Financial Management

  • Sophisticated statistical tools for finance practitioners
  • Analysis and forecasts of time series data
  • Empirical interactions between stock returns, exchange rates and other variables

Units 9 - 11

Unit 9 - Venture Capital and Private Equity

  • Introduction to venture capital and private equity
  • Fundraising activities by private equity investors
  • Identification of capital investment opportunities and capital allocation, and management of investments to maximise returns

Unit 10 - Business Models and Financial Strategy

  • Evaluation of alternative business models to create and capture value
  • Short- and long-term financial decisions over the lifecycle of the firm
  • Fintech and other innovative sources of finance

Unit 11 - Group Project

  • Identification of topic to study and formulation of a plan to collect information and data on the topic
  • Selection of suitable methods and analysis of information
  • Dissemination of the results of the study

Programme Features

Flexible Learning

Study while you work. No exams, 100% coursework & assignment based.

Globally Recognised

Our Accounting & Finance studies are ranked Top 25 in the world

Alumni & Networking

Connecting you to a powerful global network of business contacts

Engaging Workshops

Held at leading financial hubs - Singapore & Hong Kong

Cutting Edge Research

Experience the University's one-of-a-kind Data Visualisation Observatory

Careers & Support

Helping you to define and achieve your career goals

Holistic & Well-rounded Curriculum

Enhancing your career opportunities in the world of finance

Course Details

Successful finance practitioners require a wide range of transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge in areas such as corporate finance, financial markets and financial accounting. Our MSc comprises of foundational units in finance and accounting alongside advanced units in the following areas:

  • Financial management
  • Financial markets
  • Financial strategy
  • Private equity
  • Data analysis & Statistical techniques
  • Quantitative methods for financial management

A final supervised project will allow you to deepen your finance knowledge and apply your skills by analysing real-world information and addressing questions with practical implications. You will be taught by a team of academics that has several years of experience delivering course content both online and face-to-face within blended programmes. Our academics are on the cutting-edge of finance research, which informs their teaching. They regularly utilise our wide range of financial databases in their learning and teaching activities. This is a significant strength of our MSc in Financial Management.

The course will equip you with:

  • A deep understanding of the tasks that financial managers and other similar finance practitioners undertake and the objectives they pursue;
  • The ability to describe and interpret the functioning of financial markets;
  • An understanding of why and how successful companies rely on and benefit from well-functioning financial markets;
  • The skills and knowledge to analyse and synthesise complex information from corporations and financial markets, and offer solutions to challenging problems;
  • The capability to search and gather relevant financial information from several sources such as companies’ annual reports and financial databases;
  • Flexible and relevant transferable skills that finance practitioners require in their career.

Teaching and learning

This course is mostly delivered online, allowing you to study flexibly at a pace that suits your own requirements and lifestyle.

You will also participate in four six-day face-to-face workshops, held twice a year in Singapore & Hong Kong.

Coursework and assessment

Each unit consists of 15 credits (excluding the final project) and requires a total of 150 hours of study per unit.

There are no exams within the MSc. Summative assessment comprises individual and group coursework, with two assessments per unit. We will provide online quizzes and activities through each unit as methods of formative assessments.

The final project will consist of a group project.

Your future career prospects & pathways

Our MSc Financial Management programme is designed to prepare you for a successful career in the world of finance, wherever in the world you plan to work. This course will enable you to develop the professional financial and management skills alongside the expertise required to make you a valuable asset in your work from day one of your career. 

This MSc Financial Management programme primes you for a myriad of roles. Learn how to become highly relevant whether you aim to work within the finance function of large organisations or aspire to work in smaller businesses where the ability to control finances is essential, or even if you would like to carve out a career in public sector organisations. 

Possible careers

Graduates from this Master’s degree may find employment in prominent industries such as Banking, Finance, Capital Markets, Asset/Wealth Management, Venture Capital & Private Equity or Consulting.

Our AMBS graduates (MSc Finance, MSc Accounting and Finance) have gone on to secure lucrative job roles in their career journeys, with some of the most relevant opportunities to this Master’s degree including, but not limited to, careers such as:

  • Auditors
  • Bank Managers
  • Business Development Specialists
  • Business Transformation Consultants
  • Corporate Tax Associates
  • Data Analysts
  • Finance and Accounting Managers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Reporting Officers
  • Investment Bank Analysts
  • Risk Analysts
  • Trading Accountants Manager
  • and more.
Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

A 100% owned subsidiary of The University of Manchester, the Southeast Asia Centre has established its presence in Singapore since 1992, and runs flexible Global MBA for executives from diverse cultur ... Read More

A 100% owned subsidiary of The University of Manchester, the Southeast Asia Centre has established its presence in Singapore since 1992, and runs flexible Global MBA for executives from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. It now supports nearly 300 students and has graduated more than 1600 students in the Southeast Asia and Oceania region. Read less