Overview

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

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

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

UNIT 9

VENTURE CAPITAL AND PRIVATE EQUITY

  • Introduction to venture capital and private equity
  • Fund raising 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 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

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Flexible Learning

Study while you work. No exams, 100% coursework & assignment based.
Studying a flexible course means you can learn while you continue to work, directly applying the skills and knowledge you learn immediately to solve your day-to-day business challenges in finance. There are no exams for this MSc.

Globally Recognised

Our Accounting & Finance studies is ranked Top 25 in the world
The University of Manchester is ranked 27th in the world (QS World University Ranking 2020) while Alliance Manchester Business School’s Accounting and Finance Studies is ranked 21st globally (QS World Rankings 2020).
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Alumni & Networking

Connecting you to a powerful global network of business contacts
Join the ranks of our senior management and C-Suites working in top financial institutions across the globe. When you join our MSc Financial Management programme, you become part of an extensive network of the 60,000 AMBS alumni across 176 countries worldwide.
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Cutting Edge Research

Experience the University's one-of-a-kind Data Visualisation Observatory
The University of Manchester is an international powerhouse for Financial Technology (FinTech) research, teaching and innovation. The first of its kind in the UK, its Data Visualisation Observatory offers interactive 3D visualisation of data to visualising monetary flows and stock market behaviours in Fintech.

Careers & Support

Helping you to define and achieve your career goals
Our careers consultants are committed to supporting your journey towards a rewarding graduate destination. Some of our career services include fine tuning your CV/resumé, developing your interview skills, individual career counselling, career workshops and mentorship matching. Our support continues throughout your time with us and after you graduate.

Holistic & Well-rounded Curriculum

Enhancing your career opportunities in the world of finance
The programme's well-balanced combination of online learning excellence and face-to-face conferences with industry leaders allows you to experience finance in action. This, coupled with company visits, study trips, networking events, and career training/workshops, will equip you with the means to flourish in the finance industry upon graduation.

Leading Academics

Guiding you to develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in the finance sector
Taught by one of Europe’s most experienced Accounting and Finance teams, with access to some of the most extensive financial databases and learning material around.

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.

  • 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.

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 workshop, held twice a year in Singapore & Hong Kong.

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.

Updates

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon us a time of deep reflection and contemplation with how to approach the semesters to come. In these uncertain times, we would like to further discuss our arrangements for the year ahead.

We would like to reassure you that your safety and wellbeing are our main priority, as well as ensuring that we deliver outstanding teaching, learning and student experiences. We want to reassure you that we’re doing everything we can to enable every student to fully participate and engage in their studies, regardless of your personal or family circumstances and the changing course of the pandemic. We’re hard at work behind the scenes developing excellent, creative and interactive teaching for the start of the year. 

We have moved our induction activities and welcome events online, so that students who are unable or unwilling to attend at the Centre, may still be able to participate, with Q&A events at the end of each session as well as separate drop-in events especially to address any queries new students may have. The positive feedback from the sessions has led to the introduction of drop-in Q&A sessions to be made available to all Global MBA students, and these drop-in sessions will be conducted twice weekly on Monday and Friday, with members of the Global MBA Support Team present to address relevant queries.

As previously communicated and as many other universities have also now confirmed, workshops will be delivered online in September, and potentially for the entire semester. Nevertheless, in adherence with governmental guidelines and regulations, we will be offering the opportunity for students to attend Virtual Workshops at the Centre. Students will be able to enjoy in-person social connectivity with their peers while working in groups. To make sure we don’t exclude any of you, this hybrid-flexible, mixed-mode teaching approach combining both in-person and online face to face teaching and learning activities, allows you to choose whether or not to attend in-person activities with no ‘learning deficit’.

We are committed to improving and extending our mixed-mode learning provision and are continuing to support our brilliant teaching staff in re-designing teaching material for 2020/21, working with our Institute for Teaching and Learning and through the sharing of best practice on our Teaching and Learning Online Network. We are also currently recruiting additional e-learning and learning technology team members, to provide our colleagues with the very best support and online learning expertise. We ask for your patience and understanding that courses may have minor structural changes, and we hope you understand that any revisions we make are so as to further enhance and improve your learning experience with us.

We are very much looking forward to the new academic year and a return to a slightly different, but very safe and welcoming environment at the Manchester Worldwide S.E. Asia Centre.

From all of us at the Manchester Worldwide S.E. Asia Centre, we hope you stay safe and well. We are, as always, here to support you the best that we can through this extraordinary global situation.

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PROGRAMME DETAILS

Type of Course:Part-time (blended learning)
Course Duration24 months
Fees:£19,500^
Up to 15% discount available*
Start Date:September 2021
Workshop Locations:Singapore & Hong Kong

Join the Hong Kong Centre for workshops during the 2nd & 4th semesters!

Our East Asia Centre in Hong Kong is located at the heart of the city’s prime business district, Causeway Bay. 

 

Broaden your horizons and gain more exposure in Hong Kong, which is the gateway to China, and also Asia’s leading FinTech hub.

Looking for a change in career or have a limited finance background? This MSc acts as a conversion course, and doesn’t require finance experience.

“The curriculum is structured in a way that first imparts students with the theoretical underpinning of finance, before delving into the practical side of the theory through case studies, assignments, and presentations. Therefore, it provides a seamless entry for students without any academic or working experience in finance."

Professor Arif Khurshed, AMBS

*2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking

**2020 QS World Rankings

^Fees listed are indicative and subject to change