Education for the higher educated

Financial Management, MSc

Middlesex University

  • Description
  • Overview

This course is an excellent preparation for a financial career in a diverse range of business organisations. Designed for students with no prior qualifications in accounting or finance, it focuses on accounting techniques and financial tools and  their impact on the day-to-day management of operational and corporate affairs.

 

The Financial Management Masters offers a range of modules enabling you to concentrate on the most relevant and topical areas in the field. The emphasis of the financial management masters throughout is to impart key skills and to relate understanding of financial management issues to the real world.

 

You will develop the technical skills needed to interpret and critically evaluate financial statements and apply decision-making skills to complex situations.

You can start this course in October or January. Full-time students usually attend three days a week and part-time students, two days a week.



Normally a second class honours degree or above, or an overseas equivalent qualification. We will consider all applications with a non-accounting background - all essential areas are covered on the course.

 

Standard entry requirements

For the MSc Financial Management we normally require a second class honours degree or above, or an overseas equivalent qualification. We will consider all applications with a non-accounting background - all essential areas are covered on the course.

 

International entry requirements

We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas university, to find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country.

 

English language requirements

You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL paper based 575 (no less than 4.5 in test of written English) or TOEFL internet based 90 (with no less than 19 in each component) Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.



Our MSc Financial Management graduates are highly attractive to employers because of their analytical and problem-solving skills and their ability to think logically and quantitatively.

 

Some of our graduates have gained lucrative graduate training contracts at prestigious companies and many are working for very well known and respected organisations.

 

This course is an excellent preparation for a financial career in a diverse range of business organisations. It leads to a wide range of attractive and rewarding opportunities, including banking, insurance, pensions, privatisation, and funds management. Many of our graduates have found employment in areas such as corporate finance, financial analysis, credit analysis, commercial lending, financial consulting, risk management and investment banking.


Your knowledge and understanding is assessed through a combination of presentations, group and individual coursework and written examinations.

 

Modules

  • Year 1
    • Corporate Finance (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Financial Management for the Small Business (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Financial Reporting (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Strategic Management Accounting (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    This module aims to develop a rigorous theoretical grounding for corporate financial decision-making. The module examines the development of analytical frameworks of corporate finance together with a critical appreciation of the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour. The module requires a minimum level of algebra and mathematics although a proper understanding of these issues requires some investment in a few formula used.
    The module provides students with the opportunity to select their own specialised research topic in the area of financial management and work under the supervision of an academic member of staff. Students will be expected to apply relevant theoretical frameworks and research methodologies/methods whilst conducting their research. The module requires students to independently plan, organise, and coherently produce a limited but a well researched work. Dissertation students on the MSc Financial Management are required to choose a topic of their interest in the field of financial management. Students on MSc Financial Management with Corporate Accountability are required to choose a topic in the field of Corporate Accountability. Students will research their chosen topic and produce a detailed research proposal 2000-word document in Stage 1. The 2,000-word document should indicate that the student has carried out a literature search on his/her topic and has chosen a suitable methodological approach and will apply the appropriate research techniques. The whole project approximately 15,000-word document will be completed in Stage 2. The final dissertation should have the following characteristics: 1.A clear statement of the problem to be investigated Research questions/ Hypotheses, Research methodology/ methods and data sample/ sources 2.Literature review/ theoretical framework 3.Evidence of original data collection 4.In-depth analysis of the problem, including evidence, ideas of arguments from major published sources where available in the problem area, that is, demonstration of linking of data to the literature 5.A reasoned conclusion based upon the analysis , and where appropriate recommendations policy related and for further research .
    The module aims to provide students with an awareness and understanding of various aspects of the financial management of small businesses, including characteristics of small businesses, business plan, start-up process, sources of financing, process of going public, performance measurement, growth models and the role of government policies.
    This module aims to provide an overview of financial reporting to enable students to understand and evaluate the role of published financial statements. It provides an insight as to how accounting systems affect, and are affected, by society and the environment. The module grounds the accounting work in conceptual, regulatory and governance context. On the applied side the module allows students to interpret financial statements using commonly used techniques.
    The unifying theme of this module is the role played by management accounting information in organisational control and decision making processes. In this module, different concepts in strategic management accounting together with emerging issues in a wide range of related topics will be discussed and critically analysed

 

If you have not studied accounting and finance but have a keen interest in the subject and intend to broaden your career opportunities then this is an excellent course for you. The course will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in financial management. The emphasis of the course throughout is to impart both key skills and to relate understanding of financial management issues to the real world. You will develop the technical skills needed to interpret and critically evaluate financial statements and you will develop and apply decision-making skills to complex situations.

 

This course will:

  • provide you with the knowledge and skills to equip you for a career in a diverse range of business organisations
  • develop your competence to apply a range of financial and accounting skills to the practice of financial management
  • develop your critical and analytical abilities in relation to financial management
  • develop critical, analytical and problem-based learning and transferable skills to prepare you for graduate employment, and enhance the development of your skills.

Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Costs (indication) More than € 4,550
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country United Kingdom
Completion Diploma