Crucial to the success of any organisation, financial management is an exciting discipline with complex challenges and far-reaching effects in today's global business world. Its importance lies in the constant need for evermore effective management of funds to enable organisations to realise their potential and go after their goals. Only with efficient financial management can a business truly survive and grow in a sustainable way.
At Middlesex we value skills training as highly as we value theory, so you can expect to not only learn the advanced concepts behind financial management but the practical ways in which you can use this knowledge within your profession. Our approach is to arm you with theories and methods that are used by real businesses worldwide, enhancing your appeal to future employers who look for graduates with practical know-how as well as academic qualifications.
To do this, we teach you the essential topics such as how to interpret and critically evaluate financial statements, and relate it back to the practicalities of the profession, such as how to apply decision-making skills to complex financial situations. This complete package of training with exposure to a broad range of expertise within our Business School ensures that our students graduate with the confidence and capability to chase senior financial positions at a variety of stimulating organisations.
This course is available as a masters (MSc), postgraduate diploma (PG Dip), or postgraduate certificate (PG Cert).
PG Cert Financial Management – Two 30 credit modules only
This level of study focuses on corporate finance and the relationship between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to apply key financial and management accounting skills and theories to real-world business operations. You’ll also develop methods for identifying, understanding and evaluating the problems faced by corporate decision makers using the relevant conceptual framework.
PG Dip Financial Management – Two 30 credit modules plus an additional four 15 credit modules
This course goes further than the PG Cert to equip you with the tools an international manager or entrepreneur would need including business plans, financial management tools, capital budgeting and valuing ventures. You’ll also examine how corporate governance can impact your work, and how investors and financiers use corporate reports to assess stability and form valuations.
MSc Financial Management – Two 30 credit modules, four 15 credit modules plus a dissertation
The MSc goes one step further than a PG Dip to allow you the opportunity to bring together the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course and apply them to an original research project. This is a chance for you to extend your knowledge of a selected topic and to apply it to the formulation and design of a substantive investigation.
You will attend computer laboratory classes, lectures to expand your knowledge, and workshops and seminars to discuss concepts and issues. You will work on problem-solving exercises and case studies, as well as your dissertation, and will have a reading list of textbooks and journal articles.
You will submit a 15,000-word dissertation, accompanied by a 2,000-word research proposal, and will also be assessed through exams, essays, reports and case studies. You will receive regular feedback on your work. Some coursework will be done in groups.
Research interests: Sepideh is particularly interested in how companies endeavour to attain and maintain the level and standard of social reporting in different cultural contexts. She has published in a range of journals, amongst which are the British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics and International Journal of Human Resource Management.
Research interests: Market anomalies, market microstructure, stock market liquidity, and corporate governance.
Prior to joining Middlesex University, Sina taught in Durham University where he obtained his PhD. He holds a Master’s degree from Glasgow University and A BSc from the Lebanese American University.
Research interests: Theoretical and empirical issues of bank efficiency, competition, microeconomics of banking and shareholder value creation.
Nemanja is an author of several publications in top peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining Middlesex University, Nemanja held positions in Huddersfield University, London Metropolitan University and University of Rome where he obtained his PhD.
Research interests: Financial Reporting, ethics and governance
Firoozeh graduated from University College London with a BSc and MSc in Economics. She trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and then worked as a group financial controller in Canada. She is the Vice-Chair of Heads of Departments of Accounting and Finance in UK. She is also a member of the Governing Body of two educational institutions.
Research interests: Financial reporting; Audit quality; Corporate governance
Kooi See Yeap has extensive accounting experience in public accounting firm prior to joining the teaching profession. She has taught in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam
Research Interests: Accounting education, technology in education, accounting history.
Ellie is a Middlesex University alumna. She trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte gaining experience of a diverse range of clients in the banking and finance industry.
She is heavily involved with the activities of the British Accounting and Finance Association – Accounting Education Special Interest Group.
Research interests: Stock liquidity around earnings disclosures and dividend announcements, index revision and investment opportunities, corporate risk management, corporate governance and investor relations.
Ngoc was awarded her Master degree by the Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Advanced International Studies. She subsequently obtained her Doctorate at Brunel University. During her career, Ngoc has been awarded a number of prestigious commercial and governmental scholarships. Prior to joining Middlesex University, Ngoc held appointments within the educational sector and government agencies.
Research interests: Empirical Finance; Financial Econometrics; Risk Management; Banking; Financial Economics.
Teaching interests: Management and Financial Accounting
John is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds Qualified Teacher Status from the General Teaching Council for England. He is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from University College Cork, Ireland. He has spent most of his professional life working in industry (manufacturing, engineering, motor, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, retail and drinks) as an accountant/finance professional.
He has a wide range of teaching experience including preparing accountants for their final CIMA exams.
Teaching interests: Audit and Assurance, Financial Analysis and Evaluation
Toby qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 with a firm which is now part of Baker Tilly. After spending time in audit, corporate finance and corporate recovery, Toby moved to Speciality Retail Group becoming its Finance Director between 1996 and 2003, a period of rapid expansion and success for the company. Toby joined Middlesex University in 2003 but continues involvement with private companies through corporate consultancy and advising social enterprises. Toby sits on the board of a social enterprise, is Treasurer of St Matthew's Westminster and parent governor and Chair of Finance at Queens Park Community School.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This course is an excellent preparation for a financial career in 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. Some of our graduates have then gone on to work in prestigious organisations including Towers Watson, Barclays, RBS, Tradewise, the Bank of England, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Leadenhall Finance, and Ceetec Solutions.
As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.
MSc Financial Management
"I had always had a passion for finance but it took me a few years to follow my ambition – in fact I studied English and Theatre Studies as an undergraduate. This course is excellent because you don't need a financial background and it trains you in all the key areas of finance. However, you do have to work very hard to make up for it; I spent a lot of time in the library poring over accountancy and finance articles and drew on the support and advice of lecturers, who were outstanding. My dissertation was on the operating financial review; it used to be mandatory for companies to complete it until Gordon Brown made it optional, so I looked at why he may have taken that decision and whether it was the right one. It's great to be able to use my knowledge to investigate issues that affect businesses in reality. The academic side of finance has been very stimulating and I'm toying with the idea of doing a PhD. Alternatively, I would look for a job as a financial analyst so I can really utilise all the skills I've learnt on the course."
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Financial Management
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate. The fees below refer to the 2016/17 academic year unless stated otherwise.
|Full time course fees 2015||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2015*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£68 (per taught credit) |
£34 (per dissertation credit)
|£88 (per taught credit) |
£44 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||£68 (per taught credit)||£88 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||£68 (per taught credit)||£88 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide