A challenging and rewarding discipline no matter what the organisation - financial management has the power to make or break a business. Now, students who do not meet the requirements of a 12 month postgraduate course can still pursue a career in this exciting, fast-paced financial sector by completing an extra three months of study to bring them up to speed.
At Middlesex, we believe that a lack of experience or qualifications is not always a reflection of your true potential. That's why we created this 15 month postgraduate course of study in Financial Management, to help those people who do not qualify for our 12 month programme gain the essential knowledge and skills they need to catch up and complete the same level of study as the rest of our postgraduates. We've tailored the course to include three extra months of study that cover the essential skills and theories you need to embark on an advanced course in Financial Management.
After completing these initial three months of groundwork in accounting and finance, you'll explore advanced modules that focus on key areas of financial management and how these relate to the real world of business, such as interpreting and critically evaluating financial statements and applying decision-making skills to complex financial situations. 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 apply this knowledge within your profession.
This course is available as a masters (MSc), postgraduate diploma (PG Dip), or postgraduate certificate (PG Cert).
PG Cert Financial Management – Four 30 credit modules only
The first stage of this and every level of postgraduate study in Financial Management (15 month) is to fully understand how to write academically, extract valuable information from your reading, critically evaluate that information and present it professionally. You’ll also explore key financial accounting and management accounting techniques and theories. With these essential tools, you’ll gain more from your studies so that by the end of the PG Cert you can apply key concepts in management and techniques often used in corporate finance.
PG Dip Financial Management – Four 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 – Four 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.
This module aims to develop the academic skills of students to a standard matched to the specialised demands expected of someone about to commence a Master s programme in a business-related field. The module covers a wide range of forms of academic expression, including not only academic writing but other formats such as presentation, extractive reading, a range of types of critical evaluation, and skills of wider academic argument and debate, and academic work and negotiation on a cross cultural platform. This module integrates with companion module studies on the Advanced Diploma, and is targeted on materials that students encounter on that companion module.
This module aims to develop identification, understanding and critical evaluation of the problems that are commonly faced by corporate decision makers using the relevant conceptual framework. The module examines the techniques that have been developed in applied corporate finance, together with a critical appreciation of the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour.
This module examines the evolution of corporate governance and accountability mechanisms from theoretical and practical viewpoints. More specifically, topical issues in corporate governance and social reporting are covered to elevate students understanding of how such mechanisms can be applied to enhance corporate accountability. In doing so, the module highlights the significance of corporate transparency and how it links with corporate accountability. High profile cases of corporate failure and other relevant cases are critically discussed and evaluated to draw attention to the issues discussed in the module.
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.
The module aims to provide students with an awareness and understanding of various theories, knowledge, and financial tools an entrepreneur needs including business plan, financial management tools, financing a new venture, valuing ventures, process of going public, capital budgeting and measuring financial performance to start, build, and harvest a successful venture.
Financial analysis and valuation provides students with an understanding of how investors and corporate financiers use corporate reports and other publicly available information to assess the overall stability as well as the future prospects and valuation of companies.
This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the financial accounting and management accounting techniques and practices and their relevance to contemporary business. The relevant concepts and theories, together with a range emerging issues will be presented and critically evaluated.
This module aims to provide an overview of research methodology, develop quantitative analytical skills and provide training for data analysis using the IBM SPSS software. Specific aims include: summarising data findings, hypotheses testing statistical inference, develop simple models draw supportable conclusions.
This module aims: to offer an up-to-date overview of the key concepts of management and the role in businesses; to examine the contemporary business environment; to discuss and evaluate the challenges in modern management; to demonstrate the practical applications of management from a range of sectors through real cases.
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.
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.
ourse will prepare you for a financial career in banking, insurance, pensions, privatisation, and funds management where many of our graduates have found employment in corporate finance, financial analysis, credit analysis, commercial lending, financial consulting, risk management and investment banking. Towers Watson, Barclays, Tradewise, the Bank of England, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, and Ceetec Solutions are some of the organisations our graduates have gained employment in.
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."