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Financial Management (15 month) MSc

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September 2017
15 months full-time
£13,750 (UK/EU)
£16,000 (INT)
Course leader
Sepideh Parsa

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.

Why study MSc Financial Management (15 month) at Middlesex?

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. 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.

Course Highlights

  • 15 month structure provides you with the background knowledge and skills needed to enter into a postgraduate study in the area of financial management
  • Learning from academics with research backgrounds in areas such as corporate governance, financial markets and market microstructure, as well as practitioner experience with organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Speciality Retail Group
  • Strong emphasis on how to apply financial and accounting skills to the practice of financial management in real-world situations
  • Training in specialist industry standard databases systems such as Bloomberg and Datastream, as well as software packages including IBM SPSS

What you will study on the MSc Financial Management (15 months)?

The content of this course is designed to equip you with the essential techniques that are used in investment institutions and familiarise students with the practices that are followed in financial markets. This provides you with the opportunity to apply various models and reflect on your understanding of the prevailing concepts and theories in areas such as finance, risk management and investment.

For masters students, the dissertation gives you an opportunity to address a specific finance or investment issue of particular interest. To aid you in preparing for this project a number of dissertation workshops are delivered during the taught period and at the end of these workshops, you will be ready to submit a dissertation proposal.

  • Modules

    • Corporate Finance (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Financial and Management Accounting (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Corporate Governance and Accountability (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Entrepreneurial Finance (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      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 (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Financial Data Analysis (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an overview of research methodology, develop quantitative and analytical skills, and provide training for data analysis using the IBM SPSS software. Specific aims include summarising data and findings, hypotheses testing and statistical inference, develop simple models, and draw supportable conclusions.

    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How will the MSc Financial Management (15 month) be taught?

You will attend lectures and take part in seminars and workshops to explore concepts and issues of financial management. You will also work on problem-solving exercises and case studies, as well as using a variety of media and online tools to engage with resources, quizzes and learning materials. You will also be expected to collaborate with your peers as part of the learning process. This will involve group activity and involvement in online discussions and learning.


You will be assessed through a variety of exams, essays, reports, for which you will receive feedback as part of the learning process, as well as a grading that measures learning outcomes of the module. As group work is an integral element of your course you may also be assessed as a group, receiving a mark for this collaboration.

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How can the MSc Financial Management (15 month) support your career?

This course is an excellent preparation for a career in banking, insurance, pensions, and funds management, in areas such as corporate finance, financial analysis, credit analysis, commercial lending, financial consulting, risk management and investment banking. Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles at companies including Barclays, RBS, Bank of England and Credit Suisse.

Careers that this course will set you on the path towards include:

  • Finance Officer
  • Treasury Officer
  • Credit Manager
  • Risk and Insurance Manager
  • Finance Controller
  • Gloria Botchway

    MSc Financial Management graduate

    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 pouring 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 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 of the course.

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