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Financial Management MSc/PG Cert/PG Dip

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Financial Management

October 2022
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£12,700 (UK) *
£16,800 (EU/INT) *
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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 achieve their goals. Only with efficient financial management can a business truly survive and grow in a sustainable way.

Why study MSc Financial Management at Middlesex University?

Combining an in depth theoretical understanding and essential skills training, you can expect to learn the advanced concepts behind financial management, from corporate governance to data analysis, and the practical ways in which this knowledge can be applied within your chosen 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.

Our academic body is made up of researchers and practitioner who 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. In a highly student focused Accounting and Finance department the support you receive will enable you to graduate with the confidence and capability to pursue senior financial positions at a variety of stimulating organisations.

Course Highlights

  • International focus within modules to enable you to think globally and increase your career opportunities worldwide when you graduate
  • 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

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What you will study on the MSc Financial Management?

Focusing on corporate finance and the relationship between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour the early stage of the course prepares you with the capabilities to apply key financial and management accounting skills and theories to real-world business operations. As the course moves on it equips 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.

Now with the skills and knowledge developed through the course you will be able to apply them to a dissertation research project of your choice. 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.

There are three different awards available for this course:

  • MSc route comprises of one 30 credit module, six 15 credit modules and a 60 credit dissertation
  • PG Certificate route comprises of one 30 credit module plus two 15 credit modules
  • PG Diploma route comprises of one 30 credit module plus six 15 credit modules
  • 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.

    • 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 Reporting (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the financial accounting techniques and practices and their relevance to contemporary business. The impact of international regulatory frameworks on these practices will be evaluated.

    • Financial Data Analysis (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Managerial Accounting (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of management accounting techniques and practices and their relevance to contemporary business. The relevant concepts and theories, together with a range of emerging issues will be presented and critically evaluated.

    • Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the opportunity to select your own specialised research topic in the area of financial management and work under the supervision of an academic member of staff. You will be expected to apply relevant theoretical frameworks, the existing seminal and the most up-to-date scholarly literature together with the relevant research methodologies and methods whilst conducting your research. You will be required to independently plan, organise, and coherently produce well-researched work.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt in recent years by enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.

How will the MSc Financial Management be taught?

You will attend lectures and take part in seminars and workshops to explore concepts and issues. 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 be expected to collaborate with your peers as part of the learning process which will involve group activity and involvement in online discussions and learning.


You will be assessed through a variety of exams, essays and 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.

Teaching and learning from 2022

We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year.

We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our in-person teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.

Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information is likely to change slightly for 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.

Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

8 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

4 hours

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online

  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.


You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MSc Financial Management support your career?

This course is an excellent preparation for a financial career in banking, insurance, pensions, privatisation, 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 can include:

  • Financial analyst
  • Credit analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Risk and Insurance analyst

Dr Sepideh Parsa
Associate Professor

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.

Dr Sina Badreddine
Senior Lecturer

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.

Firoozeh Ghaffari
Senior Manager/Head of Department

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.

Kooi See Yeap
Senior Lecturer

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

Ellie Franklin
Senior Lecturer

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.

Dr Ann (Ngoc) Nguyen
Senior Lecturer

Ann 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.

John Walsh
Senior Lecturer

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.

Toby York
Senior Lecturer

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.

  • Gloria Botchway

    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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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