M.Sc. Financial Management

University of East London

Tuition fee:
  • € 6,990 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,550 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015, September  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MSc in Financial Management is a specialist academic programme which aims to develop a thorough understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of financial management, and to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse complex situations that occur in financial decision-making.

There are very few specialised programmes on offer in the intersecting area between financial management, banking, securities and financial markets with the right balance of quantitative and qualitative subjects. This programme is a specialist degree covering extensively financial management, financial markets, and banking.

The individual modules have been designed in light of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute curricula as indicated in its CBOK (Candidate Body of Knowledge); thus, the programme provides excellent preparation for the CFA exams.

The programme will examine the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin financial decisions, the techniques that are employed in effective financial decision-making, and will consider finance theory and its application at a national and international level. The roles and the characteristics of financial markets and institutions are explored alongside the theoretical and practical aspects of investment analysis and financial portfolio management, aspects that are increasingly relevant to careers in the financial management area. The programme also covers recent developments in banking and finance such as financial regulation, finance in emerging markets, and Islamic banking and finance.

This programme is designed for you if you have a degree in finance, accounting, economics, business studies or a related discipline. It provides the requisite knowledge base and analytical skills if you wish to pursue a range of careers in the financial services sector such as financial officer, financial manager, financial analyst, financial-risk manager, investment analyst, fund/hedge fund manager, etc. It is also appropriate if you want to pursue further research at doctoral level with a strong interest in financial markets and services.

In summary the programme provides:

* The fundamental concepts, principles and techniques needed for effective financial decision-making
* An integrated analysis of the key elements of finance theory and its applications to those elements in corporate financial practice
* A consideration of the roles and characteristics of financial markets and institutions, and the theoretical and practical applications of investment analysis and financial portfolio management
* An examination of the regulatory framework within the international business environment and the utility of financial decision tools for multinational companies
* An understanding of econometrics techniques and research skills in order to apply this in context when undertaking appropriate research


The programme is composed of four 30 credit taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation (180 M Level credits in total). There are no options, all the modules are compulsory. The four taught modules are Financial Reporting and Analysis, Corporate Finance, Portfolio Management and Banking, and International Finance. There is also a Postgraduate Dissertation that allows you to demonstrate your acquired skills and competencies on a focused research-based project.

Financial Reporting and Analysis provides a critical awareness of corporate financial reporting in an international context and develops your ability to analyse accounting and financial data by the application of selected statistical and econometric techniques used in finance and their application in practice. Corporate Finance, the second module, introduces and develops the theory and practice of corporate finance and emphasises the role of the financial manager as decision maker and provides the theoretical basis of financial decision-making as well as the practical tools and techniques for identifying and solving financial problems.

The third module, Portfolio Management and Banking, covers portfolio theory and management, and develops your understanding of how fund managers select asset management strategies. It also covers recent developments in banking and finance. The last of the four taught modules, International Finance, provides you with an in-depth understanding of specific issues of finance in a global context including the use of various financial instruments that can be employed to manage the risks associated with international business transactions and analysing the key financial decisions of a multinational firm when operating in an international setting.

Learning environment
The programme will utilise various teaching and learning strategies, including:

* Formal lectures to understand the theoretical concepts, models and theories necessary to comprehend Financial Management at the appropriate level
* Seminars and workshops where you have the opportunity to investigate specific areas of interest within financial management, and discuss these with their peers and lecturers
* Analytical and practical skills-based modules where you have the opportunity to contextualise and apply their knowledge
* Lectures/lab sessions on econometric software such as EViews and DataStream to equip you with necessary skills on data collection and analysis


For admission to the programme, applicants normally need to have either:

* An undergraduate honours degree from a recognised/accredited university with a minimum 2.2 classification or equivalent, in disciplines like Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, or related discipline. If you do not have this but have relevant work experience then consideration will be given on a case by case basis providing you can evidence this
* Pass in a recognised Pre-masters or Masters Qualifying Programme

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

You can apply to enter stages of the programme and may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes. Therefore, you must be able to demonstrate and evidence that you have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which you are seeking exemption. For more information on AEL visit

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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