MSc Financial Management (full-time)

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  • Objectives
    This course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of financial management and build on your research and analytical skills. It is an ideal course if you have recently completed a first degree in Accounting, or business Administration, of if you have a related degree and substantial business experience. During the year, you will: -analyse and solve complex problems relating to financial reporting, performance measurement and management, corporate strategy, and financial management; -be encouraged to think creatively and with a questioning mind about problems requiring a multi-disciplinary approach; -become a recognised expert in a specialist topic of your choosing; -improve key personal skills of time management, information accessing, analysis and interpretation; -improve your interpersonal, communication and management skills such as effective motivation and teamwork, giving presentations, and writing reports; -enhance your employability; -develop the confidence that comes with recognition that you are a 'master' of your discipline.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements You will need: -a good honours degree in either Accounting and Finance, or Business (with a significant accounting and finance content - normally at least 40 per cent of the degree) from a recognised Higher Education institution, or -equivalent, from a recognised overseas institution or -to have successfully completed Parts 1 and 2 of the ACCA syllabus, or the Certificate and Managerial levels of the CIMA syllabus and have at least two years' relevant work experience. (If you have passed any of the ACCA Part 3 or CIMA Strategic Level papers you may be eligible for exemption from one or more of the MSc modules).
  • Academic title
    MSc Financial Management
  • Course description

    Today's business managers need to be able to interpret financial information and use it to guide business strategy. Those with expertise and qualifications in accounting and financial management are ideally placed to help improve decision making at all levels of their organisations.

    Unlike similar degrees elsewhere, the MSc Financial Management at Bristol Business School is not simply a Master's in mathematical finance, financial modelling or theoretical accounting.

    There is a strong emphasis on the development of personal managerial skills and the application of the analytical and spreadsheet skills needed by contemporary financial managers. You will focus on knowledge and skills that can be applied within organisations rather than on how financial markets behave.


    To gain the full Master's qualification, you will need to complete 180 credits, including a substantial dissertation on a topic of your choice and one of our specialist optional modules*. If you find for any reason you are unable to complete the full Master's programme then intermediate exit points granting a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management, or a Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Management are available.

    Core modules

    -Corporate Strategy
    -Fundamentals of Financial Management
    -Corporate Financial Strategy
    -Financial Context and Contemporary Issues
    -Performance Measurement and Management
    -Corporate Financial Reporting
    -Research Methods

    Option modules

    -Integrated Strategic Planning
    -Financial Management and Governance in the Health Sector
    -Corporate Risk Management and Control
    -Financial Statement Analysis


    Your dissertation, normally between 12,000 and 15,000 words is an academic research study, preferably based upon a practical problem. You will receive extensive guidance and support from your dissertation supervisor.

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