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MSc Finance and Strategy

Take your career to the next level with our MSc Finance and Strategy degree, designed to give you all the tools and knowledge needed to take advantage of new opportunities in the finance and accounting industry. This programme is delivered 100% online and is designed for those who already have a professional financial qualification as well as those looking to gain one.

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Programme overview

Faced with unprecedented levels of information and activity in diverse areas such as financial reporting, foreign exchange and risk management, it’s critical that industry professionals equip themselves with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in finance.

A master’s in Finance and Strategy can help you adapt to the rapidly evolving world of business, finance and accounting.

This 100% online MSc Finance and Strategy programme offers future senior managers a deeper understanding of the challenges facing their industry and how to navigate the complexities and nuances of the field.

The programme offers a broad-ranging syllabus, exploring areas such as performance management, FinTech and financial risk in a global context. As well as helping you to develop your strategic thinking and leadership skills, the course can enhance your understanding of business practices and top-level decision making.

Features and benefits

  • Many of the modules are accredited by leading professional institutions
  • Allows two years to complete the course and flexible study options to work alongside your existing work and life commitments
  • Provides the opportunity to gain entry at a higher level to professional qualifications, including the CIMA Master’s Gateway route
  • Offers an accelerated route, with exemptions from four of the nine modules, if you already have a professional qualification from a recognised institution, such as ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or AAT. This means you can focus on the research and dissertation elements of the programme
  • Provides a vocational study route, which develops the practical skills, theory and workplace understanding needed for career progression
  • Includes regular live online seminars with your tutors and peers to explore and discuss topical themes; all sessions are recorded so you can watch them in your own time
  • Provides multiple one-hour seminars each week to cater for different time zones and work/life commitments
  • Provides the chance to work in small peer groups on weekly tasks through a virtual learning platform
  • Offers the opportunity to attend a five-day annual Executive Conference in Manchester to complement your online learning with experiences including: working on projects with students across the world; meeting faculty members and undertaking executive development activities.

About the online course

Our Global Online MSc Finance and Strategy course is designed to work around your existing commitments. Your programme can be completed within a maximum of two years with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours.

Typical units of study may include*:

  • Critical Reading, Writing and Literature Research (15 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Strategy and Leadership (15 credits)
  • Financial Technologies (15 credits)
  • Performance Management and Control (15 credits)
  • Corporate Reporting (15 credits)
  • Philosophical and Methodological Approaches to Research (15 credits)


Dissertation (60 credits)

As part of the course, you will also be required to produce a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words. Our MSc finance course is vocational in nature, and our form of assessment focuses on real-world experience. Students will be expected to draw on their own professional experience and include commentary on projects that they have been a part of within the workplace.

*These units and their timing are subject to change.


Academic expertise

Our team of committed and enthusiastic academics and researchers are dedicated to providing you with the study support you need to excel.

Your professional and commercial programme directors are:

Dr Michael Flanagan, Senior Lecturer and Fellow of the Foundation of Management Education

Michael joined the Manchester Metropolitan Business School in 2008. He lectures on topics including: Corporate Finance, Advanced Performance Management and Security Derivatives.

He has previously held director-level positions while managing and running businesses and operations within the domestic appliance and PC assembly industries. With experience in Customer Service, Manufacturing, Logistics, Purchasing, Product and Business Development, Michael has also advised early start-up companies on their product development and engineering strategies.

Anna Egan, Senior Lecturer

Anna has been a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan Business School since 2015. She delivers a range of modules to students at a variety of levels – including undergraduate and professional courses – and lectures on topics including Financial Management, Management Accounting and Strategy.

She strongly believes in student-facing teaching, particularly the importance of providing pastoral care to students through personal tutoring sessions.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to fulfil the following criteria to be accepted onto the course:

  • An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a Business, Finance or Economics related subject or an overseas equivalent from a recognised higher education institution
  • OR an equivalent qualification such as ACCA F1-F9
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website


The fees for this programme (2017/2018) are £13,308.

We are currently offering a 30% Inaugural Intake Scholarship for anyone joining this programme in September 2018. To be eligible, students must be able to demonstrate their leadership skills and a willingness to collaborate in an online learning environment.

For more information about the financial support available, please visit our Fees and Funding pages. 

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