MSc Finance and Strategy


Take your finance career further. Wherever you are, whenever you can.

Whether you are already building your career or you’re just starting out, we want to make sure you’re ready to take on the future of an ever-evolving sector. Our specialist masters course is led by academics from Manchester Metropolitan University’s triple accredited business school (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA) to give you the confidence and skills you need to manage the complexities of the global business, finance and accounting landscape.

  • Type
    MSc online
  • Start dates
    January, March, May, July, September and November
  • Length
    2 years part-time
  • Cost per unit
    £886* (Total £10,632)
  • Typical entry requirements
    A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) in a Business, Finance or Economics related subject or an international equivalent OR an equivalent qualification such as ACCA F1-F9 OR a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience

Units may typically 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) 
  • International Strategic Management (15 credits) 
  • Governance, Risk and Control (15 credits) 
  • Corporate Reporting (15 credits) 
  • International Human Resource Management (15 credits) 
  • Methodological Approaches to Research (15 credits) 

Professional Project (30 credits) 

This unit requires students to conduct an in-depth research project on a chosen area of study. This is a chance for you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have developed during the course, as well as engage with real-world study relating to your field of interest. 

For full details of the content within each unit please download our MSc Finance and Strategy factsheet.  

To enrol in the course, you will need the following:

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) in a Business, Finance or Economics related subject or an international equivalent
  • OR an equivalent qualification such as ACCA F1-F9
  • OR a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2021/22 academic year (1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2022/23 academic year (1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023). Please check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

English language requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

We provide a FREE Pearson English test to all applicants, if required, which can be requested from your enrolment advisor during the application process.

Read more about our English requirements.


With our flexible payment options, we have made paying for your course and your professional development as easy as possible.

We offer you the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, we accept all usual online payment methods in any currency via our highly secure Flywire payment portal.

Fees for 2021/22 academic year of entry (1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022):

Unit fee: £886*

Course fee: £10,632

Fees for 2022/23 academic year of entry:

Tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year of entry (1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023) are still being finalised for all courses. Please check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

For more information on our payment structures and financing your degree, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit

Academic expertise

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Emma Holt

Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead, Global Online MSc Finance and Strategy programme

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MSc Finance and Strategy

Delivered 100% online from the City of Manchester, the UK’s second largest financial centre*, you will explore the key topics and technologies that are changing the way we do business – from governance, risk and control to FinTech and more. Throughout, you’ll use real-world case studies that will harness your strategic thinking skills and put theory directly into relevant practice.

Plus, if you already have a professional finance qualification from a recognised institution, such as ACCA, ICEAW, ICAS and CIMA, you could be exempt from up to four of the course’s eleven units.

And with the option to speed up your CIMA Professional Qualification by entering CIMA’s Masters Gateway route after you graduate, you’ll have everything you need to help your CV stand out.

Best of all, with flexibility at its heart, this part-time, online course will give you the freedom to balance study with your busy work or family life while you grow your global network.

*Invest in Manchester (2020)

Who this course is for:

Career developers

The world of finance is constantly evolving to reflect advances in technology and user behaviour and those that work in the sector must evolve with it. Through this online finance masters course, you will explore the key topics and technologies changing how we do business so you can advance your career.

Knowledge seekers

If you want to expand your knowledge in finance and strategy, our academics will guide you through topics such as Financial Technologies, International Strategic Management, Governance, Risk and Control and International Human Resource Management. You will have the flexibility to carry out project work relating to your current role, allowing you to put theory into real-world practice.

Ambitious leaders

Whether you want to spearhead a start-up, lead a global organisation or guide a small business, this course will provide you with the finance leadership skills you need to thrive. Discover specialist units covering topics such as new technologies, regulations and requirements as you study alongside your career.

Career prospects

The rapidly evolving finance sector offers exciting and diverse career prospects for keen businesspeople. Whether you want to lead an organisation, join the finance industry or top up your knowledge, this MSc Finance and Strategy will provide you with the tools and skills you need to succeed.

This online finance masters is delivered online from Manchester, the UK’s second-largest financial centre (Invest in Manchester, 2020). Covering topics including governance, risk control, corporate finance and FinTech, you will explore the technologies changing how we do business.

Throughout the masters, you will use real-world case studies to harness your thinking and prepare you for roles such as Financial Analyst, Accountant and Financial Controller. You will grow your global network as you study alongside career and family commitments.

Our specialist course is led by academics from Man Mets triple accredited Business School (EQUIS, AACDB and AMBA). It will enhance your confidence and skills to take on the challenging landscape of global business, finance and accounting.

Companies where our students have worked:



Amey Plc

Bank of New York Mellom


Coca Cola

Deloitte LLP

Deutsche Bank

EDF Energy

Hilton Hotels Worldwide

IBM Hungary Ltd.


Johnson & Johnson



Sainsbury’s Bank

Scottish Widows

Wescoal Mining

Studying online

Our online masters is designed to work around your work and life commitments. It can be completed in two years with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours.

Study wherever and whenever – all you need is a laptop and an internet connection.

Using our Virtual Learning Environment you will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations and have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks with your fellow students across the globe.

Continued support will be provided by your dedicated Student Success Advisor who’ll be there to help you to get the most from your time with us from the moment you enroll to the time you graduate.

The MSc Finance and Strategy comprises 180 credits. Students are normally expected to study 90 credits per year.

The programme is delivered on a continuous basis and units are scheduled sequentially. The order that units are delivered varies depending on the intake start date, although students will normally start with the Critical Reading, Writing and Literature Research unit. Methodological Approaches to Research and Professional Project will normally be the final units studied. All units are 15-credits with the exception of the 30-credit Professional Project.

Each 15-credit unit will normally be delivered over a 7-week teaching period. Weeks 1 to 6 comprise taught input. Week 7 provides students with an opportunity to consolidate learning before undertaking assessment towards the end of the week. The Professional Project unit is normally 14 weeks. There is normally a one-week Study Break between every unit.


Applying for the course:

All applications are taken through our online applications portal. To get access to the portal please fill in the form on the applications page and we shall send you an email with login details. Once you have access you will be able to upload the following documents and submit your application:

  • Certificate and/or transcripts evidencing your academic and/or professional qualifications eg degree certificate
  • Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers eg IELTS or free Pearson English test results
  • Your CV
  • A passport photo of yourself
  • A personal statement detailing your motivations for studying your chosen course with Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online.


Once submitted we will assess your application and make a decision on whether we can offer you a place on the course. This is usually within five working days of all required documents being uploaded.

Overall methods of assessment

  • You will be assessed by coursework.
  • Each unit is assessed by an assignment (typically 3,000 words, or equivalent). The nature of the assignment varies by unit. Examples may include an essay, case study, report, literature review, research brief, extended project, business analysis, and presentation.
  • The Professional Project will normally take the form of a 10,000-word project-style essay.


Study and assessment breakdown

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of live seminars, discussion boards and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PgDip 120 credits, and a PgCert 60 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the programme will vary according to your style of learning, but it could be:

Study 100% independent study; 0% placement

Assessment 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination

This course is delivered by a triple accredited business school

Our business school is triple accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. By choosing to complete your MBA with us, you are choosing to study at one of the best business schools in the world, internationally recognised for excellence in teaching and research.


Meet Dan

An entrepreneur who is experiencing the constantly evolving finance industry is Dan, a student on our Online Masters in Finance and Strategy. We caught up with him to find out what his experience has been like on the course so far. 

Academic expertise

Picture of Emma Holt Programme Lead Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Emma Holt

Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead, Global Online MSc Finance and Strategy programme

Prior to joining Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019, Emma had almost 25 years’ experience in legal practice, including 10 years in senior leadership and management roles within the legal services sector. Emma has also developed significant experience in risk management.

Emma qualified as a solicitor in 1994 after gaining a LLB (Hons) from the University of Manchester in 1990 and completing the Law Society Solicitors’ Final Examination at Manchester Polytechnic in 1991.

An experienced non-executive board director, Emma lectures on Strategy and Leadership, Business Law and Professional Development and has experience in teaching Governance, Risk and Control. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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