MSc Finance and Strategy

Overview

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
    £860* (Total £10,320)
  • 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 units) 

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 module 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) or an international equivalent
  • OR proven significant professional experience (3 years or more) and/or qualifications in a relevant field
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020/21 academic year (1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2021/22 academic year (1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022). 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. 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.

Fees

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 the 2020/21 academic year of entry (ending August 31 2021): 

Unit fee: £860*

Course fee: £10,320

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

Unit fee: £886*

Course fee: £10,632

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

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit

Academic expertise

Michael Flanagan

Dr Michael Flanagan

Senior Lecturer and Fellow of the Foundation of Management Education 

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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 modules.

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.

*Financial Reporting Council, Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession 2018

Entry requirements

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

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent 
  • OR proven significant professional experience (3 years or more) and/or qualifications in a relevant field 
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website 

 

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020/21 academic year (1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2021/22 academic year (1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022). 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. 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.

Applications

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.

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.

Until September 2021, each 15-credit unit will normally be delivered over an 8-week teaching period. Weeks 1 to 6 comprise taught input. Week 7 provides an opportunity for students to consolidate their learning before submitting the assessment in Week 8.

From September 2021, 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.

Units

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 units)

Fees for the 2020/21 academic year:

Unit fee: £860* | Course fee: £10,320

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

Unit fee: £886* | Course fee: £10,632

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit

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 equates 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

      

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

Michael Flanagan

Dr Michael Flanagan

Senior Lecturer and Fellow of the Foundation of Management Education

Michael joined the Manchester Metropolitan University 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. 

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