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Blended online course

MSc Financial Management

"The MSc in Financial Management aims to offer the notions and skills that today’s managers require, and provides a starting point for a successful career in finance."

Amedeo De Cesari, Course Director

Amedeo De Cesari, Financial Management Course Director
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    This is a blended course.Online course content with face-to-face workshops, twice a year at our Manchester Centre.

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    Course duration:
    24 months – 5 years
    Part-time course tailored to your circumstances.

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    Fees: £20,500.Paid in instalments throughout your course

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    Course start date:
    September 2019.
    Currently one intake per year.

As the world is evolving, it’s important that you are at the forefront of our changing environment.

The MSc in Financial Management equips you with a deep understanding of the tasks finance professionals undertake, and the skills required for a successful career in finance.

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Course overview

Whether you have previous experience in finance or are seeking to develop a career in this sector, this part-time Master’s degree will provide a thorough introduction to the main tasks and objectives that a finance practitioner undertakes.

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You will learn how to:

  • Understand the interplay between well-functioning financial markets and successful companies
  • Apply a full range of financial techniques to real-life business situations
  • Describe, analyse and interpret financial data from markets and companies
  • Offer data-based solutions to complex and relevant business challenges, such as analysis of financial strategies, selecting valuable investment projects
Conversion course

Looking for a change in career or have a limited finance background? This MSc acts as a conversion course, and doesn’t require finance experience.

Industry residentials

Meet and network with industry peers and experts during residentials, held in each semester at one of our International Centres.

World-class team

Taught by one of Europe’s most experienced Accounting and Finance teams, with access to some of the most extensive financial databases and learning material around.

Blended learning

MSc Financial Management is delivered through a part-time blended learning format. This means you will study online, using web-enabled technology systems, for the majority of the course, allowing for greater flexibly in when you choose to study.

You will also get the opportunity to network with your classmates and tutors at face-to-face workshops delivered at our Manchester centre.

Alliance Manchester Business School

Our MSc in Financial Management is developed and delivered by Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS). AMBS was established in 1965, as one of the UK’s first two business schools.

We have a global network of over 60,000 alumni, spread across 176 countries. With triple accreditation from AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS, we provide world-class, industry-focused education to professionals across the globe.

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Financial Zone

From the moment you start the course, you will have access to Alliance Manchester Business School's Finance Zone, one of the UK’s most comprehensive collections of specialist financial and business databases.

These resources are used by top researchers around the world and include Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson ONE, Compustat, WRDS, Capital IQ plus many more.

Course units

Units 1 - 4



  • Introduction to accounting
  • Accounting conventions and techniques to support organisational decision-making
  • Foundations and principles of management and financial accounting



  • Introduction to finance
  • Time value of money and asset valuation
  • Cost of capital and capital budgeting techniques



  • Introduction to corporate finance
  • Cost of capital estimation and advanced capital budgeting techniques
  • The choice between equity capital and debt capital



  • Overview of the global financial system
  • Banking and financial regulation, investment banking and private equity
  • Risk management and hedging strategies

Units 5 - 8

Units 9 - 11

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Master of Science
2 years part-time
Entry requirements
The programme is a conversion degree suitable for students without a significant academic background in the field of finance. We would normally expect applicants to possess a UK bachelor degree (or overseas equivalent) with first or upper second class honours.

In addition, good levels of numeracy and financial literacy are essential and these will be evaluated as part of the application process.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To apply, please click here.

 If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact us on or call +44 (0)161 306 8333.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

MSc Financial Management - An Introduction with the Course Director

Successful finance practictioners require a wide range of transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge in areas such as corporate finance, financial markets and financial accounting. Our MSc comprises foundational units in finance and accounting alongside advanced units in the following areas:

  • Financial management
  • Financial markets
  • Financial strategy
  • Private equity
  • Data Analysis & Statistical Techniques
  • Quantitative Methods for Financial Management

A final supervised project will allow you to deepen your finance knowledge and apply your skills by analysing real-world information and addressing questions with practical implications. You will be taught by a team of academics that have several years of experience delivering course content both online and face-to-face within blended programmes. Our academics are on the cutting-edge of finance research, which informs their teaching. They regularly utilise our wide range of financial databases in their learning and teaching activities. This is a significant strength of our MSc in Financial Management.

The course will equip you with:

  • A deep understanding of the tasks that financial managers and other similar finance practitioners undertake and the objectives they pursue;
  • The ability to describe and interpret the functioning of financial markets;
  • An understanding of why and how successful companies rely on and benefit from well-functioning financial markets;
  • The skills and knowledge to analyse and synthesise complex information from corporations and financial markets, and offer solutions to challenging problems;
  • The capability to search and gather relevant financial information from several sources such as companies' annual reports and financial databases;
  • Flexible and relevant transferable skills that finance practioners require in their career.
  • FM_course_flow_chart.pdf (PDF, 149KB)
    Details of the course structure including face-to-face workshops for a September start

Open days

As the MSc Financial Management course is delivered mostly online, we do not offer an open day for it. However, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact our Course Advisors at . We are also able to arrange a personal consultation with a member of the Financial Management academic team if you wish to have a more detailed discussion regarding the course or your eligibility. Please contact us to arrange this.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Alliance Manchester Business School
+44 (0)161 306 8333
Alliance Manchester Business School was established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. Today, we are the UK's largest campus-based business and management school, and 'Original Thinking Applied' is at the heart of everything we do. Find out more .

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