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This flexible MSc introduces you to more sophisticated tools and techniques that finance practitioners regularly exploit in their profession. If you are looking to upskill or for career progression this course will equip you with financial management knowledge and skills sought by organisations worldwide.

This 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

This course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence that allows you to pursue a successful career in financial management.

You'll gain a deep understanding of the characteristics and functioning of financial markets in a global context and while you do not need to be a finance specialist to take this course, a strong interest in numbers and analytics is important.

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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;
  • search and gather relevant financial information from multiple sources, including companies' annual reports and financial databases;
  • offer data-based solutions to complex and relevant business challenges, such as analysis of financial strategies, selecting valuable investment projects.
Flexible study

Studying a flexible course means you can learn while you continue to work and apply the skills and knowledge you learn immediately to solve your day-to-day business challenges in finance.

Face-to-face workshops

Meet and network with industry peers and global experts during workshops, held over six days, twice each year at our prestigious locations across the world.

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

This online course also offers face-to-face workshops (six days, twice each year) in either Manchester, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore or Dubai depending on where you choose to study. These valuable opportunities give you time to develop your global network, meet the academic team, and have full support from the lecturers.

The workshops are a chance to take time out from day-to-day working life, focus on your studies and undertake experiential learning. You'll apply theory to case studies based on real business problems while working in multicultural groups with colleagues from diverse professional backgrounds.

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: 2021

Degree awarded
Master of Science
24 Months Part Time
Entry requirements

Academic Criteria

Normally, a 1st or 2:1 UK Bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent from an institution recognised by  NARIC .

Or A Master's degree or international equivalent from an institution recognised by NARIC .

We expect that most candidates interested in this Master's will have a degree in engineering, mathematics, business, economics, science or other related subjects; however your degree can be in any discipline if you can demonstrate that you have good numeracy and analytical skills.

We can also consider:

Excellent candidates with a 2:2 UK Bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent, with at least one year of relevant professional experience who can demonstrate their suitability and motivation for this Master's course. The degree should be in a relevant subject with good grades in quantitative subjects. An interview may be required.

All our degree programmes, require a high level of competency in all aspects of English language - speaking, writing, listening and reading. You will need to provide evidence that your English language ability meets the University of Manchester minimum requirements and is sufficient to enable you to fully participate and be successful in the programme. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Applications for September 2021 are open.

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Course options

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

Course description

Successful finance practitioners 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 practitioners require in their career.

Open days

Master's Financial Management - The voice of our students

As the MSc Financial Management course is delivered mostly online and we offer a series of webinars.

You can watch the latest webinar on YouTube by following this link: Watch-back here  


The course fee is £19,500 for those joining the course in September 2021.

The fee covers your tuition. It does not cover your accommodation and travel costs when attending face-to-face workshops.

Please note:

  • Students registered with the Dubai Centre are required to pay 5% VAT on top of the tuition fee,

  • Singapore residents are required to pay the prevailing GST, which will be added to the tuition fee payable.

Alumni will receive 15% discount on the full course fee.

The early application deadline for September '21 has now passed.

Young Professionals Scholarship

  • Four scholarship places are available and students will each receive 40% tuition fee discount (£7,800 each)

Women in Finance Scholarship

  • Four scholarship places are available and students will each receive 30% tuition fee discount (£5,850 each)

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
Contact name
Daisy James
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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