Financial Management (MSc)

  • financial-management

The MSc Financial Management recognises that today's business managers need to be able to interpret financial information and use it to guide business strategy.

There is a strong emphasis in the programme on the development of personal managerial skills and the application of the critical and analytical skills needed by contemporary financial managers.

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Full time: 12 months
Part time: 28 months

Start Date: January, September

Tuition Fees for 2020/21:
£7,500 (Home/EU students)
£13,340 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Business and Management
Contact Name:
Richard Dunstan
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This qualification provides an excellent platform for those interested in a career in financial management. The curriculum inherent within this programme addresses not only conventional accounting concepts and issues and discussions at the forefront of the discipline, it also encompasses the need for a broader based management perspective that facilitates the continued role of the accountant in all areas of business management. There is a strong emphasis in the programme on the development of personal managerial skills and the application of the critical and analytical skills needed by contemporary financial managers.


Core modules (compulsory)

  • Contemporary Issues in Corporate
  • Contemporary Issues in Performance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Finance for Business Managers
  • Management
  • Reporting
  • Strategic Management

Options (Choose one)

  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • E Business Strategy
  • Global Business Challenges
  • Intercultural Leadership in and Age of Globalisation
  • Leading and Managing Projects



Students are required to undertake an in-depth business research exercise. It is a vehicle for the integration of skills and knowledge learned during Part 1. It is a substantial piece of work carried out over a period of time, and students can follow their personal preference of subject specialisation.

All students attend a research methods workshop. Following the submission of a research proposal, they are allocated a supervising tutor with whom they will communicate regularly and who will support them throughout the process.

  • Develop the key accounting and financial management skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
  • Work with friendly, experienced, practice-led tutors who will guide you through every step of the process.
  • Join a learning community that will become a business network for life.
  • Gain a leading financial management qualification in a flexible, supportive learning environment.

Modules are assessed by coursework. This may take various forms, work-based projects, small research projects, presentations, case study analysis and the dissertation. Students on the full time programme or who are not currently in employment may be able to base their projects on companies from the extensive SBS employer network to provide alternatives to work based assignments.

We encourage applications from individuals of all disciplines who currently hold degree and/or professional qualifications. We also encourage applications from individuals with professional, leadership and managerial experience who may be admitted onto a master’s programme at the discretion of the Programme Director.

Applicants must be over 21 years of age and possess one or more of the following:

  1. A recognised Honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent.
  2. A professional qualification.
  3. Applicants who are over 25 years of age and do not meet the above criteria may be admitted to the course provided their professional or managerial experience is deemed to be appropriate.

Applicants who have a relevant professional accounting qualification (e.g. ACCA, CIMA, ACA) at credit level 7 are likely to be admitted with exemption from modules in Part One. They are likely to only have to complete the dissertation in order to gain the MSc.

Graduates of the programme will be expected to gain employment at managerial level, with the prospects of progressing to Financial Director or Chief Executive in the UK and Internationally.  However they will be equally well equipped to take on an entrepreneurial role in a Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) or to advise SMEs on a regional or national basis. This is important in Welsh economy where indigenous SMEs are vital to future economic development and growth.

It would also provide a route for qualified accountants and finance professionals to obtain a level 7 masters award in financial management. Qualified chartered accountants are likely to only have to complete the part 2 dissertation stage so this should provide an attractive proposition to this market. Within the current economic climate, the award should provide additional job security for both qualified and part qualified finance professionals.

As an institution we seek to continually enhance the student experience and as a result additional costs maybe incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum with additional activities being optional.