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MSc Financial Management

Course Overview

Crucial to the success of any organisation, financial management is an exciting discipline with complex challenges and far-reaching effects in today\\\'s global business world. Its importance lies in the constant need for evermore effective management of funds to enable organisations to realise their potential and go after their goals. Only with efficient financial management can a business truly survive and grow in a sustainable way.

The MSc Financial Management course covers the essential topics such as how to interpret and critically evaluate financial statements, and relate it back to the practicalities of the profession, such as how to apply decision-making skills to complex financial situations. This complete package of training with exposure to a broad range of expertise within Middlesex Business School ensures that students graduate with the confidence and capability to chase senior financial positions at a variety of stimulating organisations.

You can expect to not only learn the advanced concepts behind financial management but the practical ways in which you can use this knowledge within your profession. The approach is to arm you with theories and methods that are used by real businesses worldwide, enhancing your appeal to future employers who look for graduates with practical know-how as well as academic qualifications.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Financial Management

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Middlesex University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time


    1 year

    Tuition fees



    October & January

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

• A lower second class honours degree or higher in an appropriate subject.

• International students: equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification.

• Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of experience.

• Candidates without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. If you don

Progression route

Further academic study at postgraduate level including MPhil, DBA, PhD or professional career.

Career opportunities

This course is an excellent preparation for a financial career in banking, insurance, pensions, privatisation, and funds management. Recent graduates have found employment in areas such as corporate finance, financial analysis, credit analysis, commercial lending, financial consulting, risk management and investment banking.



  • Corporate Finance (30 credits)
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability (15 credits)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance (15 credits)
  • Financial Analysis and Valuation (15 credits)
  • Financial Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Financial and Management Accounting (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)


Assessment methods
You will submit a 15,000-word dissertation, accompanied by a 2,000-word research proposal, and will also be assessed through exams, essays, reports and case studies. You will receive regular feedback on your work. Some coursework will be done in groups.  


Aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • provide students with the knowledge and skills to equip them for a career in a diverse range of business organisations
  • develop students’ competence to apply a range of financial and accounting skills to the practice of financial management
  • develop the critical and analytical abilities of students in relation to financial management
  • develop critical, analytical and problem-based learning and transferable skills to prepare students for graduate employment
  • develop students’ ability to undertake academically rigorous independent research and enhance the students’ capacity to communicate ideas, arguments and research findings effectively in written form


Main learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • current developments and topical issues in the practice of financial management
  • theoretical and conceptual grounding in finance and its latest development
  • critical analysis and evaluation of financial and management accounting
  • research methods and techniques


Cognitive (thinking) skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • critically analyse and interpret financial and non-financial information
  • critique the relevant and complex theories and issues in the field of financial management
  • apply the relevant theories and/or theoretical models to practical problems and situations and present informed arguments on strengths and weaknesses of the theories and theoretical models used
  • identify and develop an area of research in topical issues in financial management
  • model the major areas of financial decision making use of quantitative information


Practical skills

On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:

  • retrieve financial and non-financial information from a range of different sources including electronic databases
  • apply the results of financial and non-financial analysis
  • calculate the future returns of different proposed projects as part of the decision making process


What you will learn from modules of this MSc

Corporate Finance

This module aims to develop identification, understanding and critical evaluation of the problems that are commonly faced by corporate decision makers using the relevant conceptual framework. The module examines the techniques that have been developed in applied corporate finance, together with a critical appreciation of the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour.


Corporate Governance and Accountability

This module examines the evolution of corporate governance and accountability mechanisms from theoretical and practical viewpoints. More specifically, topical issues in corporate governance and social reporting are covered to elevate students understanding of how such mechanisms can be applied to enhance corporate accountability. In doing so, the module highlights the significance of corporate transparency and how it links with corporate accountability. High profile cases of corporate failure and other relevant cases are critically discussed and evaluated to draw attention to the issues discussed in the module.


Entrepreneurial Finance 

The module aims to provide students with an awareness and understanding of various theories, knowledge, and financial tools an entrepreneur needs including business plan, financial management tools, financing a new venture, valuing ventures, process of going public, capital budgeting and measuring financial performance to start, build, and harvest a successful venture.


Financial Analysis and Valuation

Financial analysis and valuation provides students with an understanding of how investors and corporate financiers use corporate reports and other publicly available information to assess the overall stability as well as the future prospects and valuation of companies.


Financial Data Analysis

This module aims to provide an overview of research methodology, develop quantitative analytical skills and provide training for data analysis using the IBM SPSS software. Specific aims include: summarising data findings, hypotheses testing statistical inference, develop simple models draw supportable conclusions.


Financial and Management Accounting 

This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the financial accounting and management accounting techniques and practices and their relevance to contemporary business. The relevant concepts and theories, together with a range emerging issues will be presented and critically evaluated.



The module provides students with the opportunity to select their own specialised research topic in the area of financial management and work under the supervision of an academic member of staff. Students will be expected to apply relevant theoretical frameworks and research methodologies/methods whilst conducting their research. The module requires students to independently plan, organise, and coherently produce a limited but a well-researched work.