Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
This rigorous MSc Financial Management programme gives you a strong grounding in core financial disciplines, including:
- risk management
- financial theory
There is a strong emphasis on applying specialist knowledge and skills to real-world business scenarios. You will become adept at analysing financial information and its application within an organisation.
You’ll develop a critical understanding of:
- how capital markets operate
- how companies are valued
- how markets shape the financial manager’s operating context
- how companies can protect themselves against risk and uncertainty
It has an international perspective, with key modules on Corporate Finance and International Finance, broadening your graduate career options. Graduates progress into careers in finance, within both financial and non-financial institutions.
We regularly invite external experts from academia and industry as speakers to further enhance the relevance of classroom discussion and study, and provide a meaningful context to events and trends in the sector.
You’ll learn from a diverse, international, and highly experienced teaching faculty with established credentials in research and business applications.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.
The School of Management is the oldest University-based business school in the UK, with a reputation for excellence in finance, economics and accounting.
Our postgraduate students enjoy a supportive learning environment where cutting edge knowledge, and its application to the business and decision making context, are well integrated and delivered by a highly trained, professional faculty.
Our courses are shaped by the School of Management International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in industry who advise our management team on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is valued by employers. Members of our International Advisory Board include individuals from organisations such Google, the BBC, KPMG and Harvard Business School. Our visiting lecturers include directors from well-known companies who provide first-hand experience of management decision-making at a strategic level.
About our students
Find out about our MSc student cohort, broken down by nationality, age, and the level of award achieved.
- University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016
You must have a degree at UK 2:2 (or equivalent), not necessarily in business and management, from an approved university.
Exceptional candidates without the usual academic qualifications but with appropriate professional qualifications and work experience may be admitted on their merit.
There is no requirement for previous work experience.
English language requirements:
If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:
IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or
IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or
PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.
Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
The MSc in Financial Management would equip students with the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of financial management, which are relevant to business organisations. The focus of the programme is to promote a critical understanding of how capital markets operate, how companies are valued, how markets shape the financial manager’s operating context, and how companies can protect themselves against risk and uncertainty.
Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate if they have successfully completed 60 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes:
- Business Economics (10 credits) core
- Foundations of Finance (10 credits) core
- Accounting and Finance (10 credits) core
- International Banking (10 credits) core
- Portfolio Management (10 credits) core
- Quantitative Methods in Finance (10 credits) core
Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Diploma if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes:
- Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management (10 credits) core
- Financial Services and Regulation (10 credits) core
- International Finance (10 credits) core
- Corporate Financial Management (10 credits) core
- Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance (10 credits) option
- Financial Risk Management in European Banking (10 credits) elective (As part of the School’s exchange agreement with Toulouse Business School (France), students have the opportunity to study a module in ‘Financial Risk Management in European Banking’ in Toulouse each year. Travel and maintenance costs are additional)
- Strategic Accounting (10 credits) option
- Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (10 credits) elective
Degree of Master
Students will be eligible for the award of Degree of Master if they have successfully completed at least 180 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes:
- Dissertation (60 credits) core
Learning activities and assessment
Teaching involves a combination of formal lectures, group discussions, seminars and directed reading.
The programme integrates applied and theoretical knowledge with assessment processes that test both knowledge of the disciplines plus their application and limitations.
Each module represents approximately 100 hours' study time of which typically 24 hours is contact time with the module tutor(s) and the remaining 76 hours is made up of pre-reading, directed reading, preparatory work and assessment.
Methods of assessment are varied and linked to learning requirements. They may include open and closed book examination, essays, coursework assignments and case studies.
As part of our exchange agreement with Toulouse Business School (France), students have the opportunity to study a module in ‘Financial Risk Management in European Banking’ in Toulouse each year.
This is a very popular option, allowing participants to broaden their knowledge and experience a different business culture.
Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).
These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.
Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities
Career support and prospects
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
- Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
- Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
- Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.
The teaching philosophy in this MSc is research led. Our academics incorporate cutting edge research results and enable students to gain knowledge of and skills in subject specific techniques. At the same time there is a strong emphasis on application to the business context, as well as facilitating responsible financial decision making.
The Bradford Trading Room enables our students to gain experience in real life financial and economic markets using software such as Bloomberg Professional.
Bloomberg Professional is an industry standard market information software package that is used by a majority of organisations engaged in finance, banking and macroeconomic analysis. It offers a feature rich environment with a wide range of data classes, giving access to data used in decision making in areas such as macroeconomic policy making and central banking, portfolio management, equities, insurance, and risk analysis.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £10,270
- International: £15,650
Fees may be paid in full at enrolment, benefiting from a fee discount, or paid by instalments.
International applicants who pay their deposit of £2,000 before 31 January will receive a £1,000 discount, or £750 discount if the deposit is paid before 30 April, or a £500 discount if paid before 31 July.
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
Self-funded University of Bradford alumni, regardless of when they have graduated, will receive a 15% discount on the self-funded element of their tuition fees if they achieved a 2:2 or above in their undergraduate degree.
There are a number of other scholarships available to postgraduate taught students at the University of Bradford. See our Scholarships and Support website for more information.
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Postgraduate Loans page.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).
How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email email@example.com to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
Download the programme specification for Financial Management
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.