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Financial Management

MSc
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
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Overview

This rigorous MSc Financial Management programme gives you a strong grounding in core financial disciplines, including:

  • finance
  • banking
  • regulation
  • 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.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

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.

ACCA

Why Bradford?

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 teaching is informed by internationally recognised research from our Centre for Applied Research in Accounting, Finance and Economics (CARAFE).

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.

Rankings

  • University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016

Entry requirements

You must have a degree, 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.

Modules

ModuleType
Business Economics Core
Foundations of Finance Core
Accounting and Finance Core
International Banking Core
Portfolio Management Core
Quantitative Methods in Finance Core
Derivative Pricing and Risk Management Core
Financial Services and Regulation Core
International Finance Core
Corporate Financial Management Core
Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance Option
Strategic Accounting Option
Financial Risk Management in European Banking (Toulouse) Elective
Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation Elective
Dissertation 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.

Study Abroad

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.

Career support and prospects

Career support

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.

Study Support

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.

Research

The Centre for Applied Research in Accounting, Finance and Economics (CARAFE) provides a thriving research environment and an avenue for presenting research and facilitating scholarly discussion, including Accounting, Finance and Economics staff at FOML as well as invited guest speakers.

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.

Facilities

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

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £10,000
  • International: £14,950

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.

Financial support

Merit Scholarships

Worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.

Merit scholarships are available to support and encourage high calibre self-funding students for entry to a full-time MSc programme based at the School of Management and School of Law.

For these awards we focus on rewarding the potential contribution a student brings to the programme and its cohort - evaluating not just academic excellence, but work and personal achievements also.

How to apply: You do not need to make a separate application for the scholarship. Simply complete your programme application form and you will be automatically assessed for a Merit Scholarship.


Alumni Discount

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.


Company-sponsored study bursaries

A business relationship bursary of up to 35% is available for companies who have supported or worked with the School who are sponsoring or part-sponsoring an MSc student. The amount will depend on the strength of the relationship, which might include companies who have previously funded a student on a Bradford programme, employed a placement student, facilitated a student project, employed a member of faculty to produce a KTP or research project or commissioned an Executive Education programme. The list is not exhaustive and other business engagement activities could be considered eligible.


University-wide scholarships

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.

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 admissions@bradford.ac.uk 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.

International students

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.

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.