Overview

Working in a large, modern, international organisation, a medium-sized company or even a small start-up firm requires a range of business capabilities. The most valuable employees are those who combine an understanding of the various parts of a business with the skills of being a quick learner and team player with leadership potential. The MSc Business with Financial Management programme will give students the general business knowledge and understanding as well as the personal skills needed for a wide variety of roles.

This programme is run as part of our Newcastle Business School, part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

Key facts

  • Build your knowledge of finance and the impact this can have on business management
  • Specialise in financial management in your second semester
  • Developed for non-business graduates
  • Newcastle Business School is part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
  • Put your learning into practice and enhance your employability with an internship or applied group consultancy project
  • Upon completion of your programme, you will be eligible for the QA Professional Pathways programmes which will enable you to further develop your skills with one of the UK’s largest providers of IT and project management training

 

Please note this programme is currently under review and modular content is likely to change in line with industry and academic developments. Please refer to this course page for the most up-to-date information.

What will I study?

As part of our ‘Business with’ collection of programmes, the MSc Business with Financial Management is designed to give you an overall understanding of the inner mechanics of business, whilst building the general skills desired for a wide variety of roles and growing your business acumen. It is also your chance to focus on financial management and perfect if you are looking to develop your understanding of a fundamental aspect in all businesses.

The programme is designed around a set of modules that are common to all ‘Business with’ pathways. These modules cover general business functions, strategic management and organisational analysis and will develop your strategic awareness, leadership potential and understanding of international business.

In the second semester, you will be given the opportunity to specialise in Financial Management. In the remainder of the programme, you will complete your research and writing up of your dissertation. Every student has a personal research supervisor and will be required to submit an assessed research proposal prior to embarking on the dissertation itself.

This programme is also available as MSc Business with Financial Management with Advanced Practice which includes either an internship or project.

How will I be taught and assessed?

  • You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops, totalling around 14 hours per week.
  • You will also be expected to engage in an independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 33 hours per week.
  • Assessment for this programme takes place through group work, assignments, presentations and exams giving you multiple methods for you to show your understanding of the course material.
  • Benefit from weekly academic support sessions designed to build your ability and confidence as an academic learner.
  • Significant emphasis is placed on developing your ability to complete a Masters degree. As part of your induction, you will be made fully familiar with the learning resources and support available to you.
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course to guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

Response to Covid-19: our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

Careers and further study

Graduates on the programme have joined a wide range of businesses, including graduate training schemes. A significant number of graduates have gone back to work for a family business or even started up their own businesses.

Upon successfully completing your course, you may undertake further professional development and training through Professional Pathways programmes. These are offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA. Find out more about the Pathways available and your eligibility.

Advanced Practice stage

This stage of your programme offers you the opportunity to secure a 12-15 week internship, or complete a group consultancy project, giving you the experience of the workplace environment or live business issues, both an excellent way to put your learning into practice.

This stage of the MSc Business with Financial Management with Advanced Practice takes place between your second and final semesters and lasts one semester (12-15 weeks) in duration.

The full duration of your programme depends on your start date:

  • September start dates: your programme will last up to 21 months. You will have a summer break after Semester 2, and commence your Advanced Practice stage in September.
  • January start dates your programme will run for 24 months. There are two summer breaks included in this programme for those starting in January. Your Advanced Practice stage will commence in the following January.
  • May start dates your programme will run for 16-18 months. There is no summer break included in this programme for those starting in May. Your Advanced Practice stage will commence in January.

The programmes are structured as below:

Sept-Jan Jan-May May-Sept Sept-Jan Jan-May May-Sept Sept-Jan
September starts Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer break Advanced Practice stage Final semester
January starts Semester 1 Summer break Semester 2 Advanced Practice stage Summer break Final semester
May starts Semester 1 Semester 2 Advanced Practice stage Final semester

Internships

If you undertake an internship as your Advanced Practice stage, it may be paid or unpaid and will last 12-15 weeks. The internship can be sourced by students or the University. We will support you in the application process and equip you with the necessary internship application and selection skills (e.g. CV writing, interview techniques etc). All internships will be approved by the University to ensure that they offer you an appropriate learning experience and working environment. During your internship, you will be allocated an internship tutor who will visit you during your internship and support you in completing the internship assessment.

The module is assessed by a reflective portfolio that is focused on your development via this employment opportunity.

Consultancy project

The alternative consultancy module allows you to work in teams with a business organisation, working on a consultancy-based project for real business scenarios.

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Advanced Practice:

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  • 1 year MSc
  • Advanced Practice

Academic requirements

  • Minimum of a 2:2 (second class) honours degree from a UK university or equivalent
  • Professional qualifications with equivalent standing which had a significant requirement for academic study may also be considered

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.

If you don’t meet the academic requirements

Applicants who do not have such an academic qualification but do have substantial experience of working in a business organisation and/or possess a relevant professional qualification will also be considered.

If you’re unsure if you meet the entry criteria, please contact us and our team will be able to advise you.

International entry equivalencies

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Please visit our entry requirements page for country-specific qualifications.

Please note that if your qualifications are not in English, we might need certified translations in order to proceed with your application.

Masters Foundation programme

Alternatively, you may also be eligible for one of our Pre-Masters courses. These are pathway programmes designed specifically for students who require additional support to meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Pre-Sessional English and Study Skills

If you have IELTS 5.5 – 6.0, you may be eligible to join our Pre-Sessional English before starting this programme. This programme will help you develop language skills in a content-based approach to learning involving critical thinking, questioning, discussion, reflection and analysis.

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All modules are core and 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

This module is aimed at students who have little or no prior business and management subject experience. The aim of the module is to introduce you to the main business functions – Finance, Marketing, HRM, Operations – and show how each can contribute to the competitive advantage of a firm and hence enable the firm to achieve its strategic objectives.

You will undertake lectures and seminars in the four key business functions – Finance, Marketing, HRM, Operations throughout the course of the module, alongside the development of an understanding of the overarching principles of setting and executing an organisational strategy. The latter will consist of developing a business plan, assessing the business and competitive environment, defining and evaluating competitive strategy.

If you have prior working experience in one or more of these functional areas, the module aims to both broaden and deepen your understanding and encourage you to take a wider view of the different parts of the firm.

This module engages you in personal and professional development in order that you develop and hone your team working, management and leadership skills, capabilities and attributes, and in so doing, enhance your employability. On this module, you will not only prepare for your first job after you graduate but also kick-start your commitment to life-long personal and professional learning.

In the first part of the module you will be supported in a self-analysis by a range of activities, including the completion of self-administered tool-kits to demonstrate an increased self-awareness and self-understanding. A key outcome of this process is how you will be able to exploit this development in order to lead, and manage, more effectively in your future careers.

The second part of the module contains activities which enable you to build on your self-analysis and explore further your strengths, weaknesses and areas for development in the context of your career development plans. This will also include the development of knowledge into the global graduate market, (including routes such as self-employment and developing your career with an existing employer) drawing upon local, national and international examples.

This module will provide you with the essential knowledge and analytics skills needed for you to complete a high-quality Masters’ Dissertation. By undertaking and reflecting on practical research-based activities you will understand the process of designing and carrying out a research study, also you will engage in activities that involve an understanding of data and analysis of data. This will place you in a strong position to undertake your own Masters’ level research. At the end of the module, you will write a research proposal, this will be assessed and will contribute to your final mark. In the dissertation you will work under the supervision of a member of the academic staff and your proposal will also help to ensure you get the most from this relationship.

As the economic and competitive environments change, the study of International Financial Markets and Institutions is inevitable at postgraduate finance education.

This module will provide a comprehensive understanding of the theories and concepts operating within the international financial markets and institutions. Furthermore, the recent trends within the financial markets, the financial crisis and the regulatory responses will be covered.

You will learn about different types of financial institutions, instruments (equities and bonds), regulations and policy approaches. The module aims to develop and enhance students’ knowledge and skills in the area of financial management in a changing and challenging corporate environment.

The study of Corporate Financial Management, which addresses the core concepts, questions and decisions which sit behind the creation of corporate value (Investment Decisions, Financing Decisions, Dividend Decisions) are a key part of any student’s engagement with the discipline of financial management. The module introduces you to core concepts regarding the objective of finance, how capital is first raised and then deployed into wealth creating operations and then how wealth is then returned to the providers of capital in an optimal way.

The aim of this module is to support your study, language and communication skills for academic purposes in the study in your chosen discipline at postgraduate level.   The module is designed to enable you to become an advanced independent learner. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions. Interactive workshops will be tailored to address some of the specific issues that you meet within your discipline.  You may also be asked to complete some preparation tasks for some seminars but these will be kept to minimum.  You will be expected to identify those skills which you need within your postgraduate programme, and to develop these independently through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection.

You will design a research project of 15000 words while working under the supervision of a member of academic staff who will give you appropriate guidance and support throughout the dissertation process whilst encouraging learner autonomy: this is your dissertation and you will have responsibility for decision making as the dissertation proceeds. You will use appropriate research methodologies and data collection methods to critically synthesise a body of knowledge relevant to the taught programme.

For successful completion of this module, you will conduct research and organise the findings into a comprehensive and explicit structure that is critically assessed and is linked to the conclusions drawn.  You will demonstrate this by identifying a topic, critically selecting and applying an appropriate research methodology and data collection method(s) to your chosen research topic, demonstrating a rigorous understanding of the relevant theory and literature and showing how these link to the research method(s).  You will also critically reflect on how your research contributes to the understanding of the topic area.

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The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2022/23. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.

Tuition fees 2022/23

  • UK/Home: £10,206
  • International students: £16,500

Tuition fees 2023/24

  • UK/Home: £11,250
  • International students: £19,000

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks although we recommend you allow an additional £150 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Your tuition fees cover far more than your time in class with our expert academics, it covers the cost of providing you with excellent services and student experience.

  • Contact time in class – typically in lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Access to facilities, including computers, on-campus Wi-Fi, printers, vending machines, quiet study spaces
  • The support of our Careers & Employment Service who help you to become more employable, secure placements and run workshops
  • Academic support – our ACE Team run multiple sessions on academic writing, presenting, exam techniques throughout the semester, as well as 1-2-1 appointments and drop-in sessions
  • Student support services such as our Ask4Help Service. Find out more about the services available to you on our Student Support page
  • Access to online resources, including 24/ 7 Library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this Masters programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

Government Loan for Masters study

If you are a UK or Home student, you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000+ from the UK Government. Click here to find out more about the loan and whether you are eligible to receive it.

Postgraduate Loan

How to find out more

Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the 1 year MSc Business with Financial Management programme. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.

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We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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  • 1 year MSc
  • Advanced Practice

1 year MSc

Level of study:

Postgraduate

2022/23 Tuition fee:

UK/Home Fee: £10,206
International Fee: £16,500

Entry requirements:

Minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5, with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent

Mode of study:

Full-time classroom

Duration:

1 year

Assessment methods:

Coursework and exams

Scholarship or bursaries:

Available

Student finance:

Available

Payment plan:

Available

Starts:

January, May, September

Next application deadline

Advanced Practice

Level of study:

Postgraduate

2022/23 Tuition fee:

UK/Home Fee: £13,206
International Fee: £19,500

Entry requirements:

Minimum of a 2:2 (second class) honours degree, or equivalent from a recognised university

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5, with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent

Mode of study:

advanced-practice

Duration:

16-24 months

Assessment methods:

Coursework and exams

Scholarship or bursaries:

Not available

Student finance:

Available

Payment plan:

Available

Starts:

January, May, September

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