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Financial Management Masters - MSc/PgD/PgC


Key Facts

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
One year full-time or two years part-time.

October and February intakes available.

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Course Overview


MSc Financial Management
MSc Financial Management (Change Management)
MSc Financial Management (Islamic Finance)
MSc Financial Management (Strategic Management)
MSc Financial Management (International Finance)
MSc Financial Management (Project Management)

The popular MSc Financial Management has recently been reviewed and re-validated. The driving force behind many of the changes and improvements were comments of previous students. Students now have a far broader range of option modules (and pathways) enabling them to design a Master’s level programme that aligns more clearly with their career ambitions.

All the Finance based Masters programmes within the School of Management have full access to the Financial Times on-line  and  the opportunity to learn and carry out practical work in our dedicated, state-of-the-art Bloomberg Financial Lab. The virtual financial platform allows you to access and engage with live market data through applying practical evaluation and financial modelling. The programme also offers you an opportunity to gain the Bloomberg certificate - Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC), which is widely recognised in the banking and financial industry.

You will be taught by academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links to industry. Your high quality learning experience comprises lectures and discussions supported by group work, presentations, statistical computer labs and case studies. Your learning will be assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in January and/or May.


Course Content

The programme is based around;

6 compulsory taught modules (100 credits):

  •  Capital Markets & Derivatives (20 credits)
  • Corporate Finance & Risk (20 credits)
  • Management of Finance (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Finance (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Professional Development and Practice in Business and Management (10 credits)

2 optional modules from the following (40 credits total):

  • Behavioural Finance (20 credits)
  • Crisis, Risk & Strategic Change Management (20 credits)
  • Current Issues in Finance , Accounting & Economics (20 credits)
  • Management of Mega and Complex Projects (20 credits)

  • Project Management Theory & Practice (20 credits)

  • Principles of Islamic Finance (20 credits)

  • Managing People and Markets across Cultures (20 credits)

  • Islamic Investment Banking (20 credits)

  • International Political Economy (20 credits)

  • International Management: People and Operations (20 credits)

  • Industrial Work Experience (20 credits)

  • Global Business Strategy (20 credits)

  • Finance of International Business (20 credits)

Compulsory Dissertation (12,000 words) (40 credits)

Successful completion of a combination of two optional modules, the core modules and final dissertation will entitle students to the award of MSc Financial Management. However, students may opt to undertake a specialism, studying two subjects in the same area. The programme offers several pathways for students wishing to have their specialisms noted, and these include:

MSc Financial Management (Change Management)

MSc Financial Management (Islamic Finance)

MSc Financial Management (Strategic Management)

MSc Financial Management (International Finance)

MSc Financial Management (Project Management)

Learning & Teaching

The teaching philosophy of this programme is to deliver wherever possible each module with a multi-disciplinary teaching team, providing a more effective framework to encourage and promote an integrated understanding of the field.  The role of the module leader will be to co-ordinate, and in effect oversee the delivery of content by the modular team, ensuring that learning outcomes are met.

Module teaching teams will be drawn from the course teaching team.  This will not only enhance student learning but provide teaching staff with the opportunity to develop their own knowledge and understanding of other business and management disciplines.  It is hoped that after a short period of time such an approach to teaching will shape and direct content in a complementary and mutually reinforcing way, allowing for the development of multi-disciplinary assignments and projects.


The assessments for this programme are many and varied as would be expected with 6 core modules and 13 options. Within the cores you will have 3 three hour examinations, essays, reflective logs and an assessed role play exercise.  

Employability & Careers

The demand for highly skilled and knowledgeable finance professionals shows no signs of abating over the coming years – and in the view of some may well increase. This demand has been instrumental in designing this flexible and challenging suite of programmes. In order to maximise employability the programme learning outcomes are geared towards supplying students with the knowledge, skills and understanding that the finance industry requires. A key component of this is our new module Professional Development and Practice in Business and Management

The programme seeks to meet individual and industry needs by developing students with higher-level cognitive skills and abilities who also possess an excellent practical understanding of "how to apply" rather than just "why it happens".

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Prospective students should hold an undergraduate degree (normally of classification 2:1 or above) or its equivalent in a relevant area e.g. Accounting, Finance or Business Studies with a substantive finance element, or:

Five years relevant work experience in the field of finance, or:

Suitable professional qualifications from bodies such as ACCA, CII, CFA, IFS etc. In some instances those with higher level professional qualifications may be exempt from several taught modules. Such exemptions would be discussed on a case by case basis with the Programme Director.

In general terms graduates from non-financial disciplines will not normally have the pre-existing skills set to succeed on the programme BUT such students are welcome to apply and such applications will be viewed on an individual basis.

International Students:
Students whose first language is NOT English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard.​

Selection Procedure:

Application form and if necessary an interview.

How to Apply:

Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

International Applicants:

Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:

 For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Ricky Li: 
Tel: +44(0) 29 2020 5752


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