The programme comprises of a taught element, worth 140 credits and a final compulsory non-taught Dissertation worth 40 credits. The MSc will be awarded on successful completion of the 180 credits.
The taught element of the programme is delivered over two semesters, where each taught module is worth 20 credits. The taught modules to be completed are:
Compulsory Taught Modules:
- Corporate Finance & Risk (20 credits)
- Contemporary Issues in Accounting, Banking, Economics and Finance (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
Compulsory Optional Taught Modules (2 modules from the following):
- Capital Markets & Derivatives (20 credits)
- Finance of International Business (20 credits)
- Principles of Islamic Finance (20 credits)
- Wealth Management (20 credits)
- Management of Finance (20 credits)
- Quantitative Finance (20 credits)
Optional Taught Modules (2 modules from the following):
Compulsory Dissertation (40 credits)
- Strategic Business Leader (20 credits)
- Project Management Theory & Practice (20 credits)
- Islamic Investment Banking (20 credits)
- Management of Mega and Complex Projects (20 credits)
- Business in Global Economy (20 credits)
- Professional Work Experience (20 credits)
- International Political Economy (20 credits)
Students may opt to undertake a specialism, studying two optional subjects in the same area. The programme offers several pathways for students wishing to have their specialisms noted, and these include:
MSc Financial Management (Islamic Finance)
MSc Financial Management (Strategic Management)
MSc Financial Management (International Finance)
MSc Financial Management (Project Management)
Learning & Teaching
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. All modules are also supported by Moodle, the virtual learning environment.
The professional world our successful graduates are aiming to enter are seeking students that are able to conduct useful research, think critically about that research and apply to complex problems – this ,inter alia, necessitates effective use of modern ICT and the ability to utilise knowledge effectively. Particularly within this field graduates will be expected to show excellent quantitative skills. These students will be assumed to process effective two-way communication skills and be comfortable and effective in self-managed and team environments.
The formative and summative assessments necessary to develop, hone and showcase these abilities are, of necessity many and varied and the programmes will expose the students to individual coursework, and presentations, group tasks, reflective logs, role-playing as well as traditional closed book examinations.
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 the module "Current Issues in Accounting, Banking & Finance".
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". The programme includes a 20 credit optional Professional Work Experience module, which involves a minimum 4 week work placement to take place outside the teaching semesters. Students are expected to organise their own placement and all such placements must be substantive and at an appropriate level. These placements will involve "employer" input and must be approved by the Programme Director prior to commencement. Alternatively students with appropriate managerial level experience within an appropriate field can apply for "Recognition of this Prior Experiential Learning".
The School of Management has opportunities for successful graduates to apply for M.Phil./ PhD study within the School.
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.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the
International pages on the website.
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
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/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.