Whether you are already building your career or just starting out, Manchester Metropolitan University wants to make sure you’re ready to take on the future of an ever-evolving sector.
This specialist master’s course is led by academics from Manchester Metropolitan University’s triple-accredited Business School (EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB) to give you the confidence and skills you need to manage the complexities of the global business, finance, and accounting landscape.
100% online coursework
6 start dates per year – January, March, May, July, September, and November
In this program delivered 100% online from the city of Manchester, the UK’s second-largest financial center, you will explore the key topics and technologies that are changing the way we do business — from governance, risk, and control to financial technology and more. Throughout, you’ll use real-world case studies that will harness your strategic thinking skills and put theory directly into relevant practice.
Plus, if you already have a professional finance qualification from a recognized institution, you could be exempt from up to four of the course’s nine modules. And with the option to speed up your CIMA Professional Qualification by entering CIMA’s Masters Gateway route after you graduate, you’ll have everything you need to help your CV stand out.
Best of all, with flexibility at its heart, this part-time online course will give you the freedom to balance study with your busy work or family life while you grow your global network. This online master’s is designed to work around your work and life commitments. It can be completed in two years with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours.
Study wherever and whenever — all you need is a laptop and an internet connection. Using the Virtual Learning Environment, you will enjoy a program of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations and can work on a wide variety of group tasks with your fellow students across the globe. Working online, you can grow your worldwide professional network, making invaluable industry connections that can open doors now or in the future.
Continued support will be provided by your dedicated student success advisor, who’ll be there to help you get the most from your time from the moment you enroll to the time you graduate.
The Finance and Strategy MSc commences with a 15-credit Critical Reading, Writing, and Literature Research module, followed by eight 15-credit units, finishing with a 15-credit Methodological Approaches to Research module and 30-credit Professional Project.
Critical Reading, Writing, and Literature Research (15 credits)
This unit introduces the skills required to succeed throughout the rest of the course. The primary aim of this unit is to develop critical thinking, reflective writing, and other added study skills, including analysis and referencing, to a master’s level. This provides the ability to research and investigate strategic opportunities for organizational improvement.
Corporate Finance (15 credits)
This unit will focus on financial decision-making and strategy in global corporations, covering basic issues including capital budgeting and corporate investment, capital structure, corporate sources of funding, international finance, and financial risk management.
Strategy and Leadership (15 credits)
Implementing a real-world perspective, this unit allows students to critically consider the strategy of organizations and their strategic choices — and the influence that a change of management can have — within a variety of organizational contexts.
Financial Technologies (15 credits)
This unit aims to give students a strong understanding of financial technologies and the most promising applications that are emerging in the sector. The unit will also allow students to critically examine the impact of the technologies and the potential risks that they hold for the future.
Performance Management and Control (15 credits)
This unit will provide students with an in-depth understanding and critical appreciation of a range of core management accounting controls so they are able to enhance their organization's comprehensive business performance. Students will be presented with several relevant theoretical issues and developments, examine what their application is, and learn what significance they have in a real-world scenario.
International Strategic Management (15 credits)
The primary aim of this unit is to help students formulate and implement strategy at company and business unit organizational levels. A ‘strategy’ is a plan of action designed to meet objectives (the ‘game-plan’), while ‘management’ is concerned with the implementation of the ‘game-plan.’ There needs to be a seamless fit between these two, but often there is not.
The unit’s focus is on two key organizational areas: how should a CEO build their company/organization going forward? And how should a general manager build the business going forward? The importance of employing three different mindsets (the industry analyst, implementer, and academic) to help make better decisions is also explored.
Governance, Risk, and Control (15 credits)
Due to international corporate scandals, corporate regulation scrutiny has increased dramatically in recent years. This unit will equip students with the skills needed to critically evaluate corporate governance, in particular the importance of risk management, internal control and ethical consideration in corporate governance.
Corporate Reporting (15 credits)
This unit focuses on the impact of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on corporate reporting in different business scenarios. Students will come to better understand how the move to harmonize accounting standards globally has affected organizations worldwide.
International Human Resource Management (15 credits)
This unit examines the key features of international HR management and employment systems by reviewing the way human resources are managed across countries and within multinational corporations (MNCs). The context that shapes national systems and organizational HR practices in different locations, as well as the influence of cultural dimensions, is a central theme. The difference between HR management and international HR management is positioned as a backdrop to understanding the challenges that MNCs face as well as the pressures imposed by globalization on local employment systems.
Methodological Approaches to Research (15 credits)
This unit will explore critical thinking, reflective writing, and other study skills, including analysis and referencing. Distinguishing the key debates in the philosophy, ethics, and epistemology of science to justify the relationship between philosophical approaches and choices of qualitative and quantitative methods is examined.
Having determined how the research is relevant to the topic, formulating an appropriate methodology and research question to investigate is required.
Professional Project (15 credits)
This unit involves conducting an in-depth research project on a chosen area of study, bringing together and employing all the skills learned in previous units. Successfully completing this unit will result in clear links drawn between the literature in the field and the development of research objectives and design of a clear conceptual framework. Moreover, the collection, presentation, discussion, and appraisal of data is evaluated; and an overall reflection academically and professionally is required.
Please note: These units are subject to change and unit order is dependent on intake.
To enroll in the course, you will need the following:
A UK honors degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent
Proven significant professional experience (three years or more) and/or qualifications in a relevant field
If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on the school’s international website
These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020-21 academic year of entry (September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021) and may be subject to change for the 2021-22 academic year (September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022).
Tuition and fees
With flexible payment options, Manchester Metropolitan University has made paying for your program, and your professional development, as easy as possible.
You have the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront, or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, Manchester Metropolitan University accepts all usual online payment methods in any currency via a highly secure Flywire payment portal.
Fees for the 2020-21 academic year of entry (ending August 31, 2021):
Unit fee: $1,129* Program fee: $13,548.04
*Fee based on 15 credits per unit
Note: Currency exchange rates are based on various public sources, are provided for information purposes only, and are subject to change without notice
About Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University is an innovative and modern university based in one of the most diverse cities in the world.
Located in the heart of multicultural Manchester, it takes an international and inclusive approach to learning, and believes higher education should be accessible to all. Its Global Online courses are designed with this ambition in mind and are focused toward being relevant and beneficial to anyone with the will, ability, and determination to succeed — wherever they are in the world.
The programs combine expert-led theory with practical application that aims to help students advance their career — and are all delivered through a 100% virtual learning environment that facilitates collaboration with students from across the world.
Accreditation and ranking
Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a triple-accredited business school:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
The Association of MBAs (AMBA)
The extent of its accreditations is reflected in the practical and applied nature of its curriculum and fosters innovation in its approach to business and management education.
The university’s excellent links with professional bodies also ensure that as a student of the Business School, you are benefiting from exposure to these leading professional bodies and assured that your learning is relevant and up to date for the needs of industry standards.
Additional affiliations include:
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Business School Impact System (BSIS)
Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
The Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply (CIPS)
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE)