MSc Financial Management

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2
  3. Conversion

Course Overview

The Master's (MSc) in Financial Management is designed for students from any background who are interested in moving into a career in finance. This programme combines the academic theory of finance with a strong practical perspective closely related to the world of finance, facilitating a sound understanding of finance and associated areas. Modules on the programme include: corporate finance, financial modelling, international financial markets, quantitative methodologies, and corporate governance and ethics. Graduates will also develop a sound understanding of the role and importance of accounting information in the financial management of complex organisations. Full details can be found below.

Key Features

  • A full conversion programme that may be completed in a single year
  • Does not require accounting, finance or any quantitative study to be completed at undergraduate level
  • All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
  • Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)
  • A wide range of professional accreditations to accelerate your career depending on the optional modules you take
  • Access to the School of Management investment and trading simulation room to support in-depth understanding of finance in practice
  • 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
  • High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
  • Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
  • Scholarships available for outstanding students – click here for more details
  • Swansea is 3rd in the UK for international ranked research outputs (REF 2014) 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Description

A full programme outline and module list may be downloaded here. We are continually updating and improving our programme catalogue so the exact offering of modules will vary year to year. 

Entry Requirements

Students must attain a 2:2 (or overseas equivalent) in an undergraduate degree. Any degree subject will be considered. 

We consider all applications on their merits and will look at each individual case before making an offer so students who fall slightly short of the entry criteria should still apply to the School of Management.

Non-native English speakers must achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no component less than 5.5. A list of equivalent tests are provided here. If you have studied an undergraduate degree taught through the medium of English you maybe exempt from this requirement – click here for further information.

For students who fall short of only the English language requirement we offer a range of Pre-Master's training programmes that you may take before starting your Master's qualification. Further details can be found here.

For students who fall significantly short of the general entry requirement we offer a Pre-Master's programme via International College Wales Swansea that will allow you to enter our postgraduate programmes. Please click here for more details. 

How To Apply

To apply for this programme, please follow the below link and you will be taken to the central University application system:

Make an application

Please note, students from Pakistan or Nigeria must apply via our in-country managers only.  Please visit the 'how to apply' sections of the country pages for contact details: Africa or Pakistan.  

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £10,000 £16,500
PGDip Full-time £6,650 £11,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Accreditation

The MSc Financial Management has been awarded the following ACCA exemptions:

F1      -   Accountant in Business

F2      -   Management Accounting

F3      -   Financial Accounting

This means that graduates of our MSc Financial Management will be exempt from three out of nine of the ACCA ‘Fundamentals’ examinations. This means that students graduating from this programme can now leave Swansea as part-qualified accountants and just have to sit the remaining eleven.

 

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

  • Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
  • Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
  • In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
  • Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
  • Complete the Swansea Employability Award
  • Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

  • Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
  • Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Business Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Commercial Graduate, Tata
  • Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
  • Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
  • Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
  • Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
  • Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
  • Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
  • Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
  • Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
  • Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
  • IT Consultant, Cap Gemini
  • Management Consultant, Accenture
  • Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
  • Management Trainee, Shell UK
  • Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
  • Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
  • Share Dealer, OSTC
  • Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
  • Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Bay Campus

In September 2015 Swansea University will become one university with two stunning campuses, located in acres of tranquil parkland and on the majestic sweep of the bay. The School of Management is excited to be moving over to this magnificent 65 acre campus. All programmes delivered by the School of Management will be taught at the Bay Campus from September for both new and continuing students.

The Bay Campus is situated in an outstanding location on the eastern approach into Swansea, with direct access onto the beach and its own seafront promenade. The campus will feature modern and bright student accommodation, including standard, premium, twin and wheelchair accessible rooms.

There will be a Tower Information Centre which will be home to central support services for students, a state of the art library and resource centre, the Students’ Union, facilities and meeting rooms and an impressive Great Hall will house an auditorium for 800, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across the Swansea Bay towards Gower and Baglan Bay. There will be extensive catering provision throughout the campus to include cafes, bars and a restaurant, retail units include a mini market, laundrette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach, for all to enjoy.

Facilities and Support

The School of Management has heavily invested in upgraded facilities and support over the past years, including:

A student enterprise suite (opened by Swansea Alumnus Sir Terry Matthews in 2013): The School of Management is one of the few UK universities which gives students access to a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up suite. We offer a range of business support facilities such as business mentoring for start-ups and an active entrepreneurship society. We also provide a range of physical facilities for students including a hot-desking suite for student start-ups, print copy facilities, 3-D printing for rapid prototyping and a range of meeting or production spaces.

A financial trading and simulation room: In summer 2013 the School of Management opened a new trading and simulation room. This facility includes state-of-the-art computing facilities and is designed to support simulation activities – both within the financial sector such as investment and trading as well as a range of business topics such as supply chain management, decision analysis and operations management. We are one of a select few schools in the UK to offer a dedicated trading and simulation suite to our students. The suite is home to our investment society and is backed by global trading and investment company OSTC.

Expanded student social space:  We provide a Junior Common Room (JCR) for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet, relax and socialise. We also provide several group work rooms with presentation facilities for students to come together on group projects and practice team working or presentation skills.

Come and Meet Us

Representatives from the School of Management are available to meet prospective students at a range of national and international locations.

List of International Fairs 2014-2015

Contact

For more information on this programme, please contact our recruitment team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1792 606323  

Email: n.lane@swansea.ac.uk

Dr Maggie Chen

Programme Director

Name: Dr Jing Chen

Position: Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Education: BSc Computer Science (Lanzhou Jiaotong University, China), MSc Finance & Investment Management, PhD in Finance (University of Aberdeen, UK)

Research area: Liquidity provision, information dynamics and their relation to policy changes in financial markets

Teaches: Principle of Finance, Risk Management and Financial Innovation, Financial Markets and Institutions, Contemporary Finance Issues, Corporate Finance, Strategic Case Study

About me: "I started my career as a computer software engineer specializing in programming. Before coming to the UK, I worked as a Training and Sales & Marketing Manager for China Telecom and Dell (China).

The aim of my research is to obtain robust and powerful empirically-derived measures of liquidity utilizing market microstructure theories drawn from the academic finance literature which could ultimately help investors, analysts and regulators to better assess market liquidity, and so more effectively predict future prices and trades.

 I have an international research profile and my study on the link between Collateralized Debt Swaps (CDSs) and the current Eurozone sovereign debt crisis has been cited in the House of the Lord and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)."  

Swansea Graduate Victoria Stockley

Graduate Profile

Name: Victoria Stockley

From: Kent

Course: MSc Finance

First degree: Maths

Job: Underwriter, Zurich Financial Services

“I have always been interested in financial services and knew that was where I wanted to work, so after graduating from my undergraduate degree in Maths I undertook the MSc in Finance.

I was attracted by the level of flexibility the course offered as it allowed some options to choose the areas that I wanted to focus on.

My dissertation explored Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. As part of the analysis part of the work I proved how he could not have delivered the returns he said he would using the strategy he employed.

I had a fantastic four years at Swansea and the skills I gained really gave me the edge in the job market.

I’m currently on the graduate scheme at Zurich Financial Services working as an underwriter. It’s a role which could take me in many different directions and my future looks very exciting!”