MSc Financial Management

Masters in Financial Management

1. Overview

The Masters in Financial Management has recently been revised to bring course content in line with the globally recognised investment credential, Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) qualifications.

This means that our graduates can be confident that they have gained a quality assured, industry standard qualification which is well recognised and respected in today’s financial management sector. New modules include: Alternative Investments and Portfolio Investment & Wealth Management.

The course will develop your analytical skills and teach you to evaluate theory and implement procedures within the corporate sector and financial institutions. It prepares you for roles in financial institutions, stock broking, investment and portfolio management, and in the business sector within the treasury and corporate finance departments of companies.

The MSc Financial Management is accredited by The Association of International Accountants (AIA).

2. What you will study

You will learn to use various models and techniques for analysing the complex issues which arise during the business decision-making process. Communication, presentation, numeracy, IT and group interaction skills will also be enhanced.

Stage 1

Exit Award: PgCert Financial Management

Stage 2

Exit Award: PgDip Financial Management

Stage 3

Award: MSc Financial Management

3. How you will learn

Full-time Study
In full time mode, you will attend on-campus and learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These provide a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team teams on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Part-time Study
Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.

Teaching and Expertise
Staff are drawn from a range of pure research and commercial business backgrounds. For example, several are members of UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in bodies such as the Expert Review Group of CIMA. Research plays a vital role in underpinning all levels of teaching and the curriculum. Our students are made aware of the research being undertaken through access to published output and invitation to research seminars. Students have the opportunity to have their dissertation supervised by an active researcher.

The Aberdeen Business School has excellent industry links e.g. with Exxon Mobil and Aberdeen Asset Management. External specialist presenters in areas such Fund Management, Investment Banking and Treasury are regularly invited to speak to our students.

4. Entry requirements

A good honours degree is required in a relevant subject. Applicants having a degree or degree equivalent qualification and relevant work experience at a suitable level within an organisation for an appropriate length of time may be considered, as may qualifications from an approved professional body.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

The MSc Financial Management is accredited by The Association of International Accountants (AIA).

6. Student Funding

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to our outstanding students. The scholarship is available to 

  • international students who will study the course by full time and distance learning and pay for the fees at the international rate; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by full time and the fees are set in excess of 6,000 GBP; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by distance learning.

To find out more information on Merit Scholarship.

Information on funding for postgraduate students can be seen under Postgraduate Student Finance.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students


  • £3,530 Stage 1
  • £3,530 Stage 2
  • £2,340 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students


  • £4,500 entire course

International Students


  • £12,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students


  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,270 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students


  • £4,000 entire course

International Students


  • £10,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,284 Stage 1
  • £3,284 Stage 2
  • £2,192 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students


  • £3,400 entire course

International Students


  • £9,600 entire course

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £3,204 Stage 1
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £3,204 Stage 2
  • Part-time or Distance Learning - £2,136 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time - £3,400 entire course

International Students

  • Full-time - £8,900 entire course

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Application Form

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office:

Call +44 (0) 1224 262132

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Complete our International Enquiries form
Call 0044 1224 262726

Further details are also available from Course Leader:

Farooq Ahmad
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263422

9. Prospects

A degree from Robert Gordon University is confirmation to a future employer that a graduate will possess the blend of learning, skills and experience that they require from their employees.

The practical and financial management focus of the course will benefit management executives seeking career enhancement through a change of discipline or specialism in particular areas of finance. It is suitable for qualified accountants or brokers seeking a career change or those in the financial sector who require new expertise in certain areas of finance. Recent graduates seeking fast entry into the field of treasury, corporate and international finance and fund management would also find this course beneficial.

Benefits to you
On completion of this course you will be able to apply for exemption from the professional examinations of the Association of Corporate Treasurers; the Institutes of Bankers; the Securities and Investment Institute; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

In addition to specific subject knowledge, you will acquire additional skills allowing you to integrate fully in to a commercial work environment. These will include abilities in written and verbal communication, time management, team working and critical analysis.

For practising accountants, this course will allow you to specialise within the industry, opening up a wide variety of career development opportunities within a number of different contexts, for example, accounting, finance, accounting, audit or economics. For those who are new to financial management, this course will allow you to develop the practical skills, knowledge and understanding required to enter into, and develop your career within, the profession. Employment opportunities exist within commercial companies, wholesale and retail domestic and international banks, accountancy and consultancy firms and fund managers and investment institutions as brokers, dealers, analysts and compliance staff.

Benefits to organisations
By completing this course you will have developed knowledge and skills that would make an immediate, valuable and effective contribution within your organisation. You will bring a wide range of technical knowledge and expertise plus analytical, presentation and resource management skills to an employer. The sophisticated analytical, financial and quantitative skills which you will gain are relevant to a diverse range of employment scenarios.

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Start date
January & September 2014
Course length
Full-time - 1 year / Part-time - 3 years
Mode of Attendance
Full-time / Part-time
Academic school
Accounting and Finance Department Aberdeen Business School
Teaching locations
More information:
Dr Farooq Ahmad +44 (0)1224 263422
Accredited By
The Association of International Accountants (AIA)

The MSc Financial Management course has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program.

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University pathways at ICRGU - Pre-Master's


The International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU) offers entry into the MSc Financial Management at Robert Gordon University for International Students.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781