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You will develop your knowledge and skills in financial analysis and understand the relevant theories for critically evaluating financial information and financial markets. You will learn to use various models and techniques for analysing the complex issues which arise during the business decision-making process.
You will analyse financial management practices and learn to apply a range of analytical and financial skills. You will learn to evaluate and manage financial opportunities and risks. Communication, presentation, numeracy, IT and group interaction skills will also be enhanced.
The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, consulting, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.
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You will 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. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).
You will also have access to Datastream, FAME and Osiris, which offer company insights and fundamentals and a host of market data.
Our blended learning delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of the virtual learning environment and face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.
- Lectures - 20 students per group, 8 hours per week
- Seminars - 15 students per group, 2/3 masterclasses per session, typically of 2 hours
- Tutorial - 10 students per group, 4 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 30 hours per semester (Capstone)
- Practical class or workshop - 10 students per group, 2 hours per week
- Independent Study - 1 student per group,38 hours per week (Semesters 1 & 2)
- Independent Study - 1 student per group, 570 hours Semester 3 (Capstone)
The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 38 hours per week outside of class working on your own. This involves undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for tutorial assignments, team meetings and researching and writing course reports.
Staff Delivering on This Course
You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our teaching staff of which several are members of the UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in several bodies.
Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.
Other staff members include industry professionals, guest lecturers who deliver presentations in areas such as Fund Management and Investment Banking and staff with research experience. Guest lectures are also organised to cover the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct of the CFA Institute as part of the University Affiliation Program.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 5 written exams, typically for 2 hours
- 3 written assignments, including essays
- 1 dissertation (if option selected in Capstone)
- 1 class test
- 1 project report (if Business Consultancy option selected in Capstone)
- 2 oral assessments (Presentation)
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Study Skills Support
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
An understanding of finance is a must for managers of all companies whether local, national or international. Careers in finance are no longer limited to the traditional areas such as banking, and include a range of opportunities like credit analysis, risk management, investment analysis, fund management and corporate financial management.
For practicing 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, 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. The qualification can also be a stepping stone for advanced research degrees (e.g., PhD) in finance.
- Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
- Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
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- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
MSC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT GRADUATE
This course is recognised by the CFA Institute in their University Affiliation Program, which means that it covers a significant part of the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). Thus, the course is a useful preparation if you are looking to become charter holders.
On completion of this course you will also be able to apply for exemption from some professional examination papers of the Association of International Accountants (AIA); Association of Corporate Treasurers; the Chartered Banker Institute; the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
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