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You will develop critical knowledge and understanding of the principles, concepts and theories of finance and the analytical skills for addressing financial management challenges in the domestic and international business environments.
The course will develop your ability to identify, evaluate, and propose/implement solutions to finance problems, and employ transferrable skills needed for roles within financial institutions, stock broking, investment and portfolio management, treasury and corporate finance departments of companies.
This course offers the opportunity to extend your study by a year to complete a 48 week work placement. Evidence suggests that graduates who can demonstrate relevant work experience have a better chance of securing a graduate level job.
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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 master's 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.
We offer an extended Master’s route, starting in September, on our traditional 1-year route which incorporates a 12 month placement. This route has a duration of 24 months, and will follow the same teaching programme as the 1 year course. You will receive training, guidance and support to support you through the recruitment and selection stages for the jobs on offer from our dedicated Employability and Enrichment Hub team.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.Detailed module information
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.
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.
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.
The Inclusion 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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
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
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
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.
12 MONTH PLACEMENT
For those on our Extended Master’s route (24 months Full Time On Campus) you will have the opportunity to embark on a 12 month placement on completion of the teaching programme.
Placement opportunities are real jobs in an extensive range of organisations from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to global multinationals, and is an excellent way to test your academic knowledge, develop transferable skills and develop your business networks. The employing organisation is likely to be a source of rich data for the Capstone module and you will be encouraged to research an organisational issue of your choosing – likely identified through discussion with the placement employer. You will also complete a reflective e-portfolio which captures the skills development through the placement period.
Throughout the placement you will be assigned both a workplace mentor and an academic mentor and will receive ongoing support to enhance your career development.
N.B. The University cannot guarantee that all students will be successful in securing a placement. If unsuccessful, your course fee attached to the work experience element will be refunded.
- 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:
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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.
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
Distance Learning Part-time
- £4,500 Stage 1
- £4,500 Stage 2
- £3,000 Stage 3, MSc Dissertation
- £8,000 entire course
- £15,000 entire course
Extended Full-Time Masters with Work Placement
UK/EU - Full-time
- £8,000 Year 1
- £5,500 Year 2
International Students - Full-time
- £15,000 Year 1
- £5,500 Year 2
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
Distance Learning Part-time
- £3,520 Stage 1
- £3,520 Stage 2
- £2,350 Stage 3, MSc Dissertation
- £5,500 entire course
- £12,470 entire course
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- 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:
The knowledge I got in the MSc Financial Management helped me in passing the level I of the CFA examination. The quality of lectures, tutorials and case studies was very good and I really liked campus during my study at Robert Gordon University.
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.
The course is also accredited by the Association of International Accountants (AIA) and on completion you will also be able to apply for exemption from some of the AIA professional examination papers.
You may also apply for exemptions from the professional examinations of:
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