Financial Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

financial management course
This course will help you to develop the theoretical and analytical finance skills needed to succeed in the corporate sector and financial institutions. The course’s extensive coverage of the CFA Institute’s Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) means that it is recognised in the Institute’s University Affiliation Program.

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.

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This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
16 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Blended
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
3 years
stage 1

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.

stage 2

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.

stage 3

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.

 
Detailed module information

On-Campus Study

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.

Blended Learning

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.

Activity Summary

Year 4

  • 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)
Independent Study

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.

Assessment

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)
 
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

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.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library 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.

University Library

 
JOB PROSPECTS

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.

CAREERS

 
 
  • 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:

English Language requirements

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

International Students 

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.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

 
For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,280 Stage 3, MSc Dissertation

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,100 entire course
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,520 Stage 1
  • £3,520 Stage 2
  • £2,350 Stage 3, MSc Dissertation

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,470 entire course
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

 
Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

Student Funding

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.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

DISCLAIMER

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:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

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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.
GUIDO LUCARELLI
MSC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT GRADUATE

Accreditation

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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