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Financial Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc
PgCert | PgDip | MSc Financial Management

This Financial Management course at Robert Gordon University 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.

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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This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

12 months

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

24 months (includes 12 month placement)

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

January

Course Length

16 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

3 years

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

12 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

January

Course Length

16 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

36 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

January

Course Length

36 months

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 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.

Extended Master's

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

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

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 online 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

  • 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 term (Capstone)
  • Practical class or workshop - 10 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group,38 hours per week (Terms 1 & 2)
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 570 hours Term 3 (Capstone)

How long is a Financial Management course?

This Financial Management course can be successfully completed within 1 - 3 years. This is to include independent study, coursework preparations, lectures and other activities.

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.

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.

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.

 

Academic Support

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 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

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.

 

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.

Is studying Financial Management a good career choice?

Employment opportunities exist within:

  • commercial companies
  • wholesale and retail domestic and international banks
  • accountancy and consultancy firms
  • 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.

 

What is needed for an MSc in Financial Management?

  • 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 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.

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.

 

Tuition fees for this Financial Management course are as follows:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

FULL TIME ON CAMPUS

  • UK Students - £8,000 entire course
  • EU Students - £8,000 entire course
  • International Students - £15,000 entire course

FULL TIME ONLINE Learning

All Students

  • £12,000 entire course

part time Online Learning

All Students

  • £4,500 Stage 1
  • £4,500 Stage 2
  • £3,000 Stage 3, MSc Dissertation

Extended Full-Time Masters with Work Placement

UK Students

  • £8,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

EU Students

  • £8,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

International Students

  • £15,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

For Academic Year 2020/2021

Online Learning Part-time

All Students

  • £4,500 Stage 1
  • £4,500 Stage 2
  • £3,000 Stage 3, MSc Dissertation

Full time

  • UK/EU Students - £8,000 entire course
  • International Students - £15,000 entire course

Extended Full-Time Masters with Work Placement

UK/EU

  • £8,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

International Students

  • £15,000 Year 1
  • £5,500 Year 2

Additional Costs

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

Alumni Discount

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

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.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

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:

 

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