Finance MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2015-16 entryThis course also available for 2016-17 entry
About the course
This course is an ideal progression if you have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant area of accountancy, business, economics or finance. It is particularly suited if you wish to pursue a career in finance and will provide knowledge of current developments in the sector in an international context. The course will help you to develop critical insights, provide vocationally-relevant subject matter and is highly focused on skills development.
We will introduce you to important issues for financial markets, for example, critical evaluation of theories affecting financial management in corporate organisation and capital markets. You will develop skills in managing an investment portfolio and an understanding of mechanisms of corporate governance in supporting financial markets.
Our strong connections with the financial world are demonstrated through our Partners in Accountancy scheme which links you with accountancy firms of national and international repute. You will be taught by staff with extensive experience gained as practitioners with knowledge gained in businesses, the commercial sector (including banking) and the professional bodies. Guest lecturers from the world of business and banking are also used on some modules, recent guests have included HSBC.
Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.
This course has multiple start dates:
21 / 09 / 2017
25 / 01 / 2018
September start - 1 year full-time
January start - 1 year full-time
• A good first degree (2:2 or above) in Accountancy, Finance, Business or Economics.
• If you hold an appropriate professional qualification from one of the professional accountancy bodies who are members of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB), we will consider you to have met our admissions criteria.
• If you hold any other professional qualifications, you will be considered on an individual basis.
Tel: 01484 472956
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Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
This is a highly focussed course specialising in helping prepare you to enter careers or progress within the finance industry.
You study the following core modules:
+ International Economics
This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation, international trade and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events both in the developed and developing economies.
+ Personal investment; Finance and Portfolio Management
This module introduces you to a range of personal finance and investment techniques whilst mapping a portfolio of investments using an innovative experiential learning environment called “The Masters Portfolio Game”. It also provides you with an opportunity for personal development whilst developing a critical appreciation of the features of managing a successful investment portfolio.
+ International Finance
This module considers the financial implications of multinational business that may arise because the world economy is made up of a number of distinct tax systems, economic systems, political regimes and currencies. The methods that national and multi-national firms may use to respond to such differences are also explored.
+ Research Design and Analysis
This module is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of the principles of social science research. It provides you with grounding in the principles of research design and the principal methods of data collection in the context of research in accounting and finance, all of which are necessary for a successful research proposal.
This module allows students to deepen their understanding of a particular area or accounting, finance or banking according to their own interests. It enables students to carry out a substantial piece of work in these fields of research and developing students' abilities to present research according to academic conventions.
+ Finance Theories
This module will introduce you to the various finance theories that affect the financial management of corporate organisations including corporate reports for capital markets. You will have the opportunity to develop a critical awareness of the theories of corporate reporting practices and their impact on market information, along with a critical evaluation of finance theories relating to the internal financial management of organisations.
+ Corporate Financial Management
This module explores the main financial decisions that have to be made by the management team to ensure maximisation of shareholder wealth. It considers how best to manage the finances of the firm on a medium to long term basis to ensure survival and growth.
Option modules: You may also choose two options (one per term) from:
+ Corporate Social Responsibility; Accountability and Reporting
This module aims to introduce key information and debatable issues in corporate social responsibility, social and environmental reporting and accountability from the business environment. This extends to the interpretation and application of non-financial data that presides within published statements and academic literature.
+ International Corporate Reporting Issues
This module will enable you to develop your knowledge of accounting to consider theoretical and conceptual underpinnings in the context of published financial statements for companies whose shares are traded on stock exchanges. This will involve developing and presenting an understanding of the key international accounting issues and the use of practical examples drawn from published financial statements using international accounting standards.
+ Corporate Governance
The central aim of this module is to enable students to gain a thorough grounding in a range of advanced topics in corporate governance. Specifically, the module seeks to introduce and develop students’ ability to critically evaluate a wide of range of concepts, principles, theories, models, systems, mechanisms, reforms, regulations and research in corporate governance.
+ Issues in Islamic Finance and Economics
This module will consider providing students with a basic understanding of the content of Islamic Finance & Economics. This will enable students to develop an understanding of the key Islamic Finance & Economics principles, issues and use of practical examples drawn from various Muslim and Non-Muslim experiences. This module will also provide the opportunity to develop critical awareness, including practices and conceptual understanding of the various issues in Islamic Finance & Economics.
The Research Design and Analysis module helps provide comprehensive training in research skills which will underpin your academic research in your taught modules and your dissertation project. Your dissertation will provide you with first-hand experience of field research in an area of interest relevant to your programme and a supervisor will be allocated to help you develop your work
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
Our graduates are ideally placed for further academic study to PhD level or careers in Higher Education, industry, commerce and financial services.
Teaching and assessment
Our focus is on using varied teaching and assessment methods to help develop a wide range of academic, analytical, presentation and practical skills in our students.
We use some of the following teaching methods on this course:
• lectures that provide a focus for theoretical study and a stimulus for further research and exploratory work by our students
• seminars, workshops and student-led discussions to analyse issues relating to defined topic areas
• Group projects and presentations to improve your team working and communication skills
• case study analysis and advanced level accounting exercises
• e-learning to support teaching and learning approaches
We use a variety of assessment methods which can include assignments, case studies, group projects and presentations and examinations.
The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.
All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.
The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.
Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.
Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at our next Postgraduate Study Fair.
Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
If you are planning to study part-time, please get in touch with the contact in the 'At a glance' section above.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff are contributing to the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry and the professions. For more information, see the Research section of our website