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MSc Management with Business Finance

Develop the financial acumen to survive, compete and thrive

Year of entry: 2022 (September)

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2022 (term dates)

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In a constantly-moving environment, you'll need cutting-edge managerial knowledge and skills to make efficient business decisions.

If you have a background in economics, finance or other quantitative subjects, this MSc can help you shift your focus to a more business-oriented course of study.

You'll be equipped with the technical knowledge needed to gather and analyse data, identify sources of finance and profit, formulate strategies and manage projects. The course will provide you with knowledge and skills for a range of management roles, particularly in the financial services industry, large public sector organisations and consultancies.

Masterclasses

Alongside your formal classes, we arrange an extensive programme of guest speakers. Visitors from large multinational companies, small businesses and public sector organisations lead discussions on issues linked to their own businesses or past experiences.

Course content

You'll develop core knowledge and skills in various areas of management which have an emphasis on business finance. Option modules give you the chance to specialise in particular areas of financial management.

You'll also focus your efforts on a 12,000-word dissertation or 8,000-word project.

Modules

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Dissertation

You can choose to undertake either a Dissertation or a Project in Management Studies.

Dissertation

The dissertation requires you to initiate, design, and implement a substantial research project. You'll have three to four months to complete a 10,000-word dissertation based on your original research. 

You can choose to focus your research on a topic that interests you. It could be a chance to explore a previous topic in greater depth, or investigate an organisational challenge in an industry close to your heart. Recent titles include:

  • Corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, firm financial performance and employee satisfaction: an empirical analysis for the UK
  • A study of the relationship between ownership structure and corporate governance in the UK, USA and China
  • Analysis of the influence of risk management on bank performance in recent two global financial crises

You'll work under the guidance of a personal supervisor with expertise in the subject you're studying. They'll help you develop your research project, including identifying theories and methods to investigate and analyse your topic.

Project in Management Studies

This individual study module gives you the opportunity to showcase the summation of your learning throughout the year in an 8,000-word project. You'll focus on the development of professional skills and attributes through a combination of group and individual research, combining the management frameworks and theories that you have learned in earlier modules with the analysis of secondary data learned in the Research Methods module.

You'll use these research skills to develop actionable managerial implications, carrying out practice based research into your area of study. This replicates an activity that you might be expected to undertake in business practice.

In the first section, you'll focus on developing your group work skills. For the second section of independent research, you'll select concepts to focus on and combine them with appropriate methods of data analysis. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your reflexive practice and self-awareness, vital for your development as a practitioner in the international business environment.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Gather, critically analyse, interpret and utilise complex qualitative and quantitative financial and non-financial data.
  • Apply knowledge and critical awareness of contemporary issues in business finance and management to business practice.
  • Formulate and critique specific business strategies drawing on management and financial theories related to markets, investments, governance, and ethics.
  • Select appropriate techniques to solve complex problems in the context of organisational decision making.
  • Independently and confidently investigate significant business, management or finance issues by selecting and deploying appropriate research tools and critically analysing, interpreting and presenting in-depth focused results.
  • Present complex business, management and financial information in a clear and accessible manner to high-level, professional audiences.
After gaining my undergraduate degree at York, I was keen to stay for another year to study for a Masters. The innovative course combined management and business finance, covering a wide range of subjects. It helped me develop my understanding of management, and gave me technical knowledge which has helped with my current job at a financial services company based in Shanghai.
MSc in Management with Business Finance student

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2022/23

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £12,060£26,930

Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status

Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Funding opportunities

We offer a number of departmental scholarships for home and overseas students.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

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Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

We use a wide range of teaching methods to suit different learning styles, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops

We'll help you develop skills of research and investigation to support your independent learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Management School on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in the Church Lane Building, with additional contact hours elsewhere on Campus East and Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your modules are assessed with a mixture of exams, essays and presentations. You'll also complete formative assignments including presentations and literature reviews. You'll receive feedback on all the work you submit, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Your final assessment is a 12,000-word dissertation or an 8,000-word project, which makes up a third of your overall grade.

Careers and skills

This course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and technical skills needed for financial roles in private and public sector organisations around the world.

Our graduates go on to careers in all aspects of business and management. Each year, some continue their studies, joining the York Management School doctoral programme.

Career opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Financial auditor
  • Accountant manager
  • Business analyst
  • Civil servant
  • Client and risk manager

Transferable skills

  • Communication skills
  • Team working
  • Presentation
  • Critical analysis
  • Creative thinking
  • Project management

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in Finance or Accounting (ideally including some modules in other management subjects); Management or Business Studies where there has been a substantial Finance, Accounting, and Economics component; Economics, with some modules in Finance and Accounting; or other degrees where Management, Finance/Accounting or Economics make up around half of the modules you studied. We may accept a 2:2 undergraduate degree supported by professional qualifications or at least one year of relevant work experience.
International pre-masters programme Pre-masters from our International Pathway College
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components
Duolingo 110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components
LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass with 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components
TOEFL 87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

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