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MSc Management with Business Finance

Develop the financial acumen to survive, compete and thrive in the dynamic world of business

2017/18 entry


1 year full-time

Start date

September 2017 (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 to carry out your plans. The programme will provide you with knowledge and skills to undertake a range of management roles, particularly in the financial services industry, large public sector organisations or in consultancy.



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

In the Autumn Term you'll develop core knowledge and skills in various areas of management which have an emphasis on business finance. In the second term, two optional modules give you the chance to specialise in particular areas of financial management.

You'll also develop your independent research skills before focusing your efforts on a final 12,000-word dissertation.


Autumn Term

Advanced Financial Management will acquaint you with techniques of financial appraisal in a range of decision-making contexts. You'll learn to critically evaluate financial information and analyse financial performance. (20 credits)

Business Information Systems introduces methods which businesses use to produce, organise, access and make use of data. You'll make detailed explorations of real-world systems and discuss the sweeping changes effected by digital innovations. (10 credits)

Introduction to Strategic Management is a primer in the theory and techniques of strategic management and organisational change. You'll learn techniques of analysis and decision-making and apply them to a range of case studies. (10 credits)

Managerial Economics develops the basics of microeconomics as a framework to help you analyse managerial problems. You'll cover concepts including marginality, consumer choice, competition and game theory. (10 credits)

Spring Term

Core modules

Operations and Project Management explores a portfolio of techniques which can be used in a range of situations. You'll learn to develop complete operational and project management strategies for a given business context. (10 credits)

Qualitative Research Methods explores the assumptions, advantages, merits and challenges of the different approaches to qualitative and multi-method research. (10 credits)

Choose two of the following optional modules:

Accounting and Risk interrogates the ways in which risk is related to the connected domains of accounting, financial reporting and auditing. You'll discuss the growing interest in risk and risk management which has been seen in recent years. (20 credits)

Financial Markets and Investment develops both theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of investment management, giving you the tools needed to make good investment decisions. (20 credits)

Financial Strategy and Governance explores the nature of financial strategy in market economies. You'll use corporate finance strategy to analyse corporate behaviour and learn techniques for formulating financial strategy. (20 credits)

Managing Public Finance examines the academic theory, policy and practice applied to public money. You'll explore the controversies and challenges surrounding the role of government in public finance. (20 credits)

Ethics and Sustainability Reporting explores approaches to reporting on firms' environmental and social impact. Through a range of case studies, you'll critically evaluate why and how various methods of evaluation and reporting have emerged. (20 credits)

Summer Term

Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis covers the statistical concepts and theoretical principles underpinning quantitative data analysis. You'll learn practical techniques and procedures for analysing quantitative data. (10 credits)

* Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


You'll write a 12,000-word dissertation, based on an independent research project. You'll investigate a human resource management issue and propose recommendations for tackling it. Your dissertation is worth 60 credits.

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 research questions and identify methods and theories to investigate and analyse your topic.

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 2017/18

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£8,790£19,550

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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

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

Home/EU students

International students

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 accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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'll be based in the York Management School on Campus East. Almost all of your teaching will take place nearby on Campus East.

Course location

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, 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

  • Civil service
  • Construction
  • Education (further and higher)
  • Energy and utilities
  • Finance and banking
  • Government departments
  • Management consultancy

Transferable skills

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

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade

You should already have, or shortly complete, a good undergraduate degree (2:1 or equivalent) in any of the following:

  • 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
  • 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.

Other qualifications

If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.

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:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • CAE (before January 2015): 65, with 'Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): C
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

You may benefit from a pre-sessional English language course. These courses are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and help you prepare for your postgraduate degree.


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