Key Facts

Course Title: Finance and Management (MSc)
Course type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Full Time
Contact Details:Claire Butters
Website: Go to School homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Business and Management


A very warm welcome to our MSc in Finance and Management. The Economics and Management programme groups, both in the Keele Management School, offer an MSc in Finance and Management designed for students who wish to follow a career in the investment management industry or as a financial officer within a commercial or public organisation.

The School has an international faculty that is experienced in offering a range of courses on management and finance. The two programme groups can now jointly offer an MSc in Finance and Management that will help develop students' skills and knowledge in the area of Finance and management and help prepare them for their future careers.

Please use this page to find out about our course, teaching methods and application procedure, and if you have further questions feel free to come back to us and ask.

Aims of the Course

The MSc in Finance and Management is designed to provide the systematic understanding of finance, financing and the modern organisation. It provides the analytical and technical skills in finance combined with the professional and management techniques of operational, strategic and financial management.

Successful students will gain:

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge in areas of finance and management.
  • A critical awareness of current issues in finance and management and their practical implementation.
  • An understanding of the techniques and methods used in the disciplines of finance and management to create and interpret knowledge
  • A critical understanding which enables the evaluation of current research and professional practice in the areas of finance and management.

Key objectives:

Promote the knowledge and understanding of;

  • Financial markets, asset pricing and portfolio choice.
  • The links between corporate strategy, marketing strategy, information systems strategy and operations management.
  • The different sources of business information, their use and limitations.
  • The basic mathematical and statistcial techniques used in finance to study asset pricing and portfolio choice.
  • The role of financial accounting in providing corporate information to stakeholders.
  • The financial decisions of firms and theories of corporate structure.

Course Destination Information

The course provides students with career related skills and expertise. Typical career destinations may include employment in the investment management industry or as a financial officer within a commercial or public organisation.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must hold at least a second-class honours degree ( 2.2 or above) or overseas equivalent, in a business related area demonstrating quantitative content or in an alternative quantitative subject. Students who have appropriate professional qualifications or relevant work experience may also be considered. The University uses a range of relevant selection criteria including academic qualifications, professional experience, evidence of likely commitment to academic study, and an estimate of a candidate’s future potential.

Anyone applying from a country where English is not the first language is required to take one of the internationally recognised English language tests such as Academic IELTS or equivalent English language qualification.  The minimum entry is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent English language test scores with a minimum of 5.5 in each subtest.

For overseas students who do not meet all direct entry requirements, the opportunity to take an intensive pre-MSC programme leading to MSc entry may be offered.

Course Content

The MSc programme starts in September and lasts 12 months. During the first semester (September to January) students take the following four core modules:

Semester 1

  • Financial Markets
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance
  • Operations Management and Supply
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Introduction to Research

In the second semester (January to May) students take the following modules

Semester 2

  • Applied Finance

  • Strategy and Information Management
Choose one from;
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Modelling
  • International Financial Reporting
  • Leadership

plus one optional core module from;

  • Research Methods
  • Creativity and Personal Development


Choice of either Dissertation or Applied Company Research Project.


Students take a total of nine taught modules. Each taught module is worth 15 credits, apart from Introduction to Research which is a compulsory module but bears not credits, with the total credits accumulated from the taught modules equal to 120 credits.

From May to September, students undertake a dissertation in finance or management, or applied company research project, both of which are worth 60 credits.

Students gaining 120 credits from taught modules and successfully completing the dissertation will be awarded the MSc. Students gaining 120 credits but not proceeding to the dissertation will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. Students who do not gain 120 credits but pass modules worth 60 credits will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate.

Teaching and Assessment

There is a Course Director who is responsible for running the programme and providing support and information for students. All modules are taught within one semester. Each module corresponds to 15 credits or approximately 150 hours of learning activity. A standard module will consist of 22-24 lectures together with 10-12 tutorial, seminar or laboratory classes taught over the 12 week semester period.

The dissertation will be undertaken between May and September. Dissertations will have be based in a single area but with possible joint supervision. Workload is evenly distributed througout the year.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.

The Graduate Attributes Statement is designed to raise awareness of the attributes that will be developed whilst you are a student at Keele University. It explains each of the attributes in detail, tips on how to achieve them and how they relate to your chosen programme of study.

The Graduate Attributes Statement for this course can be downloaded here.

In addition to the learning activities that are part of the MSc programme curriculum, students also benefit from a range of professional training events and activities to build employability skills.

In recent years we have enjoyed collaboration with Bloomberg, London.  Students take part in the Bloomberg Professional training event which is delivered by experts from Bloomberg.  During this event, students are familiarised with the Bloomberg Professional platform and explore its uses, functionality and tools as used by finance professionals.

Throughout their studies at Keele, students are able to use Bloomberg Professional service for their financial market research and also hands-on practice of applying professional analytical tools and functions.  Bloomberg Professional is accessible from all terminals in KMS multifunctional IT suite.

Ibrahim Alkhataybeh

Ibrahim Alkhataybeh

"The inspiration I received during the year has widened my life and will benefit me for a life time."

MSc Accounting & Financial Management

Paula Namwanje, Uganda

Paula Namwanje, Uganda

"The main reason I came back to Keele to do a Masters was because of the love I have for this university."

MSc Accounting and Financial Management