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 finance and critical management thinking.
  • A command of analytical techniques, computing and appropriate software in the relevant areas of finance and management.
  • Increased confidence in the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of problems and their solutions.
  • Improved employability through enhanced professional and practical skills.

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
Choose one from;
  • Research Methods
  • Creativity and Personal Development


Choice of either Dissertation or Applied Company Research Project

Teaching and Assessment

There is a Course Director who is responsible for running the programme and providing support and information for students. Modules are taught in lectures, tutorials and computer laboratory classes. Practical use is made of standard software and data sources. Taught modules are usually assessed by a combination of unseen examination and coursework which may include essays, mini projects and tests. Guidance is provided on dissertation /project topics and each student will be assigned a supervisor.

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