About the course
How can we prevent another financial crisis? What do ethical finance and responsible management look like in practice?
If you’re looking for a career that combines management success and creativity with a deep understanding of the financial world, then our course is for you. We broaden your understanding of these two disciplines and prepare you to face the challenges of working in complex economic, social, political and cultural conditions. By developing a diverse range of financial and management skills, you can graduate as an extremely attractive candidate to employers in a range of financial organisations.
- corporate finance
- portfolio management
- the foundations of marketing
- management principles
MSc Finance and Management is taught at Essex Business School, acclaimed for research expertise on workplace behaviour, management and finance. You join an internationally diverse school, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014).
This course is also available to study part-time and you may be able to apply for scholarships and discounts provided by the University of Essex. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam to exceptional Masters students. Essex Business School is a Recognised Partner of the CFA.
Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.
“I’m an Assistant Analyst at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); I started working here a few weeks after my Masters finished. The dissertation was my favourite part of my course as I chose to explore the diversification benefits of carry trade portfolios; my supervisor and the Essex Business School Student Services team were really helpful and supportive. Essex will always mean ‘family’ to me – my experience taught me the importance of team spirit, mutual help and partnership. I loved the cultural celebrations, like Chinese New Year and the fireworks displays, and the employability guidance has been invaluable.”
Evelina Zerva, MSc Finance and Management (to be awarded 2017)
Our expert staff
Our lecturers have presented their work at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve.
Our team form one of the largest finance groups in the UK, with expertise across both academia and industry. Essex Finance Centre organise research seminars that Masters students are welcome to attend.
We have specialists from across the discipline who draw upon a range of social science theories and concepts to ensure this course reflects the breadth of contemporary issues in banking and finance affecting today’s organisations.
We are recognised for being at the forefront of research in:
- business ethics and corporate social responsibility
- organisation studies
- leadership and strategy
- finance and banking
- risk management
- international management
Our zero carbon Essex Business School building is the first of its kind in the UK and provides superb learning and socialising facilities.
As well as a lush winter garden and sun terrace, which provide the building’s own micro-climate, you can enjoy our virtual trading floor with industry-standard Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, space for group working, and our Bonds café for meetings and socialising.
Our Essex Business School building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, providing potential networking and career opportunities for students with a host of innovative Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).
Take the next step towards becoming a business leader of the future with our MSc Finance and Management. We foster your creativity, innovation and ethical awareness so you can meet the challenges of today’s global business world.
A Masters degree from Essex Business School can form the basis of a successful career in financial analysis, management, public administration or accountancy and has inspired many students to go into business themselves. Recent examples include international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
Many of our recent graduates work for global organisations and innovative SMEs, including:
- Tata Steel
- Cisco Systems
- Government of Pakistan
- Yes Bank
- Jewim Pharmaceutical Inc
- Capital Markets Intelligence, a financial publisher
- Credit Data Research, a business funder
The University’s Employability and Careers Centre and our dedicated careers team will help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. There is also access to employer talks on campus.
UK entry requirements
A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in finance, economics or business. We also welcome applications from candidates with any science or engineering degree.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.
There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.