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MSc Finance and Management

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  • You are taught by internationally renowned social scientists and management experts
  • We are rated as a top 20 UK business school by the Chartered Association of Business Schools
  • Our Colchester Campus has the UK’s first zero-carbon business school building

Course options2017-18

Duration: 1 year
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £10,200
Fee (International): £15,950
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
PGT fees information

Duration: 2 years
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £5,100
Fee (International): £7,975
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
PGT fees information

Course enquiries

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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.

Topics include:

  • 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 and IMC level one and two exams to exceptional Masters students.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and a Recognised Partner of the CFA.

“My Masters taught me to never blindly accept every theory or idea presented to me. I learnt how to think critically, to question perceived wisdom and look at things from more than one angle. Critical thinking is a management skill I use all the time at work; I’m an Associate at Grant Thornton UK LLP, working in areas such as enterprise due diligence and business transformation.”

Martin Senning Eriksen, MSc Finance and Management (2013)

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

Specialist facilities

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).

Your future

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.

Many of our recent graduates work for global organisations, including:

  • Tata Steel
  • Cisco Systems
  • Government of Pakistan
  • Yes Bank
  • Jewim Pharmaceutical Inc

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.

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Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.

Year 1

This module offers you a standard introduction of the field of corporate finance at postgraduate level. You consider the classical areas of Modigliani-Miller irrelevance, Taxes and capital structure, Trade-off theory and Pecking order theory of capital structure, before exploring the more modern areas, which are essentially based on contract theory.

Understand the process of portfolio management. You cover the main concepts such as efficient diversification, managing risk exposures, and the valuation of financial assets that are at the core of managing investment portfolios, and pay special attention to the practicalities of the implementation of these concepts.

Your dissertation is the culmination of your Masters programme, where you apply the knowledge gained on your course to produce an extended independent piece of work. You generate an original idea, analyse literature and current knowledge and produce a coherent argument that shows your ability to relate theory to practice. Your dissertation will help you develop vital skills for the workplace, as well as the ability to analyse real problems through an academic lens. You are assigned a supervisor for the duration of your project.

Managers increasingly find themselves working across borders calling for a thorough understanding of issues that relate to cross cultural management. In this course you enhance your understanding of the way in which globalisation and international business activities affect management and management practices across cultures.

Investigate the foundations of Management and Marketing through an induction to Essex Business School, with structured introductions to the library resources in the University and the range of learning methods used at post-graduate level, including lectures, classes, independent reading, group research projects, presentations and written assignments.

This module introduces key principles and practices in contemporary management and organisational behaviour. You learn through a combination of lectures, group work and individual study and use business case studies to apply theory to real-life situations. You examine some of the most important challenges facing management today and see how these are located in the wider political, social and economic context.

This module covers topics in mathematics that are required in Masters-level finance courses at the University of Essex. You focus on the basics of linear algebra, differential calculus including optimisation and dynamics.

This module equips you with the econometric tools and necessary experience to conduct empirical research in finance. You review statistical and basic econometric models and learn to apply econometric techniques in finance by considering topics such as (G)ARCH models, unit roots and cointegration.

Gain an understanding of international arbitrage relationships, models of exchange rate determination, and recent issues and debates in the international finance literature. Learn to describe the basic international parity relationships, to outline some of the basic models of exchange rate determination, and have a good grasp of issues such as the international debt crisis, capital mobility, and the advent of the European single currency.

Investigate some of the main topics and issues in international business and global political economy, applying both mainstream and more critical approaches to understanding them. You explore a range of different literatures addressing the business environment in the international context, discovering the historical, economic, cultural and political forces that shape contemporary global capitalism.


  • Tailor the content of your course to more closely fit your interests and aspirations
  • Courses focus on practical applications and links with industry
  • We run an open seminar series


  • Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations


  • You submit a 15,000 word dissertation or research portfolio.

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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. Email for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.

IELTS entry 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.

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Visit us

Open days

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 and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Virtual tours

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.


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.

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