Please note that this course is now closed for applications for 2023 entry. You can still apply for 2024 entry.
Are you ready to master finance and management in just one year?
Our MSc Finance and Management has been uniquely designed to train you in high-level finance and management principles to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in these areas. The programme is perfect if you do not have a first degree in business or finance, or relevant work experience but are seeking to make a career change into finance and management. You’ll become business ready to work in finance or management roles whatever your background or take your career to the next level as a finance or management professional.
If you’re looking for a career that combines management success and creativity with an understanding of the financial world, then MSc Finance and Management is for you. You will study Principles of Finance in term one, which will provide you with the maths skills and core concepts in finance you need to succeed on the course and to apply in the workplace in your first finance role.
You’ll then proceed to develop a deeper understanding of these finance principles alongside a management knowledge base that is both theoretical and practical, allowing you to also develop expertise in management. This will 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 organisations.
By combining finance and management you can effect change for the better. At Essex, we encourage you to explore ethical finance and responsible management and to become sustainable finance practitioners in a turbulent economic environment.
Essex Business School, where this course is based, is home to a number of cutting-edge financial research centres and institutes where the academics leading your course can share their latest research findings:
Our students can use industry-leading Bloomberg data in Essex Business School’s Bloomberg Financial Market Labs. This state-of-the-art facility gives you access to the same tools used by traders and business analysts worldwide, offering a fantastic opportunity to hone your practical skills in finance and management.
Our student Bloomberg mentors will be on hand to help you navigate the trading floor and master the new skills. We also offer maths support to all Essex Business School students.
Discover our trading floor:
Our experts include:
Dr Jose Linares Zegarra. Jose is a Senior Lecturer with our Finance Group and his research explores responsible banking and financial inclusion.
He has worked extensively with the banking industry and public sector in Spain, including organisations such as the Spanish Savings Banks Foundation, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the Andalusian Autonomous Government. This ensures his research and teaching is grounded in the issues facing financial organisations at any time. Jose is also a Fellow of Advance HE, in recognition of his ability to translate his research into inspiring teaching.
Dr Pasi Ahonen is another of our experts lecturers who focuses on research in Management of diversity and difference in organisations and Leadership, power and ways of leading. He has also worked with a Finnish location technology SME in London, UK, and for a regional development agency in Southeastern Finland on various EU-funded projects.
All our finance researchers are members of the Essex Finance Centre (EFiC), our research centre that promotes internationally renowned, high-quality academic research in areas such as asset pricing, banking, behavioural finance and financial modelling.
Finance academics are also members of the Essex Centre for Macro and Financial Econometrics, our interdisciplinary research centre established in partnership with the world-class Economics Department at Essex. The Centre aims to conduct and publish world-leading research in macro and financial econometrics.
Our expert finance researchers work alongside the financial industry, regulators and policy-makers both in the UK (for example at the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Bank of England) and internationally (such as the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve and the Bank for International Settlements). This ensures their research is having a genuine impact on people’s everyday lives.
Our Management and Marketing academics are member of the Management and Marketing group, who focus on research which aims to understand the role of the consumer, the value of the employee and the importance of responsible management practices.
The Centres run regular seminars that are open to all postgraduate students and which offer an opportunity for you to hear the very latest research and developments in the finance sector.
MSc Finance and Management is based at our Colchester Campus.
You’ll be studying at Essex Business School, home to the first zero carbon business school in the UK – demonstrating our sustainable approach to business first-hand. Set around a lush winter garden, with shared spaces to encourage collaborative working, you’ll find a wealth of inspiring teaching and study zones:
You'll also benefit from fantastic University facilities located close by, including our state-of-the-art Silberrad Student Centre, complete with an open-access 24-hour Learning Hub and a cutting-edge media centre. You benefit from access to a wide range of specialised banking and finance databases, textbooks and e-books and can book appointments with our subject librarian.
Essex Business School students also have access to quantitative analysis software, such as MatLab, Stata and Eviews which can be accessed remotely and from all university computer labs.
Our building is located on the Knowledge Gateway, home to some of the region’s most exciting enterprises in the science, technology and creative sectors. The Knowledge Gateway provides potential networking and career opportunities for students directly on campus.
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.
Many of our recent graduates work for global organisations and innovative SMEs, including:
Our Student Support team work closely with the University’s Employability and Careers service to help you with careers information and advice and CV support. They will help you find work experience, internships, placements and voluntary opportunities and provide access to employer talks on campus. We also work closely with the Essex Startups team to support our budding entrepreneurs get their business ideas off the ground.
“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
A 2:1 degree, or international equivalent, in any subject.
We will also consider applicants with a 'pass' or above in the CFA Institute Programme at Level 1, 2, or 3.
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Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.
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A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.
A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.
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