MSc Financial Management

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (full-time, per year): £7,950
Home (per credit): £44.17
International (full-time, per year): £15,600

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About this course

LJMU’s MSc Financial Management is ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in the financial or accounting sectors.

  • Study on a course recognised by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)
  • Prepare for a range of careers in finance 
  • Learn to think strategically about finance with an emphasis on research and critical analysis
  • Benefit from academic expertise in a variety of financial management disciplines
  • Choose this programme even if you have no knowledge of finance but want to develop a career in the sector

The field of financial management forms part of the structure of all organisations and the general health of the economy. In every arena, the effective financial management of funds enables businesses to operate successfully, achieving and exceeding their set goals. Engaging in this course of study will provide you with a perennial skillset, and a valuable piece of professional development if you are looking to take your career to the next level of responsibility, and salary bracket.

The overall aim of the MSc Financial Management programme is to produce postgraduates who are able to make a valid and meaningful contribution within the field of finance. This will be achieved by exposing you to the current theories, concepts and developments within this discipline and, by doing so, you will become competent and thoughtful practitioners.

You will develop an understanding of the interpretation, uses, and analysis of financial and investment information in a practical domestic and international context. Your reflective, critical and evaluative thinking will be improved through exposure to contemporary and current issues in finance and via teaching and learning that is strongly supported by research and professional practice.

This intellectually challenging programme of study will focus on current issues, themes and applications within the field of finance and financial management, and your analytical, critical and problem solving skills will be extended through the academic evaluation of literature and current financial practices.


AACSB International –The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business logoLiverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University is a member of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide. Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development, and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organizations, from more than 90 countries globally. Membership or participation in the Global Education Alliance does not imply accreditation.

Professional body recognition

This course is recognised by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

On graduation from this course you will be able to apply for a number of positions within the finance industry. You may work in retail and investment banks, insurance/pension companies, financial management/financial consultancy, investment consultancy and analysis or accountancy. Potential roles may include: Finance Manager; Financial Controller; Business Strategist and Financial Consultant.

Financial Managers advise clients on the decisions that will direct all kinds of businesses in the most desirable directions. On graduation you will be able to occupy this kind of advisory position in a wide range of interesting sectors. 

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You may, for example, find yourself working in the charity sector, retail, the healthcare sector, universities, or multinational corporations to name but a few.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Quantitative Methods for Finance
20 credits

This module provides the mathematics and statistics knowledge required in Financial Management. It:

  • enables you to master statistical software, like Excel and SPSS which is needed for research analysis
  • provides you with knowledge of a range of quantitative techniques useful for the dissertation module

Strategic Management
20 credits

This module helps to identify the contextual differences which affect strategic decision making in particular organisations. Coursework is integrated into the business simulation.

Financial Markets and Institutions
20 credits

This module provides you with a deep understanding of financial markets and institutions. It will equip you with the advanced knowledge and tools required to appreciate the complex issues faced by managers and regulators of financial institutions and markets.

Corporate Finance
20 credits

This module evaluates financial and risk management decisions. It aims to provide an in-depth analysis of corporate financing, liquidity management, owner return, control and risk management decisions.

Globalisation of Finance
20 credits

This is a research driven module, responding to the pressing need to understand the causes of global financial instability. The global political economy perspective is used here as an appropriate framework for understanding the complexities of global finance. The module enables you to understand the global financial system and the causes of global financial instability.

Portfolio Management
20 credits

This module is concerned with portfolio management. It covers two differing aspects: investor demands and market analysis and aims to develop your understanding of theory, practice and empirical research in portfolio management and asset allocation at an advanced level.

60 credits

This module is for you to pursue an independent piece of research within the field of financial management. It aims to undertake an independent financial management dissertation relevant to your field of practice or area of professional interest.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Full-time students undertake three modules for each of the two semesters (which are generally offered over two days a week). Part-time students undertake at least one module per semester over the two semesters of the first year and the remaining modules over the two semesters of the second year. The dissertation is produced between June and August in the final year.

Teaching methods

Your tutors will take a proactive role in continually reviewing the financial sector and the relevance of the programme on a regular basis. This constant process of review and revision adds value and currency to the modules tutors deliver through the academic research they produce.

Tutors also work with a range of financial/accounting professional bodies to ensure that teaching reflects current practice within the industry. This approach means you will gain in-depth knowledge and skills that will optimise your learning potential.

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Applied learning

You will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills through case studies and worldwide events, by applying financial and management knowledge to improve organisational effectiveness and efficiency. You will cover topics including quantitative methods for finance, financial markets and institutions, strategic management, corporate finance and the globalisation of finance to name but a few.

Furthermore, you will undertake in-depth research in various industries, through completion of a range of assessments and a dissertation. This real-world focus will provide immediate value to your present and future employers.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

On this course you will be assessed by a range of methods such as exams, essays/reports, case studies and presentations. You will receive regular feedback on your work. Some coursework may be done in groups to develop your team working skills.

You will also submit a dissertation which will be a major component of the programme.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Karl Roberts

Karl Roberts

Programme Manager

Karl has been lecturing corporate finance for almost 25 years. During this time he has been responsible for a number of programmes and teams at professional, undergraduate and postgraduate level, chairing committees, providing presentations, developing quality control and assurance procedures and documents and formulating external relationships with universities, colleges and external bodies. He is also a practitioner investing in the global and private equities which match his research area of liquidity and solvency of private and listed companies.

The programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and could assist you in achieving one of their qualifications and then becoming a member of the CISI. 

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Liverpool Business School also has a dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in the historic Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and a short walk from the Redmonds Building. The building has recently undergone £1.2 million investment to provide a professional learning space.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a relevant minimum second class honours degree from a recognised University or equivalent institution


  • an equivalent professional qualification


  • an award accepted by the University as equivalent to the above


  • at least three years' relevant work experience at managerial or equivalent level

Additional Information

  • IELTS 6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Contact International Admissions Team for more details
  • International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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