Finance MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

This course studies core finance principles; helping to prepare you a variety of management and leadership roles in national or international firms.

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

This course is an ideal progression if you have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant area of accountancy, business, economics or finance, and want to pursue a career in finance. The course is highly focused on skills development and helps to provide knowledge of current developments in the finance sector, in an international context. This enables you to develop critical insights through vocationally-relevant subject matter.

We will introduce you to important issues for financial markets; for example, critical evaluation of theories affecting financial management, in corporate organisations and capital markets. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in managing an investment portfolio, and an understanding of mechanisms of corporate governance in supporting financial markets.

Our focus is on using varied teaching and assessment methods to help develop a wide range of academic, analytical, presentation and practical skills in our students. We use a number of teaching methods such as seminars, workshops and student-led discussions, to analyse issues relating to defined topic areas on this course. We also use group projects and presentations to improve your team working and communication skills, alongside case study analysis and advanced level accounting exercises.

Our strong connections with the financial world are demonstrated through our ‘Partners in Accountancy’ scheme, which links you with accountancy firms of national and international repute. You will be taught by staff with extensive experience as practitioners; with knowledge in businesses, the commercial sector (including banking) and the professional bodies. Guest lecturers from the world of business and banking are also used on some modules; recent guests have included HSBC.

You will stand out after acquiring knowledge at a higher level, giving you intellectual rewards and potentially, greater prospects in your career progression. Your transferable skills will develop as the course progresses, in areas such as communication skills, data analysis, and critical and independent thinking.

Dr Julie Drake

Dr Julie Drake, Senior Lecturer in Finance

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Accountancy, Finance, Business or Economics. Or an appropriate professional qualification from a Consultive Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) approved professional accountancy body. Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment.

Located on one central town centre campus site, you’ll have access to all the learning resources and social amenities you’ll need.  There are students from over 120 different nationalities represented at the University of Huddersfield and they contribute towards a lively and enthusiastic campus. Each year you’ll find different international student societies running cultural events, national celebrations and the renowned International Food Festival which showcases cuisine and culture from our different nationalities.

Watch our profile video to hear Austrian student Lena describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

Postgraduate banner for coursefinder for 6th March 2018

Postgraduate Study Fair


Come along to our Postgraduate Study Fair, Tuesday 6th March, 3pm – 6pm and discover all your postgraduate study and research options.

Our award-winning academic staff will be on hand to chat about all our postgraduate study and research options, flexible teaching and how postgraduate study can help you to advance your career or prepare for a career change. 

Find out more and book

Course Detail

Core modules:

International Economics

This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation, international trade and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events both in the developed and developing economies. 

Personal investment; Finance and Portfolio Management

This module introduces you to a range of personal finance and investment techniques whilst mapping a portfolio of investments using an innovative experiential learning environment called “The Masters Portfolio Game”. It also provides you with an opportunity for personal development whilst developing a critical appreciation of the features of managing a successful investment portfolio.

International Finance

This module considers the financial implications of multinational business that may arise because the world economy is made up of a number of distinct tax systems, economic systems, political regimes and currencies. The methods that national and multi-national firms may use to respond to such differences are also explored.

Research Design and Analysis

This module is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of the principles of social science research. It provides you with grounding in the principles of research design and the principal methods of data collection in the context of research in accounting and finance, all of which are necessary for a successful research proposal.

Dissertation

This module allows students to deepen their understanding of a particular area or accounting, finance or banking according to their own interests. It enables students to carry out a substantial piece of work in these fields of research and developing students' abilities to present research according to academic conventions.  

Finance Theories

This module will introduce you to the various finance theories that affect the financial management of corporate organisations including corporate reports for capital markets. You will have the opportunity to develop a critical awareness of the theories of corporate reporting practices and their impact on market information, along with a critical evaluation of finance theories relating to the internal financial management of organisations.

Corporate Financial Management

This module explores the main financial decisions that have to be made by the management team to ensure maximisation of shareholder wealth. It considers how best to manage the finances of the firm on a medium to long term basis to ensure survival and growth.

Option modules:

You may also choose two options (one per term) from:

Corporate Social Responsibility; Accountability and Reporting

This module aims to introduce key information and debatable issues in corporate social responsibility, social and environmental reporting and accountability from the business environment. This extends to the interpretation and application of non-financial data that presides within published statements and academic literature.

International Corporate Reporting Issues

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge of accounting to consider theoretical and conceptual underpinnings in the context of published financial statements for companies whose shares are traded on stock exchanges. This will involve developing and presenting an understanding of the key international accounting issues and the use of practical examples drawn from published financial statements using international accounting standards.

Corporate Governance

The central aim of this module is to enable students to gain a thorough grounding in a range of advanced topics in corporate governance. Specifically, the module seeks to introduce and develop students’ ability to critically evaluate a wide of range of concepts, principles, theories, models, systems, mechanisms, reforms, regulations and research in corporate governance.

Issues in Islamic Finance and Economics

This module will consider providing students with a basic understanding of the content of Islamic Finance & Economics. This will enable students to develop an understanding of the key Islamic Finance & Economics principles, issues and use of practical examples drawn from various Muslim and Non-Muslim experiences. This module will also provide the opportunity to develop critical awareness, including practices and conceptual understanding of the various issues in Islamic Finance & Economics.

The Research Design and Analysis module helps provide comprehensive training in research skills which will underpin your academic research in your taught modules and your dissertation project. Your dissertation will provide you with first-hand experience of field research in an area of interest relevant to your programme and a supervisor will be allocated to help you develop your work. This is a highly focused course, helping prepare you to enter careers or progress within the finance industry.

Here at Huddersfield 100% of permanent teaching staff* have professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard. View our teaching quality and learning support services for students at Huddersfield Business School.

We have links with a number of national and international accountancy firms through our ‘Partners in Accountancy’ scheme. You'll have access to a number of guest lectures and networking events throughout your studies, which can offer additional insights to your industry and profession.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Teaching excellence

  1. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We know that for a fact, because all our permanent teaching staff* have been awarded professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard.

  2. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

  3. For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

Learning Development Group: Our Learning Development Group (LDG) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. We have a dedicated team of 4 experienced academic skills tutors who have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

We can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, we also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

The LDG also provides support for international students. We recognise that there are many differences between studying here and in your home country. This is why we have dedicated academic skills tutors who can help you with both your study as well as your language skills.

Finally, online help is also available. We have a dedicated YouTube channel which offers several videos on academic skills suitable for all levels and years of study.

International Student Development: We understand that settling into a new country and environment can be very stressful. So, if you are an international student, the International Student Development (ISD) team can help provide support in understanding and adapting to the UK Higher Education environment as well as settling into life in the UK.

In addition, we can also help you develop the essential academic skills needed to ensure you achieve your full potential throughout your time at Huddersfield. We provide help and guidance to students at all levels (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with timetabled academic skills sessions. These sessions are delivered in same-course groups by our experienced tutors. In addition, English language sessions are available at foundation, intermediate or upper intermediate level. The number of weekly sessions and support you receive will vary depending on the level you are currently working at.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities, timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised library provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programs.

Our students have access to an extensive online virtual learning portal called Unilearn. This links our students with all the modules they are studying as well as academic support materials, reading lists, electronic documents, social media tools and assignment submission tools to support their studies.

The university has undertaken a large investment in lecture capture technology. Across the university many lectures are recorded and made available for students to watch afterwards. These recordings can help you develop your lecture notes, return to lecture material that you initially found difficult and offer a key revision aid.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

You may also be interested in...

Accounting MSc

This course looks at the core accounting principles including corporate governance, auditing and ethics, and corporate reporting; helping to prepare you for a career in national or international accounting firms.

Find out more How to apply

Full-time study

Postgraduate degree

Banking and Finance MSc

This course studies core finance principles such as financial modelling and portfolio management, helping prepare you a variety of management roles in both national and international firms.

Find out more How to apply

Full-time study

Postgraduate degree

The Awards Winners Logo
QS 4 Star Logo
University of the Year logo
Athena Swan Bronze Award logo