Gain a comprehensive framework of knowledge, insight and vision regarding the key issues in financial management and international business. The MSc in Finance and Management develops your cognitive, critical, intellectual and research skills, plus relevant personal and interpersonal skills to interact in the real world of business and finance.
In today’s competitive global environment, employers are increasingly selective in their search for competent business and finance professionals. Our Master’s in Finance programmes equip you with a solid background in financial principles and practices and help to cultivate your practical finance skills and real-world business knowledge.
The Finance and Management pathway is aimed at students intending to pursue a career in business, banking, financial institutions, regulatory bodies, international organisations or government institutions. In particular, it is offered to those who wish to understand international financial management in theory and practice.
This programme provides you with the latest knowledge in corporate finance, financial markets, risk management and global business management. You will learn practical key skills required in the job market to produce relevant financial analysis of corporate companies, financial institutions or other bodies where finance is an important activity both in the public and private sectors.
You will attend a series of guest lectures delivered by experts from the City of London and senior-level decision makers from industry. Professor Moorad Choudry, convenor of the Bank Asset Liability module in 2016, and also Non-Executive Director of Ghana International Bank says, "It is exciting to see a Master's programme that has involved practitioner input as an important part of the early development stage. Having worked with Finance colleagues at KBS to create some core material, I am now looking forward to meeting the students and being part of the delivery team.”
In the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) the MSc in Finance Suite achieved a 97% student satisfaction rate, placing us in the top quarter of the UK Higher Education sector. PTES is a Higher Education Academy initiative and is carried out among 99 institutions. This result, coupled with our strong performance in the national league tables, underlines the strength of Finance programmes at Kent Business School and quality of our postgraduate teaching.
Kent Business School offers an optional 1½-week refresher workshop in Mathematics, Statistics and Excel, prior to the start of this programme. See Study Support for full details.
The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which includes Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.
For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.
Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
- University of Technology, Sydney
- Renmin University of China, School of Business
- University of Hong Kong
- Neoma Business School
- Freie Universitat Berlin
- University of Florence
- IE Madrid University
- Stockholm Business School
- Georgetown University.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain the following knowledge and understanding
- The advanced concepts and theory within the field of finance and their application to company’s financial decisions
- The research methodologies to test and evaluate finance and economic models
- Theoretical and practical aspects of key areas of finance
- Up to date relevant empirical literature in the fields of finance
- Approaches to financial analysis, evaluation of relevant information and preparation of related reports
- The impact of contextual forces on the organisational functions of finance and management
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- Critical thinking and creativity. Including the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements, and generalise appropriately
- Ability to solve complex problems and make decisions
- Ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
- Analytical skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions
- Ability to plan work and study independently and use relevant resources in a away which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice.
- Plan, structure, and produce a dissertation, business report or project
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- Ability to interpret financial data and perform quantitative analysis
- Ability to interpret and evaluate the results obtained from quantitative analysis
- Ability to apply theories to practical and theoretical problems
- Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills
- Ability to analyse important issues relevant for companies’ financial decisions
- Ability to conduct research in Finance issues
- Ability to formulate and solve business problems; ability to create, identify and evaluate options; ability to implement and review decisions
You gain the following transferable skills:
- Development of numeracy and quantitative skills
- Communication skills; listening, oral, and written communication using a range of media
- Effective use of communication and Information technology
- Ability to undertake independent and self-managed learning
- Capacity for self-development and continuous learning
- Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise others’ contributions in group processes
This programme aims to:
- Develop students’ existing skills and knowledge and to provide students’ with an advanced conceptual understanding of the key issues in Finance/Financial Management
- Provide students with the knowledge to be able to evaluate relevant literature critically
- Provide students with a theoretical framework so as to understand, interpret and analyse key issues in finance
- Provide students with knowledge of research methodologies adopted in empirical research
- Provide students with the skills to test and evaluate theoretical models
- Develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
- Provide preparation for and/or development of a career in the field of Finance/Financial Management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area
- Add value to a first degree by developing in individuals an integrated and critical awareness and understanding in the field of financial services
- Provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarships, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere. Develop students’ ability to develop independent self-directed research