This course gives you the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the practical applications of modern finance theories in the financial world.
You will learn from specialist staff with expertise in accounting, finance, economics and management. On completion of your course you will be able to apply your skills in areas including valuation, investment and financial decision-making, risk management and derivatives, financial instruments and markets, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring in developed and emerging markets.
You will also be able to make key financial and strategic decisions in the daily operations of any organisation. These qualities are highly prized by international corporations.
The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.
This course has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the practical applications of modern finance theories in the financial world. Specifically the course will:
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
Flexible final study options
Salford Business School has one of the most flexible suites of postgraduate taught programmes in the UK.
For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:
The dissertation can be undertaken within a company, a sponsoring organisation, or investigate an area which is of interest to you. Study is undertaken in the UK, or sometimes overseas – some international students may possibly return to their country to work on an industrial research project.
If you are on the part-time course, you will be able to register for individual modules as part of CPD. The following example shows how the course could be taken on a part-time basis over two years:
Year 1 - Semester 1
Accounting and Finance
Risk, Regulation and Compliance
International Financial Management
Year 2 – Semester 1
Corporate Financial Strategies
Semesters 2 and 3
Business Innovation Project
Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management.
A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.
Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.
In the case of non-graduates please look at APEL.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4, 5, 6, or 7 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
This course is ideal for graduates who have studied economics, finance, accounting, business studies, management and any other related disciplines. Suitable work experience will also be considered.
This course offers excellent scope for aspiring and existing managers who want to improve their career development opportunities and employability.
You will ideally be a graduate with a background in accounting, finance, economics or management who wants to work in either the banking or corporate sector.
If you want to progress into a senior position in the public, private or third sectors this course will offer you the chance to gain skills which are highly sought by employers across a wide variety of organisations.
The course is delivered in four blocks of three day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.
Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.
Dr. Jia Liu
Reader in Finance
Jia is Reader in Finance at Salford Business School. She is Postgraduate Programme Director of International Finance, Accounting and Economics Academic Unit. She obtained her PhD degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham. Her research interests include financial economics, corporate finance and market-based accounting research. She publishes in business, economics, finance and accounting journals. She is a member of several international academic bodies. She acts as an academic referee for a number of journals and publishers.
This is an advanced degree in corporate finance and can lead you to a wide range of career opportunities and roles, such as finance director, new business development manager, treasury manager, financial controller, financial planning manager, stock market financial analyst, funds portfolio manager, and global hedge fund manager. It also provides a thorough preparation for academic research in finance and corporate finance.
Recent graduates have joined the international banking and finance industries, corporate sectors and academic communities. This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.
Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:
“I really enjoyed my time at Salford on the Corporate Finance degree. I found the course interesting and stimulating and believe it provided excellent preparation for my training as a chartered accountant.
The course blended both the theoretical and practical elements of finance and accounting and enabled me to obtain maximum exemptions from the ICAEW.
The business skills developed as part of the course, such as presentation skills, played a significant part in my successful application for a graduate placement at KPMG. Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend the course to anyone considering a career in finance and/or accounting.”
Our course team maintains excellent relations with local, national and international organisations, commentators and employers.
Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide our students with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.
Our part-time students are drawn from a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations, allowing you to enjoy highly valuable networking opportunities.
Salford Business School also operates a guest lecture course which allows you the chance to mix with professionals from industry, make connections, set up placements and conduct research.
Research in Salford Business School is coordinated by Professor Jim Yip, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation).
You can find more information and contact details here: http://www.research.salford.ac.uk
For those who wish to go further academically, a range of research PhD opportunities in all areas of finance are available, offering the opportunity to concentrate on any specialism requiring an in-depth understanding of corporate finance.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,295 per 30 credits|
|Full-time International||MSc £11,995; PgDip £8,195; PgCert £4,195|
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,250 per 30 credits|
|Full-time International||£13,300, part-time £2,217 per 30 credits|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.
Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus. Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.
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MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time, one year part-time)