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Financial and Business Management Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 1–4 days per week September 2016

Choose Kingston's Financial and Business Management MSc

This course is a combination of two highly successful courses run by the Business School – the Accounting and Finance MSc and the International Business Management MSc – both of which have established an international reputation for excellence. It is an intensive, thorough and challenging programme, designed to give you the theoretical and practical skills essential for managing today's businesses.

This course is suitable for both experienced corporate finance and financial management practitioners who want to add to their skills, and those looking for a career in the area.

  • The programme has been developed in consultation with finance professionals at RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank to give you the practical, real-life skills employers require in this highly competitive sector.
  • We are one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.
  • There are regular talks from practising industry experts such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.
  • As well as studying an international curriculum, you will meet and work with students from a wide variety of countries and cultures who can add international insight to class discussions and working groups, and give you a global alumni network.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"Like for like, this is one of the top programmes in the UK...it was created and is taught by academics who have worked at leading international business schools as well as top global financial institutions." – Dr Mohammed Nurullah, course director

What will you study?

The course is highly practical, with each module has been designed to teach you the skills that employers value most. You will even be assessed in practical terms, with all tests based on real-life practices, so that you can get used to the way you will work for an employer when you have finished the course.

You will learn the computer and research skills employers demand for work in this highly competitive sector. The programme has a balanced approach, teaching you how to interpret and solve problems using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The course is taught by both Kingston Business School's academic staff and expert guest lecturers form the accounting, auditing and financial services sector.

Assessment

We will assess you through assignments, case studies, formal examinations and your dissertation. All these tests are based on real-life practices, preparing you for your future career.

Course structure

The course is divided into two stages, with stage one made up of four core modules and one optional module, and stage two involving research towards your dissertation.

Stage one

September to December

You will start with an induction and personal development programme and then move on to studying theories, models and practice of management accounting and finance.

January to May

You will continue to study three of the 30 credit modules and add an optional module.

Stage two

June to September

You will work on a research project (dissertation) module. This allows you to study a topic of your choice in detail, carry out research and write a report on your findings with conclusions and practical advice for management. You will get one-to-one tuition and guidance, and can tailor your research to fit in with your career interests.

Carrying out this research in a financial or business environment means that you can build professional contacts and connections in the business world that will be useful when you graduate.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

  • This module will teach you how to understand and prepare management information to support decision making in an organisation. You will learn to calculate the costs associated with both manufacturing products and providing services, and their price. This module will expand your understanding of budgeting approaches and how budgets are produced. It also covers effective performance management systems, such as performance measures, to help with management-decision making.

     
  • This is a core module which takes place in two parts during the first and second terms. Part one will give you an understanding of the numerical techniques used to help strategic decision-making in the business and finance world. It will give you the accounting, mathematical and statistical foundations you will need in accounting and finance over the course of your masters degree. Part two is about understanding research methodology, and the methods and skills that you will need to complete your research project over the summer.

     
  • This module will teach you about:

    • major contemporary theoretical and empirical developments in corporate finance; and
    • the analysis and valuation of companies from both an accounting and financial perspective.

     

    The corporate finance section will help develop your critical knowledge and understanding of the core theories and concepts in the field of corporate finance. It aims to develop your skills and ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in real corporate cases.

    The financial statement analysis section will develop your critical knowledge and understanding of accounting principles, and enable you to analyse financial statements and reports using financial ratios and other metrics. You will assess corporate profitability and financial stability, and critically evaluate corporate reporting choices.

    This module will be especially useful for students who are interested in careers in the corporate or financial services sectors, as well as those interested in working as financial advisers, consultants or analysts.

     

     
  • This module introduces financial accounting and financial management in a business context. It will provide you with a mix of practical know how as well as a theoretical underpinning. The module explains the principles for constructing the key financial statements that will allow you to produce financial statements from transaction records using double entry principles. You will also learn how to conduct an appraisal of an organisation's financial statements and look at companies' financial statements and their regulation.

    The lectures for this module take an active learning approach that involves informal feedback through discussion and practice questions. The financial management section of this module gives you the skills to take a senior financial management position in a modern organisation.

     
  • The success of an organisation depends on the ability to make fast, widely supported and high-quality decisions on a frequent basis. Many of those decisions affect the organisation's long-term ability to succeed and remain sustainable.

    This module involves studying how social and economic organisations assimilate and process information, and interpret and make decisions within their environments. These decisions tend to involve imitating their competitors or differentiating themselves from them. You will examine a number of conceptual and analytical approaches and models to help you understand:

    • the internal assets and capabilities of an organisation, as well as its political dynamics;
    • its relationships with suppliers, customers, regulatory bodies and other institutions; and
    • all of the above in the context of globalisation and international competition.

    Following on from this analysis, you will consider the issues involved in understanding and designing strategic options, including those related to managing risk, managing expectations for accountability and ethical business behaviours (corporate social responsibility, responsible management), and financial and accounting considerations.

    The aim of this module is to:

    • analyse the various bases of competitive advantage available to the firm;
    • evaluate and prioritise internal strengths and weaknesses upon organisational strategy, including the impact of resources, capabilities and power/politics;
    • evaluate and prioritise environmental impacts upon organisational strategy, including the impact of risk, uncertainty, institutions and cultures; and
    • appreciate the potential diversity in the strategies of public, private, voluntary, profit and not for profit organisations.
     
  • This module will begin in semester two, and is completed over the summer. It is an independent research project that you will work on with the supervision of an academic staff member with expertise in your chosen area. To complete this module, you will need to identify an issue to investigate, analyse the issue and structure your approach. You will need to:

    • examine relevant source material;
    • carry out your own research (including collecting and analysing original data, or analysing existing data in an original way); and
    • produce an action-oriented report based on your findings.
     

Option modules (choose one)

  • This module will equip you with an understanding of the principles of Islamic Banking and Insurance and its practical application in the industry. The module explains the Islamic banking and insurance industry, Islamic financial instruments, Islamic financial contracts, Islamic financial institutions and regulations.

    You will evaluate Islamic financial instruments with the assistance of software such as Bloomberg, Datastream, SPSS and Excel. This module also covers an introduction to Shariah principles and guidelines as applied to product development.

     
  • Marketing management is considered a key area of management in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Global Marketing Management is the discipline of planning, organising and managing marketing resources on a global basis to achieve an organisation's specific marketing objectives. This module examines how theories and methodologies of marketing management can be applied to ensure long-term success for organisations. It is delivered via lectures, case study seminars and workshops and is supported by guest speakers.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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