MSc Financial Service Management

Entry requirements: First or second class honours degree 
Full or Part-time: Full-time
School: Business School Back to course finder

Course overview

A credit card

The MSc in Financial Service Management offers rigorous and advanced intellectual training in the area of financial service management based on the most current and modern academic thinking and industry best practice. It is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the financial service sector, through a well-focused education in the theories and methodologies applying financial service tools.

The programme aims to provide a coherent analytical framework for the study of finance and management, focused towards the financial service sector. The emphasis throughout the programme is on contemporary financial service theories and their application in real-world decision-making in the financial industry and their associated roles and responsibilities.

It is particularly designed to develop a range of conceptual and analytical skills for dealing with a variety of financial service theories, issues, practical financial service business situations, or cases and the strategic nature of demands within the financial sector.

Who is this programme suitable for?

The programme is a 12-month full-time programme designed for postgraduates with an entry point in the Autumn Term of each year. The programme has been developed to produce practical and proactive financial service management specialists, geared towards fulfilling the demands of the financial service sector, both locally and abroad.

The programme is aimed at students who have recently acquired their bachelor’s degree in management or service related fields and wish to enhance their knowledge of managing and working in organisations within a wide array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions.

Modules available on this course:

  • Derivatives & Financial Risk Management (15 units)
  • Empirical Techniques in Finance (30 units)
  • Integrated Service Management & Marketing (15 units)
  • Managing People and Leadership in Service (15 units)
  • Economic Analysis (15 units)
  • Financial Analysis and Portfolio Modelling (30 units)
  • Ethical and Professional Standards (15 units)
  • Dissertation (45 units)

Full course details in the University Handbook.

Assessment

Students in the programme will be required to successfully complete 6 modules and a project paper of 12,000 – 15,000 words.

Facilities

Buckingham Business School offers excellent facilities and resources to the postgraduate students including:

  • Real Time Data Software: Thomson Reuters EIKON
  • Time Series Database: A full range of economic and financial data is available through DataStream.
  • Statistical Analysis Software: A wide range of Econometric software including SPSS, EVIEWS, Stata and Matlab.

Programme director

Dr Gurcharan Singh
Tel: +44 (0)1280 820 172
Email: gurcharan.singh@buckingham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2.2 (or equivalent) in financial services, business, management, actuarial studies, economics, finance, accounting, investment or any other financial services related subject.

For more information, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Gurcharan Singh.

Mature students

Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.

International students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.

English levels

If English is not your first language, please check our postgraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

Selection process

Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.

The Admissions Team for Business would be happy to answer any questions you may have:

Lyn Hartin

Mrs Lyn Hartin

Business Admissions Administrator
business-admissions@buckingham.ac.uk

Read more →

Bethany Janes

Admissions Support & Marketing Assistant
bethany.carter@buckingham.ac.uk

Read more →

Terms and conditions for prospective students

When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >

Quality teaching

We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

High calibre staff

Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

Teaching methods

Teaching across our postgraduate programmes is through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and seminars. Our lectures aim to encourage healthy dialogue between faculty and students, and between students themselves, while our small tutorial groups ensure that students can engage even more closely with their teachers. Members of the Business School faculty also make a point of being available to students outside the scheduled teaching sessions – something which our postgraduate students find particularly valuable.

We frequently use case studies to examine business decisions taken in real situations, and business simulations and games give you first-hand experience of decision making in the world of work. Role-play and group problem-solving exercises help you to apply some of the theoretical concepts delivered in lectures and you will have the opportunity to undertake individual or group projects with local companies on topical business issues.

Assessment methods

The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.

Preparation for work

All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. Many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.

Graduate employment

Our graduate prospects are excellentOur graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.

The tuition fees quoted are for the degree (e.g. if you start a degree at Buckingham in January 2017, you will pay the same termly fee for the duration of your degree – you will not be affected by the price increase in September 2017). Fees are normally paid in termly instalments.

Please click here for Associate Student fees (or here for international Associate Student fees).

Postgraduate loan scheme

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK was introduced in August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,000 (£10,280 for new applicants in 2017) for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both.  Find out more >>

Postgraduate first class scholarship

From July 2015 a first class scholarship is available to both home and international students studying a taught postgraduate degree at the University. The scholarship will reduce tuition fees by 33%. The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to UK standard.

Details of other scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page. You should make an application to study at the University and receive an offer letter confirming our acceptance of your application before applying for a scholarship.

You may also find it useful to visit our External Funding page.

On-campus accommodation

A typical room in University of Buckingham accommodationWe guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.

Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.

What’s included?

All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more, visit our Accommodation pages or get in touch with our Accommodation Team.

We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.