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MSc Financial Management admissions

If you think you've got what it takes to join our next cohort of this unique financial management programme, take the next steps and apply today. We offer personal support and guidance throughout the application process. If you have any questions please contact our friendly team. We will review your application when it is complete, including the online application form and the required supporting documents. Please follow the steps below to ensure the application process goes as smoothly as possible.

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Step 1

Review the entry requirements to see if you are a good 'fit' for the course.

Step 2

Review the application deadlines for early application discounts and scholarships

Step 3

Prepare the required application documents



Step 4

Apply online






Step 1: Review the entry requirements

  • Normally, a 1st or 2:1 UK Bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent from an institution recognised by NARIC.

Or

  • A Master's degree or international equivalent from an institution recognised by NARIC.
  • Excellent candidates with a 2:2 UK Bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent, with at least one year of relevant professional experience who can demonstrate their suitability and motivation for this Master's course. The degree should be in a relevant subject with good grades in quantitative subjects. An interview may be required.

We expect that most candidates interested in this Master's will have a degree in engineering, mathematics, business, economics, science or other related subjects; however your degree can be in any discipline if you can demonstrate that you have good numeracy and analytical skills.

We can also consider:

  • Excellent candidates with a 2:2 UK Bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent, with at least one year of relevant professional experience who can demonstrate their suitability and motivation for this Master's course. The degree should be in a relevant subject with good grades in quantitative subjects. An interview may be required.

All our degree programmes, require a high level of competency in all aspects of English language - speaking, writing, listening and reading. You will need to provide evidence that your English language ability meets the University of Manchester minimum requirements and is sufficient to enable you to fully participate and be successful in the programme.  In some cases, we may also arrange an interview.

You are not required to provide evidence of English language competence if you are a citizen of a country where English is the official or primary language.

All other candidates are required to provide evidence of English Language competence. Below are the details of the qualifications we accept, exemptions that we can consider and the official evidence that you will need to provide.

University of Manchester standard English language test requirements

We normally expect candidates to take an official English language test and accept the tests below.  We need to verify your English result using the test organisations online verification systems. If you have not already made your official test score report available to us, please arrange to do so.

The minimum requirements for this programme are:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in listening, writing, reading and speaking.

The test date must be no more than 2 years prior to the start of the programme.
Make your test score available to The University of Manchester through the IELTS Results Verification Service, so that we can validate your score online. When you book your test, you can nominate up to five organisations to be sent your IELTS test results on your behalf - see here for details. See the IELTS website for further information about this test.

  • TOEFL (iBT): 90 overall with 20 in listening, writing, reading and speaking.

The test date must be no more than 2 years prior to the start of the programme.
Make your test score available to the University of Manchester so that we can validate your score.  The University of Manchester institution code is 0757.  When you book your test, you can nominate up to four institutions to be sent your TOEFL test results on your behalf. Click to view instructions on the TOEFL website

  • PTE Academic: 59-65 overall with 59 in listening, writing, reading and speaking.

The test date must be no more than 2 years prior to the start of the programme.
Make your test score available to the University of Manchester so that we can validate your score online. Click to view instructions on the PTE website

  • CPE or CAE (Cambridge): Minimum grade 176-184

Email us your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number (printed on your Confirmation of Entry) and then we can verify your result online.

  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test (VEPT), supplemented with a University of Manchester short written test administered by the University Language Centre:  Minimum VEPT overall score:  56 – 60

If you would like to take this test you should contact the admissions team for your personal University of Manchester VEPT Test Identification number (TIN).  Please do not register for this test before receiving your VEPT test identification number.  financialmgmt.admissions@manchester.ac.uk
After confirming that your VEPT score is satisfactory we will then arrange for you to take a 45 minute written test administered by the University of Manchester English Language Centre.

Alternative Qualifications

We can also accept the following qualifications. You will need to submit proof of your qualification with your application.

  • India Standard XII Examination: 65% in English
  • IGCSE English Language grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English (Higher or Standard Level)

Do you have another alternative English Language qualification equivalent to the University's standard English test requirements?

If you would like us to consider your qualification, please email official evidence of your qualification, which specifically shows the English element and the grade achieved to financialmgmt.admissions@manchester.ac.uk. We will then consider whether we can accept it. 

English Test Exemptions

As an alternative to taking a standard English Language Test, we can consider one or a combination of the following.

  1. You have successfully completed a degree level qualification (recognised by UK NARIC as equivalent to a UK bachelor degree or higher), which was fully taught in English.
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    You will need to submit your application your degree documents, which officially confirm that your degree was fully taught in English.

  2. Is English the main business language in your place of work?
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    Many candidates to Alliance MBS programmes are working in international companies and organisations. If English is the main business language of the company/organisation where you are currently working and you predominately use English in your role, we can consider this when assessing your English language competency.  You will need to submit official evidence from your company/organisation that states the percentage of your work communication that is in English and the level of your competency. We will then consider whether we can give an exemption from taking an official English test.
    - Please click here to download the form for your company to complete. You should upload this with your application or email to: financialmgmt.admissions@manchester.ac.uk
    - An interview will also be required.

Step 2: Review application deadlines, tuition and scholarships

Alumni Loyalty Bursary (15% discount)

If you have successfully graduated from a credit-bearing qualification at The University of Manchester or UMIST you can receive an alumni loyalty bursary which is worth 15% discount on your full tuition fees . Therefore you can expect to save £2,925.

Early application discounts

  • 12.5% discount (round one): Students who apply to Manchester or Shanghai before 22 February 2021 can expect to receive a 12.5% tuition fee discount (£2,437.50)
  • 10% discount (round two): Students who apply to Manchester or Shanghai before 26 April 2021 can expect to receive a 10% tuition fee discount (£1,950)

Corporates (15% discount)

Corporate partners who receive 3 or more places on the course can expect to receive 15% tuition fee discount for each student enrolled onto the programme. This 15% discount equates to a saving of £2,925 per student.

Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai Centre discounts

Students applying to learn at the Singapore Centre, Hong Kong Centre or Dubai Centre will all be eligible for a 15% discount on tuition fees. Therefore they can expect to save £2,925.

  • Students registered with the Middle East Centre are required to pay 5% VAT on top of the tuition fee, which is a mandatory requirement of the government of the UAE. The VAT will be added to the tuition fee payable and is applicable regardless of the student’s nationality or residency.
  • Singapore residents are required to pay the prevailing GST, which will be added to the tuition fee payable.

Please note: The University operates a one-discount policy; Early Application, Alumni Loyalty Bursary and Scholarships are not accumulative. If you qualify for more than one discount or scholarship, you will be awarded the one that is the highest amount.

Four scholarship places are available and students will each receive 40% tuition fee discount (£7,800 each)

  • Eligible students include individuals who have recently graduated and hold 1 years – 3 years’ work experience in a professional services organisation
  • The scholarships are available for students applying to the Manchester Centre or Shanghai Centre
  • To apply for a scholarship you will need to provide a specific supporting personal statement in the form of a presentation to outline why you should be awarded a place

Presentation format

  1. The presentation should be a maximum of 6 pages/slides
  2. Don’t worry you will not be expected to deliver your presentation orally
  3. You are welcome to use diagrams, photographs for illustration
  4. We will evaluate the presentation on the content, showing how you meet the scholarship criteria, not on technical expertise.

To find out more please contact Daisy via email: studyonline@manchester.ac.uk

  • Application deadline: Monday 26 April 2021

Four scholarship places are available and students will each receive 30% tuition fee discount (£5,850 each)

  • Eligible students include individuals who identify as female and are working in a financial role
  • The scholarships are available for students applying to the Manchester Centre or Shanghai Centre
  • To apply for a scholarship you will need to provide a specific supporting personal statement in the form of a presentation to outline why you should be awarded a place

Presentation format

  1. The presentation should be a maximum of 6 pages/slides
  2. Don’t worry you will not be expected to deliver your presentation orally
  3. You are welcome to use diagrams, photographs for illustration
  4. We will evaluate the presentation on the content, showing how you meet the scholarship criteria, not on technical expertise.

To find out more please contact Daisy via email: studyonline@manchester.ac.uk

  • Application deadline: Monday 26 April 2021

If you are unable to submit your scholarship presentation through your online application please contact: financialmgmt.admissions@manchester.ac.uk

Step 3: Prepare the required application documents

We will review your application when it is complete, including the online application form and the required supporting documents. Before applying and to have the best chance of a successful application, please review the application checklist below and upload the mandatory documents when submitting your online application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete.

If you are unable to upload the documents when submitting your application form, email your documents to: financialmgmt.admissions@manchester.ac.uk

Application checklist

Complete and submit the online application form and upload the following documents:

  1. Statement of purpose (max. 500 words)
  2. Academic qualification documents
  3. CV
  4. One reference (academic reference or professional reference)
  5. Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable).

You will need to upload your Statement of Purpose. The statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your achievements and why you are a good 'fit' for the course. Please ensure your statement answers these two questions.

  1. What attracts you to apply to the MSc Financial Management course?
  2. What do you hope to gain from this course and how will it help you achieve your aspirations?

You will need to upload a scanned copy of your official degree transcript(s) and certificate(s).
If your original document is not in English, you must provide a translation from a certified translator.

  • If your degree is not from the UK, you need to provide the grading scale from the university where you are studying.

Your transcript(s) should show:

  • The type of degree awarded
  • Date of enrolment and date your degree was conferred (date of graduation)
  • The courses you took; the marks you achieved
  • Your final result, GPA or average grade

We reserve the right to contact your degree awarding institutions and/or professional associations for further information in connection with your application if required.

Your CV is an important part of our assessment and should also be uploaded with your application. Your CV/résumé should have a simple clear well-formatted layout, no more than two pages in length. Please make sure your CV includes the following information.

Academic credentials

  • Details of all your qualifications; including your Bachelor's degree, any Master's degree, postgraduate diplomas/specialisations and professional qualifications.
  • Any academic distinctions, honours or awards.

Professional experience

If you have work experience, please include the following:

  • Each job you have taken since graduating from your undergraduate degree in reverse chronological order, starting with your current position.
  • Include the month/year start and end date, company name and job title for each position undertaken. 
  • If you have worked in more than one position for the same company please show each position separately to highlight your career progression.
  • For each position, include bullet points of your key responsibilities and achievements; and if relevant include information about any management experience and reporting levels.
  • It is good practice to include a one or two line description of the context in which each company operates, for example: Global investment advisory firm with operations in 8 countries and $36B USD AUM.

We do not need to receive your reference at the same time as you submit your application, however we will normally need to receive at least one reference before making an offer.
In the application form please provide the details of two people (referees) who have knowledge of your academic or professional ability and contact them to provide a reference for your application that you can upload with your application. The references should be on letter head paper and contain the signature and contact details of your referees.

  • If you do not have professional experience, choose two lecturers or professors at your last University who can provide an academic reference.
  • If you have professional experience you can select both referees from your area of work, or provide one academic and one work-related reference.

If you are unable to provide a reference when submitting your application form we will send a reference template to your referees directly.

Please review the entry requirements for details of our English language requirements for this programme and ensure that you submit the evidence required with your application. This is an important element of your application.

Step 4: Apply online

Apply online and upload the supporting documents you have prepared.