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MSc Financial Management admissions

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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.

We expect that most candidates interested in this Master’s will have a degree in engineering, mathematics, business, economics or 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.  Please see below the details of the qualifications we accept, exemptions that we can consider and the official evidence you need to provide.

You are not required to provide evidence of English language competence if:

  • You are a citizen of a country where English is the official primary language and therefore you are a native speaker.
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in listening, writing, reading and speaking.

University of Manchester standard English language test requirements

We usually expect candidates to take an official English language test - IELTS; TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic; CPE or CAE.  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 so that we can validate your score online. IELTS website
  • 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.  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.

Alternative qualifications

We can also accept:

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

You will also need to submit a copy of your qualification report with your other application documents to worldwideapplications@manchester.ac.uk

English test exemptions

As an alternative to taking an 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.

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?

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.

Prepare your application

To apply for the MSc Financial Management you will need to submit a complete application.  A complete application includes the application form and all of the following application documents.  Please email the documents with your application form to worldwideapplications@manchester.ac.uk. For reference put your name and MSc Financial Management in the subject header.

  • CV
  • Degree transcript(s) and certificate(s) or professional qualifications
  • English Language score report or acceptable evidence of English language competence (if applicable)

We also require:

  • At least one reference (we will email your referees our online reference form, after you submit the application form)

Before you apply, please read the application guidelines in the section below. If you have any questions please contact our friendly team. 

Your CV is an important part of our assessment.  Please email your CV with your other application documents to worldwideapplications@manchester.ac.uk

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.

Please submit a scanned copy of your official degree transcript(s) and certificate(s) with your other application documents to worldwideapplications@manchester.ac.uk

  • 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

If you have graduated from a UK university, we only require a copy of your certificate showing your degree classification (e.g. second class upper).

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

We will request your references after you submit your application form, using the contact details you provide in the form. We do not need to receive your references by the application deadline, however we will need to receive them before making an offer.

  • When completing the application form, you should include the contact details of your two referees.
  • We will ask your referees to complete our official online reference form, therefore do not ask your referees to submit a reference letter. The form is a simple questionnaire which is quick to complete and when submitted is delivered automatically to the MBA Admissions Team.
  • If you do not have experience your referees, please provide an academic reference. If you have work experience, you can provide an academic reference and a work-related reference.

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 official 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.  Please see the MSc Financial Management entry requirements for details of the qualifications we accept, exemptions that we can consider, and the official evidence you need to provide.

When you submit your application, you should also submit evidence of your English language competence with your supporting documents to worldwideapplications@manchester.ac.uk

Fees and funding

£19,500 payable in four instalments before the start of each semester.

  • Semester 1: Reservation fee on acceptance of place £1,000, balance before start of semester £3,875
  • Semester 2: £4,875
  • Semester 3: £4,875
  • Semester 4: £4,874

To be eligible for an early application discount, you will need to submit a complete application on or before the early application deadline date and if offered a place, accept and pay the £1,000 reservation fee by the deadline in the offer letter (normally four weeks from date of the offer).

  • 1st early application deadline: Monday 3rd February 2020: 12.5% tuition fee discount (£2,437.50)
  • 2nd early application deadline: Monday 20th April 2020: 10% tuition fee discount (£1,950.00)

Scholarships

We offer the following scholarships for the MSc Financial Management Programme.

  • Women in Finance Scholarships (2 x £4,000)
  • Professional Services Scholarships (2 x £4,000)

There are two rounds of scholarships applications. Please submit your complete application, along with the scholarship application by the deadline date.

The scholarships are competitive, based on merit and awarded to the strongest candidates in each scholarship round. We operate a one discount/scholarship policy - discounts are not accumulative. There are specific criteria for each scholarship, therefore please review the individual scholarship information and details of how to apply.

Scholarship application deadlines

  • 1st Round: Monday 3rd February 2020 (2 x scholarships £4,000)
  • 2nd Round: Monday 20th April 2020 (2 x scholarships £4,000)

You should submit your application in the form of a PowerPoint Presentation. The presentation is a blank canvas to paint your picture and tell us what makes you stand out as a possible recipient of the scholarship in a more creative way.

We hope to learn about; your personality and personal and professional achievements, what motivates and interests you to study the MSc Financial Management programme, and how you meet the specific scholarship criteria.

We expect all our scholarship award holders to commit to be outstanding alumni ambassadors and contribute positively back to the School, organisations and communities.

When assessing applications we will consider your complete application for the MSc Financial Management Programme, along with the scholarship presentation. 

Presentation format

  • The presentation should be a maximum of 6 pages/slides
  • You will not deliver your presentation orally therefore think of the presentation as a ‘story book’. You are welcome to use diagrams, photographs etc., to illustrate your messages.
  • We will evaluate the presentation on the content, showing how you meet the scholarship criteria, not on technical expertise.

Available scholarships: 2 x £4,000

Eligibility: Open to female UK or EU permanent residents

As a leading international business school, we are committed to support diversity in business and gender balance in senior leadership roles.

We award these scholarships to support opportunities for talented women interested in careers in finance to learn from our expert Alliance MBS faculty and start, or continue, their journey into future leadership roles in finance.

In 2015, the UK government commissioned a report on gender diversity in the financial services sector in the UK and EU.  The report highlighted the significant gap in pay and the representation of women in senior managerial roles in financial services. In response to the report, the HM Treasury launched the Women in Finance Charter - a pledge to aspire to gender balance at all levels of financial services, to which more than 330 companies are now signatories to the commitments of the charter.

Scholarship criteria

You will need to show/demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic excellence: We will take into consideration your final degree classification/average, grades in subjects that demonstrate numeracy and analytical skills, and the reputation and ranking of the institution(s) where you have studied.
  • Outstanding achievements (personal and professional).
  • Strong motivation and potential for leadership roles in finance (current work experience in financial services is not required).
  • Determination to act as a role model for other women.

We will invite short-listed candidates for an interview.

Available scholarships:  2 x £4,000

Eligibility:  Candidates working for an internationally-recognised professional services company, looking to develop their knowledge in finance and accounting from our expert faculty.

You will need to show/demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic excellence: We will take into consideration your final degree classification/average, grades in subjects that demonstrate numeracy and analytical skills, and the reputation and ranking of the institution(s) where you have studied.
  • Outstanding achievements (personal and professional).
  • Strong motivation for the programme.

We will invite short-listed candidates for an interview.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or admisisons process, please contact our friendly team. 

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