Cranfield University

Finance and Management MSc

Who is it for?

Graduates with a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in finance and management before seeking their first professional role
Professionals with work experience in the area of finance or management who are seeking to take their career to the next level
Individuals who want to be taught by faculty who have experience of business and industry and can bring their knowledge to the programme

Class profile 2018/19*

  • Gender:
  • Male 58% - Female 42%
  • Age Range:
  • 20 - 41 years
  • Average Age:
  • 24 years
  • Number of Nationalities: 18
  • Nationality: UK/EU: 16% - International: 84%
  • Cohort Size: 90
  • Average Class Size: 45

Why this course?

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Our Finance and Management MSc is distinctive in covering the principles, tools and techniques of both finance and management, as well as how to apply them in real work situations. You will gain an in-depth understanding of financial and management accounting, economics, international financial markets, statistical analysis, financial modelling and corporate financial management.

The programme of study is distinct and unique in the way that it provides a link between the School and the business community. You will be taught by faculty with experience of the real world of finance and business, together with practitioners from different areas of finance.

Modules focus on real-world challenges, and include a combination of case studies, participative exercises, interactive lectures and group projects. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and get ready to face the professional world, through attendance at regular seminars and speeches.

Our classes are small and each academic tutor has no more than five students in any one cohort, ensuring close contact continuous interaction.

Studying this course will enable you to work in a range of financial roles across a variety of organisations worldwide. With students and academics from over 50 countries, the Finance and Management MSc is truly international. High standard content and fruitful discussions about its application within different cultures and geographical areas prepares you for working in every part of our increasingly globalised world.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and each application is considered on its individual merit. Usually candidates must hold either a:

  • first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline, or
  • international degree - equivalent of UK qualifications.

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered if they have a professional qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACA, ACCA) together with 5 years' post-qualification relevant work experience. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements for further study at Cranfield School of Management.

Exposure to quantitative subjects

  • Exposure to quantitative subjects (mathematics, statistics, engineering, economics etc.) from previous studies or work experience is essential for this course.

Course modules

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

  • Accounting
  • Economics for Financial Markets
  • Financial Markets Regulation and Ethics
  • Organisational Management
  • Research Methods in Finance
  • Statistical Analysis for Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Valuation and Financial Modelling
  • International Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Finance

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

  • Applied Financial Econometrics
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Infrastructure Finance
  • Private Equity
  • Strategic Management Accounting and Control
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Fund Management
  • Fixed Interest Securities
  • Technical Analysis and Trading Systems
  • International Investment and Emerging Markets
  • Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts
  • Big Data Management and Cybersecurity

Assessment methods

Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%

Sponsorship information

European Union students applying for university places in the 2019 to 2020 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (24 July 2018).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full time September 2019 £ 23,000 per Academic year (EU) 12 Months
MSc Full time September 2019 £ 25,000 per Academic year (International) 12 Months

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