MSc Finance & Management

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time
  • 2nd in the UK for Accounting & Finance: Complete University Guide 2021

Study with us

  • gain knowledge of financial and mangement principles
  • understand how organisations work
  • develop technical and analytial skills
  • opportunity to study at Toulouse Business School
  • undertake a project in each subject area

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Why this course?

If you're looking to develop your knowledge of finance and management simultaneously before embarking on your first professional business role, then the MSc Finance & Management is the course for you. If you're a graduate with some business experience, this qualification will provide the opportunity for you to further progress your career in a finance and/or management related role.

Jointly developed by the Department of Accounting & Finance and & the MBA Unit, this course is designed to give you a competitive edge no matter where your future business career takes you.

The programme offers ambitious graduates a thorough grounding in both financial and management principles. This in-depth understanding of both subject areas will be applicable to roles in any organisation, where a good knowledge of finance and management is required.

Industry professionals are invited on a regular basis to deliver guest lecturers in both finance and management areas.

Ning's story

Having worked for both private and public organisations back home in Thailand, MSc Finance student Ning chose Strathclyde to further her knowledge in both accounting and finance to progress in her career.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you'll study

You will gain a unique opportunity for acquiring knowledge on two equally fundamental and related functions in any organisation. To achieve this, this programme will give ample exposure to the essential areas in both finance and management in order to equip you with skills and knowledge in order to embark on a sustainable career in finance and management.

Semester 1 is designed to give you the fundamental understanding of finance and accounting with particular focus on international markets. You will also be introduced to management skills through the Professional Management Practice class. Semester 1 will extend your core skills, expand your knowledge of finance and accounting, expose you to a number of management and strategy related topics to deepen your understanding of how organisations pursue their goals. Finally, the third semester will you an opportunity to apply your acquired knowledge in a more practical way.

Study abroad

If you are interested in studying abroad, the ‘Managing in Europe’ elective gives you the opportunity to do attend classes taught at Toulouse Business School in France.

Research projects

During the summer, you will undertake two research projects (one in management, one in finance). This will require you to research an appropriate organisation using concepts relevant to the programme.

Guest lectures

During your study, you will have the opportunity to attend lectures delivered by guest speakers from companies such as Buffwine, Kaaliaer, Marketing Mavens and Swiss Eyewear Group.

Learning & teaching

Core and elective classes will be taught across two semesters running from September to December and January to March. Classes will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, case studies and problem solving activities. Research projects are undertaken during the summer months.


Every class will either have a class test or assignment (e.g. group/individual projects and presentations) during semesters 1 and 2. Exams will take place at the end of each semester in December and April/May.

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Course content

Core classes

Accounting & Financial Analysis

The aim of this class is to provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of financial accounting and financial analysis, the ability to interpret financial statements and their use in assessing the financial position and performance of companies.

This class provides an introduction to the principles of accounting and the analysis of financial statements. It will enable you to prepare financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and to interpret and analyse these statements. Particular emphasis is placed on the accounting concepts and information employed in financial analysis and decision taking.

You'll develop the ability to prepare and interpret financial statements and construct cash forecasts. In addition, you'll develop an understanding of the demand and supply for accounting information; an appreciation of the role of financial analysis and analysts; and an awareness of the statistical characteristics of accounting numbers.

Find out more in the class outline of Accounting & Financial Analysis.

International Financial Markets & Banking

The aim of the class is to provide you with an understanding of the financial system and the roles and functions of financial markets and institutions. A particular emphasis is placed on understanding the roles of intermediaries such as banks and investment firms.

You'll develop an understanding of the various characteristics and roles of fixed income, equity, and foreign exchange markets. While some attention will be given to the UK financial markets, the global nature of financial markets will be widely discussed. This class aims to equip you with an awareness and understanding of financial markets and institutions in the context of the global economy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role and contribution of the banking sector.

This class covers the reasons for, and nature of, of financial markets and institutions with a particular focus on banking, the global nature of these markets and their regulation.

Find out more in the course outline for International Financial Markets & Banking.

Principles of Finance

This class provides an introduction to the basic principles of financial decision taking and the theory of finance. It will develop the basic principles of valuation, the nature of risk and uncertainty, and the relationship between risk and returns. While the analysis will be developed in the context of corporate finance, looking at companies’ decisions on the investments in assets and how these investments will be funded and the nature of the markets in which they take place, it will also consider the principles underlying financial reasoning that can be applied on a more general basis.

Find out more in the class outline for Principles of Finance.

Professional Management Practice

This class develops your awareness and capabilities as a manager using a Personal Development Plan (PDP) process to help you critically evaluate the skills and attributes needed to be effective. Over the course of the year, workshops and exercises will help you identify and move towards fulfilling your potential.

Finance classes

Choose at least one:

Behavioural Finance

The aim of the class is to provide you with an understanding of the main ideas of behavioural finance. A particular emphasis is placed on understanding the roles of non-rational actions and the development of new financial models that incorporate these ideas.

You'll engage with up to date research and develop a critical view of existing and new finance theories and models. It aims to introduce you to the rapidly evolving area of behavioural finance. You'll develop an understanding of behavioural finance and an appreciation of its possible implications and applications.

This class introduces you to behavioural finance and provides you with an understanding of the main flaws of 'traditional' finance theory from a behavioural finance viewpoint. It will allow you to develop the ability to discuss issues arising from violations of the rationality assumption and will enable you to evaluate new theoretical models based on research in psychology.

The course will allow you to appreciate the role of new developments in finance and their possible implications for established views of the functioning of financial markets.

Find out more in the class outline for Behavioural Finance.


This class will provide you with a strong grounding in derivatives that may be used to manage the financial risks faced by individuals, financial institutions and business corporations.

Find out more in the course outline for Derivatives .

Fixed Income Analysis

This class aims to develop students ability to deal with problems that require forecasting outcomes in the context of incomplete information and to explain the rationale for proposed decisions.

Find out more in the class outline for Fixed Income Analysis class outline.


Equity Analysis

The class will provide coverage of a topic that is generally perceived to be critical for a good understanding of finance.  The valuation of equities plays a critical role in the allocation of resources through the financial markets.  Many students taking the M.Sc. programmes at Strathclyde will develop their careers in security analysis that will involve the assessment of the value and prospects of various equity investments.  This class will provide reasonable comprehensive coverage of the relevant analysis in this area.

Find out more in the class outline for Equity Analysis class outline.

Topics in Corporate Finance

In this class, you'll discuss the different ways in which firm's can raise funds, internally and externally, and the role of capital markets in determining the terms on which funding will be available, the costs and risks of difference sources of financing, and the role of taxation.

Find out more in the course outline for Topics in Corporate Finance.

Management classes


Business Strategy

This class provides opportunities to explore, understand and apply the language of strategy and strategic management. By examining real-life organisations, you will develop your understanding of the forces within their contextual and transactional environments that influence their strategy, and by applying different strategic frameworks, develop the ability to critically analyse the strategic direction being adopted.

Choose at least one:

Global Business Environment

Business organisations and management decisions and actions exist in a complex, dynamic and often turbulent environment. This class will develop your understanding of the many dimensions and layers of the global business environment. It'll encourage you to recognise, understand and reflect upon the challenges and opportunities that various aspects of the business environment present to businesses, organisations and managers operating in an international context. The class will also introduce you to a range of useful theories, concepts and tools for analysing the business environment and give them an opportunity to apply these to ‘real world’ and hypothetical management scenarios.

Managing in Europe

This class gives you the skills involved in managing people in Europe with a focus on cultural and knowledge issues as well as managing cross-cultural differences.

You'll be able to understand the European context in terms of human resource management and employment relations and manage effectively in this context. You'll also be able to adapt to different cultural environments and to manage effectively in an intercultural European context as well as a global context.

Marketing Management

The nature of how we think about ‘markets’, and the activities involved in trying to understand and communicate with customers, is changing rapidly. This class examines contemporary international practice, exploring the major concepts and techniques involved in the marketing planning process. It'll help you analyse what companies are offering, how customers behave, and ultimately identify what they need to do next to deliver on their objectives.

Global Operations Strategy

The purpose of this course is to provide course participants with a perspective on global operations strategy that is underpinned by an attitude of enquiry.  There is no one “right” way of designing and running international operations. A company’s global operations strategy will be developed based on a number of choices. These choices are subject to the differences across national boundaries, which can be significant. Geographical and national boundaries may bring different trading conditions due to varying trade rules, different legal frameworks, different skills profiles and capabilities, presence of new competitors, volatile exchange rates, labour costs and labour law etc. 

We learn from experience as well as from academic knowledge. In this module, much of the learning will come from case studies - looking at what worked in certain situations and what didn’t and digging deeper into the reasons why. The aim of this course is to learn about the choices faced by managers running operations in multiple countries. Through investigating goal operations strategies adopted by well-known companies and discussing the choices made by managers, students will develop capability in developing global operations strategies.

Project Management

This module aims to provide students with skills and knowledge relating to the use of practices in Project Management with particular respect to the project triple constraint: time, cost and quality.

New Venture Creation

This elective focuses on the investigation of the processes involved in creating a new business venture. This elective is very interactive in nature, requiring a high degree of involvement and commitment from students. It is multidisciplinary, requiring students to work to strict deadlines. It has a range of individual, group and plenary activities interspersed with short “taught” inputs that introduce different aspects of business planning will be presented in short taught inputs. Business plans, case studies, exercises, presentations and scenarios will be used to demonstrate the sequence of processes involved in business planning and associated issues. Participants will draw heavily on their functional business knowledge, applying it within the new venture context. The core activity will be a group project in which groups of 4-5 students will develop a plan for a new business.

Brand Management & Strategy

The mission of this elective is to provide a solid understanding and application in the strategies of global brand management. Key skills and theories of brand management will be presented and discussed in order to equip the learner to operate effectively in a global brand management environment. Students will gain a clear appreciation of the role of brand strategy within the corporation’s operating plan.  This will entail consideration of environmental factors causing changes to the structure and composition of the brand portfolio as well as discussion of conceptual issues surrounding the strategic roles of brand management.

Blockchain in Technology Services

This course introduces the student to the blockchain technology and its applications in services. This course will provide an initial understanding of what blockchain technology is, how it works, and what are its applications in services marketing. Specifically, it will explore the application of blockchain in travel and tourism, loyalty programmes and consumer well-being. Further, it considers the benefits as well as the limitations and challenges of implementing blockchain solutions among service organisations.

Strategic Financial Management

The class will consider a number of financial decisions of strategic importance, ranging from capital expenditure decisions to those concerned with the evaluation of the terms of a merger. These decisions will be explored through lectures, exercises and most importantly, case studies. The preparation of the case studies and the discussion of the analysis will provide the focus of the class.

Service Operations Simulation

This class provides MSc students with insights into ‘Service’ Operations Management, an area of study that is increasingly relevant to our graduates as compared with traditional/manufacturing operations management. Emerging concepts such as ‘services science’ emphasize the need to understand operations management within the service sector as a whole, while providing specific examples from different service sectors to illustrate the wide range of challenges within service industries. Aiming to be as practically useful as possible, the class provides both conceptual and technical perspectives on services. The technical perspective utilises discrete event simulation (DES) as a powerful tool to analyse service operations and facilitate decision making for service operations managers.

Prior to the start of the work on the projects classes are provided on research methodology for each project. These compulsory classes will provide the basis for the project work, the nature of research work in finance or accounting and the writing and structuring of research reports. The classes will not be assessed but attendance is compulsory.

Research projects

Project Methodology

This class introduces you to a range of different methodological approaches to conducting research and key issues researchers are commonly faced with (eg relevance of practitioner engagement, ethics). You'll be provided with a broad overview of research choices and issues from the perspective of Strathclyde staff representing each department in the Business Faculty who will present vignettes from their own research projects.

Project 1: Finance & Project 2: Management

These projects provide you with a valuable opportunity to apply what you have learned through the taught modules to a more practical situation. Working under the supervision of a faculty member, you'll spend time working individually, or in a group, on a topic of central interest in these areas. You'll learn the skills needed to develop a proposal and conduct an effective enquiry into your topic areas, producing reports that are both informed and practical.

Project subject matters are diverse, with a vast array of industries and topics to consider. While many projects can be subject specific, increasingly, many projects are undertaken with organisations, which allow you to learn more about a specific industry or work with a particular company.

Our experience shows that such interactions often act as a catalyst for future career opportunities. While you'll be encouraged to put forward your own suggestion of a company, we do have client projects on offer, so are more than happy to assist you in identifying appropriate clients and partnerships.

Strathclyde Business School

Strathclyde Business School was founded in 1948 and is a pioneering, internationally renowned academic organisation with a reputation for research excellence.

One of four faculties forming the University of Strathclyde, SBS is a triple-accredited business school (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) and was the first business school in Scotland to achieve this accolade in 2004. The Business School is home to seven subject departments and a number of specialist centres, all of which collaborate to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary courses.

Strathclyde Business Network

As a postgraduate student at Strathclyde Business School, you may choose to join the Strathclyde Business Network, a student-led initiative that facilitates interaction with business and industry leaders.

The Network aims to foster knowledge sharing, facilitate discussion and enable networking opportunities with the very best business professional in industry. Every year the Network organises Glasgow Business Summit, which is the first-ever student-led business conference in Scotland and brings together students with leading businesses from across the UK.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

Second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent (see our country pages for further information) in economics, accounting, business studies, maths, statistics, computing, related subjects, or an equivalent professional qualification.

English language requirements

Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum of 6.5 IELTS score, with no individual score lower than 5.5. Get more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.



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Additional costs
Course materials

Textbooks do vary in price from around £40 to £100. The majority are provided free in the library or via the Virtual Learning Environment platform. For budgeting purposes, we recommend allowing £200 per academic year for books.

Other costs
  • students are required to print and soft bind their project submission. An average cost would be in the region of £10.
  • graduation gown hire
Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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As a graduate, you will be well equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop your career in both the finance and management sectors. Students recently graduating from the course have secured jobs including:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Financial Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Risk Manager
  • Security Analyst
  • Corporate Credit and Business Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Researcher
  • Investment Associate
  • Project Manager

Recent employers

Our recent graduates have joined the following companies:

  • Deloitte
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PwC
  • Aviation Power & Marine
  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU)
  • Kasikorn Bank
  • Ric Capital
  • Shanghai Jiangshi Investment
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There’s no need to make an application for all taught postgraduate courses offered within the Department of Accounting & Finance. It’s possible to transfer between programmes after starting your studies, so you should choose only one course for application purposes.

Finance and Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

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SBS Postgraduate Admissions

Telephone: +44 (0)141 553 6105 / +44 (0)141 553 6116


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