Take your finance career further. Wherever you are, whenever you can

MSc Finance and Strategy

Intakes: January | March | May | July | September | November

Course length and study mode: 2 year programme, online, part-time

Fee for the 2020/21 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2021): £10,320

Entry requirements: A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) in a Business, Finance or Economics related subject or an international equivalent OR an equivalent qualification such as ACCA F1-F9 OR a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience


Whether you are already building your career or you’re just starting out, we want to make sure you’re ready to take on the future of an ever-evolving sector.

Our specialist masters course is led by academics from Manchester Metropolitan University’s triple accredited Business School (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) to give you the confidence and skills you need to manage the complexities of the global business, finance and accounting landscape.


Delivered 100% online from the City of Manchester, the UK’s second largest financial centre, you will explore the key topics and technologies that are changing the way we do business – from governance, risk and control to FinTech and more. Throughout, you’ll use real-world case studies that will harness your strategic thinking skills and put theory directly into relevant practice.

Plus, if you already have a professional finance qualification from a recognised institution, such as ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or AAT, you could be exempt from up to four of the course’s nine modules.

And with the option to speed up your CIMA Professional Qualification by entering CIMA’s Masters Gateway route after you graduate, you’ll have everything you need to help your CV stand out.

Best of all, with flexibility at its heart, this part-time, online course will give you the freedom to balance study with your busy work or family life while you grow your global network.

There are six intakes annually for this course, with programmes starting in JanuaryMarchMay, July, September and November.

Typical modules may include*:

  • Critical Reading, Writing and Literature Research (15 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Strategy and Leadership (15 credits)
  • Financial Technologies (15 credits)
  • Performance Management and Control (15 credits)
  • International Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • Governance, Risk and Control (15 credits)
  • Corporate Reporting (15 credits)
  • International Human Resource Management (15 credits)
  • Methodological Approaches to Research (15 credits)

Professional Project (30 units)

This unit requires students to conduct an in-depth research project on a chosen area of study. This is a chance for you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have developed during the course, as well as engage with real-world study relating to your field of interest.

For full details of the content within each module please download our MSc Finance and Strategy factsheet. 

*Please note, these modules may be subject to change.

Picture of Dr Michael Flanagan, Programme Leader for MSc Finance and Strategy

Dr Michael Flanagan

Senior Lecturer and Fellow of the Foundation of Management Education

Michael joined the Manchester Metropolitan Business School in 2008. He lectures on topics including Corporate Finance, Advanced Performance Management and Security Derivatives.

He has previously held director-level positions while managing and running businesses and operations within the domestic appliance and PC assembly industries. With experience in Customer Service, Manufacturing, Logistics, Purchasing, Product and Business Development, Michael has also advised early start-up companies on their product development and engineering strategies.

Our online masters is designed to work around your work and life commitments. It can be completed in two years with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours.

Study wherever and whenever – all you need is a laptop and an internet connection. Using our Virtual Learning Environment  you will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations and have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks with your fellow students across the globe.

Working online you will have the opportunity to grow your worldwide professional network, making invaluable industry connections that can open doors now or in the future.

Continued support will be provided by your dedicated Student Success Advisor who’ll be there to help you to get the most from your time with us from the moment you enroll to the time you graduate.

With our flexible payment options we have made paying for your programme, and your professional development, as easy as possible.

We offer you the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, we accept all usual online payment methods in any currency via our highly secure Flywire payment portal.

Fees for the 2020/21 academic year of entry (ending August 31st 2021):

Unit fee: £860*

Programme fee: £10,320

Fees for 2021/22 academic year of entry

Tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year of entry (from entry 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022) are still being finalised for all courses. Please see check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

For more information on our payment structures and financing your degree, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit

Entry requirements:

To enrol in the course, you will need the following:

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above) or an international equivalent
  • OR proven significant professional experience (3 years or more) and/or qualifications in a relevant field
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you can find further information for international students on our international website

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2020/21 academic year (1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021) of entry and may be subject to change for the 2021/22 academic year (1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022). Please see check back on the website for further details or contact an enrolment advisor on +44 (0)161 880 4721.

English language requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency. We provide a FREE Pearson English test to all applicants if required  which can be requested from your enrolment advisor during the application process.

Read more about our English requirements.

Applying for the course:

All applications are taken through our online applications portal. To get access to the portal please fill in the form on the applications page and we shall send you an email with login details. Once you have access you will be able to upload the following documents and submit your application:

  • Certificate and/or transcripts evidencing your academic and/or professional qualifications e.g. degree certificate
  • Evidence of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers e.g. IELTS or free Pearson English test results
  • Your CV
  • A passport photo of yourself
  • A personal statement detailing your motivations for studying your chosen course with Manchester Metropolitan University Global Online.

Once submitted we will assess your application and make a decision on whether we can offer you a place on the course. This is usually within five working days of all required documents being uploaded.