The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: MSc Indicative duration: 2 years
Start date: Tuition fee: £11,836 For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

Understanding finance is often seen as one of the most challenging parts of managing a business effectively. Our business and finance postgraduate pathway allows you to gain an understanding of key financial management and economics topics, while improving your managerial and strategic skills.

The course focuses on modules such as financial decision making, business strategy and financial management. Alongside gaining specific financial knowledge, you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to develop the other skills that are useful when operating in the modern business environment: innovation, communication, critical evaluation, and many others.

Alongside the core modules in management and finance, you are able to tailor the course to your interests and career aspirations through optional modules that look into:

  • theories of leadership and how they apply in practice
  • the key concepts that underlie marketing and how to develop a strategy
  • human resource management and its distinction from personnel approaches

Your course will finish with the completion of a research report on an area of business, finance or management of your choice. Once you have chosen the issue you want to look into, you will gather primary evidence and make commercial recommendations based on your analysis of the data.

If you are interested in business but looking to focus on a specific area, take a look at our Masters degrees in financehuman resourcesmarketinganalytics or project management, or even our AMBA accredited online MBA.

Why we’re great

  • No need to take a break – complete this course 100% online and part-time around your existing work.
  • Receive your degree from the University of Essex, a top 40 UK university (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • We achieved the highest student satisfaction rating worldwide for online classroom experience in the Global Student Satisfaction Awards (GSSA 2021)

Learn the essentials of contemporary management and organisational theory in this career-enhancing module. You'll learn how to manage individuals, teams, groups and cultureswhile studying real-life case studies to provide further background on the wider economic and political landscape shaping management today.  

Undertake an advanced study of financial accounting with this comprehensive module. You'll explore the preparation of full consolidated financial statements, issues of principle in accounting standards and developments in external reporting. You'll also develop a sound knowledge of the recording of financial transactions in a variety of types of entities.   

What impact do economic forces have on managerial decisions? Find out in this in-depth module. You’ll learn how to apply the fundamental concepts of macro and microeconomics to managerial plans, while gaining an advanced understanding of contemporary literature on the subject.  

Explore the theories and concepts utilised for effective project management and the use of contemporary project management software. In this valuable module, you’ll gain insight from case studies and delve into project management knowledge areas and process groups while using specialist project management software. 

Finance is key to keeping a business on-track and how you decide how to use your budget is crucial. With a strong focus on accounting matters in financial decision-making, this helpful module allows you to successfully analyse management control – as well as the conflicting implications of challenging budgeting decisions. 

In this exciting module, youll build on practical leadership skills and theory to assess organisational leadership performance, as well as your own personal development. Understand how the culture, values and purpose of organisations can in turn demand a variety of different leadership approaches, and begin to implement your own leadership style. 

Ready to learn more about marketing strategies in private and public organisations? In this exciting module, you’ll critically examine the various software applications and other tools necessary to build a strategic marketing plan. You’ll also analyse the variables essential to delivering marketing strategies in different types of businesses. 

What role does marketing play in your organisation? Enhance your understanding of this area with this exciting module. You’ll analyse the wider social, political and economic contexts of marketing, and address its role in society today – while looking to the future to see where contemporary marketing is headed. 

Explore the complexities of human resource management in this insightful module. You’ll gain a critical understanding of HR theories and practices in a global context, as well as a deeper awareness of ideologies within a wider social, political and economic setting. You’ll also consider the strategic influences of stakeholders on business performance. 

Ready to explore the complexities of human resources? This in-depth module will give you a critical understanding of the internal and external contexts of organisations. You’ll also develop a deeper awareness of social responsibility and the technological trends shaping human resource management as a whole. 

Hone your strategic management skills with this exciting module. You’ll benefit from an engaging introduction to the key theories, approaches and concepts which form business strategy. Not only that, you’ll learn to critically evaluate the limitations of emerging schools of thoughts and how to they best work in practice. 

What is SPSS? Hows data gathered in psychology? Get ready to gain knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods and apply these skills in a professional setting. By the end of this comprehensive module, you’ll be able to interpret and present your results, while continuing to build your skills portfolio.

This defining module allows you to produce a major piece of academic research on a chosen topic within business and management. You’ll have the opportunity to explore areas that have not been fully investigated previously – incorporating your knowledge of management challenges, or a business scenario that has far-reaching organisational implications. 

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study duration

Our MSc Business with Finance has an indicative study duration of 2 years, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Companies seek out candidates with the most advanced skills to fill senior positions, and a postgraduate qualification is an excellent way to showcase that you possess those abilities. This course is designed for those seeking employment in a high-level financial role, however roles within business management, banking, insurance, accountancy, marketing, sales, retail and human resources would also greatly benefit from the knowledge gained through this course.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our MSc Business with Finance, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  •  an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

 

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our MSc Business with Finance, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least five years’ senior level work experience

 

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £11,836 (2022-23) Δ

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our MSc Business with Finance are experts in the fields of business and finance.

What our students say

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William Annoh - Master of Business Management (MBM)

I was particularly impressed with the way that the online programme was structured. My Student Advisor Rebekah was very helpful in advising me and guiding me through the process. All the faculty who taught the modules were very very helpful; they taught me so much. I've learnt a lot of things and I'm willing and ready to use them in my career path. I particularly loved the discussion forums. It was a platform for us to engage with each other, so it helped us as online participants to get to know each other and think about different things. It helped me open my mind to a lot of different ideas. Now that I've finished my degree, the first thing I plan to do is to better myself in my role at work. I just started a new role last month so I'm looking forward to using my experiences from here to grow that. On the side I do some consultancy as well, and I have helped manage a few...

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