Finance - MBA

    • Full or part time
      Full time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Finance - Other Business
    • Course Start
      September, January
    • Course Duration
      1 year full time
    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    This degree programme provides the opportunity to follow the prestigious CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) specialist pathway and acquire the skills to complete the CFA Level 1 examination (for both September-intake and January-intake students). Click here for more information.

    The course will develop knowledgeable and capable executives, who will move quickly into key positions in the financial sector. The degree focuses on the operation of financial markets and the strategic management of financial entities. You will gain practical insight and skills in a range of financial and strategic management topics in financial services and markets. You will develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in the financial and corporate sectors. Case studies and contemporary issues figure prominently in the programme.

    Who should consider studying the MBA Finance?

    The Finance MBA is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers.

    The course will be of particular interest to:

    • Graduates who have professional experience in the financial sector;
    • Managers and accountants in public and private organisations who wish to develop their financial management skills;
    • Managers employed in the financial services industry;
    • Graduates contemplating a career in the banking and financial services industry;
    • Graduates who have relevant practical experience and wish to enhance their skills in the areas of banking and finance;
    • Finance professionals (like corporate treasurers and accountants) who deal with the financial services industry.

    Course Structure

    September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

    January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

    Programme Length

    12 months (January and September start dates). A 10 month version also available (September start only). Students on the 10 month course will study 5 modules in the Autumn and 5 in the Spring.

    Course Content

    What will you study on this course?

    Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour and human resource management.

    Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds, equities and derivatives that are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes, and examines the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

    Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches.

    International Financial Management: In this module the financial management of multinational companies and the influence of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision making are examined in an international and global context.

    International Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial instruments in a multi-currency world.

    Plus choose 1 of the following:

    • MBA Dissertation
    • Applied Business Projects
    • Applied Financial Projects*
    • Financial Research & CFA Series (CFA pathway only)

    *Students on the 10 month programme must take this option.

    Optional Modules (MBA) – choose 3:

    • International Strategic Management#
    • Financial Modelling#
    • Merger and Acquisition#
    • Current Issues - International Finance
    • Financial Ethics & Regulation
    • Financial Analysis

    *Students on the 10 month programme must take these options, plus a further two

    Modules for the current academic year

    Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Finance Modules  page.

    Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

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    (Student Profile)

    Ahmed Dhaif

    I personally love finance very much, but I also love being involved in managerial roles, being up ahead and lead. Bangor University is one of the very few having a master’s degree with combination of management and finance, and upon graduation we receive a level 7 CMI (Chartered Management institute) degree in Strategic Management and Leadership as well, I mean what more can we ask for, considering its a 1 year program.

    My lecturers are on a whole different level, each one of them is a powerhouse of knowledge mixed with pure humble and respect to us students, something that caused me a culture shock, when a professor asks her or his student to just call him or her by their first name and not professor. Hats off for every single one of them for their pure class communication with us students and the knowledge they have in hand.

    My personal tutor happens to be one my amazing lecturers this semester and she has been great. The Welsh and the people living in Bangor are just very accommodative and down to earth, making it very easy to blend in with society. I appreciate the small things in life, so I believe Bangor offers everything a student need.


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    Further Information

    Entry Requirements

    Entry to the MBA Finance programme requires a 2(ii) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management), or a similar qualification from any other institution.

    A good degree from a reputable university is required, or equivalent overseas qualification and grade. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification and relevant practical experience may also be accepted. In general, however, applicants are judged on their individual merits, and age, work experience and other factors are also taken in to consideration. Whilst work experience is desirable, it is not essential.

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