Online MSc in Finance, Leadership and Management
Financial leaders need to respond rapidly and effectively to changing business and financial environments. Nimble thinkers develop effective solutions to complex financial problems as they arise.
The 100% online MSc Finance, Leadership and Management postgraduate programme provides training in financing longer- term corporate projects by developing a holistic view of the opportunities and risks present in financial markets. In addition to providing the fundamental tools and theories of finance, the programme places theories in the wider contexts of economics, management and organisational behaviour.
The flexible design of this Masters programme allows you to continue to work full-time and fit your studies around current commitments. With six start dates a year, you’re not restricted to the traditional academic year and can begin postgraduate study within weeks.
All students graduating from the York Online Management MSc programmes will receive affiliate Chartered Management Institute (CMI) membership and are awarded a Level 7 certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice. CMI is the largest professional management organisation in Europe and as an affiliate member you will have access to a range of services including a resources hub, mentoring, networking events and more.
These three skills are vital for professional adaptability and employability across industries, functions and roles. As a graduate, you may find positions in a full spectrum of industries including finance and banking, energy and utilities, and education and government. You will also benefit throughout your career from the ethical, socially responsible and international themes that underpin all programme content.
You will also graduate with a CMI accredited certificate confirming that you have the foundation skills needed to be an effective manager and are committed to further developing those skills to deliver better business results.
You should normally have, or be about to complete, a 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) in:
Alternatively, we would accept a Masters degree (or equivalent). If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:2. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.
Applicants with experience in a managerial role without the specified academic qualification may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
You need to have completed the test within two and a half years of the start date of your programme. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.
You will not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities:
Practising Strategy (15 credits)
Underpinning the programme, this module introduces key concepts and techniques in innovation and business leadership, and management in public, private and third-sector organisations. You will learn to apply theories of strategic management in their practice.
Operations Management (15 credits)
This module explores the nature of operations management and its impact on competitiveness, through examination of operations strategy; process and product design; quality, performance and supply chain management; and project management.
Finance for Business (15 credits)
Finance for Business aims to equip non-financial managers with core tools and techniques to be able to analyse financial performance, evaluate alternative sources of finance, explore different financial investment appraisal tools and evaluate the utility of financial information during decision making.
Leading and Managing People (15 credits)
This module aims to provide a comprehensive review of the theory and practice of organisational behaviour and HR management, including leadership, team dynamics and culture, recruitment and selection, rewards, and diversity and ethics in the workplace.
Essentials of Marketing and Ethics in Global Business (15 credits)
Long-term customer and stakeholder relationships underpin business success. This module examines the role of marketing and ethical behaviour in creating that success, in the image of an organisation and the communication of brand. You will explore these concepts and practices across all business sectors and develop practical skills in writing a global marketing plan.
Corporate Financial Strategy (15 credits)
There is a range of theoretical perspectives underpinning financial practice. This module allows you to apply this range to their own operating environment; to analyse the role of financial theory in corporate strategy and behaviour; to appreciate the nature and purpose of financial planning techniques; and to apply critical thinking to the theory and practice of financial planning.
Investment Management (15 credits)
Investment management continues the investigation of risk and return, adding the basics of portfolio selection, index models, equity valuation, the analysis of financial statements and the evaluation of portfolio performance.
Principals of Asset Pricing (15 credits)
This module allows you to explore different theories of asset pricing methodology and to understand the principles of risk and return. Examination of market efficiency, interest rates and yields, options and derivatives follows, together with an exploration of behavioural finance.
Research Methods (15 credits)
This module introduces a range of research methods and types of research projects. You will learn how to formulate a research question and to find answers using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Research Proposal (15 credits)
This module is a chance for you to plan independent research into either a current issue in management practice or a more theoretical problem. You will analyse relevant literature, develop a research plan and identify any ethical issues associated with your chosen topic.
Independent Research Project (30 credits)
By undertaking a longer piece of sustained research, reflection and writing, you will demonstrate: critical analytical skills; the ability to gather and synthesise data and literature from a range of sources; and subject-specific knowledge. This will draw upon skills and knowledge acquired through your whole degree, including self and time management. You’ll work under the guidance of a personal supervisor with expertise in the subject you’re studying. They’ll help you develop research questions and identify methods and theories to investigate and analyse your topic.