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100% Online MSc Financial Services Management

This course offers you an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s most dynamic growth sectors, with relevance to areas including property, transport, shipping insurance, credit cards, wealth management and home and commercial mortgages.

The fast-paced subject of financial services management also offers significant opportunities in banking and finance as these arenas have recognised the need to re-think their strategies. The chance to develop long and profitable client and customer relationships is open to firms which are thinking and acting strategically, by embracing new approaches, working creatively and innovating to effectively manage costs and improve the understanding of individual customer’s needs.

3 good reasons to study Financial Services Management at Salford:

  • A course that equips you with the necessary theory and skills to work successfully in the rapidly expanding financial services industry
  • Excellent career potential and the opportunity to take a Business Innovation Project, enhancing your practical skills and experience
  • Choose to take a one to three-month Assessed Internship with an employer, supported by Salford Business School

Admission Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Programme Outline

The scheme has been designed to meet the aims of the online MSc in a flexible manner and can be tailored to the individual preferences of each student. The MSc requires you to complete four courses plus a final dissertation. The programme consists of the following modules:

Introductory

Not-for-credit

Induction

This is the first module of the programme which gives an orientation to the course and the online learning style. It does not carry credits and students are encouraged to go through the material in this module at their own pace and get accustomed to the online medium.

Stage 1

120 credits, four taught modules

Core

  • Corporate and Quantitative Finance
  • Digital Marketing Analytics and Strategy
  • Equity Valuation and Financial Statement Analysis
  • Mobile Banking and Financial Innovation

Research Methods Live Class

One week intensive live lectures online to prepare for your final dissertation.

Stage 2

60 credits, Individual dissertation

Dissertation Work

A conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, consisting of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Module Descriptions

There are no average courses within our MSc programme. We are bound to provide an exceptional learning experience, and there is no better way to achieve this aim than with outstanding courses. They have been carefully crafted by experienced professors and are all meant to make you a more successful and efficient manager.

There are no old-fashioned exams. Instead you are given real-life case studies and essays, which allow you to think critically about your company and your own career. All this might seem too glossy but there is one catch: we do not accept average candidates. Only individuals as outstanding as our values can find their way toward admission at the Robert Kennedy College.

Induction

Not-for-credit module

A not-for-credit induction module will be the starting point of the programme. The induction process is designed to familiarise you with the programme design, requirements and resources, as well as with the way online interaction, learning and grading will take place. After the induction you should be familiar with academic life, including academic writing, library services and library access, OnlineCampus access, and academic support services.

Corporate and Quantitative Finance        

In this module, you will critically assess modern corporate governance in light of the recent financial crisis and review the ethical issues in running modern firms. You will also critically assess modern capital structure theory, the risks and opportunities involved in mergers and acquisitions and the limitations and applications of statistical methods in finance.

Digital Marketing Analytics and Strategy          

The module combines two interesting topics in the field of digital marketing: (i) Digital Marketing strategies and (ii) Marketing/Digital Analytics.  The first part of the module looks at digital marketing strategy development, the critical components of a digital marketing strategy and its strategic significance. Interesting topics like buyer persona development, customer journey mapping etc. will form this part of the module. At the end of the first part of the module you will be required to develop a digital marketing strategy for a firm of your choice. This ties into what you have learned and provides a platform to apply the principles and frameworks that you have learned. The second part of the module looks at digital analytics. In this part we work on a google analytics data set and try to conduct advanced data analysis to bring out interesting patterns and messages. Ultimately all marketing is data driven and hence a marketer should have a good grasp for data analysis.  The main aim of this part of the module is to develop an ability to spot patterns in data, conduct basic data analysis and to appreciate how data analysis could inform and enrich marketing decision making.   

Equity Valuation and Financial Statement Analysis

This module involves the evaluation of the theoretical basis of modern equity valuation and the concepts behind financial reporting. You will examine the impact of market and accounting based factors on the performance of firm equity value and devise strategies to minimise the risks associated with equity valuation.

Mobile Banking and Financial Innovation

Through Mobile Banking and Financial Innovation you will examine financial and costing models for digital banking. Through this module you will also conduct stakeholder audits, identify key business trajectories and develop marketing strategies and cash movement plans.

  • Duration

    Minimum 12 months, maximum 3 years.

  • Delivery Method

    100% online via OnlineCampus (an interactive online learning environment) with intensive class discussion and collaboration.

  • Places

    The number of places per term is strictly limited to 90.

  • Terms

    Four terms per year (winter, spring, summer and autumn).

  • Tuition Fees

    15,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). You might be eligible for a bursary of 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs) reducing your tuition fees to 13,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). This includes library access, OnlineCampus access, graduation fees, and University of Salford matriculation fees. Fees are payable in interest free instalments over 12 months, however, the programme is not eligible for UK Postgraduate Loans for Master’s Study. The fees are for the entire programme, and include all the courses as well as supervision for the final innovation project.

  • Accreditation and Recognition

    All the University of Salford M.Sc. degrees programme offered online are recognised worldwide. The University of Salford received a Royal Charter in 1967 by Her Majesty the Queen. The University of Salford is fully recognised by the British Government.

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