Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree. Check the full list of equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Management (Finance) course goes right to the heart of business and strengthens the skills and knowledge you will need to manage the financial operations that are essential to success in today’s fast-moving global marketplace.

You will study the course over one year on a full-time basis and take core modules in strategy, business economics and accounting, organisational behaviour, the fundamentals of finance, financial management and corporate finance for managers.

You can also tailor the course to your interests, selecting from a range of optional modules and completing a dissertation on a subject of your choice. This could be an independent piece of research or a more applied project, completed in partnership with an external organisation.

There is a strong international element on the course with the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience of finance in a global context. You will be able to join an international study tour, take part in a summer school overseas and complete a dissertation abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Back home, the course gives you the opportunity to hear from a range of prestigious guest speakers who have practical experience in the subjects covered in the modules that you will take.

Furthermore, your own entrepreneurial abilities will be put to the test as you will be able to take part in the Blueprint Startup Challenge.

The Business School is one of an elite group of UK institutions that has been accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs and the European Quality Improvement System.

Course structure

Core modules:

Strategy considers business success or failure by studying a firm’s business strategy and how it performs both in the external commercial environment and also in relation to the resources and capabilities it has available internally.

Business Economics and Accounting develops your skills in the application of economic analysis in business decision-making and planning. This module provides you with an understanding of key economic aspects of the business environment and the impact of changes in that environment at national and international level. You will also learn accounting information and its forms, purpose and the needs of its users.

Organisational Behaviour provides an introduction to the important features of the behaviour of individuals in organisations such as personal and mental ability and considers elements of interaction within an organisation such as leadership, decision-making, group dynamics and teamwork.

Fundamentals of Finance offers a thorough grounding in the theory of modern finance and the most important contemporary research.

Financial Management develops your ability to understand the financial information that is needed by management for decision-making as well as how and when it is used and the nature of its limitations.

Corporate Finance for Managers gives you an in-depth grounding in the theory and practice of corporate finance and the most important current research.

Research Methods and Dissertation (International study route and business project routes available) enables you to carry out research and conduct an in-depth investigation into an issue of interest to you and which is applicable and relevant to your degree subject. Crucially, the module gives you a thorough understanding of key principles of research design and methodology in business and management and develops your skills in conducting and communicating research. You will have the opportunity to undertake research abroad at a partner university or you may choose to undertake a business project in place of the traditional dissertation format.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Consulting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Decision Making and Business Modelling
  • East Asian Business and Management
  • Employee Reward Strategy
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Financial Planning and Control
  • Financial Technologies I
  • Global Business
  • Global Sport Business
  • International Study Tour
  • The Science of Leadership
  • Multinational Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (MSc Management)
  • New Venture Creation
  • Society and Sustainability
  • A language module such as those offered by the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study

Information for international students

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
£14,500 per year
International students
£31,500 per year

For further information see the course listing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Durham Business School