Taught course

Financial Planning and Business Management

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on an individual basis. Advanced standing – 120 credit programme: You have gained the Chartered Financial Planner and, or Certified Financial Planner qualification (or equivalent). Advanced standing – 90 credit programme: You have gained Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society and, or Fellowship of The Institute of Financial Planning. In addition, for both programmes: • You have a minimum of four years of relevant management experience. • You are engaged in formal continuing professional development (CPD) activities.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Financial Planning and Business Management has been developed to offer thought leaders in the financial planning sector the opportunity to contribute to the broader development of the profession through study of financial planning concepts, theories and models, and engagement in applied research. You will work with like-minded individuals and be supported by academic staff, with expertise in the financial planning area, throughout the research process, culminating in submission of a dissertation.

Units on the programme will cover the following themes:
  • Behavioural economics and financial decision making
  • Understanding research philosophies and methodology
  • Critically reviewing the literature
  • Formulating a research design
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Writing a dissertation
Behavioural Economics and Financial Decision Making
This unit develops an understanding of the use of the concepts and techniques of behavioural economics, with particular focus on the design of financial products and investment portfolios.
Academic and Professional Development
This unit has been designed to help you develop critical thinking, reflective thinking and other study skills, including analysis and research skills to successfully study at Masters level. This unit will prepare the ground for you to move forward into the Dissertation stage.
The Academic and Professional Development unit provides the foundation for this, the final stage of your MSc. Upon successful completion will have demonstrated ability to:
  • Identify the macro and micro organisational context for your dissertation and the objectives of your research
  • Critically review and synthesize the relevant literature on your chosen subject area in order to construct a conceptual framework to underpin your research
  • Identify the nature of relevant evidence and associated data sources to support achievement of your research objectives
  • Apply an appropriate methodology for collecting and analysing primary data with due regard to ethical considerations
  • Interpret and present data clearly, integrating data from different sources, where applicable, and critically discussing your findings
  • Appraise the implications of your research outcomes to managerial professional practice in response to strategic issues.

[[Special Features]]

  • You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus.
  • This programme has an advanced standing route for mature students who have relevant professional qualifications and substantial work experience in a financial planning environment. Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter timeframe. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.
  • This programme is delivered by academics with an appreciation of the issues being addressed by financial planning communities and research expertise that is underpinned by academic study, professional qualifications and several years' experience of supervising and supporting individuals with little or no previous experience of the rigours of academic research.

Information for international students

Please see www.mmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to Manchester Met's website for the latest fee information.
International students
Please refer to Manchester Met's website for the latest fee information.

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate.

Qualification and course duration


part time
10-15 months

Course contact details

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