Online MSc Finance and Management

Accredited MSc Finance and Management Online

Double accredited business school by the AMBA and Equis.

Online MSc Finance and Management CTWS Ranking

6th in the UK, 8th in Europe and top 40 in the world (CWTS Leiden Ranking).

Online MSc Finance and Management QS Ranking

Top 170 in the Global QS World University Rankings.

Online MSc Finance and Management

About Exeter's Online MSc Finance and Management

A Foundation for Success

The Online MSc Finance and Management is an essential building block for anyone seeking a career in finance with aspirations for a management role. This online programme prepares you for a successful career in your chosen field and offers you the freedom to provide professional, financial and management skills. Our students include ambitious career changers and experienced professionals. You will learn complex methods and concepts that prepare you to make great investment decisions. It also provides an introduction to the functions of international business and marketing.

"Studying a MSc in Finance and Management gives me the flexibility either to work within their finance department or to work in a management position. Either way, I am looking forward to sharing what I have learnt at Exeter and taking my career forward."

Tural Mammadov, On-campus student MSc in Finance and Management

Focused to Meet Career Needs

This programme offers a breadth of pathways that allows you to shape and tailor your degree to specific career aspirations. The Online MSc Finance and Management programme is relevant for those working in a small business environment or those seeking to start their own business. It also provides the skills needed to work within finance for large private or public organisations.

The optional modules focus on areas such as banking, entrepreneurship, portfolio management, investment analysis, corporate finance & governance, international human resource management, and strategic innovation management.

"The Business School offers such a wide range of postgraduate programmes, particularly for me, the possibility to study a combination of finance and management was a big draw. I love finance, but I also wanted to gain knowledge of management and marketing."

Xingyu Sun, On-campus student MSc Finance and Management

Investment Expertise

The Online MSc Finance and Management programme offers pathways that will give you the skills and knowledge to excel in the world of high-finance and investments. This programme provides you with the tools you need to build a career to manage investments and financial tools. You can select modules and pathways that will allow you to gain expertise in:

  • Investment analysis
  • Derivatives
  • Corporate finance
  • Mergers and buyouts

Management Opportunities

The Online MSc Finance and Management programme can put you on a management career path. Whether you plan to start your own business, or seek a corporate leadership position, this degree can be suited to fit your career goals. The course modules cover operational strategy essential for managing an organisation, large or small. The Online MSc Finance and Management is ideal for someone wanting to start their career in finance and eventually move into general management later on.

"I have a background in Finance and wanted to continue this but also develop my knowledge of Management to help my future career development. I was also very excited by the wide range of modules… and the flexibility of the course."

Nguyen Ngoc Anh Truong, On-campus student MSc Finance and Management

Why Exeter’s Online MSc Finance and Management

Graduates may make an impact in the finance world by gaining the fundamentals needed to enter the financial and business world. The programme also prepares individuals who are ready to enter a management role or take the next step in their career. Business knowledge is readily applied to a student’s professional career. At the same time, our students are supported by academics with experience of cutting edge of research, including work with International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Commission. You’ll learn from academics who emphasise both experiential and academic philosophies in their teaching.

Exeter at a Glance
  • Top 40 in the World (CWTS Leiden Ranking)
  • 98% of the University of Exeter’s research of international quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Interested in learning more about the programme? Fill out the form on this page to connect with an Admissions Adviser.

The programme is 180 credits with 10 modules. The degree can be completed in 2 years. Classes are 7 weeks long with the programme consisting of 75 core credits, 60 credits focused on a specialised pathway and a 45-credit dissertation. The pathways allow you to take classes focused on investments or management, adding a specialist component to your online MSc Finance and Management degree.

Courses are 100% on line in a virtual learning environment (VLE). Exeter encourages collaboration across the programme where you’ll work with your classmates and academics as part of a dynamic community.

Take classes at your own pace and access course materials at any time. A Student Support Adviser will work with you throughout the programme to help you succeed Courses and assessments are presented in a variety of highly interactive ways, including lectures, discussions, reading materials, and written exams, as well as individual and group projects. Create a career network in your postgraduate programme cohort.

Your dissertation is the application of classroom knowledge to current business and finance scenarios. The dissertation is an important portfolio piece that allows graduates to show the significance of their degree to potential employers.

MSc Finance and Management Online Admissions

A mid 2.2 (55%) honours degree or equivalent in Business, Management, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or Maths with any of the previous subjects from a recognised university. All degrees at 2.2 level (50% and above) will be considered where there is evidence of three years’ work experience involving finance and/or data analysis.


In order to apply for the online MSc Finance and Management individuals must have taken as part of their undergraduate degree at least two finance modules, an accounting module and a quantitative module which they have passed at 55% or above.

Quantitative modules may include, for example, Algebra, Calculus, Econometrics, Optimisation, Probability, Quantitative skills, Statistics and more.

English Language Requirements

Students who are nationals of a majority English-speaking country may be accepted without an English qualification. Applicants who have undertaken a full degree in a majority English-speaking country and completed it within the last two years may also be exempt from providing an English language qualification. For all other applicants an English language qualification is required at the following levels:

IELTS (Academic)

IELTS score of 6.5 overall (minimum of 6.5 in writing section)


TOEFL 101 (internet-based) with a minimum score of 22 in any section

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

Pearson: 72, with no less than 57 in each section

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Applicants will be required to submit the following before commencing their programme of study:

  1. The original certified transcripts and certified translation if they are not in English.
  2. Accepted English language tests are IELTS, TOEFL IBT, Pearson Test of English Academic, and other tests. A full listing of tests and accepted scores can be found here. You can also find information on our international equivalency pages to see if existing qualifications match the entry requirements for our programme.

MSc Finance and Management Online Fees & Financial Aid

The online MSc Finance and Management programme is £1,500 module for 9 modules, £4500 dissertation, with a total tuition of £18,000 for UK and International students. To learn more about fees and funding, as well as financial aid, visit our Financial Services page.

MSc Finance and Management Online Curriculum

Core Modules - 75 Credits

Pathway Modules

A further 15 credit module will be taken from the management area.

Dissertation Modules

Careers and Outcomes

A postgraduate degree from the University of Exeter Online is recognisable as we are in the Top 170 QS World University Rankings. Online MSc Finance and Management graduates are in a position to enter general management or a specific area in the finance field. You may also wish to pursue a career as an investment manager, stockbroker and financial analyst among other positions.

Graduates from the University of Exeter Business School have gone on to develop careers with:

  • PWC (Vietnam)
  • British Fortune Group
  • Ernst & Young
  • Samsung
  • The Body Shop
  • Coca Cola HBC
  • JP Morgan Chase

To learn more, call +44 808 164 4020 to talk with an Admissions Adviser today.

Fundamentals of Financial Management 15 Credits

Fundamentals of Financial Management will take you through an appraisal of models and issues arising in the area of financial management. This module introduces you to finance theory and financial management. It covers techniques for capital budgeting, the role of risk in capital budgeting, and the cost of capital. The programme also introduces the topic of financial markets, covering the notion of portfolio diversification leading to simple asset pricing models. It analyses models and evidence relating to a firm’s optimal capital structure and appropriate dividend policy.

Investment Analysis Dissertation 30 Credits
Investment Analysis Pathway Dissertation - 30 Credits

This module centres on an investment analysis of a real, topically interesting company. You will produce a detailed analyst’s company report, using a range of company stock valuation methods to determine the market value of the company, employ financial analysis tools, and analyse the macroeconomic and competitive markets in which the company operates. You will choose a topic of relevance to the company, on which to carry out an academic literature review.

Investment Analysis II 15 Credits
Investment Analysis Pathway - 60 Credits Total

Investment Analysis II aims to take the valuation techniques developed and appraised in the first Investment Analysis module and apply them to the valuation of equities in major industrial sectors. This variety of geographic, industrial and other specialised circumstances requires careful selection of appropriate valuation methods and the interpretation of different standards of financial reporting and disclosure.

Advanced Corporate Finance 15 Credits

This module has two aims. Firstly, it extends the material covered in Fundamentals of Financial Management, introducing students to a number of additional topics in corporate finance theory, including debt financing, mergers and acquisitions and pensions. Secondly, the module illustrates the application of corporate finance theory to practical problems in corporate valuation and strategy, through the use of practical exercises and external speakers.

Derivatives Pricing 15 Credits
Investment Analysis Pathway - 60 Credits Total

The module aims to equip you with theoretical frameworks and numerical methods to evaluate credit instruments and financial derivative instruments in the stock, equity, FX and interest rate markets. It covers the analysis of the five distinct valuation methods, including Forwards, Futures, SWAPs, and options via the Binomial Trees and Black-Scholes models, as well as Fixed Income Instruments and Securitisation techniques and the numerical methods to price derivatives in the equity market.

Prerequisite: The students signing for this class are expected to have a good command of MS Excel, and basic financial concepts of NPV, Bond and Stock Pricing.

Management Dissertation 30 Credits

The dissertation module allows you to pursue a programme of independent research on a business management topic that is of interest to you. Every student will be allocated a dissertation supervisor, and under whose guidance you will do the research and complete the dissertation write-up (8,000-10,000 words long). A dissertation demands self-motivation and good organisational skills. You are expected to show initiative in choosing your topic of study and in executing the research. The module will further develop your skills in formulating appropriate research questions, developing a research agenda, planning and conducting a research programme, analysing and evaluating materials and data generated.

Financial Instruments 15 Credits

Financial Instruments provides an overview of the different types of financial instruments, their primary characteristics, and their markets. These instruments include equities, bonds, derivatives and alternative financial investments such as mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity and exchange traded funds.

Topics in Financial Economics 15 Credits
Investment Analysis Pathway - 60 Credits Total

This module provides an introduction to the foundations of financial theory and to selected empirical evidence on the topics covered. The concepts and models of modern finance theory are widely employed in the investment industry and an understanding of these provides a solid foundation for a successful career in finance, whether as a fund manager, investment analyst or financial advisor.

Domestic and International Portfolio Management 15 Credits
Investment Analysis Pathway - 60 Credits Total

This is the first module of two in Investment Analysis. Its principal function is to ensure that you are able to use the tools available for equity valuation using annual reports. You will learn how to critically assess the content of annual reports.

Investment Analysis I 15 Credits

This is the first of two possible modules in Investment Analysis. Its principal function is to ensure that you are able to use the tools available for equity valuation using annual reports. You will learn how to critically assess the content of annual reports.

Strategy 15 Credits

During our time together within this module we will be discussing the major issues affecting strategy for the 21st century organisation, and debating the pros and cons of applying some of the various approaches that both theorists and practitioners have developed to facilitate evaluating, planning and influencing strategy development and execution.

Managing Operations 15 Credits
Management Pathway - 60 Credits Total

This module shows the strategic importance of operations management and illustrates how operations performance can impact on the success of the whole organisation. Although the main focus is on technology, systems, processes and facilities in the production and flow of goods and services, Managing Operations is also about the general principles an organisation can use to guide its decision making. Particular attention is given to product design and the process choice decisions facing organisations in pursuit of ‘delighting’ the ever demanding customer; the customer who today typically expects quality, value for money, and consistently excellent customer service.

Principles of International Business 15 Credits
Management Pathway - 60 Credits Total

Business is increasingly international in scope as managers take advantage of greater access to foreign markets not only to sell products, but also to access inputs, knowledge, and skills. This module addresses several questions:

  • How does becoming an international business change a company that previously operated only in the home market?
  • How are its resources and capabilities challenged and transformed by internationalisation?
  • What factors determine whether an international business is successful?

While many practical examples are provided, the focus is given to developing an analytical approach to addressing these questions, drawing on two perspectives.

Strategic Innovation Management 15 Credits
Management Pathway - 60 Credits Total

In this module, you will discover how to avoid the common pitfalls in managing innovation. We examine how large and small organisations have to fundamentally reorganise in order to innovate speedily and successfully. Through the use of video and other case material on a wide range of topics, we will engage with you throughout to understand the complexities, challenges and rewards in managing innovation successfully.

Entrepreneurship 15 Credits
Management Pathway - 60 Credits

Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development introduces both the theoretical and practical concepts of entrepreneurship and new firm formation. The module applies various theories and approaches to provide a holistic picture of the entrepreneurial process, as well as the practical aspects of the intellectual, physical and emotional demands associated with starting a new business. The module is intended to give a rigorous and honest insight into the realities of entrepreneurial activity, and an understanding of the role small and medium-sized businesses play in a modern economy. This may be via the creation of a new independent firm or the organisation of a new enterprise within an existing firm.

If you already have or are working on an idea for a new business, this module provides an opportunity to develop, refine and test the idea or concept.