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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSc Finance and Management (9 Months)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Finance and Management (9 Months) Programme codePTS0SBESBE02
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MSc Finance and Management provides a good foundation in finance together with an overview of management functions within an organisation. It is an ideal qualification for anyone wanting to start or progress their career in the finance function of an organisation and then move into general management later. It is relevant to working in small business where the ability to control finances is essential, within the finance function of large business organisations, and also in public sector organisations.

The modules in the first term provide you with a foundation in financial management, investment decisions and research skills in finance, as well as an introduction to the main ideas and functions of international business and marketing. In the second term you will study corporate finance, strategy, plus four additional options. In addition, intensive computer training covering Thomson Reuters Datastream and other financial database software systems, is incorporated into relevant modules. You can select a short investment analysis dissertation as one of the options.

The programme offers a choice of the full range of options in both finance and management; it is possible to tailor this programme to match your career goals.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. provide students with an in-depth training in the skills necessary to analyse problems arising primarily in the field of investments and selected areas of management and to reach reasoned solutions to these
2. bring students up to date with results and issues arising in selected areas of academic research in both finance and management
3. provide students, through practical sessions, with the additional skills necessary to apply their knowledge to complex situations arising currently in financial markets and to offer research backed solutions to complex management problems
4. equip students to follow careers such as investment analyst or portfolio managers, or enter research programmes.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Your MSc Finance and Management programme is a 9 month programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ. The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

This programme is available for study nine months full-time over three terms from October to June and is University-based throughout this time. During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits.

Please note that all options are available timetable permitting and may change. 


Stage 1

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEAM047 Fundamentals of Financial Management 15No
BEAM032 Investment Analysis 1 15No
BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy 15No
BEMM148 Marketing Strategy 15No

Optional Modules

You will choose options totalling 120 credits from a regularly updated selection:

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEAM050 Advanced Corporate Finance 15No
BEAM031 Financial Instruments 15No
BEMM114 Managing Operations 15No
BEMM116 Principles of International Business 15No
BEAM033 Banking and Financial Services 15No
BEAM035 Derivatives Pricing 15No
BEAM036 Domestic and International Portfolio Management 15No
BEMM394 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation 15No
BEAM042 International Financial Management 15No
BEAM038 Investment Analysis 2 15No
BEMM071 Leadership and Global Challenges 15No
BEMM059 International Human Resource Management 15No
BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management 15No
BEAM029 Topics in Financial Economics 15No
BEAM052 Corporate Governance and Finance 15No
BEAM053 Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganisations 15No
BEAM046 Financial Modelling 15No
BEMM786 Service Design and Innovation 15No
BEAM065 Bank Management 15No
BEAM072 Principles of Finance 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. the ability to analyse critically problems arising in portfolio management and/or investment analysis (including where appropriate international issues);
2. the ability to analyse critically issues relevant for companies’ financial and strategic decisions;
3. the ability to analyse critically problems arising in various areas of general management and/or marketing;
4. the ability to support their conclusions by reference to current research, where appropriate.

Teaching is by lectures and classes (A1-3). Learning takes place through assigned reading of the research literature (A4), assigned problem solution, which may be either individual or group work (A1-4).

1. BEAM036, BEAM050; BEAM031; BEAM047, BEAM032, BEAM054, BEAM046, BEAM035BEAM042

2. BEMM068, BEAM052, BEAM050, BEAM047, BEMM118, BEMM114, BEMM148, BEAM053, BEAM051

3. BEMM068, BEMM059, BEMM118, BEMM114, BEMM148, BEMM116,

4. all courses utilize research led teaching

Assessment takes place through written examinations (A1-3), by written assignments (A1-4) and, where appropriate, by personal presentations (A4)

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. the ability to develop rigorous theoretical arguments based on mathematical and analytical reasoning;
6. the ability to rigorously analyse problems in finance and management;
7. the ability to interpret financial data and management problems in the light of established theories;
8. the ability to access a wide body of empirical research literature and critically appraise it
9. the ability to use relevant databases, existing research literature and techniques to conduct a detailed investigation of problems arising in finance

Classes, assigned exercises, practical classes (B5-7), preparation and presentation of reports requiring critical surveys of empirical literature (B8-9), class solution of assigned problems developing the use of concepts and models (B5 and B7), presentation of group practical exercises (B9).

5. BEAM050, BEAM031, BEAM047, BEAM032, BEAM046, BEAM035, BEAM042

6. BEAM050, BEMM068, BEMM118, BEAM031,  BEAM032, BEAM046, BEMM114, BEAM035, BEAM042

7. BEAM050, BEMM068, BEAM053, BEMM118, BEAM031, BEAM047, BEAM046, BEMM114, BEAM035, BEAM042

8. all courses utilize research led teaching

9. BEAM050, BEAM031, BEAM047, BEAM032, BEAM046, BEAM033, BEAM035, BEAM042,


Assessment through examinations (B5-8), written reports (B5-9), and/or personal presentations (B8-9).

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

10. A global outlook: Our graduates are engaged and prepared for the demands of global business and society.
11. A critical thinker: Our graduates have a commercial awareness that enables them to critically analyse, conceptualise and evaluate the challenges facing business.
12. A collaborative mind-set: Our graduates are enterprising and motivated individuals who are able to actively collaborate and effectively communicate within a range of diverse settings
13. An ethical ethos: Our graduates understand the social, financial and environmental factors that can impact on corporate sustainability and are able to make decisions openly and responsibly.
14. Technological and digital literacy: Our graduates are able to use technologies to source, process and communicate information.

10. BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy allows students to work with a number of international case studies in order to gain an international perspective on strategy.
BEAM050 Advanced Corporate Finance states that the module covers financial theory relevant across the world and current issues in the news.
BEAM031 Financial Instruments explores universally applicable theories, models, and concepts relevant across countries and developments in developed and emerging markets.
BEAM047 Fundamentals of Financial Management states that investment theory and corporate finance are international by nature and the principles taught can be applied in any country.
BEAM032 Investment Analysis 1 uses International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) which apply to more than 100 countries around the world.

11. BEAM032 Investment Analysis 1 requires students to critically assess the content of annual reports and to develop a framework for assessing a firm’s financial performance.
BEAM031 Financial Instruments asks students to use critical company and industry analysis for valuing equity securities.
BEAM050 Advanced Corporate Finance asks students to rigorously analyse quantitative problems
BEAM047 Fundamentals of Financial Management introduces students to finance theory and financial management, and analyses models and evidence relating to a firm’s optimal capital structure and appropriate dividend policy.
BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy requires students to critically investigate components of strategic management models.

12. BEMM068 Managaing Competitive Strategy asks students to write a group paper on a case study. 
BEAM032- Investment Analysis 1 requires the students to work together to solve problems put forth by the lecturer.

13. BEAM032 Investment Analysis 1 familiarises students with the standards expected by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)
BEAM047 Fundamentals of Financial Management states that students will learn about the fair valuation of financial assists which is of interest to those involved in sustainability.

14. BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy allows students to use wikis in order to collaborate on group work.

10. BEMM068 - Examination and group paper
BEAM050 – Examination (ILO 3?)
BEAM031- Exam
BEAM047 – Examination and case study analysis and presentation
BEAM032 – Exam and Group Problem sets (ILO 1-5)

11. BEAM032 – Examination and coursework (Module ILO 5)
BEAM031 – Examination (Module ILOs 3, 4, 5 -9 and 12)
BEAM050 – Exam (ILO 1-8)
BEAM047 – Examination and case study analysis and presentation (ILOs 8-10)
BEMM068 – Group work (ILO 3, 4, 6, 7) Examination (ILO 1-3, 5-7)

12. BEMM068 – Group paper (Module ILOs 10 and 11)
BEAM032 – Group Problem Sets (ILO 1-8)

13. BEAM032 - Examination and coursework
BEAM047 - Examination and case study analysis and presentation
BEMM068 – Group paper (Module ILO 11)

7. Programme Regulations


Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

The Postgraduate Student Handbook can be accessed via ELE at the following address:

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy (ESE)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by


18. Final Award

MSc Finance and Management (9 Months)

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision