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Finance MBA 2018/19 entry

Course code:

BEST043

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

Expand your existing knowledge with a Finance MBA focused on finance in the business world, you can learn how to lead and manage a business.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised business qualification which can be used in today’s fast-paced and competitive commercial world.

Aiming to equip you with a range of analytical and mathematical skills, the specialist MBA Finance can help develop your understanding of the external financial environment and the role played by internal finance functions in business. You should also gain a firm grasp of complex business theory and broader contemporary business issues such as corporate social responsibility, ethics and change management across cultures.

Coventry Business School offers industry-standard facilities, including our trading floor and access to a range of software packages, like SAGE, SAP, Bloomberg and Reuters.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

We enjoy links with a wide range of financial professional bodies, including the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA), the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). As a mark of our quality and international perspective, Coventry Business School is also an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), as well as being signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) initiative.

Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA)


Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)


Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

What our students say...

What I value most about the MBA Finance pathway is that the course is tailored/geared to fit any field, whether you have come from an engineering, marketing, academic or medical background.

It is delivered is such a way that the student gains the understanding of the overall business management cycle. From strategically dissecting case studies to conducting financial analysis of major corporations. This course stimulates your critical thinking by developing the relevant skill set and core competencies to become a successful leader. 

Marwan Solomon, MBA Finance, 2016/17

Course information

Our specialist MBA programmes reflect the requirements of contemporary businesses and have been designed with input from our industry partners. In your second semester, you can choose from the following named routes: Finance MBA, Management MBA; International Business MBA; International Sport Management MBA; Marketing MBA.

Semester One, studied by all of our MBA students, is structured to provide the working knowledge of management functions, including strategy, human resource management (HRM), marketing and finance, together with the academic skills to carry out individual research.  Part of the second semester is also common to all MBA pathways and is structured to provide an understanding of operations, change management and leadership.

Modules

Overview

On the Finance route, you should gain a critical understanding of the latest corporate finance theories, how to analyse and conduct empirical research to understand the critical nature of financial risk. You will evaluate alternative financing methods and distribution policies so that you are capable of making sound financing, investment and asset valuation decisions with reference to the implications of the efficiency of capital markets.

Particular emphasis is given to corporate financial risk management as one of the most challenging areas of strategic importance. You will also be exposed to the key financial practices and techniques you may encounter working in the finance industry – supported by investment software and databases like Bloomberg, Reuters and Datastream.

As part of the MBA programme, in Semester Three, you have the option of choosing either the standard ‘Dissertation’ module or participating in an internship (subject to availability and approval of your application). Typically lasting between 8 to 12 weeks, internships provide an opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation. We work closely with companies across the UK and Europe to offer a wide variety of internships. After completing the internship, you will be required to write an extensive report based on the managerial and educational experience derived from the internship itself and present your findings to both the employers and academic staff.  

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester One

    • Principles of Marketing
    • Financial Analysis and Decision-Making
    • Human Resource Management
    • Strategic Analysis
  • Semester Two

    • Corporate and Ethical Social Responsibility
    • International Leadership
    • Managing Change across Cultures
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
  • MBA Finance pathway modules:

    • Corporate Finance
    • Financial Risk Management
  • Semester Three

    • Dissertation or Company Internship

In more detail...

  • Strong industry links with major employers.
  • Outstanding facilities include our trading floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.
  • Professional mentor scheme, which includes team managers from industry, entrepreneurs and faculty professors.
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 88% overall for Business and 84% for Accounting and Finance in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Opportunity to apply to our internship programme. Previous students have received support to work at organisations including HHS, Aston Martin, Tarmac, Jewson, Penso, and Interserve. There is no financial support available by the University.
  • Innovative, interactive teaching designed to embed professional skills. For example, you will practise trading on our Bloomberg trading floor, which incorporates analytical, news and real-time data platforms to give you first-hand experience of these industry-standard tools.
  • Relevant field trips, which have previously included places and companies such as Oman, Dubai, Brussels, India, Manchester United FC, BMW Mini, Jaguar Land Rover, Samsung, and Hyundai, offering students the opportunity to learn about business practices and culture across the globe. Additional costs may apply, dependent on the destination and availability of University funding. All details will be available prior to attending the field trip.

Access to market leading databases such as Thompson-Reuters Eikon, Bloomberg, Bankscope and Datastream.

Our main study themes are:

  • Marketing: Develops a critical understanding of the principles and practice of marketing including environmental analysis, buyer behaviour, strategic market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and the design of marketing mixes. You will examine the value and purpose of marketing across a range of contexts including the private and public sectors both in a service and global context.

  • Finance: We will help you learn how to interpret and use financial information within the strategic framework of a business oriented toward the user rather than the preparer of corporate financial statements. You will be introduced to the practical tools for assessing financial performance and economic condition of a business, analysing the financial reports of real-world public companies. You should also explore the key concepts of managerial accounting and how to identify relevant costs for short-term and long-term decision making as well as financial and non-financial measures for evaluating the performance of business units or divisions.

  • Human Resource Management (HRM): Provides an overview of HRM in the context of modern society and modern organisations, reviewing the changing cultural nature of the employment relationship and the potential contribution of HRM to organisational effectiveness and efficiency. We will consider the challenges and opportunities for managers relating to performance, particularly with regards the processes of change, common in any Multinational Enterprise (MNE) as a result of rapid change within the external environment and intensified global competition. We will cover the key concepts, theories and practical applications in change management, taking into consideration cross-cultural management and relevant research in social anthropology, sociology, organisational behaviour, public relations and intercultural communication.

  • Strategic analysis: Effective strategic choice and management is dependent on widespread and current information and data regarding an organisation’s strategic position. To broaden your perspective and increase your understanding of the principles of strategic management, you will be introduced to a variety of models for strategic analysis and strategy formulation. You should explore the pros and cons of strategic choices and consider the impact of and consequences of strategy implementation.

  • Managing change across cultures: The aim of the module is to help enhance your ability to perform successful change management processes in MNEs and other organisations operating on the global stage and in particularly to excel in future roles as global managers in multi-culturally diverse contexts. This will be achieved through introducing you to key concepts, theories and practical applications in Change Management in addition to innovatively drawing upon cultural research from both Cross-Cultural Management and more advanced social theoretical advancements in Social Anthropology and Sociology. The interdisciplinary nature of this module is further strengthened by incorporating relevant literature from Organisational Behaviour, Public Relations, and Intercultural Communication.

  • Financial risk management: Developing knowledge and expertise to be able to apply alternative hedging methods, use financial derivatives or non-financial derivatives methods, to manage the typical financial risks that companies face in the modern business environment. You should learn to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of alternative methods, considering the situations given, presenting a critique of the theoretical explanations for corporate hedging.

  • Corporate finance: Although we do cover some of the fundamental fields of finance, including Portfolio Theory, Capital Asset Pricing, Valuation or Risk Management, our primary focus is to examine and discuss some of the more controversial issues in corporate finance, for example in the area of behavioural finance or management team compensation. You will be encouraged to adopt a questioning approach to the theories and to develop a habit of critical evaluation of the results of reported empirical tests.

The programme can be studied over one year full-time or part-time up to three years. You can start in September or January.

Many of our teaching staff are research active and will disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, fostering debate and discussion. For example, recent cohorts have explored the effects of the financial crisis on stock markets and corporations, particularly from a risk perspective. Likewise, the impact of the 2016 Brexit vote on financial markets and exchange rates have been covered. You will also have the opportunity to conduct your own supervised research as part of your dissertation – topics covered by students recently include credit risk management, investment banking in emerging markets and corporate governance frameworks of MNCs.

Staff will use their own research to bring contemporary issues into the curriculum. We have expertise in: inter-organisational relationships; the securities markets; relationship marketing; supply chain and logistics; lean management; HRM; strategic management in the retail sector; entrepreneurship; economics; organisational survival and CSR issues.

We will also study a range of diverse case studies to illustrate current challenges or new insights and the effects of globalisation on business organisations including private sector business organisations, not-for-profit organisations and public organisations. For example, we consider the importance of inventory management through the use of case studies which focus on companies such as Aldi and Boeing.

MBA Finance students have the opportunity for assignment purposes to use the Trading Floor to gain access to databases such as Bloomberg, Reuters and Datastream.

You will have the opportunity to participate in range of field trips and industry visits, at home and abroad, with past students travelling to Oman to visit world class organisations like Schlumberger, Tribune Newspaper and Nawras Telecom Company, as well as UK companies like BMW Mini and Jaguar Land Rover. Additional costs may apply, dependent on the destination and availability of University funding. All details will be available prior to attending the field trip.

Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, web-based learning, problem-solving, classes and tutorials, workshops, research design tutorials, dissertation supervision and guided and self-directed study.

Assessment on your course will vary dependent on the module being studied. Some of the modules are 100% coursework and others will be assessed through a mixture of coursework assignments and formal examinations. In addition to written tasks, you may be required to do a presentation to ensure that you develop a full range of communication skills. Coursework can be individual or set in groups, which helps to develop your skills in team-working. Full assessment information will be provided to students before modules commence.

On the successful completion of 10 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Financial concepts, theories and their application to real world situations
  • Financing arrangements, strategies and governance structures of business entities
  • Complex operation and function of financial markets in different regulatory settings
  • Contemporary and controversial issues of finance in global financial markets.
  • On successful completion, you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate diagnostic and decision-making skills – including forecasting – in dealing with financial management problems
  • Evaluate strategic decisions and work towards policy formulation and implementation.
  • Acquire and analyse data and information, to evaluate their relevance and validity, and to synthesise a range of information.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of Corporate and Ethical Social Responsibility, which has become a key concept in business operations and organisational management.
  • Understand and evaluate current leadership practice in international organisations and understand different perspectives taken on leadership.
  • Develop and provide recommendations in order to operate effectively as a global manager in various cultural contexts
  • Work out the implications of emerging finance issues and current debates.
  • Select, retrieve and analyse relevant data and information from finance-related databases to solve practical problems, such as hedging and leveraging.
  • Design and conduct research in financial management using appropriate methodologies to advance knowledge in these areas. 

In a typical week, you will normally have up to 14 hours of ‘contact’ face-to-face teaching with staff. In addition, you can meet with your personal tutor or lecturing staff during published office hours (UK time), which will allow you to discuss problems or investigate further topics that interested you in a lecture.

This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake 26 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

Coventry University is committed to provide an international experience to students and this can be achieved through our many international field trips, the use of international real-life case studies and teaching from our multicultural teaching staff.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

What I value most about the MBA Finance pathway is that the course is tailored/geared to fit any field, whether you have come from an engineering, marketing, academic or medical background.

It is delivered is such a way that the student gains the understanding of the overall business management cycle. From strategically dissecting case studies to conducting financial analysis of major corporations. This course stimulates your critical thinking by developing the relevant skill set and core competencies to become a successful leader. 

Marwan Solomon, MBA Finance, 2016/17

Entry Requirements

To commence the full-time MBA programme applicants must:

  • be an honours graduate of any discipline, obtained from a recognised university/HE institution, or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to Coventry Business School in a business-related area
  • have a minimum of two years post-degree full-time work experience in a management/administrative/ professional capacity

Students who do not fit with the above entry requirements can gain entry, but their degrees and experience will be assessed for appropriate content by the MBA Director.

All non-standard admissions as detailed above are taken to the Faculty’s Accreditation Committee for approval.

   

To commence the full-time MBA programme applicants must:

  • be an honours graduate of any discipline, obtained from a recognised university/HE institution, or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to Coventry Business School in a business-related area
  • have a minimum of two years post-degree full-time work experience in a management/administrative/ professional capacity

Students who do not fit with the above entry requirements can gain entry but their degrees and experience will be assessed for appropriate content by the MBA Director.

All non-standard admissions as detailed above are taken to the Faculty’s Accreditation Committee for approval.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To commence the full-time MBA programme applicants must:

  • be an honours graduate of any discipline, obtained from a recognised university/HE institution, or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to Coventry Business School in a business-related area
  • have a minimum of two years post-degree full-time work experience in a management/administrative/ professional capacity

Students who do not fit with the above entry requirements can gain entry but their degrees and experience will be assessed for appropriate content by the MBA Director.

All non-standard admissions as detailed above are taken to the Faculty’s Accreditation Committee for approval.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

What I value most about the MBA Finance pathway is that the course is tailored/geared to fit any field, whether you have come from an engineering, marketing, academic or medical background.

It is delivered is such a way that the student gains the understanding of the overall business management cycle. From strategically dissecting case studies to conducting financial analysis of major corporations. This course stimulates your critical thinking by developing the relevant skill set and core competencies to become a successful leader. 

Marwan Solomon, MBA Finance, 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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September 2018

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Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

What I value most about the MBA Finance pathway is that the course is tailored/geared to fit any field, whether you have come from an engineering, marketing, academic or medical background.

It is delivered is such a way that the student gains the understanding of the overall business management cycle. From strategically dissecting case studies to conducting financial analysis of major corporations. This course stimulates your critical thinking by developing the relevant skill set and core competencies to become a successful leader. 

Marwan Solomon, MBA Finance, 2016/17

Career prospects

An MBA is generally regarded as an effective means of enhancing your career prospects, opening doors for future middle and senior managers.

Typical MBA careers include accountancy, administration, banking, education, finance, human resource management, marketing, public and private sector management, retailing and enterprise.

The Finance MBA provides you with a level of financial management knowledge in budgeting, investment and cost control necessary to make financial decisions, manage teams effectively and direct corporate financial strategy. This specialist knowledge is ideal for roles as financial consultant, analyst, management accountant, financial planner, finance manager or budget holder.

We strongly advise you to take advantage of internship opportunities and work closely with companies across the UK and Europe. Lasting between 8 and 12 weeks, if you are successful in the application and selection process, this provides an opportunity to gain valuable work experience within the workplace. Students have worked on a range of interesting projects on behalf of their organisations, such as CWRT and PENSO.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent MBA Finance graduates have gone on to work as a finance executive, contracts and performance manager and accounts clerk.

What our students say...

What I value most about the MBA Finance pathway is that the course is tailored/geared to fit any field, whether you have come from an engineering, marketing, academic or medical background.

It is delivered is such a way that the student gains the understanding of the overall business management cycle. From strategically dissecting case studies to conducting financial analysis of major corporations. This course stimulates your critical thinking by developing the relevant skill set and core competencies to become a successful leader. 

Marwan Solomon, MBA Finance, 2016/17
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