The global financial sector has developed rapidly in recent years. Our Finance MBus could help to equip you with the necessary skills to spot, analyse and resolve complex problems in a strategic way, and effectively harness the rapid changes in the financial sector.
Aimed at international students, this integrated master’s course is studied over four semesters. If you have already successfully completed two years of finance related undergraduate study, successful completion of this course will see you achieve a master’s qualification from Coventry Business School.
This course aims to provide you with a deep knowledge of a broad range of financial tools, as well as knowledge of financial markets, which can prove important in any future career in the financial sector. In addition, we offer support throughout the course in developing your English communication skills, with a focus on financial report writing and presentation proficiencies, to help you operate effectively in the increasingly international financial industry, which offers careers in a range of countries around the world.
Coventry Business School was ranked as 'excellent' by Eduniversal in 2019, an annual ranking of Business Schools across over 150 countries, and by studying with us, you will have the opportunity to access our Trading Floor (subject to availability), one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe. This facility makes use of market leading databases, such as Thomson Reuters Eikon and Bloomberg, to allow you to gain hands-on experience which could support you in your future career.
Please note that fees for this course are charged per each two semester block rather than per year, with the second set of fees raised upon successful enrolment onto the third and fourth semesters (Level 7).
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 readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
EmployabilityCareer-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Teaching ExcellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Course essentialsA degree which offers you more, at no extra cost
Accreditation and Professional Recognition
This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:
Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)
Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) – Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research. This course is recognised by this membership for the 2021/22 intake.
European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) – Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries. This course is recognised by this membership for the 2021/22 intake.
With increased investment in financial technology, growth in the sector in new locations around the world, and a focus on the importance of good financial governance within major corporations, the financial industry is seeing a period of expansion. Against this backdrop, this course is designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to harness this expansion and have a successful financial career.
Taught over four semesters, the course is split into two distinct, but interrelated stages, with semesters one and two covering finance theory and an understanding of financial institutions, as well as exploring more specific topics such as corporate reporting and financial technologies. Semesters three and four then deepen your learning in specialist areas, developing your skills in econometrics and risk management, as well as investigating good governance and ethics within financial institutions. Across all modules, we aim to use real life examples, to help you bridge the gap between theory and practice, and understand how to apply theories and techniques in different contexts and situations.
Employability is embedded into the course content, with a module , Employability Skills in Finance, dedicated to employability skills within a financial context. Outside of the classroom, this employability focus continues, as you will have access to Coventry University’s Talent Team, who can give tailored advice to support you as you consider your future career.
The below modules are studied in the first two semesters of the course, and aim to cover a broad foundation of knowledge in financial theory and the nature of international financial institutions. More specific topics are also covered, currently including financial technology, an area which is seeing increasing investment and career opportunities. You will also undertake a module focused on employability, Employability Skills in Finance as well as a focused module designed to support your presentation and report writing skills in English, Academic English for Finance. All modules on this course are mandatory.
- International Banking and Financial Institutions
- Financial Theory
- Employability Skills in Finance
- Academic English for Finance
- Corporate Reporting and Analysis
- Analysis of Investments
- Financial Technology
The below modules, studied over the final two semesters of the course, provide the opportunity for a deeper insight into specialist areas of importance for finance. These areas can include derivatives, risk management, and the importance of appropriate corporate governance within the financial sector. You will also be expected to conduct a Project in Finance, which will focus on a contemporary financial topic of interest to you. All modules on this course are mandatory.
- Business Strategy
- Quantitative Methods
- Governance, Accountability and Ethics
- International Risk Management
- Institutional Investments
- Project in Finance
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
In more detail...
Coventry Business School was rated ‘excellent’ by Eduniversal in 2019, and is part of Coventry University, which has been ranked in the top 15 UK universities by the Guardian for 5 years running (2016-2020). With a focus on the practical application of theory, through the usage of real world examples, this course could help to prepare you for a career in the fast-paced world of finance.
If you have already completed two years of undergraduate study in finance, or a finance related area, this course gives you the opportunity to gain a master’s qualification within four semesters of continuous full-time study. As Coventry University operates three semesters a year for postgraduate courses, this means that, upon successful completion, you could graduate with a master’s in around 18 months.
Alongside covering key topics of importance to the global financial sector, the course also gives the opportunity for you to attend international trips (which may be subject to application, availability, additional costs and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements), work with Coventry University’s Talent Team, and access our Trading Floor (subject to availability), which allows you to bridge the gap between theory and practice through hands-on experience with market leading databases such as Thomson Reuters Eikon and Bloomberg.
With a multicultural learning experience, you’ll be studying alongside staff and students from a range of over around 30 nationalities. You’ll be taught by experienced staff, many of whom have professional experience working in the financial sector, not only in the United Kingdom but also abroad (please note staff may be subject to change).
- Coventry Business School was ranked as ‘Excellent’ by Eduniversal in 2019.
- Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), both of whom are committed to ensuring its members maintain world-class standards of teaching and research.
- A strong focus on key, current issues facing the global finance sector, brought to life with relevant real-world case studies.
- Field trips to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries. Previous visits within the Coventry Business School have included a visit to Jaguar Land Rover and Manchester United in the UK as well as visits to New York in the United States; Berlin in Germany and Paris in France among others.*
- Embedded employability through course modules, as well as access to Coventry University’s Talent Team, who can offer tailored support as you plan your future career.
- Teaching on the course benefits from the insight of our two business research centres, the Centre for Business in Society and the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity, meaning content is informed by contemporary research and practice.
- Coventry University is home to one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe, where you can get hands-on experience with market leading databases, and even study towards a Bloomberg professional qualification for free (subject to availability).
- Access to Coventry Business School’s Progress Coaches, who can provide both academic and pastoral guidance and support.
The Finance MBus course of study typically covers the following study themes:
- Financial Theory: the course will aim to help you develop an understanding of established and emerging financial principles, models, quantitative methods and theories
- Contemporary Financial Topics: the course will aim to help you understand key contemporary financial topics, such as financial technology, corporate governance, risk management and investments
- Financial Decision Making: the course will aim to give you the ability to locate, extract and interpret finance related data, to make strategic decisions
- Ethical Awareness: the course aims to cover the importance of ethical and professional accountability, sound corporate governance and civic contribution
- Transferable Skills: the course will give you the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills and competencies that should be valuable to your potential future career options.
This course is studied full time over four consecutive semesters, meaning the entire course is typically 15 months long. To study the course, you must previously have completed two years of undergraduate business study. Coventry Business School also offers the option to top-up previous undergraduate finance or accounting study to a bachelor’s degree through our Accounting and Finance for International Business and International Finance and Banking top-up courses.
The underlying focus and aim is on developing your knowledge of financial theory, financial techniques and current financial topics, so that you can think strategically and harness the growth of the financial sector, and overcome the challenges facing it. Throughout all teaching and learning methods, such as lectures, workshops and seminars, real life case studies are used, as well as opportunities to practically apply learnt theory. These sessions may be delivered through a combination of face-to-face teaching and online classes and tutorials.
Many of our teaching staff are research active and will disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, fostering debate and discussion. Teaching across Coventry Business School is also informed and shaped by the research activity of our two business focused research centres, the Centre for Business in Society and the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity (please note staff may be subject to change).
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods could include formal examinations, coursework, written project work, presentations, poster display, seminar papers, written reports, case studies and group work.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical understanding of financial theories and principles, and the ability to constructively challenge their assumptions.
- Critique, interpret and apply financial frameworks and models to real-world and unstructured scenarios in global finance.
- Effectively extract, manipulate and evaluate financial data from multiple sources and apply advanced mathematical and statistical methods to financial data to develop reasoned conclusions.
- Exhibit a critical awareness of the role and importance of good corporate governance, ethical responsibility, professional accountability and civic contribution.
- Execute research using critical judgement in the selection of methodological approaches, research techniques and tools.
- Effectively communicate financial issues and solutions, both orally and written, to diverse audiences.
- Critically examine the operation, function of international financial markets and institutions, and assess the significance of contemporary and innovative developments in finance.
- Evidence a critical understanding of financial risk and associated risk management strategies, including the appropriate application and limitations of portfolios and derivative instruments to manage risk exposure.
- Exploit diagnostic skills in dealing with financial and investment complexities to produce viable solutions, and utilise a variety of methods to communicate conclusions from both quantitative and qualitative analysis.
- Demonstrate digital fluency by using information, software, and digital technologies in solving different financial problems.
We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters of study and may vary due to module selection. In addition to the contact hours below, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, including sessions with the Faculty’s progress coaches, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
On this course, you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching a week which includes:
- Medium group teaching: practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
- Large group teaching: lectures each week.
If you are undertaking a project/dissertation in your final semester, there is a greater emphasis placed on independent study and therefore total contact hours may be reduced.
In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, which may include, for example, guided study using hand-outs or online activities.
This course is international in nature, and draws on financial topics and real-life case studies from all over the world. The international experience of the course team means you will have the opportunity to benefit from the experience of lecturers, who have either researched or worked in international finance. With the financial services sector continuing to grow into new markets across the world, the international perspectives offered by the course team help to ensure your learning is always placed in an international context.
There is also the opportunity to attend field trips, at a school or university level, to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries. Previous visits within the school have included a visit to Jaguar Land Rover and Manchester United in the UK as well as visits to New York in the United States; Berlin, Germany and Paris, France among others.*
*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any international opportunities or field trips and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
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 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.Explore our international experiences
Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni in 2016/17
The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19
The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016
As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses
Haven't met the entry requirements or don’t have the right qualifications? You may still be able to progress onto a degree you’d love by studying a foundation or access course.
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.
For more information, please visit our Finance pages.
£9,250 (per two semesters) (per year)
£9,250 (per two semesters) (per year)
Scholarships and bursaries
We offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.
£15,000 (per two semesters) (per year)
£15,000 (per two semesters) (per year)
Course essentials at no extra cost
We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.
This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:
Course essentials - additional feesThis course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas. Upon successful completion of the first two semesters of this course (Level 6), and subject to meeting progression requirements, you pass onto the third and fourth semesters of the course (Level 7). Fees for this course are listed as per each two semester block, the second set of fees raised upon successful enrolment onto the third and fourth semesters (Level 7).
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
Graduate Immigration Route visa
Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.
The financial sector continues to grow across the world, with an increasing international focus. This course aims to prepare you for a future career in the financial sector, by giving you the opportunity to develop a strong knowledge of the English language within a financial context, as well as financial theories and topics.
This course will allow you to gain an insight into a number of current topics of relevance to the financial sector, including financial technology, which is seeing increased investment and can provide career opportunities either in start-up companies, or within established firms seeking to improve their technological capabilities. You can also cover topics such as corporate governance, investments, and risk management, which will make you a well-informed, ethical graduate, which could help as you progress into any future career.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your potential future career options and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your potential future career options.
Where our graduates work
Previous graduates of our finance courses have found employment positions as trainee-chartered accountants, finance assistances, financial advisers, or as graduates in sectors such as investment banking or management consultancy.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.
The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.