Finance MBus


Course Code

International Code: FBLU069


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



4 semesters full-time

Start date

September 2023

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate
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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, covering around 15 months. If you have already successfully completed two years of a finance-related undergraduate degree, successful completion of this course will see you achieve a master’s qualification from Coventry Business School.

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An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

The Finance MBus course offers an insight into the financial world. By studying this course you will have the opportunity to benefit from:

  • Coventry Business School: 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 research1.
  • A strong focus on key, current issues facing the global finance sector, brought to life with relevant real-world case studies.
  • Fieldtrips to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries2. Previous visits undertaken by 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 others2.
  • Embedded employability throughout the course modules, as well as access to Coventry University’s Talent Team4, who can offer tailored support as you plan your future career.
  • Coventry University being home to one of the largest academic trading floors in Europe, means you can get hands-on experience with market-leading databases, and even study towards a Bloomberg professional qualification for free4.
  • Access to Coventry Business School’s student support network, who can provide both academic and pastoral guidance and support.


This course currently includes the following memberships1.

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.

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.

Coventry Business School is recognised by the above memberships for the 2023/24 intake.

What you'll study

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.

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'.


  • This module aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of the financial underpinnings of banking and other financial institutions, including insurance companies, fund managers, and securities firms. It will cover a range of topics concerning their roles, structure and functions. This module will also examine the relationship between business models, balance sheet structures, and the creation of financial risks. You will also appreciate current issues in banking and financial institutions, which should enhance their employability in the finance sector.


  • This module aims to further develop your understanding in the key concepts in finance. You will learn about the function of capital markets, the relationship between risk and return and how to price a variety of financial assets.


  • The aim of this module is to develop your range of key skills necessary for your learning, research and intercultural communication during your study of a top-up programme on banking and finance. This module will enable you to actively pursue their academic development and will also lead to greater confidence in your broader lives, thereby allowing you to make the most of their overseas experience. Intercultural communication skills are recognised as valuable assets in the world of expanding global business. This module will help you develop a range of intercultural competencies to work effectively with diverse teams to enhance opportunities for future careers or further study. The module relates to your overall academic study. You are required to demonstrate skills to reflect on your progress on the course.


  • This module helps international students to further develop their English language knowledge and skills, in the areas of finance, banking and investment to a level where you can operate effectively and independently. This is achieved in a context where the language is used for the study of finance, banking and investment. The emphasis is on developing practical reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to support the study of finance courses at the university. This module will involve activities and tasks designed to increase the range and effectiveness of your use of language and the development of study and communication skills in a professional and academic context.


  • This module builds on your existing financial accounting knowledge. The module focuses primarily on the preparation and analysis of published financial statements by public limited companies. It aims to introduce you to some of the key International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and apply a number of IFRS and accounting theories in the preparation of the published financial statements of entities, including a simple group. You will also develop the skills necessary to critically analyse and interpret these financial statements and an awareness of their limitations.


  • The module focuses on the bond and equity markets. You will evaluate and apply advanced bond pricing techniques along with bond portfolio managements and the associated risk immunisation methodologies. In respect to equity valuation, you will compare and contrast discounted cash flow methods with fundamental valuation approaches associated with approaches such as value investing and growth investing. Market timing is also explored through the application of technical analysis.


  • The aim of this module is to provide a rigorous introduction to Financial Technology (FinTech). The module reviews the history and development of FinTech and discusses how FinTech is transforming financial institutions and the finance and business sectors more broadly. The module provides an overview of the application of innovative technologies within finance such as big data and analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, cloud computing, blockchain, and mobile banking. The module also discusses alternative finance such as cryptocurrencies, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding. In addition, regulation and governance of Fintech and some specific industry applications are examined and evaluated.


  • 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.


  • Business Strategy aims to provide a firm foundation for understanding the overall direction of organisations, including how they grow, how they innovate, how they change, and how they compete in an extremely competitive business environment. This module also aims to the link corporate and financial strategy. It will therefore explore the techniques of strategic and financial analysis and evaluation available to companies, aiming to develop their strategic options, choices and business performance.


  • Over the last few decades derivatives markets have grown exponentially to become the largest financial asset class in the world, far exceeding the combined value of both bond and equity markets. This type of financial instrument forms one of the standard financial asset classes, and a high level of understanding of derivatives products and derivatives markets is essential for all finance professionals.


  • This module will cover some of the quantitative techniques commonly used by financial analysts, economists, accountants as well as individual investors. The aim is to give you the basic grounding in econometric methods used in the analysis of quantitative data. The module will primarily focus on the statistical techniques of estimation, hypothesis testing and modelling using economic and financial data.


  • The aim of this module is to provide you with a framework to examine the key issues in corporate governance. These include underlying corporate governance theory and associated reporting and regulation, the role of monitors and issues of independence and ethics. It will also seek to develop your ability to critically appraise relevant academic literature and current issues and integrate and synthesise topics in order to participate in current debates and suggest potential insights for development.


  • The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the international aspect of risk management faced on a day-to-day basis by modern multi-national corporations (MNCs) and especially those of political, financial, operational and regulatory nature. Particular attention and detailed coverage will be placed on the ideas and tools used in identifying exposure to risk inherent in corporate functions such as international trade and money transactions, corporate financing and finally international investment/expansion decisions.


  • After successfully pursuing this module you should have knowledge of particular institutional investments and their relative merits from the perspective of retail investors. You should have an overview of the role of institutional investments in the economy in general, and personal financial planning in particular. You should have insights into the operation and management of institutional investments, and the specific types of investment fund available.


  • In this module you will carry out a substantive piece of independent research into a business issue relevant to their course of study. You will be expected to draw upon the knowledge you’ve acquired, and the intellectual, technical and analytical skills developed throughout this course. To equip you with the additional research skills required to successfully execute the research, you will be supported by a series of workshops on research methods. You will also be supported in this module by a series of group supervisions and will be allocated a project supervisor.


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.

How you'll learn

The underlying focus and aim are 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.  

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.  

Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which may include: 

  • On-campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities2.

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week, you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

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.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual Assignments
  • Laboratories

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes. 

International experience opportunities

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 could have the opportunity to benefit from the experience of lecturers, who have either researched or worked in international finance2. 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 industries2. 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.

Entry requirements

Please note that this course has been designed for international students, and incorporates modules dedicated to the usage of English within a financial context.

To be accepted for the course students must possess a minimum of 240 credits (RPL with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) obtained in a finance-related area from a higher education institution. An HND in a finance-related area with 240 credits awarded may also be considered subject to approval from the Course Director.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications; speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Our aim is to offer you sector-leading facilities4.

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The Trading Floor

The Trading Floor is an invaluable facility which allows you to get hands-on with industry-standard software. Housing 42 dual-screen Bloomberg terminals, the facility can add a dynamic practical element to your course.




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Talent Team

Employability is at the forefront of all our accounting and finance courses. Our dedicated Talent Team are also on hand to help. They can assist you in applying for work placements, graduate level jobs and offer skills development workshops, and also organise networking events to introduce you to potential employers and industry contacts.

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sigma Centre

The Sigma Centre is housed in our Lanchester Library and offers maths and statistics support through drop-in sessions and bookable appointments. It is the ideal place to help you navigate any issues you might have while studying an accounting and finance degree.



Careers and opportunities

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 in writing, to diverse audiences.
  • Critically examine the operation and 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.

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 Team4 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 assistants, financial advisers, or as graduates in sectors such as investment banking or management consultancy.

Further study

Alternatively, you may decide to pursue postgraduate study opportunities by studying courses such as Accounting and Financial Management MSc or Finance MSc here at Coventry Business School, which could further enhance your employability.

How to apply

  • Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 can apply for this course through UCAS from 6 September 2022.

    Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 should apply directly to the university. Applications are due to be open in June 2022, so please return to this page to fill out your application.

    How to apply

    For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.

    You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.

    Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.

  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University 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.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.