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Part-time: 18 months

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Derby Campus

A course that makes business sense

Relevant to professionals working in the public and private sector alike, it is particularly valuable if you are:

Senior finance managers are increasingly seen as key drivers for creating value, implementing and actively informing strategy. To be effective at this level it’s vital to understand the organisation’s vision and lead across different functions.­ This integration of competences is often missing at various levels of management and in many business sectors.

Our MSc Financial Leadership is distinctive because it focuses on a powerful combination of strategic finance and leadership skills. You’ll gain knowledge that extends beyond the core functions of finance and embraces a more holistic and strategic view of business. Ultimately, you will make a difference to the success of your organisation while accelerating your personal career progression.

With extensive use of real-life case studies, the course is delivered by leading academics, research experts and practising senior finance and leadership professionals. Their wealth of experience will encourage you to consider a variety of perspectives and will enrich your learning experience.

Derby Business School collaborates with CPA Australia, a professional accounting body which works closely with a number of employers worldwide, including many blue-chip UK based organisations. The CPA is well respected globally, focuses on providing development for strategic business leaders, and is expanding its reach within the UK.

The MSc Financial Leadership qualification is currently awaiting a decision from CPA Australia to confirm what exemptions can be achieved on the CPA professional programme.

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What you will study

You'll study subjects such as:

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

The programme is designed to accommodate the needs of participants who have existing work commitments. It will be delivered over a series of six, three day weekends (Friday-Sunday), with an interval of approximately eight to ten weeks between each session.

You are assessed in a variety of ways including:

Who will teach you

Parminder Johal

Parminder Johal
Programme leader

As Head of Accounting, Parminder Johal leads a team of passionate and dedicated professionals. Parminder is a professionally qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). Parminder previously worked in industry as a senior financial analyst for BT plc.

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Entry requirements

You will usually need to:

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages as long as they can be considered adequately prepared to be successful on the programme.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Apply directly to the University.

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The programme is designed to provide you with the academic and practical skills to; progress your career to a senior finance manager role and through the combination of finance and leadership competencies developed within the programme, become more noticeable as a manager who can lead with a financial perspective.

On successful graduation you will be better qualified to apply for more senior roles within your current organisation or others. 

The masters will enable you to be more marketable and noticeable in the workplace. In particular the personal development and mentoring elements of the programme will be very useful when you are making future career decisions. You will be much more self-aware of your personal skill set and this will enable you to take a more strategic overview of your personal career development.

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† Additional information about your studies

January start subject to applications

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

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