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Financial Leadership MSc

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Study mode

Part time


18 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This distinctive MSc Financial Leadership programme focuses on a powerful combination of strategic finance and leadership skills.

Course description

A course that makes business sense

  • Prepare yourself for senior finance roles and equip yourself with a highly marketable combination of strategic finance and leadership skills
  • Make a more substantial contribution to the commercial and operational areas of your organisation
  • Develop your finance and leadership competencies so you become more noticeable as a manager who can lead with a financial perspective
  • Take a flexible study route to a highly regarded masters qualification - with intensive blocks of study taking place over six weekends

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

  • A qualified accountant and feel you’ve reached a ‘glass ceiling’. You’ll gain critical skills throughout the course which will set you apart from others.
  • An aspiring or current senior finance/senior manager keen to progress your career to reach chief financial officer level or the equivalent. You may have extensive financial knowledge acquired through experience, but no professional accounting qualifications.

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:

  • presentations
  • conference papers
  • case study evaluation
  • debating
  • research based assessments
  • report based assessments.


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.


Independent Study: Research Methods
Personal Leadership
Financial Governance
Strategic Projects
Leading and Managing the Finance Function
Corporate Financial Strategy
Independent Study: Dissertation

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£875 per 20 credits

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

You will usually need to: be a manager with two to three years’ work experience in a finance or non-finance role, and/or may hold a 2.2 bachelors in any Accounting and Finance or Business related degree, and/or may be part or fully qualified/associates of a professional accounting body eg Part/fully qualified CPA Australia/ACCA/CIMA/CIPFA/​ICAEW/ICAS and ICS.

University information

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is a modern institution offering applied, research-informed teaching in high-quality, technically advanced facilities. Whether you are progressing directly from undergraduate study, want to change your career, or pursue your passion for a subject you love, there are options to suit you. We cater for your personal circumstances, with full-time, part-time and online learning available in...more

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