Master of Science Financial Management

University of Birmingham

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Postgraduate/Masters, Single Major

Awarded by
Awarded by

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 1 year

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Direct Entry: Now till 04 August 2023 (International applicants) Now till 16th September 2023 (Local applicants)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$35,251.20 to S$37,065.60

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Awarded and developed by: Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

The MSc Financial Management aims to produce responsible financial management specialists who will be able to contribute and craft their career in the finance sector globally and in Asia.

Students will study a variety of innovative and contemporary topics including corporate finance, business valuation, financial modelling techniques, financial technology, data analytics, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) financing, international cash, liquidity and treasury management and more.

  • This programme is accredited by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) – the chartered professional body for treasury in the UK.

Why a Master's from University of Birmingham?  

  • Degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK 
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business and management 
  • Established international reputation of the University and the Business School 
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching 
  • International syllabus with a focus on the issues of globalisation 
  • Dedicated staff who provide continuous support for your studies 
  • Join the alumni community of more than 300,000 graduates. From television and sport to research and government, the University has outstanding alumni across all sectors. 



Learning Outcomes

You will:  

  1. Appreciate the global nature of corporate finance abreast ethics, governance and regulations 
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to manage treasury related activities, financial and various types of business risks 
  3. Develop competencies to interpret and analyse financial statements; valuate businesses and company securities for reporting 
  4. Apply theoretical knowledge, practical skills, tools and techniques in a written dissertation 

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Open doors to a wide range of career options in all sectors of business, industry and commerce. Some may begin their training in firms of chartered or certified accountants, whilst others may work with charities, health authorities, local government, banks, media, manufacturing industries and IT companies.

Top jobs in financial management include actuary, chartered management accountant, financial accountant, financial advisor, financial analyst, investment banker, management consultant, mortgage advisor, stockbroker, venture capitalist.

In addition to this MSc degree, SIM-Birmingham graduates will be able to gain the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals and Certificate in Treasure awarded by the UK ACT if they meet the required criteria either through exemption or further study. This enables our graduates to get the best possible start in their careers with a recognised professional qualification.

UK ACT stands for the UK Association of Corporate Treasurers, the chartered professional body for treasury. Find out more about UK ACT and its qualifications

Graduates may further their studies in the PhD and doctoral programmes in universities around the world on programme completion.

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Why study at SIM x University of Birmingham

SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.
University of Birmingham (Birmingham) ranked 91st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023).
Top 5 frequently targeted university among UK’s top employers for graduate employment (The Graduate Market in 2022, High Fliers Research).
Gold rating for outstanding teaching and learning in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017-2020).
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Intake Dates

Oct 2023 intake


1st Oct 2023 to 30th Sep 2024


Direct Entry:
Now till 04 August 2023 (International applicants)
Now till 16th September 2023 (Local applicants)

Date & period is subject to change by the University.

The programme is designed to be completed in a year.

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period. 



  • Comprises six taught modules (120 credits) and a written dissertation (60 credits). 
  • Fully taught by Birmingham academics from the UK home campus to ensure equivalent academic inputs to the Singapore programme.
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 66 KB)
  • Average teacher-participant ratio is 1:50. 
  • Exemptions: Nil  
  • Minimum class size to commence: 25 students  
  • If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.

Taught Modules

  • Delivered on a block teaching basis through classroom learning. 
  • A 20-credit module is equivalent to two weeks of intensive weekday lectures. One to two modules are expected to be delivered monthly.  
  • Class duration: Typically 6 hours per day on SIM campus with each lesson about 3 hours. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required. 
  • Face-to-face Delivery: Generally held on SIM campus unless otherwise stated. 


  • There will be workshops, consultation sessions and assigned supervisors to guide students on dissertation.

Assessment & Attendence

  • Attendance requirement – 100%
  • Typically, students will need to complete each module’s assessments and/or exams before progressing to the next module.
  • Assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.

Taught Modules

  • Taught modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework*, or a combination of both. They are normally scheduled one to two weeks after a module’s completion. Exams will be held on SIM campus unless otherwise stated.
  • Re-assessment will be advised by the University for participants who did not fulfil the passing requirement of any taught modules.


  • Students will need to complete a 16,000 – 20,000 word dissertation for submission. The submission period is normally in August/September.

* Coursework can take a variety of forms including individual and group assignments, presentations, class tests etc.

Requirements to Graduate

  • Obtain a total of 180 credits to attain the Master of Science Financial Management awarded by the University of Birmingham.  
  • A degree congregation presided by University of Birmingham is annually held in November on SIM campus. Alternatively, graduates may choose to attend the ceremony in July or December in the UK.
  • The awarded degree and degree certificate, is the same as that awarded in the UK. 


A 20-credit module is equivalent to 60 contact hours.

  • Corporate Financial Management* (20 credits)
  • Financial Modelling Techniques (20 credits)
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation* (20 credits)
  • Ethics, Governance and Regulation in Treasury* (20 credits)
  • International Treasury Management* (20 credits)
  • Risk Analysis and Management* (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

View list of modules and descriptions (including Dissertation) (PDF 605 KB)


* Covers more than 80% of the syllabus for relevant UK ACT examination(s). Find out more from the UK ACT website

The modules listed here and on the University’s website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.


Admission Criteria

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the Programme Director. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme.

Accepted Entry Qualifications

Designed for bachelor’s degree holders with mathematical experience and the aspiration to work in the financial sector. 

  • Bachelor’s degree (Upper 2nd Class Honours or equivalent); and 
  • Pass grade in GCE ‘A’ Level Mathematics (or equivalent). 
  • All other qualifications will be assessed on individual merits 

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band; or 
  • TOEFL: 88 (where L = 20, R=21, S=22, W=21); or 
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 59; or 
  • A minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE 'O' Level; or
  • Successful completion of a SIM Pre-Sessional English Course; or  
  • Equivalent

Pre-sessional English Course (if applicable)

Developed and awarded by SIM, Singapore.

Part Two Only

Applicants who have not reached the required IELTS English Language proficiency level or equivalent shall have to complete and pass a Pre-Sessional English Course before progressing to any of the MSc programmes.

Part Two Structure

  • Duration & Intake: Full-time, 8 weeks commencing in July 2023
  • Admission Requirement: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • To attain Language Proficiency of: IELTS 6.5

View module synopses


  • Mode of delivery: Face-to-face on-campus unless otherwise stated
  • Class duration: Typically 6 hours on weekdays. Some lessons may also take place on Saturdays if required.
  • Assessments: Continuous assessments include in-class tests, individual / group assignments, online quizzes etc. There are no re-assessments.
  • Average teacher-student ratio – 1:30
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 66 KB)
  • Minimum class size to commence – 25
    If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed at least 1 week before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.
  • Attendance requirement:
    • Local students – at least 75% rate
    • International students – at last 90% rate


A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successful passing of Part Two of the Preparatory Course. There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the course within the course duration.

Other Requirements

These are to be submitted with the application: 

  • Two satisfactory references of which one must be academic-related; and 
  • A letter of academic interest and your objectives in undertaking postgraduate study. 

Fees and Financial Aid

All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST and payable before course/term commencement (exclude textbooks). Valid for 2022 intake and assumes that students complete the programme in one year. 

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.


Programme Fees 

Pre-sessional English Course* (if applicable)

  • Part  Two & Three: S$4,968.00
  • Part Two: S$2,484.00
*Fees are inclusive of 8% GST and are payable in full before course commencement. Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% on 1 Jan 2024. Fees do not include textbooks. 


Master’s Programme (Fees are valid for intake in 2023)*

Local Students

  • Per 20 credits: S$5,875.20
  • Total: S$35,251.20

International Students

  • Per 20 credits: S$6,177.60
  • Total: S$37,065.60

*Fees are inclusive of 8% GST and are payable in instalments based on the number of taught module credits undertaken in a term. Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% on 1 Jan 2024. Fees are payable before term commencement and do not include textbooks

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University of Birmingham Scholarships of S$1,000 are currently available for masters' applicants achieving a 2.1 or above in their first degree.

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Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

International Student Induction Fee

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, this is payable with the programme fee’s first instalment.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants:

International applicants:
S$486.00 (not inclusive of all fees related to Student’s Pass application)