Editorial Team

The University of Manchester has announced the introduction of a new part-time Master’s programme for eligible working professionals in the Middle East. This is the latest addition to the regional portfolio of part-time Master’s programmes – the University already offers two MBA options, in addition to specialist MSc degrees in Educational Leadership in Practice, and Real Estate. The new programme will start in the Middle East in September 2021 and registration is already open to prospective candidates, with the additional benefit of special launch rates on tuition fees.

The part-time MSc in Financial management is a flexible Master’s degree introducing the more sophisticated tools and techniques that finance practitioners regularly use in their profession. The part-time MSc in Financial Management programme is designed to help students transform their finance and business careers by developing their financial understanding, expertise and skills.

Working students will benefit from the flexibility of an online course, complemented by valuable face-to-face learning through workshops hosted by the Middle East Centre in Dubai. In the current circumstances, if travel restrictions are in place then workshops will be delivered virtually. The workshops provide the opportunity for students to develop their global professional network, discuss experiences with colleagues working across the world in diverse professional environments, and meet the academic team. Working in groups, the students will apply theory to practice through real-life case studies based on contemporary business problems.

Randa Bessiso, Middle East Director at The University of Manchester

For professionals looking to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to progress their careers, this course will equip them with the financial management knowledge and skills sought by organisations worldwide. Candidates do not need to be finance specialists to take this course, although a strong interest in numbers and analytics is important. Students will understand the interplay between well-functioning financial markets and successful companies; how to apply a full range of financial techniques to real-life business situations; search and gather relevant financial information from multiple sources; and how to develop data-based solutions to complex and relevant business challenges, such as analysis of financial strategies, and selecting valuable investment projects.

Amedeo De Cesari, Course Director for the MSc in Financial Management, commented: “Business decision-making has become more complex over recent decades, owing to global, long-term phenomena such as globalisation, international trade and technological innovation. Financial managers need to rise to this challenge and equip themselves with rigorous knowledge and effective skills to make well- informed decisions and understand financial markets. The MSc in Financial Management aims to offer the ideas and skills that today’s managers require, and provides a starting point for a successful career in finance.”

Randa Bessiso, Middle East Director at The University of Manchester, added: “The new part-time MSc in Financial Management helps strengthen our growing regional portfolio of business programmes for working professionals and complements our existing courses. Finance is the language of business and based on our substantial experience in the region, we believe there will be strong demand for this specialist Master’s that also offers all the flexibility and convenience of the blended learning format, which is especially appealing to working professionals in the region.”

Since opening in Dubai in 2006, the Middle East Centre has developed into the largest and fastest-growing centre in the University’s international network of global centres. The University of Manchester was named as the world’s 27th best university in the QS World University Rankings, sixth in the UK, and eighth in Europe. The University was named the most targeted institution by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers for the third year in a row by The Graduate Market in 2020. Manchester was also named the University of the Year for Graduate Employment by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

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