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MSc Financial Management – CIMA Fast Track Route

If you are an international student who is a CIMA-passed finalists or qualified accountant, this course allows you to convert your CIMA qualifications to a UK master's degree in under one year. Learn how to help organisations compete more successfully through better strategy and financial management, in the UK or internationally. This course has a real-world focus whilst developing your critical capacity which is ever more important for those aspiring for the hierarchies of management and your studies benefit from strong links to professional bodies such as the ACCA and CIMA.

Course length 9 Months
Location City Campus

Course description

We designed this course for international students who are CIMA passed finalists or qualified accountants. It is a fast track route that enables you to convert your CIMA qualification to a UK masters degree in nine months.

Strategic financial management integrates the financial management function into business strategy and every other part of an organisations operation.

Applying strategic financial management knowledge and skills improves an organisations effectiveness and efficiency. In today’s highly competitive business environment, both private and government organisations are increasingly putting more emphasis in this area to achieve their objectives.

The course emphasises business awareness, proactive and logical thinking, research and critical analysis to help managers make sound strategic financial decisions on a global scale.

A distinctive course feature is its focus on present-day national and global developments in business strategy, management, accounting and finance.

By studying updated literature, worldwide events, case studies and companies’ financial accounts, you learn how real organisations operate and the strategies and decisions they implement.

You complete in-depth research into various industries when producing presentations, coursework, assessments and dissertations. This real world focus provides immediate value to your present or potential employers.

Helping an organisation compete more successfully through better strategy and financial management can be a rewarding career, in the UK or internationally.

The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

You must be a CIMA passed finalist or a qualified accountant. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English qualification.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – nine months

Starts January

Typical modules may include

Core modules

Methods of enquiry
This module enables you to acquire analytical and technical research and consultancy skills. You develop knowledge and a reflective understanding of methodological and philosophical issues in research and consultancy with specific reference to finance.

Research methods
This module develops your abilities to critically evaluate and appraise published research and develop your own research skills. It provides the key steps in developing your understanding of the nature of the postgraduate dissertation and approaches to undertaking one. On completion of the module you will be able to formulate and undertake your own research project.

The dissertation provides an invaluable opportunity for you to undertake a major research -based project on a topic relevant to your future career development or your academic interest in a subject. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained on your masters course and develop research skills.


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Financial analysis
This module develops your abilities to acquire and understand financial reports of public companies, relate the information provided by companies to information obtained from other sources. It develops your knowledge on the contestability of financial statements, the role of standard setters in reducing this and the information that drives company share prices.

Advanced portfolio management
This module develops your abilities to analyse, discuss and evaluate different approaches to risk measurement, risk modelling and risk management. It develops your knowledge on how to analyse, discuss and evaluate differing approaches to asset management and fund management. At the end of the module you should be able to synthesise the knowledge of investment and risk theories, and product knowledge to build sophisticated investment portfolios.

  • assignments
  • examinations
  • dissertation


Organisations can only sustain and develop their competitiveness by acquiring and effectively using resources.

Successfully completing this course, equips you with financial management knowledge and skills sought by organisations worldwide.

The range of career opportunities includes • finance manager • financial controller • business strategist • financial analyst • strategic accountant • consultant • strategy or financial journalist • researcher • educator.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £3,550 for the course

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £3,600 for the course

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £6,800 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £7,025 for the course (depending on local currency rates)

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

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