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Manchester Metropolitan Business School

Financial Planning and Business Management

This part-time programme has been developed to offer thought-leaders in the financial planning sector the opportunity to contribute to the broader development of the profession through study of financial planning concepts, theories and models, and engagement in applied research.

You will work with like-minded individuals and be supported by academic staff, with expertise in the financial planning arena, throughout the research process, culminating in the submission of your dissertation. 

For those holding Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society and/or Fellowship of The Institute of Financial Planning, this course will begin in February 2018.

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced standing 
You have gained Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society and, or Fellowship of The Institute of Financial Planning.

In addition, for both programmes:

  • You have a minimum of four years of relevant management experience.
  • You are engaged in formal continuing professional development (CPD) activities.

Course modules

Units on the programme will cover the following themes:

  • Understanding research philosophies and methodology
  • Critically reviewing the literature
  • Formulating a research design
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Writing a dissertation

Academic and Professional Development (30 credits)

This unit has been designed to help you develop critical thinking, reflective thinking and other study skills, including analysis and research skills to successfully study at Master's level. This unit will prepare the ground for you to move forward into the dissertation stage. The indicative content includes: 

  • Studying at Master's level – critical writing, referencing, and reflection
  • Contemporary issues, worthy of examination in the domain of financial planning
  • Designing and systematically managing business research
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Effectively presenting the outcomes of research.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The Academic and Professional Development unit provides the foundation for this, the final stage of your MSc. Upon successful completion you will have demonstrated ability to:

  • Identify the macro and micro organisational context for your dissertation and the objectives of your research
  • Critically review and synthesize the relevant literature on your chosen subject area in order to construct a conceptual framework to underpin your research
  • Identify the nature of relevant evidence and associated data sources to support achievement of your research objectives
  • Apply an appropriate methodology for collecting and analysing primary data with due regard to ethical considerations
  • Interpret and present data clearly, integrating data from different sources, where applicable, and critically discussing your findings
  • Appraise the implications of your research outcomes to managerial professional practice in response to strategic issues.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assignments that will require you to engage in critical evaluations and reflections upon academic theory and management practice.

You will be required to design a research plan to explore opportunities to develop existing theory, knowledge and understanding in your chosen area. 

Assessments will be both formative and summative in nature, enabling you to reflect upon your progress, as well as providing the basis for appraisal of your achievement at each stage of the programme.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 1,542 (Credit) Home/EU 10 15 Months
MSc Part-time £ 2,584 (Credit) International 10 15 Months

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