MSc Financial Services Management

Our part time MSc Financial Services Management has been created for those who wish to commence or develop their career in the Financial Services sector.

The course aims to provide you with the skills and attributes needed to become a fully rounded financial services sector professional. It will help to prepare you to work in a wide variety of roles in areas such as marketing, project management, finance, risk, compliance and transformation/change.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of models, techniques, theories and advanced trending practices pertinent to the financial services sector and the skills to critically evaluate and apply them in the workplace to create value.

This course is subject to validation.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

Course structure and content is pending final Faculty approval for 2021/22
Year 1
This core year will provide an introduction to the diverse financial services sector and develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to the workplace. The Applied Research Methods module will introduce the critical analysis and evaluation skills needed at masters’ level and help prepare you for the written coursework as well as the research project that will be undertaken in year 2.
Modules for year 1:

  • Introduction to Financial Services & Risk Environment - 20 credits
  • Applied Research Methods for Financial Services - 10 credits
  • Customer Insight in the Financial Services Sector - 20 credits
  • Financial Services Project Approaches - 10 credits
  • Leadership & Influencing - 10 credits

Students will have the opportunity to gain an externally accredited project management qualification for an additional fee. They will be able to choose between:

  • The APMG International AgilePM Foundation which is the first step to gaining the AgilePM Practitioner Certificate
  • The (APM) Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) which is the first step to becoming a Chartered Project Professional.

Year 2
This year will provide opportunities to demonstrate your ability to make effective leadership decisions through the synoptic case study exam for Strategic Business Analysis and to showcase an in-depth understanding of a practical issue relevant to the workplace through the Financial Services Research Project.
Modules for year 2:

  • Advanced Technologies for Financial Services - 20 credits
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurial Skills in FS - 10 credits
  • Strategic Business Analysis - 20 credits
  • Financial Services Research Project - 60 credits

Students will have the opportunity to gain an ILM Level 7 award for an additional fee.


Taught sessions will generally be delivered on one half day per week at the Cardiff Campus. Some modules may be taught in a block and these will have additional sessions on another day.
There will be 20 hours of taught input for each 10 credit module and 40 hours of taught input for each 20 credit modules.
Guest lectures will feature throughout the programme.


You will be assessed via a range of methods including written coursework (e.g. professional reports, white papers), presentations, objective test questions and a synoptic case study exam. Coursework 93%/Exam 7%

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree from a UK university, or recognised EU equivalent qualification.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

This programme prepares you to work in the financial services sector. This includes diverse areas such as banking, insurance, mortgage lending, leasing, car finance and investment management. FinTech, RegTech, InsurTech and WealthTech are some of the terms linked to the rapidly evolving technical solutions being deployed within the sector.
Graduates have been employed within financial services sector employers in roles such as:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • HR
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Commercial Lending
  • Fund Management/Analysis
  • Finance Analyst
  • Business Intelligence
  • Project Management
  • Continuous Improvement

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.