International Financial Management for the Creative Industries MSc

UCA Epsom - 2021

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Length of study:

One year full-time


UCA Epsom

Entry requirements:

Honours degree and/or relevant work experience

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Course entry options:

September 2021

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Course overview

Our MSc International Financial Management for the Creative Industries is a specialist postgraduate degree designed for those wishing to pursue a career within the financial realms of the creative industries. If you’re an entrepreneur looking to set up your own business, brand or label, this course will enhance your skills and prepare you for a career in the highly valued creative sector. 

On this one-year master’s course you will study management and finance topics ranging from Foreign Exchange Rates, Corporate Reporting and Central Banks, whilst also learning associated skills in both strategy and project management. The majority of the course is practice-based, ensuring that you’re well positioned to achieve your career aspirations.

Every course within our Business School portfolio is taught with a global perspective, giving graduates the skillset required to pursue a creative business career anywhere in the world. Our teaching programmes are all project based, combining knowledge from both business and the creative industries in order to produce well-rounded, highly employable graduates with a highly-regarded qualification.

The UK’s creative industries are valued at over £84 billon pounds per year and management of financial performance is crucial to the success of both small and large enterprises. Our MSc International Financial Management for the Creative Industries degree will help you to ensure you have the business training you need to complement your creative talent.

Studying at our Business School for the Creative Industries in Epsom, you will develop your awareness and understanding of financial management in international business. You will learn about financial processes and their impact on business performance, the ethics of financial management, and how to produce accurate documentation. You will also interpret and apply theory to real-life case studies as well as gain an understanding of international law applicable to the creative sector.

Supported by our professional teaching staff and working alongside other practitioners, you will define and develop your own individual project related to your professional area of interest, ensuring that you graduate from the course with the financial management skills and business acumen to achieve your career aspirations.

Course details

  • Term 1

    International Financial Corporate Management
    This unit is to help you develop a deep level understanding of the main financial objectives of the firm and the constrains from an organisation that might impact on that objective. You will also be able to analyse the modern principles of corporate finance and explore their validity. You will distinguish between the various sources of finance, examining their advantages and disadvantages and assess the capital structure of a firm.

    Global Business Management
    This unit provides an intellectual and experiential forum for developing the inter-personalintercultural communication and interact skills necessary for international managers. This unit examines the task of management in today's international and global business environment.

    International Finance, Accounting and Reporting
    The aim of this unit is to further develop your knowledge and understanding of management accounting techniques and to support management in your planning, controlling and decision making both within industry and within the service sector.

  • Term 2

    Project Management
    This unit provides you with greater understanding of analytical skills for solving problems in project management, to learn mathematical models which aid in decision making process and to develop critical thinking and knowledge in project management’s theory and practices. This unit guides you through many of the fundamental project management tools and behavioural skills required in profit and non-profit organisations.

    Money and Banking
    The unit examines the impact of today’s changing, competitive environment on commercial banks and banking services, as well as the entire financial services industry. You will acquire a broad knowledge of the institutional details of the commercial banking industry, the risks faced by financial institutions, and the tools with which banks manage myriad risks.

  • Term 3

    Research Practice
    The unit is designed to enable you to become confident using creative research techniques and methods. It will enable you to conduct and write up research at postgraduate level. It addresses the elements that make up formal research including research proposal, a variety of research methodologies, action planning, carrying out research itself and presenting your findings.

    Final Creative Industries Project
    Building on your Project management knowledge from previous units, you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply academic and practical knowledge at a strategic level, often valued by business consultancy organisations and employers. This is a negotiated project, which can evolve from your previous experience working as a business practitioner in the creative industries, or can be delivered as a business start- up project or a consultancy project.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

    • UK students full-time - £10,400
    • International and EU students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
    • International and EU students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

  • Fee discounts and scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Business School

The first of its kind in the UK, our new Business School for the Creative Industries builds on our long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.


The MA courses at UCA Epsom share a baseroom with networked computer facilities and you also have access to our extensive range of campus facilities, including: print studios with extensive screen printing facilities, photography studios, 3D workshops, media store for borrowing film and photography equipment. There is also a modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

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When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline


  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

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