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MBA Finance

15 Months (12 Months accelerated programme) Lincoln Business School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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The MBA Finance provides you with the opportunity to view the financial aspects of business from a global and a strategic perspective. The programme sets business operations into the context of sustainable and responsible futures.

An MBA is a vital component in the skills set of tomorrow’s business professionals. It provides the global perspective, financial knowledge and critical thinking skills required for you to become a senior leader in industry.

The MBA Finance programme provides you with an opportunity to develop the financial expertise and skills relevant to senior management functions within private, public and charity sectors from an international perspective. It is designed to provide a robust and rigorous analysis of management activity in the financial sphere.

It is possible to complete the accelerated programme in one year.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

A range of research topics within the area of Finance are undertaken, reflecting students’ interests and in many cases their country of origin

How You Study

The MBA Finance is a one-year full-time programme. The programme is delivered in three distinct stages. This offers flexibility of entry and exit stages:

  • PG Certificate
  • PG Diploma
  • MBA.

The modules at Certificate and Diploma stage are all 15 M points. In total students will take eight taught modules and one long dissertation.

The modules are so designed to facilitate sequential progression through the stages. Each stage combines both theoretical and practical elements.

The first session with students will combine an induction session with the first taught modules.

How You Are Assessed

Certificate and Diploma stage modules will be assessed by summative assessment of approximately 4,000 words or equivalent. Key to assessment strategy will be the ability to base an assessment from each of the Masters stages on a ‘live’ company project.

Each student will be allocated a dissertation supervisor. The dissertation will also be first and second marked and written feedback will be provided to the participants.

All modules (except for the dissertation) will be assessed by the equivalent of one 4,000 word written assignment.

How To Apply

Online application

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need a good degree from a recognised institution. In addition, it is normally expected that students will have a minimum of two years relevant work experience. However, as our aim is to widen opportunities, we will consider applications from graduates who do not have two years work experience, but whose academic and/or experiential profile indicates that they could undertake the programme and benefit from it.

Students whose first language is not English should also have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Juliana Siwale
+44 (0)1522 835630

+44 (0)1522 835509

Masters Level

Business and Ethical Decision Making

In organisations, a significant amount of time is engaged in decision making and problem solving. With the increasing complexity of organisational dynamics there is a greater demand for original and ethical solutions to complex problems. This module responds to that demand by combining theory with an exploration of real problem scenarios based on student’s own experiences.

From such an exploration, students will gain theoretical and practical insights that will better prepare them to manage decision making processes in current and future organisational settings.

This module is designed to help students develop their decision and problem-solving skills further whilst expanding the conceptual frameworks that students use to think about these situations. Students look at some more unusual approaches to the solving of complex problems and at techniques used outside their own organisation and experience. Throughout the module students will be expected to draw upon their own experiences and relate these to the theories, concepts and methods being presented.

Corporate Finance (Option)

Corporate Finance introduces the constructs of financial management decision making in modern firms and focuses on investment appraisal and the financing of the firm, dividend policy, capital structure and risk. This module is designed to familiarise students with the major theoretical developments and practices in the areas of corporate finance. It aims to encourage students to develop critical thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of diverse practices in areas of capital budgeting, dividend policy, capital structure and risk analysis. Throughout the module students will be expected to draw upon their own experiences and relate these to the theories, concepts and methods being presented.

This module will lay the foundations of corporate finance which are essential to the understanding of finance.

International Finance

International Finance develops the constructs of financial management decision making within the context of multicurrency and multi jurisdictions. It focuses on the strategies and tactics adopted by MNEs to analyse and reduce their risks in multicurrency operations. It aims to encourage students to develop critical thinking about such practises. Throughout the module students will be expected to draw upon their own experiences and relate these to the theories, concepts and methods being presented.

This module builds upon the foundations set out in the Certificate stage, and provides a financial background for other modules at the Diploma stage.

International Marketing Planning

A clear and detailed understanding of International Marketing Planning underpins the whole process of marketing analysis, implementation and control. It is one of the fundamental and most important management functions and philosophies. The module has been designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the strategic planning process, and of the ways in which marketing is capable of contributing to increase the effective performance of an organisation. In doing this, we focus upon the strategic and tactical management of the marketing function, with a particular emphasis being placed upon issues of marketing excellence, learning from best practice, and market-led strategic change.

Managerial Finance

Managerial Finance

Students are introduced to the role of finance and accountancy in profit seeking firms. Key aspects of this module include the study of:

1. Marginal costing
2. Pricing
3. Investment appraisal
4. Cash planning
5. Financial analysis
6. Planning, budgeting and standard costing
7. Multi-currency finance for importers and exporters.

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the role of finance and accountancy in profit seeking firms
2. Calculate and use simple costing and pricing models
3. Evaluate and use investment appraisal methods
4. Carry out simple financial analysis
5. Evaluate the importance of financial plans
6. Evaluate the techniques which importers and exporters may use to avoid or reduce exchange rate risk.

Organisational Analysis

This Module will provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory of organisations and associated human behaviour and managerial practices. Understanding of the ways in which organisations have developed during the twentieth century has been the subject of considerable and often conflicting debate. This Module will critically examine the “traditional” approaches of organisational theory and further consideration will be given to the structure and dynamics of organisations in order to address the problems associated with transfer of managerial practices. Ideologies of the worker and management will also be explored.

Research Design and Dissertation

The module provides students with the opportunity to reflect critically on their studies. The vehicle is the researching and writing of a dissertation, based on a research proposal formulated during the pre-requisite module. The dissertation is the capstone of the Masters learning process, and allows the student to demonstrate mastery in scholarship of a programme related topic that they have selected in consultation with tutors. The stage comprises two integrated elements: the dissertation, proceeded by classes in research design.

Strategies for Responsible Business

The purpose of this module is to reflect and support the changing agenda for senior managers in organisations. Increasingly managers have become over-focused on the problem of combining profitability, efficiency and sustainability; at worst this has directly led, and at best has at least contributed, to the current dire economic situation.

It is evident that to be successful in the future businesses will need to be both viable in a commercial sense and at the same time either demonstrate a responsible attitude towards corporate governance that encompasses a wider community of stakeholders, or be subject to ever more restrictive regulation. Accordingly, to meet this requirement while avoiding strict regulation, there is a need for senior managers and those who aspire to that status to have a longer term and more responsible view of the business enterprise rather than simply aiming for short-term profit maximisation.

This module is therefore designed to augment and to support these objectives by encouraging and enabling students to develop the intellectual and professional acumen needed for the conception and analysis of responsible business strategies; to make appropriate choices between strategic options, and then to follow a strategic trajectory that will deliver results that are commercially robust, ethically sound and socially responsible. Throughout the emphasis will be on the need for strong and sustainable corporate governance concepts to be adduced, espoused and enacted.

Transnational Corporations and Emerging Markets

The purpose of this module is to critically appraise and analyse the major changes within Emerging Markets. These markets offer huge opportunities for growth in the shifting power of the World Economy. The module will then go on to critically evaluate the various emerging markets and their models of development including China, India, BRIC Countries, Africa, South East Asian countries and the markets of Eastern Europe for investment opportunities.. The module will then consider entry strategies for these markets drawing on case country and company evidence. Investment performance of firms will also be considered .Focus will be made on strategies of transnational corporations.

Special Features & Research Highlights

The School commonly hosts visiting guest lecturers, with past talks including Richard Reed from Innocent Drinks as well as more locally based business people.

We performed very well in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) securing the highest ever standard by the Business School.

In addition the National Student Survey rates the Lincoln Business School as one of the highest achievers in student experience and satisfaction. The Accountancy and Finance group came first in the UK.


Key to this programme is the opportunity to study and work with established companies, combining classroom-based learning with work-based assessments. It can act as a vital step in your professional and career development.

Career and Personal Development

Recent graduates have returned to their sponsoring organisations or countries of origin to greatly enhanced career opportunities. Others have started their own businesses or obtained employment with global companies both in the UK and abroad.



As a postgraduate student you may be able to apply for one of our scholarships:

Alumni Scholarships 

Non-Alumni Scholarships 

International Scholarships 


2014/15 Entry* UK/EU  International
Full-time  £13,068 £18,158
Part-time  £73 per credit point £101 per credit point


2015/16 Entry* UK/EU  International
Full-time  £13,460 £18,340
Part-time  £75 per credit point £102 per credit point

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. 

Postgraduate Funding

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.