- 2–5 years
Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)
MSc Public Financial Management (2019 entry)
- Teaching and Learning
- Fees and funding
Start of programme: November / February / April / July
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
This programme will provide you with skills and knowledge in the field of public finance. It ranges across all applications, whether in budgeting, revenue policy, financial reporting and audit, compliance or where financial matters take a central position in policy, such as in public-private partnerships or fiscal decentralisation.
Find out more
To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc Public Financial Management section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
Understanding Public Financial Management: How is Your Money Spent?
You will study six modules: three core modules and three elective modules selected from the lists below.
If you wish to complete the Dissertation you must study Research Methods.
- Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets
- Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance
- Public Financial Management: Revenue
- Financial Reporting (IFRS)
Financial Reporting (IPSAS)
- Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises
- Decentralisation and Local Governance
- Management Accounting
- Privatisation and Public-Private Partnerships
- Project Appraisal
- Public Financial Management Audit and Compliance
- Public Policy and Management: Development Assistance
- Regulation of International Capital Markets
- Research Methods
- The IMF and Economic Policy
Find out more
To find out more about this programme including module details, please visit the MSc Public Financial Management section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching & Learning
The MSc is made up of six modules. Each module is studied in one for four 10-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
Fees and funding
Pay as you Learn
Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.
If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. Click here to learn more.
Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.
Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:
- United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
- Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
- European Union
- British Council
- UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Educational and other charitable trusts
This degree is suitable for people working in central Financial Ministries, or in financial management roles in line Ministries, sub-national governments or financial scrutiny functions in Parliaments or Supreme Audit Institutions. It will also be valuable for people working in consultancy and advisory functions, and in international financial institutions.
A Student's Perspective
The distance learning mode is a very efficient way to study, especially for someone like me who had a full-time job and a family to look after.
How to Apply
To make an application, please complete our online application form. For more information about the application procedure and deadlines, and the supporting documentation required, please visit the admissions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
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Got a question?
If you still have questions about this programme or studying at SOAS get in touch.
CeFiMS distance learning applications should be made through our online application form.