SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

MSc Public Financial Management

On-Campus Programme

duration:
One calendar year (full-time) Two or Three calendar years (part-time)

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£11,855
Overseas fees:
£19,845

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 4 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme provides students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public financial management, and with the development of capabilities and skills to apply theoretical and domain knowledge to problems encountered in the financial management of public sector organisations. It is aimed at students who wish to pursue a rigorous, scientifically based course of study in the theories underpinning how public finances are managed; how public managers make sound financial decisions; what kind of techniques and tools are used in the financial management of public sector organisations; and how the financial management of public sector organisations is reported to the public.

Graduates will have a solid understanding of public financial management that should place them in a good position to pursue a career, or advance their career, in the civil service, local government, NGOs, and super-national organisations.

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Structure

Students must take 180 credits.  These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation. The MSc Public Financial Management has three components:

  1. Five core modules
  2. Three option modules
  3. dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic

The 10,000 word dissertation is worth 33% of your final mark.  During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and be allocated an academic supervisor.  Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance.  The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline. 

Not all option modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor.  Also not when selecting modules that these should be chosen in pairs, one in term 1 and one in term 2.

Part-time Study

Part-time students over two years usually complete their core modules in the 1st year and their options in the 2nd year with their dissertation.

Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance 15PFMC090 15 Term 2
Public Financial Management: Revenue 15PFMC092 15 Term 1
Public Financial Management: Financial Reporting (IPSAS) 15PFMC091 15 Term 2
Public Financial Management: Audit and Compliance 15PFMC093
Research methods in management 15PFMC062 15 Term 2
Elective Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Managing Organisational Change 15PFMC089 15 Term 2
Macroeconomic Policy and Financial markets 15PFMC087 15 Term 1
Managerial Accounting 15PFMC088 - Not Running 2017/18
Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and Issues 15PFMC094 15 Term 1
Public Policy and Strategy 15PFMC095 15 Term 1
International human resource management 15PFMC078 15 Term 1
Dissertation

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 4 tuition fee.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
11,855 19,845 £5,928 £9,923 £3,952 £6,615
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Building on the distance learning version of the programme, the Department of Financial and Management Studies (DeFiMS) maintains close links with employers in both the United Kingdom and abroad. We expect that many of our graduates will be employed as civil servants in central government administrations, governmental agencies, local governments, NGOs, super-national organisations, and consulting firms.

A Student's Perspective

Part of the reason I chose SOAS over others is because it offered the Islamic Banking and Finance elective module. This is a one-of-a-kind class and an interesting subject that only SOAS offers. My hope is that the knowledge attained in this class will make me more suited for international corporate jobs that deal with the states that are a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Tariq Islam

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