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BSc Management Studies (Financial Management)

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The tools and techniques of financial management are integral to sound planning for any business or organization – new or existing – particularly in forecasting financial needs, managing cash flows and evaluating the fair market value to potential investors. If you are an individual who wishes to pursue a career path in financial management, the BSc Management Studies (Financial Management major) programme is specifically tailored for you.

About the Programme
The BSc Management Studies (Financial Management major) programme seeks to develop a broad knowledge base and key competencies that are required of financial managers functioning in public and private organizations. Graduates of the programme will:

• Interpret and apply the major theories of corporate finance, their relevance and application
• Ascertain the role, operation and function of financial markets and institutions
• Understand the financing arrangements and governance structures of business entities
• Apply tools to interpret financial and statistical data and carry out financial analysis
• Identify standard approaches for making optimal decisions for investment evaluation, business financing, cash management, risk management and financial reporting
• Recognize and appreciate the consequences of business decisions in a globally integrated economy


Who is this programme for?

The BSc Management Studies (Financial Management major) programme targets individuals who are currently working in financial divisions or departments of government ministries; private sector entities of business, industry and commerce; non-governmental organizations; educational institutions; and persons with an interest in the field of study. 


Programme Structure

Duration of Programme
The programme will be offered over 3 years (full-time) and 5 years (part-time).

Award of Degree
In order to be awarded the BSc Management Studies (Financial Management major) degree, students must successfully complete the 90 credits as specified in the programme structure.

Delivery Mode
All courses will be delivered fully online. However, some courses may have face-to-face final examinations.


When will the programme start?

This offering of the programme begins in August 2015.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme. They must satisfy the requirements in either (a), (b), (c) or (d) below:

(a)  Holders with CXC/CSEC and CAPE/GCE A Level qualifications having:

• An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC English A or CAPE Communications Studies; AND 
• An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
• One of the following minimum qualifications:
  •  either five subjects (at least two GCE A Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level; OR
  •  four subjects (at least three GCE A Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level

Note: Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency - Grades I or
II prior to June 1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998  
(b)  Holders of five (5) CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting
(c) Entrants with a Diploma, Certificate or Associate Degree from UWI or an approved Caribbean tertiary level institution
(d) Persons over the age of 21 who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments 


English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.


Academic Preparation

OOL1001 Orientation to Online

IYRS1001 Improving your Reading Skills

IYSS1001 Improving your Study Skills

IYMS1001 Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001 Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)

Course of Study
Level 1 
Mathematics for the Social Sciences II
Principles of Economics
Principles of Management
Introduction to Computers
Introduction to Sociology
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics for Social Sciences I
Cost and Management Accounting
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Foundations for Learning Success
English for Academic Purposes
Level 2 
Risk Analysis and Management
Portfolio Management
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Research Methods for Business- Introduction to Qualitative & Quantitative Methods
Production & Operations Management
Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Quantitative Methods
Financial Management I
Management Information Systems I
Level 3 
Managing Financial Institutions
Advance Portfolio Management
Entrepreneurial Finance
Research Project/Practicum
International Financial Management
Financial Institutions and Markets
Business Strategy and Policy
Financial Management II
Business Communication