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Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management

Please note: This structure is available to students registered on the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management with effect from 1 October 2018 or later.

Current students who registered before this date can find information about their programme here.

Programme summary
Programme Director:Dr Alberto Asquer
Duration:1–5 years
Programme start:November / January / March / May / July

Programme description

Organisations need managers with a thorough understanding of public finance so that they can make financial decisions and design and operate financial systems for collecting, spending and accounting for public expenditure. Depending on which options you choose, this programme will enable you to make decisions about investment projects, when and how to use privatisation and public-private partnerships, and how to manage the financial relationships between national and sub-national governments.

If you have any further questions about the overall programme content and its suitability for you, please email cefimsadmin@soas.ac.uk.

Modules and programme structure

You will study six modules: four core modules, including either C373 or C374, and two elective modules selected from the list below.

Career opportunities

Students of this programme will receive an invaluable preparation for high level appointments in government, public services, international organisations and NGOs. The programme is endorsed by ACCA. If you are already an ACCA member the qualification will be a useful way to improve your expertise to enable you to practise in government finance.

Study schedule

The programme takes a minimum of one year to complete. Each module lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.

Entry requirements

Education and experience

You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in a social science discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.

Language requirements

For all of our modules you are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability. You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed any of the following within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 or above, including a minimum of 7.0 on the written sub-test
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) with an overall score of 67 or above, including a minimum of 67 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening elements
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with an overall score of 185 or above, including a minimum of 185 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening sub-tests
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test.

You are required to have internet access to participate in this programme.