Business Finance Innovation MA

MA Leasing & Asset Finance
2 years part-time
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Accelerate your career in this dynamic industry, with an emphasis on creativity, leadership and innovation. Delivered with the Leasing Foundation and aimed at those already working in the sector, the course features real work-based projects to enhance your professional practice.

You’ll develop a contemporary overview of the industry, including the key challenges and drivers for change. By identifying, planning and delivering research-led projects, you’ll drive innovation through the ongoing development of your creativity. The final project is a substantial piece of research and analysis, drawing on your learning from previous study blocks, and can take the form of a dissertation, internal strategy document or consultancy project.

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£4,000 - part-time UK/EU (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.)
£7,500 - part-time international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees.)

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs


How to Apply

Applications for 2019 entry will open in November 2018

Any questions?
Online enquiry form

Entry requirements

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, and encourage you to apply even if you don’t hold conventional higher education entry qualifications.

This process is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Prior learning includes both formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and informal or 'experiential' learning (gained as a result of work experience or self-study).

You’ll need to provide evidence of your formal learning, professional experience and self-directed study, so we can see if it can be recognised as appropriate preparation for entry to a course - or in some cases allow you to claim credits towards a specific qualification.

You'll need to complete an application demonstrating that you’re able to study at the right level for your course, and in the same subject area.

In reviewing your application, we’ll try to assess whether your application is:

  • Authentic - does it reflect your own achievements and efforts?
  • Relevant - does it describe what you’ve learned?
  • Sufficient - have you provided enough evidence of your prior learning?
  • Current - is your learning current and relevant?

Getting help
Just contact us for advice on the APL process and completing your application.

Dr Jeremy Richards
Head of Business Programmes, Falmouth University

Professor Peter Thomas
COO, The Leasing Foundation

Useful information

APEL applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.

Language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

International applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements, or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. Our Admissions team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.

How the course is taught

The time you’ll spend on each module covers completing your assignments, your self-organised learning, online research, talking to other students online, discussions with your supervisor or mentor, and a two-day residential at the University.

Study block 1 will take 30 weeks part-time to complete, with each module taking roughly 200* hours to complete.

Study block 2 will take 30 weeks part-time, including a 200 hour module and a 400-hour* work-based project.

Study block 3 will take 30 weeks part-time, and consists of a single 600-hour work-based project.

What you'll do

Study block 1

By gathering key information, exploring possible changes, future challenges and opportunities, you’ll build an up-to-date understanding and overview of the business finance sector. You’ll explore innovation, strategy and leadership through recent case studies, and plan and deliver a research-led project to do with your organisation.


  • The Business Finance Landscape
  • Leadership, Strategy and Innovation
  • Work-based project, including a two-day residential at the University

Study block 2

You’ll develop your creativity, and help others push theirs. From identifying, to planning, to delivering, you’ll creatively and effectively communicate each stage of a research project. You’ll then produce and discuss conclusions individually and in a group.


  • Creative Business
  • Work-based project, including a two-day residential at the University.

Study block 3

Drawing on what you’ve learnt, you’ll produce a substantial piece of research and analysis in the form of a dissertation, internal strategy document or consultancy project. Typically focusing on your organisation, you’ll address areas like leadership challenges, innovation, organisational design issues and their impact on business finance.

You’ll also complete a two-day residential at the University, where you can share knowledge and insights with your supervisor, mentors and other students.


Your tutors come with real-world experience with organisations like the Ministry of Defense, the Biotechnology & Biological Science Research Council, and Rolls Royce Business Ventures. Their expertise covers areas like the management and commercial exploitation of research and development, technology diversification, and developing e-learning strategies.


  • Project reports and analyses.
  • Analysing relevant, contemporary case studies.
  • Reflective accounts supported by portfolios demonstrating applied learning in the industry.
  • Contributions to group discussions, including peer feedback, debate, and problem solving both online and during the residential sandpits.
  • You’ll also be encouraged to experiment with creative ways of presenting your learning and engaging with your mentors, assessors and peers.

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