You must take four compulsory modules for the MSc.
- Corporate Finance: investigates the relationship between corporate liabilities and corporate actions.
- Financial Econometrics: the theory and practice of financial econometrics.
- International Finance: key issues in international finance including analysing models of exchange rate determination.
- Investment Analysis: investment value analysis, risk and return.
In your second semester, you will have the opportunity to choose two modules from a selection of topics. The assessment patterns for individual optional modules may vary from the details given above.
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered:
- Behavioural Finance: examines the effects of behavioural biases in financial markets.
- Corporate Governance and Risk: covers three key components: corporate governance, risk management, and financial management.
- Experimental Economics and Finance: focuses on the methodology of experimental economics and the dialogue between theoretical and laboratory-based empirical work.
- Portfolio Theory and Management: studies key issues in asset allocation, and portfolio composition and management at an advanced level.
- Risk Management: teaches standard techniques in risk and insurance problems.
The topics, and therefore module titles, vary year on year as they reflect staff research interests. Optional modules require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final element of the MSc is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should be on an area of finance that you are interested in, chosen in discussion with your supervisor who will support you through the process.
You will receive training in Semester 1 in framing a hypothesis, conducting bibliographic research, writing a literature survey, and structuring a dissertation.