Finance (MSc) 2020 entry
The MSc in Finance trains students in advanced analytical abilities and technical skills in empirical finance and modelling. Students acquire an in-depth understanding of the financial markets and institutions both in the UK and abroad, preparing them for a professional career in the financial industry.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- A strong 2.1 Honours degree from a recognised UK university in disciplines that include intermediate or advanced knowledge of economics, finance and statistics. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £11,420
Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé
- either a detailed personal statement including a list of current modules being undertaken (1,000 words) or a sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
- two academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
Each compulsory module typically comprises:
- 20 lecture contact hours
- 5 or 10 contact hours for seminars, workshops and tutorials
- intensive independent study
For more details about each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue, which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
You must take four compulsory modules for the MSc.
- Corporate Finance: investigates the problem of how a collection of corporate liabilities are affected in value by 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: basic concepts of investment value analysis.
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: exposes students to the methodology of experimental economics.
- Portfolio Theory and Management: key issues in asset allocation and portfolio composition and management at an advanced level.
- Risk Management: standard techniques in risk and insurance.
The topics, and therefore module titles, vary year on year as they reflect staff research interests; in addition, optional modules require a minimum number of participants to be offered (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 a topic relevant and appropriate to the MSc 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.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.