Finance and Management (MSc) 2021 entry
The Masters in Finance and Management (MSc) helps students develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of the financial context of managing business organisations and equips them to take an effective role within those organisations. The MSc Banking and Finance Programme is accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute. Successful completion of this programme provides an accelerated pathway to Chartered Banker Status.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 September 2022
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year (12 months) full time
- A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in business, economics, finance or a related subject from the UK or the equivalent international qualification. The University also considers applicants who have majored in another subject but have a business or finance minor. Applicants with business experience are welcome, and work experience may be taken into account in the evaluation of applications.
- 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.
Admission to this programme will close once the programme is full. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes and to ensure their application is submitted before the programme is full.
- personal statement explaining why you have chosen the programme, why this subject is important to you and why you have applied to study at the University of St Andrews in particular (500 words)
- one original signed academic reference
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
A sample of academic writing is not required for this programme.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
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Typically, each module consists of three to five contact hours per week including lectures, seminars and tutorials. Assessment is either entirely by coursework or through a combination of coursework (50%) and a two-hour end-of-semester examination (50%).
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2020–2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.
- Corporate Financial Management: provides an introduction to modern theories of financial management and shows how to apply the theory to realistic financial decision problems.
- Applied Financial Econometrics: provides students with an understanding of issues involved in the design of research projects within a finance and management discipline.
- Advanced Corporate Finance: focuses on empirical and theoretical issues that arise in modern corporate finance.
- Investments and Portfolio Management: provides comprehensive instruction on topics in investment finance, combining investment markets instruction with portfolio management.
Students choose two optional modules, taking one in each semester.
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
- Alternative Investment
- Creative Marketing Communications
- Entrepreneurship and Business Development
- Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity
- Ethics, Organisations and Management
- International Financial Management
- International Marketing
- Leadership in Organisations
- Managerial Decision-making
- Managing Natural Resources
- Managing People in Global Markets
- Marketing and Society
- Managing Non-governmental Organisations
- Risk Management
- Scenario Thinking and Strategy
- Financial Systems (this module is required for the accelerated route to Chartered Banker Status.)
Optional modules are subject to change each year and 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).
Students attend lectures throughout Semesters 1 and 2 to prepare them for conducting the research portion of the dissertation. The dissertation is normally on a specific area of Finance and Management, however at the School of Management, you will have the freedom to develop a topic of your own, which is of interest to you and will contribute towards career development or further study goals.
Students are assigned a supervisor based on a research proposal submitted in the second semester. They will then research and write a 15,000-word dissertation over the summer to be submitted on a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for their Masters degree (MSc), there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of a MSc.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.