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MSc Finance

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The MSc in Finance is a specialist degree focusing on financial issues in all industry sectors. This degree provides a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of finance, a broad experience of quantitative techniques and technical and conceptual skills, coupled with a strongly vocational approach. It is designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers in multinational financial organisations.

Unique features of the MSc in Finance are:

  • This degree provides the opportunity to follow the CFA specialist pathway alongside the MSc and acquire the skills to complete the CFA Level 1 examination. The CFA professional qualification has a strong foundation of real world investment analysis and portfolio management skills along with practical knowledge of the investment industry.  Is it required by major employers in the financial sector.
  • General training in all the key aspects of finance ranging from financial statements to derivatives pricing.
  • A rigorous analytical approach which makes the programme the most highly regarded of our finance programmes amongst prospective employers.
  • Part of the CFA university recognition programme and has a limited number of CFA scholarships available. These scholarships are allocated amongst students already on the programme and fund them through CFA exams.


The MSc in Finance is currently available for one year full-time study.

You will take five compulsory modules in the first semester and two compulsory modules, plus three electives in the second semester.

The pre-semester modules in maths and statistics take place in September. They are especially designed for students who want to review concepts such as statistical distributions and matrix algebra.

Pre-sessional modules

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
Semester ASemester BPost-Semester B
InvestmentsAdvanced Asset Pricing and Modelling7,000 word dissertation
Corporate FinanceElective 
Econometrics for FinanceElective 
EviewsData Analysis 

Elective modules

  • Financial Derivatives
  • International Finance
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Risk Management for Banking
  • Asset Management
  • Applied Risk Management for Banking
  • Banking Regulations
  • Cases in Business Finance
  • Topics in Applied Finance
  • Topics in Financial Econometrics
  • Bond Market Strategies
  • Alternative Investments
  • Valuation and Private Equity
  • Credit Rating
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Islamic Finance in Practice
  • Strategic Asset Allocation
  • Portfolio Construction Theory
  • Advanced Behavioural Finance
  • Hedge Funds, Venture Capital and LBO’s

More information about the elective modules can be found here.

Students will also have the option to take the CFA pathway. The CFA pathway has the exact same structure except that students will complete the CFA Training post-semester B module and complete a 5,000 word dissertation.

In order to reflect the practical and applied side of this programme the School organises a number of extra optional modules that aim to provide further practical training to students, whose subject matter changes from year to year. These modules are taught by City practitioners, who provide an insider’s view on topics of interest to the financial community.

Entry requirements

At least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) or overseas equivalent in a subject with significant quantitative elements.

Subjects likely to contain sufficient quantitative elements (i.e. which have at least three quantitative module) including Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Statistics, Economics and Finance.

Weight will be given to prior relevant work experience.

For our English Language requirements please click here.

Note that all aspects of your application will be taken into consideration and so attaining the criteria above does not guarantee admission.

Fees and contact

Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/2017 are £16,500 (+£1,000 for students taking the CFA pathway) for home and EU students and £19,950 (+£1,000 for students taking the CFA pathway) for international students.

We can offer a large number of generous scholarships against tuition fees for academically outstanding students.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme (PGL)

A new system of postgraduate loans (PGL) for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for the 2016-17 academic year for home and EU students. You must be aged under 60 on 1st August of the year in which you start the course.

Find out more


If you are a prospective student or a current applicant and your query is related to admission, then please email

If you are a current student or your query is non-admissions related, then please email Sarah Riley ( Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8848

For informal academic enquiries, please contact:

Francis Breedon
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8845

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