MSc

Finance

Key Facts

Course Code N300
  • Qualification

    MSC

  • Typical Course Length

    1 Year

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The MSc in Finance provides a broad range of specialised theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that will underpin a future career in the financial sector. You will study financial markets, investments, corporate finance, and financial econometrics; and there are options in portfolio management, and banking and capital markets.

Overview

By studying the MSc in Finance you will gain a thorough understanding of international financial markets, financial institutions, and financial instruments. You will study equity instruments, bonds and other fixed-income instruments, derivatives, and risk management. In corporate finance, you will build an in-depth understanding of the financing options available to companies and their tax implications, the choice of a company’s capital structure, evaluation of the company’s cost of capital and its relevance to investment decisions, measurement and evaluation of financial performance, and dividend policy.

To underpin your study of financial instruments and financial markets, you will be encouraged to develop an independent capability to design and estimate appropriate models for the analysis of financial data. The programme also includes advanced coverage of econometric methods and practices that are used to model financial data, with an emphasis on the design, estimation and evaluation of appropriate econometric models using econometrics software.

Course Details

Duration:

One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June; June to September.

Assessment:

Assessment takes the form of; research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student will complete a MSc dissertation worth 60 credits, which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester. 

Entry Requirements:

A good Honours Degree (or its equivalent) plus satisfactory references from your University. Previous experience in a relevant subject is necessary.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must obtain IELTS 6.0, or equivalent in a University-recognised alternative qualification or test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.

Funding:

Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
International Financial Markets and Investments ABM1220 20
Advanced Corporate Finance ABM1320 20
Financial Research Methods ABM1420 20
Banking and Financial Intermediation ABM1520 20
Portfolio Analysis and Management ABM1620 20
Financial Econometrics ABM1720 20
Dissertation ABM1960 60

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Potential careers:

  • Financial strategy;
  • Actuarial profession;
  • Corporate banking;
  • Tax;
  • Investment analysis;
  • Financial trading;
  • Retail banking.
Transferable skills:
  • Understanding organisational behaviour and structure;
  • Improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data;
  • Deep understanding of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes;
  • The ability to communicate clearly written and spoken;
  • Effective problem solving;
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills;
  • Decision-making;
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Time-management and organisational skills;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance.

Learning & Teaching

You will be taught by expert academic staff across lectures, tutorials and seminars. In addition to individual essays and written exams in some modules, students are assessed on other activities that require report-writing, presentation and research skills.

Semester One: 

  • International Financial Markets and Investments
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Research Methods

Semester Two:

  • Banking and Financial Intermediation
  • Portfolio Analysis and Management
  • Financial Econometrics

A final dissertation will also need to be submitted for completion.

A large component of the taught programme (80 credits out of 120) is shared with the MSc International Finance.