Entry requirements

This degree is designed for graduates who are new to data analytics. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

As this degree is heavily quantitative in nature, some prior experience in quantitative skills would also be beneficial. For applicants with a lower level of experience in statistics, a short introductory course on statistics will be provided.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

The financial world’s demand for innovation and new technologies has always been intense. Today, as international markets become even more complex, the need for specialists who understand advanced systems and sophisticated financial instruments has never been greater.

Our MSc Finance and Data Analytics is designed for graduates who are keen to gain specialisation in data analytics with core knowledge in finance. This Master’s degree offers you a blend of technical, quantitative modules in data analytics, alongside accounting and finance modules that will develop your ability to apply data analytics and technology to related practices and real-world examples.

In order to enhance your skills and in-depth knowledge, this finance and data analytics course offers you practical sessions on data analytics, simulation and other statistical data analysis exercises using:

  • available datasets and established analytical tools
  • valuation techniques
  • financial modelling with industry or finance world applications.

On successful completion of this course, you will have gained the ability to analyse complex data and use this to make effective business decisions.


  • You will join a diverse range of students on this course, of different ages and academic, social and cultural backgrounds to build a stimulating and supportive learning environment together with your tutors.
  • The Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management.
  • Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals. We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
  • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
  • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available, as well as the Birkbeck Library and e-Library.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Advice Service
+44 (0)20 3907 0700