Taught course

Business Finance

Brunel University London · Department of Economics and Finance
MScMSc Business Finance (with Professional Practice)

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a UK 1st or 2.1 in Business, Economics, Finance, Banking or Investment areas. Applicants with a minimum 2.1 in Management with a background in Economics or Maths (eg an A-level in Economics, Finance, Maths, statistics, or 40 credits or above in Economics, Maths or statistics at university) will also be considered. Applicants with ACA and ACCA qualifications will be considered. Applicants with a high 2.2 in Economics and exceptional applications including highly relevant personal statements and strong academic references may be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Business Finance is designed to enhance students' understanding of the operation of the firm, with a special focus on the financing decisions it must make. This requires an evaluation of the firm’s relationship to financial markets. It also requires an understanding of the theory and practice underlying corporate finance and investment decisions. By studying the operation and design of corporate financial systems, and analysing business financing and investment decisions, this Masters programme should enable students to find a role within the finance department of large firms or in government bodies, as well as provide them with tools to help organise smaller businesses.

Business Finance MSc is offered in a choice of two routes:

  • MSc in Business Finance OR
  • MSc in Business Finance (with Professional Practice)

Available to full-time students, the MSc in Business Finance (with Professional Practice) incorporates a work placement component at a company or a consultancy for 12-15 weeks. The unique feature of the work placement distinguishes the programme from other Masters in the country.

Students' placements take place from May to September. Placement employers cover all student expenses and some provide a salary. A Professional Placement can significantly improve your job prospects, giving you the opportunity to work on real-world projects, apply what you learn in class and network with industry professionals. It is an integral part of the course and students will receive support from the academic staff and the Professional Development Centre while on placement.

The objective of the Business Finance MSc is to produce graduates with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of business finance and company valuation within the context of modern financial markets, without necessarily requiring a high level of mathematical or statistical knowledge as a prerequisite. The key transferable research skills acquired will enable students to proceed to PhD study. In addition, the programme will equip students with the key skills required to undertake further professional development and seek career opportunities within financial management.

The course aims to provide a rigorous treatment of the theory of corporate finance as well as to provide students with the econometric and mathematical techniques necessary to understand the literature and undertake empirical investigations in the area of finance.

Typical core moduels (subject to change) include:

  • Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods for Business Finance.
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Business Economics
  • Company Valuation
  • Business Finance
  • Business Finance Workshop
  • Dissertation

Through a selection of elective modules, this postgraduate programme is designed to offer you the opportunity to obtain more specialised knowledge through options such as:

  • Financial Reporting in Capital Markets OR International Finance
  • International Accounting Standards and Policy OR Investment Valuation Models

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT 65% (min 60% in all areas).

Fees and funding

UK students
£13,500 full-time (additional £1,000 for Professional Practice option); £6,750 part-time
International students
£17,200 full-time (additional £1,000 for Professional Practice option); £8,600 part-time

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
30 months

MSc Business Finance (with Professional Practice)

full time
16 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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