Taught course

Finance and Investment

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

Entry requirements

A UK First or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent internationally recognised qualification) in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Mathematics, Engineering, scientific subjects with some study of Corporate Finance, International Finance & Securities. Applicants with a minimum 2.1 in Business subjects should demonstrate some exposure to Corporate Finance/Financial Engineering/Securities Analysis and Mathematics/Statistics/operations research. Applicants with relevant professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with a 2.2 degree in the specified subject areas that have high grades in the core subjects e.g. maths/stats/econometrics/finance will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with a 2.1 degree not in the specified subject area but with a statistical background or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

This Finance and Investment Masters programme is a specialised postgraduate degree course focusing on security/portfolio investment decision making. As such, it is structured around the syllabus of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute. The emphasis of this postgraduate course is on issues related to investment in capital markets, such as investment strategies, the evaluation of investment performance, and the use of financial statement information in evaluating company performance.

The MSc in Finance and Investment at Brunel provides a systematic understanding of the techniques of modelling financial decisions, the valuation of investments and pricing securities using data from a range of different markets.

Finance and Investment MSc is offered in a choice of two routes:

  • MSc in Finance and Investment OR
  • MSc in Finance and Investment (with Professional Practice)

The MSc in Finance and Investment (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.

This postgraduate degree will allow students whose career choices are likely to lie with financial institutions or in financial management to develop the relevant analytical tools and techniques necessary for such a career. The Finance and Investment MSc should also be of interest to applicants who are already practitioners in the financial field. The aim of this course is to produce graduates with an advanced knowledge and understanding of corporate finance, financial markets, financial institutions and securities.

Typical modules, all compulsory, (subject to change) include:

  • Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Financial Theory
  • Financial Analysis OR Business Finance Workshop
  • Security Analysis and Funds Management
  • Modelling Financial Markets and Forecasting
  • Macro and Financial Econometrics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Derivative Securities
  • Risk Management

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)
International students
£17,200 full-time (additional £1,000 for Professional Practice option)

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

MSc (with Professional Practice)

full time
16 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599