Entry requirements

2:1 degree in any discipline and good quantitative skills, at least to A level Mathematics (or the equivalent). GMAT or GRE is required for all students without a UK undergraduate degree (GMAT is strongly preferred). The GMAT is recommended for all students with UK undergraduate degrees, especially those whose quantitative skills are not demonstrated by their undergraduate studies, or are not expected to achieve a first class degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Finance (full-time) programme has been designed to meet the needs of high-level graduates from fields not specifically related to finance, whose career objectives lie broadly within the financial services sector.

The foundation of the programme is built in the first term with the study of two core courses : Asset Markets and Corporate Finance. Asset Markets takes the student from fundamental concepts to up to date applications in fixed-income, equity, and derivatives markets. Corporate Finance begins with the firm's investment decision and the cost of capital. This in turn is linked to the firm's financial structure and market environment where the firm operates. It studies in detail major financial decisions including dividend choice, going public, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring in financial distress. In the second term, students deepen their knowledge by taking four optional half unit courses, on topics such as financial systems, risk management, portfolio management methods, advanced derivatives and structured financial products, fixed income, advanced corporate finance, and applied financial valuation. Students will also be required to write an extended essay in the place of an exam in one of the four optional courses.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 overall

Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme. Lord Dahrendorf and Standard Bank Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Course contact details

The Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613