Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification. Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

On the MSc Finance course you will obtain a thorough grounding in the key areas of Finance. You will identify, analyse and critically evaluate a range of Finance related issues. This course will deepen your understanding of financial issues and is ideal if you would like a career in the financial sector or a general business career. Our students have gone to work for international organisations including Apple and HSBC.

Compulsory modules

Analytical Techniques for Finance
In this module you will acquire the essential skills to study finance in depth. You will study areas of mathematics, statistics and the interpretation of accounting statements.

Finance in Context
On this module you will develop an understanding of the factors in financial decision making. You will investigate the relationship between corporate strategy and strategic decisions and explore organisational and motivational issues. Finally, you will examine control mechanisms to monitor the effectiveness of decisions.

Corporate Finance Concepts
You will acquire theoretical knowledge on the elements of company value. Your studies will focus on how financial decisions contribute to meeting the aims of a corporation. The module has a practical focus and contributes to your understanding of how financial decisions are taken by companies.

Financial Markets and Institutions
This module focuses on an international and comparative dimension of markets and institutions. You will examine the way markets and institutions link the users and providers of funds within financial systems. There is a focus on issues of asset pricing and market efficiency, and the effects of globalisation on organisations, technical innovation and regulatory change.

International Finance
This module teaches you about the international financial system. There is a focus on the operation of foreign exchange and derivative markets. You will examine the main theories of exchange rate determination and consider the issues with currency risk management and hedging instruments.

Finance and Accounting Research Project
This module incorporates research methods and a research project. The research methods aspect will focus on key research areas in finance. This module gives you an opportunity to explore a specialist area in depth within the core areas of finance. You may choose a dissertation or follow a structured research route which includes both theory and applied research. For both routes, you will be provided with guidance throughout the process.

Elective modules on offer may change but will come from the following list:
Corporate Governance
Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility
Developing Economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America
Financial Modelling
Leadership, Innovation and Change
Management of Innovation and Change
Organisational Architecture
Project and Contract Management
Strategic Business Simulation
Strategy and Leadership

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will need: IELTS minimum 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking). If you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full time) you automatically meet our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Creative work10
Dissertation (12000 words)

Course contact details

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