Entry requirements

UK Degree requirements

A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in any subject.
Other routes
Candidates that do not currently meet the set entry requirements may also have the option to study the Graduate Diploma in Finance and Economics. Meeting the required grades on completion of this programme will provide a pathway to study MSc Investment Banking and MSc Investment Banking (CFA Pathway).

English language requirements

If you got your degree in an English speaking country or if it was taught in English, and you studied within the last five years, you might not need an English language qualification - find out more.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree:

  • Comprehensive training in finance with special focus on investment banking (legal environment, strategic factors, valuation of firms, security issuance, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, etc.)
  • Suitable for students with limited or no quantitative background, though willingness to take on numerical challenges is required
  • Wide range of elective modules
  • Optional, ungraded modules (e.g., C++, Python, Matlab, Financial Trading on Bloomberg and other trading-room systems, technical analysis)
  • CFA pathway available (provides intensive preparation for CFA Level I exam)
  • Comparison to other MSc’s in SEF

School of Economics and Finance


  • Optional pre-semester modules in maths and statistics
  • Six compulsory taught modules
  • Three elective modules
  • Dissertation (7,000 words)

CFA pathway is identical except:

  • Students attend additional compulsory modules preparing them for CFA Level I exam
  • Dissertation is 4000 words


  • 75% Modules
  • 25% Dissertation


  • Taught by research-active academics as well as visiting city professionals
  • Teaching of each module typically consists of a two-hour lecture and one-hour seminar (for solving homework) each week
  • Lectures and seminars may be scheduled during the day or in the evening for both full-time and part-time pathways

Career Paths

  • Wide range of careers in financial sector, especially in risk management and regulation in commercial banks, investment banks, and supervisory financial institutions (e.g. central banks)
  • Our dedicated careers team offers students one-on-one appointments, support with job applications, practice interviews, information about internship opportunities, and employability events.

Fees and funding

UK students
20850/ 21850(CFA)
International students
24950/ 25950(CFA)

There are a number of ways you can fund your postgraduate degree.

Our Advice and Counselling service offers specialist support on financial issues, which you can access as soon as you apply for a place at Queen Mary. Before you apply, you can access our funding guides and advice on managing your money:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Economics and Finance
+44 (0)20 7882 8848