Entry requirements

A UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification. An undergraduate degree in finance, accounting, business or economics is normally required. Applicants with an Honours degree in a non-related subject will also be considered, but will need to demonstrate a high standard of ability and motivation for the programme. English language requirements may also apply.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Combining up-to-the-minute theory with practical application, our MSc in Finance will prepare you for a great number of career options.

This new masters programme has been devised for 2017 by combining key elements from our current Finance programmes, including our Finance & Investment masters that was ranked 38th by the Financial Times in 2016, in order to give you the opportunity to tailor your learnings to your career aspirations. The second Semester of our masters programme is flexible allowing you to select courses which either combine different areas of finance or which allow you to specialise in one of the three following areas:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Energy Markets
  • Finance & Investment

This MSc will be the one that is put forward for the FT MSc in Finance rankings in the future.

The School's location in the UK's second largest financial centre allows us to attract visiting speakers including a range of analysts from the key financial institutions and fund management houses. Students are able to interact with leading figures from many major companies; this is particularly evident in the dissertation, which offers an invaluable opportunity to collaborate on a topic that has real, of-the-minute industry relevance.

The practical, theoretical and numerical skills learnt through the programme, as well as the global perspective that will be gained through classroom learning and discussions, will leave you well qualified for a range of finance related professions. We expect graduates to take up positions with companies like the Big 4, with investment and commercial banks; market and consumer research centres; fund management firms; energy utilities and consultancies, as well as with public sector departments responsible for the finance sector, energy and climate-change policy. Potential roles are varied and include for example:

  • equity analyst;
  • portfolio manager;
  • financial statement analyst;
  • product manager;
  • commodity/specialist fund manager;
  • business analyst;
  • strategy consultant.

The School is a recognised partner institution by the Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) Institute. Equally the School is recognised as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of postgraduate education in finance and investment by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Information for international students

Please visit our website for further information.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
MSc Admissions Team
Email
msc@business-school.ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 650 9663