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A mid 2:2 degree (55%+) with honours in Accounting, Finance, Investment, Economics or related discipline from a recognised university. Evidence of mathematical/quantitative* ability is essential. The majority of our candidates will be expecting a First or 2:1 degree, however, we do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications such as CFA, ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS and CIMA.
In order to apply for the MSc Finance and Investment applicants must have passed at 2:1 level at least one module in a mathematical/quantitative subject in their undergraduate degree and must offer at least four more modules at 2:1 level in any of the following: Accounting, Economics, Finance and Mathematics.
*Mathematics modules may include, for example, Algebra, Calculus, Econometrics, Statistics, Probability or Optimisation.
Months of entry
- For students interested in a career in investment analysis or portfolio management
- Established in 1973, this was the very first Masters degree in finance in the UK and over the past 40 years has gained an international reputation for providing excellent training and academic knowledge
- Undertake a non-assessed financial database training course delivered by the data specialists from providers including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Bureau Van Dijk, the Standard, and Poor’s Global Market Intelligence
- Includes a company analysis workshop run by a practitioner to help develop practical investment understanding, augment presentation skills and provide an insight into current real world information
- You have the opportunity to work towards a qualification from the CISI in addition to your MSc to increase your employability.
Careers in Finance and Investment
This degree programme can prepare you for a variety of roles, two of the most popular being:
- Investment Analyst (market research, analysis of funds, trends for strategic planning)
- Investment/Portfolio Manager (dealing with client’s portfolio & completing transactions)
By carefully selecting the research topic for your dissertation and your optional modules such as corporate finance, corporate governance, derivatives, international financial management, mergers or financial economics, you can start to develop a specialisation to enhance your employability.
Developing applied IT skills through using Thomson Reuters Datastream and other financial databases and software systems as part of your modules, you will also have the latest technical know-how to kick-start your career.
Potential employers include:
- Investment management companies where analysts provide information to in-house fund managers
- Stockbrokers and investment banks, where the analysts' research assists clients of their company, usually fund managers but sometimes also company executives and directors
- Wealth management divisions of investment banks
- Institutional investors, such as large charities, pension funds and life assurance companies
- Hedge funds
- Government or public organisations
- SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)
Multi-nationals such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, HSBC, Vanguard Asset Management, Credit Suisse, Citibank, Amundi and Deutsche Bank have graduate training routes in many countries in which they are based. Country-specific banks like China Construction Bank and Bank of China (Hong Kong) and smaller organisations across the world also offer graduate training routes and employment opportunities with specific recruitment cycles appropriate to their local employment market.
Previous graduates from this programme have secured roles as financial analysts with a range of organisations including Coutts (UK), KPMG (Vietnam), HSBC (Vietnam), J.P. Morgan First Capital, Ernst & Young (India), Bank of China and Ford Motor Company.
Information for international students
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Fees and funding
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time9-12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Business School Postgraduate Admissions Officer
- +44 (0) 1392 726679