Taught course

Financial Analysis and Fund Management

University of Exeter · Business School

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above with honours in Accounting, Finance, Investment, Economics, Maths, Business or related discipline from a recognised university. Evidence of mathematical/ quantitative* and accounting** 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 Financial Analysis and Fund Management candidates must be able to demonstrate strengths in: Finance, Accounting, Economics and Mathematics.

*Mathematics modules may include, for example, Algebra, Calculus, Econometrics, Statistics, Probability or Optimisation.

**Passes in ACCA or similar professional qualifications will be accepted including CFA®

Learn more on our entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

  • Rated one of the world's best in the 2018 Financial Times Pre-Experience Masters in Finance rankings
  • One of a limited number of programmes globally to be awarded CFA® ‘University Affiliation Program’ Status
  • Work towards Levels I and II of the CFA® examinations whilst you study for you MSc
  • Study abroad opportunities including the prestigious QTEM programme
  • Three-week introductory training and CFA® support sessions amongst a range of other additional benefits

Our flagship finance Masters is ideal for anyone wishing to study advanced financial theory and to acquire expertise in investment analysis. You will be both supported and challenged with an academically rigorous curriculum to ensure you gain the skills demanded by global organisations.

This Programme is one of a limited number of programmes globally which has been awarded CFA® ‘University Affiliation Program’ Status. You therefore have the opportunity to study for both Level I and II of the CFA examinations whilst you study, meaning you could work towards a second qualification in addition to your MSc.

Choosing this programme gives you access to a range of additional activities as part of your studies including an exclusive Finance and Banking career management module, sessions with our Postgraduate Careers Consultants, guest speakers, access to a highly sophisticated Finance lab equipped with the most widely used databases and more.

In addition, to help you prepare for this challenging course, there is a three-week induction specifically for Financial Analysis and Fund Management students beginning in September. This includes an Introduction to several of the subject areas covered in the programme, and particularly accounting.

We will also provide you with a high level of support as you prepare for the CFA® Level I and II examinations in December and June. This support includes:

  • One week of CFA® training during the three-week induction programme
  • At least four CFA® focused weekend training sessions
  • CFA® text books
  • Enrolment in the Level I and II exams

All of above are included in the fees for the programme.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

Information for international students

Applicants requiring visas will need to meet all outstanding conditions of their offer by the end of July at the latest. It is not possible to register on the programme unless all conditions have been met and appropriate visas obtained.
Applicants who do not require a visa have until the end of August to meet the conditions of their offer.
If you are not able to meet these deadlines for any reason please notify the admissions team as soon as possible by emailing business-school-msc@exeter.ac.uk

Pre-Masters programme for international students

The Graduate Diploma in Finance run by the INTO University of Exeter Centre is a pre-Masters programme designed to enhance your subject knowledge, study skills and English ability. Successful completion of the Diploma (subject to achieving the specific grades of entry) gives students from overseas the skills needed for acceptance onto this Masters programme.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

At least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section.


At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 55 in all skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

At the University of Exeter Business School, we want to ensure studying for a Masters remains accessible to the brightest minds of the future, regardless of financial background. We therefore have a range of scholarships for outstanding students.

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in Autumn 2020.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,906 are now available. Find out more about whether you are eligible and how you can apply by visiting our postgraduate loans scheme pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Business School Postgraduate Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 1392 726679