Taught course


University of Portsmouth · School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant or related subject, which includes some element of statistics or quantitative methods, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content


Our MSc Finance degree explores financial theory and develops your financial analysis skills as you prepare for a financial career in cities like London. You’ll use industry tools and software to develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a city professional.

This course has a mathematical focus, so you’ll ideally have a background in accounting, economics or finance.

As a Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) student member, you’ll have networking opportunities and be able to build relationships with potential future employers during your studies.

Taught by industry experienced lecturers including ex-traders, you’ll cover topical subjects including behavioural finance, derivatives and financial management. You’ll learn to value stocks and bonds, explore a range of economic models, and use accurate financial data as you study so you'll graduate with a solid understanding of modern financial markets and instruments.

Use our Bloomberg Suite to access and analyse financial data for your assessments, and work towards your Bloomberg certificate with training and an online exam paid for by the University.

This course is ideal if you want to start your career as a stockbroker or trader in the city.

Course highlights

  • Use our Bloomberg Suite to analyse real world financial data
  • Explore topics including financial markets and behavioural finance
  • Develop your software skills, including Excel and stats packages
  • Work towards your Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) certification, an essential qualification for City professionals
  • Be a CISI student member, accessing networking opportunities and industry talks as you study
  • Learn from industry experienced lecturers including ex-traders
  • Study a CISI accredited course and prepare for your CISI examinations
Careers and opportunities

Prepare for your city career with this MSc Finance degree.

You will graduate with expertise in technical subjects including derivatives and in influential areas like behavioural finance. This specialist knowledge builds on your undergraduate degree and boosts your employability.

Our MSc Finance is accredited with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). This accreditation is internationally recognised, with CISI offices in 64 countries.

We’ll prepare you for your CISI examinations by covering the CISI Corporate Finance Technical Foundations paper syllabus during your Corporate Finance: Technical Foundations (CFTF) module. You’ll complete University assessments on the same subjects you’ll need for the CISI paper, and have the chance to complete the CISI paper after the module. This CISI paper is optional and is not a part of the MSc Finance course.

You’ll receive a CISI student membership as part of your degree, which means you’ll have opportunities to attend CISI presentations, talks by industry experts, and networking events as you study. We’ll pay for this membership as part of your degree.

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support You'll benefit from:
  • Networking events
  • Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • 1-to-1 appointments
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Support starting your own business

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). On successful completion of your Bloomberg Market Concepts training, you'll be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.

Course contact details

023 9284 2991