Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree – Minimum 2:1 or the equivalent from an overseas institution*.
  • Degree Discipline – Any degree discipline, but must have a satisfactory existing level of numeracy.

* Please note that due to increasing competition for places on our Masters programmes our entry requirements may change.

We operate a rolling admissions system and you are therefore advised to apply early in order to be sure of your place on our programmes. We experience high levels of demand, and it is possible we might have to close applications to some programmes once places are filled.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Finance programme at the ICMA Centre is one of our two flagship Finance Masters. World-ranked by the Financial Times, this is our longest established programme with over 2,800 alumni around the world, previously known as MSc International Securities, Investment and Banking.

It has been designed with the support of industry practitioners to equip you with highly practical skills and expertise sought after by major employers in the financial services industry. The programme is ideal if you are interested in a wider choice of potential career paths in finance. MSc Finance graduates typically enjoy successful careers in Trading, Investment Banking/Corporate Finance, Investment Management, Commercial Banking, and several other pathways within the financial services spectrum.

A number of features differentiate this programme from other Finance Masters, aiming to offer you a competitive edge. At the centre of it all is the hands-on, practice centred approach. You will benefit from interactive, technically advanced teaching and applied training, bespoke simulations, case-study based projects and masterclasses by our distinguished academics and industry guest speakers.

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Parallel with your studies, you will have the opportunity to prepare online for the CFA level 1 exam with Fitch Learning, one of the worlds' leading Financial Training providers. Access to Fitch Learning's advanced online learning platform, ‘Fitch Learning Cognition', is included in the programme tuition fees. CFA exam fees are not included in the programme fees but 15 students on the programme will be offered CFA exam scholarships on the basis of their engagement with the learning platform and performance in the mock CFA test. The ICMA Centre is a CFA University Affiliate- this is in recognition that this degree covers at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, the CFA Institute Ethical and Professional Standards, and other requirements.

You will be eligible for exemptions from the CISI Capital Markets Diploma and students who successfully complete the Advanced Options Trading module will have the unique (to this module and to the University of Reading) opportunity to be awarded the Ofqual regulated, ICE and CISI recognised Advanced Diploma in Options Trading. This is an employer-led, industry accredited programme centred on professional development, practical application and transferrable skills, making individuals work-ready for job role profiles including options trader, options broker, market maker, options analyst or risk manager.

If you are considering a career as an equity or corporate finance analyst, students on our flagship programmes will have exclusive access to a Financial Modelling module delivered by Financial Edge, the leading company training the analysts of the world’s top 3 investment banks.

As part of the programme’s international exposure, you will also have the option to undertake one month of study during the summer semester on Fintech and Digital Transformation in Athens at ALBA Graduate Business School, American College of Greece or attend a not for credit Summer School at Tsinghua University in China.

Along with a comprehensive Finance focused careers development programme available to all ICMA Centre students, you will also have exclusive access to a core module on professional development designed to improve key employability skills and develop a bespoke career progression plan. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a summer work placement anywhere in the world as part of your studies.

You will benefit from a wider choice of summer electives including Alternative Investments, Structured Products and Algorithmic and High Frequency Trading modules.

Information for international students

If your English language ability is below the minimum requirement, we may ask for evidence of proficiency. Alternatively, we may ask you to attend an English language course before you begin your studies with us.

Requirement Criteria IELTS 6.5 with no component below 6.0 in any sub-skills OR
IELTS with pre-sessional English 6.5 with no component below 5.5 in each of the four sub-skills

Acceptance of LanguageCert Online and DuoLingo English qualifications

We appreciate the difficulties that some students are having with the availability of English Language tests, as the impact of the global pandemic continues. As a result of this, we are pleased to announce that we can now accept the non-SELT version of LanguageCert (which includes the online version) and DuoLingo as suitable English language qualifications. These can be accepted for direct entry onto Undergraduate (except Speech and Language Therapy), Postgraduate Taught (except Speech and Language Therapy) and Postgraduate Research programmes.

For information on individual programme requirements and other English language qualifications, please visit our English requirement equivalent page.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We offer a number of scholarships for UK/Home and International applicants.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Henley Business School Recruitment Team