Taught course

Finance (MSc)

University of St Andrews · School of Economics and Finance

Entry requirements

A strong 2.1 Honours degree from a recognised UK university in disciplines that include intermediate or advanced knowledge of economics, finance and statistics.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Finance is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the University of St Andrews' School of Economics and Finance.


  • In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework exercise, the School was ranked joint tenth in the UK and second in Scotland on the basis of the quality of its research publications, with over 80% of the research publications being classified as internationally excellent or world-leading.
  • Small group teaching allows a high level of student-teacher interaction, encouraging a warm and friendly learning environment.
  • The programme aims to prepare students for jobs at a senior level in a wide range of areas: economics, finance, commerce, insurance, academia, diplomatic service and banking.

Teaching format

The programme consists of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work in small groups of students, plua a 15,000-word dissertation relevant and appropriate to the MSc in an area of your choice. Courses are assessed both continuously and with end-of-semester exams.

Every MSc student is assigned an adviser at the beginning of the year. Your adviser will provide you with individual guidance on essay planning and writing, module choice, dissertation topics and academic conduct.


Each module typically comprises:

  • 20 lecture contact hours
  • 5 contact hours including seminars, workshops and tutorials
  • intensive independent study
  • 50% continuous assessment
  • 50% by two-hour examination.

For more details about each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue, which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £10,360 Overseas: £20,980

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2439