Taught course


University of St Andrews · School of Economics and Finance

Entry requirements

Good upper second-class honours degree from a good UK University; GPA of 3.6 or higher from a good US University; 85% av or higher from a good PR China University; and degree background should include significant studies in Economics or cognate areas (eg. Business Studies, Commerce or Accounting) and quantitative and mathematical methods. Practitioner experience in the financial community can be an advantage, but is not strictly necessary.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Finance trains students with advanced analytical abilities and technical skills in empirical finance and modeling. Students acquire an in-depth understanding of the financial markets and institutions both in the UK and abroad, preparing them for a professional career in the financial industry.

Course highlights

  • 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.
  • Our emphasis on smaller 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 MSc in Finance is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the University of St Andrews' School of Economics and Finance. The programme consists of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work in groups of 20 to 25 students; and a 15,000 word dissertation 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.

Information for international students

Overseas students whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of English language competency e.g. IELTS band 7 or IELTS band 6.5, plus four weeks pre-sessional English at St Andrews. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


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 462 439