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.


You will learn the research methods used in modern corporate finance in order to understand the relevance of corporate finance theory in an applied work setting.

The case study approach in core modules helps develop analytical skills that can be used in everyday financial measurement applications.

Small group teaching allows a high level of student-teacher interaction, encouraging a warm and friendly learning environment.

You will become knowledgeable about the functioning and rationale of leading financial institutions both in the UK and abroad.

You will pursue advanced studies in finance and cognate areas, allied to a strong tradition of graduates from the School working in the financial community.

Teaching format

The programme consists of traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work in small groups of students. Courses are assessed both continuously and with end-of-semester exams.

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice that is relevant and appropriate to the MSc.

Every MSc student is assigned an adviser at the beginning of the year. Your


Each module typically comprises:

· 20 lecture contact hours

· 5 or 10 contact hours for seminars, workshops and tutorials

· intensive independent study

· 50% continuous assessment

· 50% assessment by written end-of-semester 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 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £10,880 Overseas: £21, 990

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