Taught course

Finance and Law

University of Strathclyde · Department of Accounting and Finance

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Why this course

In today’s unpredictable financial markets, strategic financial decisions and policies frequently need to be considered in relation to various legal requirements and constraints.

Business people increasingly need to have an understanding of the financial and accounting principles which underpin and inform legal regulation of financial institutions, financial instruments and financial markets.

Consequently, finance graduates who also have a strong legal knowledge, will be very attractive to a range of financial institutions and other organisations, both in the UK and overseas.

This joint masters programme between the Department of Accounting & Finance and the Law School addresses this skills gap in the global market by introducing students to both the legal aspects of regulation of international finance as well as to principles of accounting and finance.

You'll study

The programme comprises both core and optional classes in finance and law.

It aims to provide students with a number of key learning outcomes:

  1. To understand the core elements of financial theory and corporate financial theory.*
  2. To understand key elements in financial law and regulation including the private law in respect of the structuring of individual transactions and the public law relevant to regulation of financial markets and institutions from the perspective of UK, EU and international law.*

* Students will have the option of developing skills in various specialist areas in finance or business and commercial law.

The programme also facilitates the development of various cognitive skills and non-subject specific skills.

You'll learn the ability to:

  • reason systematically;
  • critically analyse and evaluate arguments;
  • utilise quantitative techniques;
  • work on an independent and group basis;
  • structure and resolve problems;
  • take decisions in complex situations;
  • exercise judgement in taking decisions in the absence of complete information and understanding;
  • use software packages; and, communicate and present ideas effectively.

Major projects

Students are required to complete two academic research projects – one in finance and one in la

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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