MSc Finance (1 year)
As well as covering key financial concepts, MSc Finance will develop your quantitative and analytical skills. The degree provides a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical techniques that will make you highly employable in the finance and banking sectors.
Introducing your degree
If your career ambitions are in the finance or banking sector, MSc Finance will equip you for success. This popular masters degree provides a comprehensive grounding in key areas of finance, such as stock market analysis, corporate finance and portfolio management.
MSc Finance also places a stronger emphasis on quantitative and analytical techniques than you ll find on many other similar UK masters courses, enabling you to gain critical insights into the financial markets. You ll be able to practise your skills using industry-standard software and live company data from our extensive range of databases.
In addition, you ll be taught by academics with extensive professional and research experience, who will enable you to put your finance studies into a real-world context.
MSc Finance will be of interest whether you are looking to specialise following your undergraduate studies or progress in your current career. We welcome applicants who have undertaken some quantitative study or who have relevant professional experience.
Course structure and content
MSc Finance is a one-year, full-time course. During the first nine months you ll take compulsory and optional modules; the final three months will be spent conducting independent research and writing up your dissertation.
The blend of compulsory modules will give you a comprehensive understanding of finance theory and practice.
In modules such as Quantitative Finance and Advanced Time Series Modelling, you ll learn to use robust econometric techniques and analyse financial data using industry-standard statistical software.
On modules such as Advanced Corporate Finance and Introduction to Portfolio Management and Exchange Traded Derivatives, you ll learn about current financial practice, for example how to manage risk, how to construct portfolios, how companies are valued, and how to make investment decisions.
You can personalise your learning by choosing optional modules that reflect your interests and career goals. These include Behavioural Finance, a module not frequently found on similar masters courses, which explores the way behavioural biases can affect financial decision-making in uncertain environments. The optional modules also cover topics such as derivative securities analysis, stock market analysis and financial risk management.
The dissertation is another opportunity to study an area of finance that interests you. With guidance from your supervisor you will choose a topic and undertake independent research. Our academics are all active researchers and are therefore well placed to help you identify and formulate a research idea. Once again, the dissertation combines theory with practice; as well as reading relevant academic papers, you ll choose an appropriate analytical method and analyse real data in order to gain new insights.
Hands-on trading experience
Trading simulation workshops, led by experienced traders from London-based company Amplify Trading, offer another opportunity to develop your skills. The workshops offer the chance to make decisions on market prices in response to economic data and contemporary market trends, giving you a taste of the trading floor environment.
First-class data and software facilities
You ll have access to an array of databases, such as Bloomberg, Datastream, WRDS and Bankscope, from which you can download real-time global financial data including bank ratings and financial statements, stock market indices, equities, foreign exchange and commodities information.
You will have the opportunity to analyse this data in our computer labs, using industry-standard software such as Stata (econometrics) and EViews (statistical forecasting and modelling), and advanced programming tools such as MATLAB.
Our academics are active researchers with extensive professional experience; they will bring a mix of research expertise and real-world insights to your learning. For example:
Before becoming an academic, Professor Frank McGroarty had a successful 13-year career in investment management in the City of London, managing funds worth several billion pounds. His research specialism is in electronic financial markets, and includes analysis of the foreign exchange, financial futures and online sports betting markets. He teaches the International Finance module.
Professor Taufiq Choudhry, who leads the Introduction to Finance module, is a specialist in stock market volatility and uncertainty; in a recent paper he investigated the relationship between stock market volatility and the business cycle in the US, Canada, Japan and the UK.
Dr Tapas Mishra is an econometrics specialist and has worked for leading national and international organisations and think-tanks including the United Nations, the Institute for Future Studies in Sweden and the Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi, India. He leads the Advanced Time Series Modelling module.
Combines key areas of finance with a focus on quantitative and analytical techniques, giving you a comprehensive skills set that will be attractive to employers
Our academics have a wealth of professional experience and are at the forefront of research in a range of finance-related areas, enabling them to bring real-world examples and the latest findings to the course
You ll have access to excellent resources including live financial databases such as Bloomberg, Datastream, WRDS and Bankscope, and professional software tools such as Stata, EViews and MATLAB
Additional learning opportunities include trading floor simulation workshops and weekly seminars on current finance-related research