The MSc in Finance is designed for students looking for a mainstream taught MSc in the subject, with a view to either pursuing a career in the financial sector or progressing to doctoral research in finance. The aim of the programme is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of academic finance and the financial sector, including theory, empirical research and practical issues.
The programme will enable students to understand core theories and concepts in finance; understand and use a range of analytical techniques, for example, the analysis of a company’s financial statements or the application of models to value financial assets; evaluate methods of empirical research and empirical findings; develop practical knowledge of financial markets and institutions and financial decisions within companies; carry out original research via a dissertation; and develop transferable skills, particularly in analytical techniques, communication and teamwork, relevant to employment in the financial sector or in academic research.
Students take seven mandatory courses and one optional course from a list of options, as shown below. Satisfactory completion of these courses leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.
Students will study themes such as:
- Corporate Finance
- Capital Markets
- Corporate Governance
- Financial Analysis
- Research in Finance
- Research Methods
- Islamic Accounting and Reporting
- International Managerial Accounting
- Emerging Financial Markets
In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the Master’s qualification undertake a research project and dissertation.
English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one-year full-time study in English will be required.