MSc in Finance


Aim of the programme

The aim of this programme is to take students with a prior knowledge of economics or the natural sciences and give them a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied finance. The course provides the essential postgraduate skills to those wishing to follow careers in applied or quantitative finance, as well as those wishing to pursue further research.


Admissions Requirements

Minimum entry criterion is an upper-second class honours level first degree or equivalent in appropriate subjects. Entry is not restricted to those with an economics first degree. For example, a degree in mathematics, computing, engineering or the sciences could be a sufficient qualification.

We expect that all successful applicants will have a strong background in elements of mathematical training normally including some background in statistics or econometrics.

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Programme structure

There is further information on individual modules in the module list section.

Compulsory core components:

  1. Theory of Finance
  2. Econometrics 1 & 2 or Econometric Methods for Research or Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics 
  3. Either Continuous-time Finance or Financial Market Microstructure
  4. Corporate Finance
  5. Financial Markets

In addition, students choose thirty credits of optional units, which should be selected from the following, with at least twenty credits from group A:

Group A

  • Development and Finance
  • Financial Engineering
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Portfolio Selection and Management
  • Topics in Financial Econometrics

Group B

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Emerging Market Macroeconomics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Industrial Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Public Sector Economics: Microeconomic Applications
  • Time Series
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