MSc in Finance

Aim

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,combined with the opportunities of studying optional areas in depth and of gradual transition to research in the summer dissertation.

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.Students who do not have a strong background in economics, but who have other relevant qualifications or experience, can take a Summer Session course in Economics and Quantitative Methods.

Many of our students have gone on to forge careers in academia or central banks. Others have followed careers as investment analysts, financial advisers or consultants in commercial banks, stockbrokers and other financial institutions. This programme has been has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program.  This recognizes that the MSc Finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. 

Admissions

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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Structure

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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