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MSc Finance

Explore theoretical and applied finance

Year of entry: 2020

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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Using your prior knowledge of economics or the natural sciences, this course will give you a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied finance.

Accreditation

The MSc in Finance is recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. Our curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and can help you prepare for CFA exams.

Five-star learning

York is one of only three UK institutions to receive five stars from the Centre of Higher Education Development for postgraduate economics.

Course content

The course provides a springboard to a career in international business or finance, as well as ideal preparation for further research.

You'll follow a structured transition to independent research, completing modules to the value of 180 credits. 

Modules

You'll take 100 credits of taught modules.

Core modules

Option modules

In addition you'll choose 30 credits of options from the below. At least 20 credits should be from Group A:

Group A

Group B

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

You'll complete a piece of independent research carried out over three months of the summer, guided by a supervisor. The dissertation, of up to 10,000 words, is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Understand, apply and explain the methods of logical and mathematical reasoning used by finance professionals and researchers to assess and manage risk, price financial assets, make financial decisions and undertake financial research.
  • Identify in appropriate literature the research methods and models relevant to particular problems in finance and summarise and synthesise this body of knowledge to thoroughly understand the limitations of such models and the allowances that can be made in practice for these weaknesses.
  • Understand and be able to confidently apply the techniques of mathematical finance to formulate and solve complex analytical problems.
  • Locate, compile and present complex economic and financial data and be able to critically evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Use statistical, econometric and computer-based techniques for analysing data in developing and testing financial models, and in economic and financial forecasting, and be able to exercise judgement in describing the results.
  • Produce unambiguous and well-reasoned written communications based on analytical reasoning and supported, where necessary, by data-based evidence.
  • Formulate a research proposal; identify a testable hypothesis; select the methodology appropriate to test it; use bibliographic databases to independently identify and locate relevant literature; carry out the proposed research efficiently and to deadline with minimal supervision, and effectively communicate persuasive results.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £9,650£24,620

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

This Masters combines a variety of different teaching methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Practical computer-based sessions.

A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress.

The department also has a vibrant research community. You’ll be able to attend seminars and research workshops in which staff and invited speakers discuss their research.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College and elsewhere on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Formal types of assessment in this course include:

  • Dissertation
  • Exams
  • Group project
  • Seminar presentation
  • Essays

As you study modules you’ll take part in assessments that do not contribute to your final mark, instead giving useful feedback on your progress and understanding.

Careers and skills

This course will provide you with the essential postgraduate skills you need to follow a career in applied or quantitative finance. It will act as a stepping stone to a financial position in, for example, financial analysis, investment management or corporate finance. The Masters is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

Many of our students have gone on to forge careers in academia or central banks. Others have followed careers as investment analysts, financial advisers, and consultants in commercial banks, stockbrokers and other financial institutions.​​​

Career opportunities

You'll gain the skills that will allow you to work in a variety of organisations. These include:

  • Banks
  • Multinational companies
  • Securities firms
  • Financial consultancies.

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and people skills
  • Communicating research
  • Performing statistical analysis
  • Analytical and technical research skills.

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in Economics or a related subject. You may also be considered if your degree is in Mathematics, Computing, Engineering or a Science subject if you also have a strong background in elements of mathematical training, including statistics or econometrics.
Other qualifications and experience If you have been out of study for a while, or do not have a strong background in economics or mathematics and statistics but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you may be required to take the Summer Session in Economics and Quantitative Methods as a condition of your offer. Alternatively, the Session can also be taken as a stand-alone course.

If you have been out of study for a while, or do not have a strong background in economics or mathematics and statistics but have other relevant qualifications or experience, you may be required to take the Summer Session in Economics and Quantitative Methods as a condition of your offer. Alternatively, the Session can also be taken as a stand-alone course.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

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