Our MSc Business & Finance course has been designed as an industry-focused postgraduate course for graduates with a strong quant and/or finance background in their undergraduate degree. The course combines the development of management skills with advanced financial skills, leading to financial management roles for organisations outside of the finance industry (e.g. Finance Manager, Analyst, Head of Corporate Finance).
The MSc Business and Finance consists of eight compulsory modules, which you will study across three terms. The compulsory modules provide key management and business expertise, all designed to contribute to a career in business and finance.
We offer a range of optional modules, giving you stimulating choices. You undertake one optional module in term 2 and if you select the term 3 Business in Practice route you will also select one additional optional module. Please note that module availability may vary and that your first choice may not be guaranteed.
Assessment is a mix of exams, project and group work, and tests. Your dissertation or Business in Practice module brings all your learning together.
Please note that this course is currently going through a review and there may be changes to the module structure for 2019 entry.
Choice of Dissertation or Business in Practice route
If you would prefer to take a more traditional postgraduate route and wish to specialise in a Finance related research topic for your future career (either in industry or for further academic study), the 6,000-word dissertation will enable you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained. You will be supervised and supported throughout and will usually submit your dissertation in early September.
In total, you will study eight compulsory modules and one optional module, and complete a dissertation and a Research Methodology module.
Business in Practice route
If you would like to develop further applied skills and specialist knowledge to suit your career aspirations, you can complete your studies with two additional optional modules and our applied Business in Practice module. You will develop deep functional and industry expertise with practical insights from our faculty and our CareersPlus & Corporate Relations team.
In total, you will study eight compulsory modules, two optional modules and also complete the compulsory Business in Practice capstone module.
You must have, or be expecting to obtain, an upper second class honours at Undergraduate level, which includes the study of finance and/or accounting.
If you have studied a significant amount of accounting or finance at undergraduate level then our specialist finance suite may be of interest.
GMAT & GRE
We do not require a GMAT or GRE score but a well-balanced score (700+) may strengthen your application.
English not your first language?
If English is not your first language, you must meet a minimum overall standard in a recognised test of English, examples are shown below. You must show a good balance across all sections of the test and it must have been taken within two years of starting the course. We will require your certificates as evidence.
Educated in the English language?
If you are a non-native speaker of English but have been educated entirely in English for your degree, and completed this within the last two years, this may satisfy the University of your language skills. For further information, please see the University’s page for English language requirements.
We do not offer a pre-sessional English class as an alternative to achieving these scores. Any pre-sessional course should be viewed as a way of settling into living and studying in the UK and not as a way of boosting your score.