It will provide you with a solid foundation in modern finance and investment and prepare you for a career in investment banking, financial management or further postgraduate study in a related subject.
The course has a distinct quantitative focus and includes both theoretical concepts as well as their applications. You will benefit from real-time access to our Bloomberg Terminals and you will learn to utilise data to analyse financial instruments and help make effective decisions.
You will study a variety of modules across two semesters as well as a summer dissertation. The taught component consists of five core modules plus two options from a wide range of modules. This includes topics in corporate finance, capital markets, and financial security valuation as well as a thorough grounding in research methods for finance and a chance to study behavioural finance.
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Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of taught modules. Each module typically consists of 10 two to three hour sessions.
You will complete a 60-credit dissertation over the summer, and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
You will be assessed through a combination of individual assignments or group projects and written exams.
2.1 (international equivalent) in accounting, business studies, economics, finance or management; outstanding degrees in any quantitative discipline also considered. We will only consider students with a strong quantitative/mathematics background. You must have completed (at 2:1 or above UK or international equivalent) at least two of the following subject areas in the final two years of study: mathematics, statistics, quantitative research methods, finance, computational finance, and econometrics.
Personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree)
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Careers and professional development
This course is recognised by the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute's university recognition programme.
The CFA Institute grants this status to select institutions that have incorporated at least 70% of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) into their degree programmes. An affiliated university signals to employers that the course is closely connected to professional practice and helps students preparing to take CFA exams.
Career destinations for our postgraduates include:
- finance and investment analysts
- higher education teaching professionals
- investment bankers
- IT business analysts
- management consultants
- marketing professionals
- public relations professionals
- university researchers