Specialist knowledge of finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms, government and academia. Students on the Birkbeck MSc Finance obtain excellent specialist training in financial economics, including basic portfolio theory, corporate finance and advanced pricing theory applied to derivatives and government bond markets. They also learn the latest econometrics and numerical analysis skills that are important in the marketplace. The course is demanding and challenging; applicants should have a strong intellectual ability and should be willing to work hard.
The MSc Finance programmes at Birkbeck reflect the long-running experience in cutting-edge, research-led, evening teaching at Birkbeck.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Combines a high level of academic rigour with a solid grounding in practical problem-solving skills.
- Many of our students work in the finance industry, which generates a lively atmosphere.
- Excellent reputation of the quality of our teaching, providing training for employers such as the Treasury and the Bank of England.
- The Economics, Mathematics and Statistics department enjoys an international reputation and stands among the foremost research groups in the country.
All students take 4 compulsory modules.
You can decide to take the MSc Finance or choose to specialise by opting for one of the following pathways:
MSc Finance and Commodities
The MSc Finance and Commodities pathway provides an analysis of the specificities of commodity markets and how they differ from bond and stock markets. You will become familiar with exchanges, instruments and hedging and trading strategies. If you are interested in pursuing a career in commodities you should opt for this pathway. You take the compulsory modules listed above and Commodities and Commodities Derivatives, Computational Methods for Commodities.
MSc Finance and Banking
The MSc Finance and Banking pathway has a focus on banks as a special class of financial intermediaries. This pathway will concentrate on the role of banks in financial markets, the role of financial crises on financial intermediation and key issues in financial regulation. You take the compulsory modules listed above and Financial Markets, Banking and Regulations.
MSc Finance with Accounting
The MSc Finance with Accounting pathway concentrates on the principles of financial reporting and explores current issues relating to financial reporting for both UK and international entities with complex organisational structures and transactions. You take the compulsory modules listed above and Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting for Complex Entities and Principles of Financial Reporting.
Careers and employability
Graduates go on to careers in banking and finance, the public sector, industry or research and analysis.
Cost & Fees
- Part-time home/EU students: £ 5975 pa
- Full-time home/EU students: £ 11950 pa
- Part-time overseas students: £ 8750 pa
- Full-time overseas students: £ 17500 pa
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Last updated February 1, 2018