he programme provides participants with an opportunity to critically analyse the role of finance within the international financial system, notably the management of asset-specific, company and country risk. Attention is also placed on developing a contemporary empirical understanding of the behaviour of international financial markets, alongside providing candidates with the ICT and research skills required by employers in this highly competitive sector.
Closely related to the School's Banking and Finance MSc programme, the Finance MSc degree features compulsory modules in financial theory and corporate policy and optional specialist banking modules.
Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has increased the demand for students with specialist skills and competencies in finance. This programme builds on the School's established research strengths in economics and finance with teaching informed by the Finance and Financial Economics research group. The programme is responsive to trends and issues in global financial markets and services.
Who is the programme for?
The Finance MSc is particularly aimed at those interested in pursuing a career in investment banking, financial research, and financial trading. Graduates from this programme have undertaken various roles including: an accountant; and chartered financial analyst (HESA DLHE survey).
All students will take the following compulsory modules (130 credits):
- Semester one:
- Introductory econometrics (10 credits)
- Research methods in economics and finance (10 credits)
- Modules taught in both semester one and semester two:
- Financial theory and corporate policy (20 credits)
- Financial derivatives (20 credits)
- Semester two:
- Applied econometrics (10 credits)
- Semester three:
- Dissertation (60 credits)
- Students will take further optional modules to a value of 50 credits from the following:
- International money and banking (10 credits)
- Time-series econometrics (10 credits)
- Behavioural finance (10 credits)
- Risk modelling (10 credits)
- Retail and investment banking (10 credits)
- International finance (10 credits)
- Cross sectional and panel econometrics (10 credits)
- Introduction to financial reporting (10 credits)
Modules will be offered subject to availability.
Applicants should hold an upper-second class degree (2:1 level) or international equivalent. Background in a relevant area (such as, accounting, economics or finance) is preferable.
Mathematical education as a part of first degree is required. Applications need to demonstrate a firm grasp of basic calculus, probability theory and statistical inference. If this is not clearly evident from your transcripts, please use your personal statement to give details of your mathematical knowledge.
Every application is considered on an individual basis and applicants who narrowly miss the academic entry criteria may be eligible for admission at the discretion of the selector.
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-scores. Pre-sessional courses in English language are provided by the University if required and successful completion of these may be a condition of entry.
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