Course summary

The Finance MSc (with Banking or International Finance pathways) has been designed specifically to meet the emerging needs of employers in the global financial services sector. This highly flexible course provides you with financial skills that are at the cutting edge of knowledge and developments in our industry, as well as the freedom to specialise in your area of interest.

This unique mode of study will give you the basic theory and analytical skills you need in finance, followed by in-depth learning either in banking or international finance through specialised modules of study.

Based in central London, the Finance MSc will expose you to case studies and experiences which will help to transform your skill set so that you can solve complex financial problems in the industry.

You will graduate with the skill set needed for a career in global financial services; being able to solve complex problems in a clear and systematic manner; communicate clearly to inform both specialist and non-specialist audiences; and use appropriate software tools and financial databases to solve complex problems using quantitative methods and models.

A key benefit of studying finance at the University of Westminster is that you will have access to Westminster Business School’s state-of-the-art Financial Markets Suite (FMS), which exclusively uses the Bloomberg platform as a teaching and research resource. You will gain first-hand exposure to technology, widely adopted in the leading global investment banks and learn in a real-time market-driven environment.

You will also have the opportunity to hear from external speakers and keep up to date with the latest developments and challenges of the finance industry.

Through our pathway model, you will have more flexibility to design your own career, and in consultations with your Course Leaders, you will be empowered to make informed decisions about future employment.

The Finance MSc course involves both theoretical and practical content, offering you the chance to build on your first degree and/or work experience with a range of knowledge and skills enabling you to become capable of excelling in your career.

All students on the course will follow a common general set of modules in the first semester of study (September to December), following which you will then choose a pathway to specialise in for the remainder of your studies (January to August).

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Core modules (Both Banking and International Finance Pathways)

  • Contemporary Finance
  • Financial Modelling
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Project
  • Research Methods

Banking Pathway Modules

  • Global Banking
  • Wealth Management

Optional modules (Banking Pathway)

  • Banking Technology
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Compliance and Banking Law
  • Corporate Financial Strategy
  • Investment Banking

Entry Requirements

UK

  • Applicants should normally hold a first degree in finance, economics, business studies or management from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants may be accepted based on their professional qualifications or extensive work experience in the global financial services sector (subject to the approval of the Course Leader or the Director of Postgraduate Studies).
  • If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

EU and International

  • Applicants should normally hold a first degree in finance, economics, business studies or management from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants may be accepted based on their professional qualifications or extensive work experience in the global financial services sector (subject to the approval of the Course Leader or the Director of Postgraduate Studies).
  • If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

Application deadlines

There are no official deadlines for applications to the University of Westminster, but we urge applicants to apply as soon possible and recommend that you apply at least three months before the course starts, particularly if you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. We process application forms until courses are full or teaching has started.

Careers

Career Path

If you take the banking pathway, you will develop the required advanced skills to take up careers in retail, commercial and private banks in positions such as loan officers, private bankers, private wealth consultants, or within the back and middle offices of an investment bank.

The University of Westminster is committed to developing employable graduates by ensuring that:

  • Career development skills are embedded in all courses.
  • Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available to students.
  • Staff continue to widen and strengthen the University’s links with employers in all sectors, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of the University’s career education and guidance provision.
  • Staff are provided with up-to-date data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements, which will inform the service delivered to students.

Career Development Centre

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course,
  • discover international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • write effective CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our career consultants,
  • gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events.

Fees And Funding

UK and EU

UK and EU tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

International

International tuition fee: £14,500 (Price per academic year)

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Program taught in:
English

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Last updated April 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
Duration
1 year
Full-time
Price
14,000 GBP
UK and EU tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year); International tuition fee: £14,500 (Price per academic year)
Deadline
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Start Date
Sep 2019
End Date
Sep 7, 2020
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