The Masters in Finance and Management (MSc) helps students develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of the financial context of managing business organisations and equips them to take an effective role within those organisations.
The Masters in Finance and Management is a one-year taught course run by the School of Management.
- The course provides a strong foundation in the principles and practice of finance within organisations.
- Finance and Management students will explore the complexities of international corporations, financial markets and investment management.
The taught elements of the programmes are delivered using a range of methods including lectures, small group tutorials, workshops and seminars. The average lecture size is 30 students, however, in some cases, there will be seminars of 15 to 18 students or larger lectures with up to 100 students, which would normally be augmented by small-group tutorials.
Assessment comprises a combination of coursework and examinations. From June to August, students undertake a research project culminating in a written dissertation of 15,000 words. You will attend a weekly series of lectures and workshops focusing on research methods and other topics to help prepare you for the dissertation.
Typically, each module consists of three to five contact hours per week including lectures, seminars and tutorials. Assessment is either entirely by coursework or through a combination of coursework (50%) and a two-hour end-of-semester examination (50%).
- Advanced Corporate Finance: focuses on empirical and theoretical issues that arise in modern corporate finance.
- Applied Financial Econometrics: provides students with an understanding of issues involved in the design of research projects within a finance and management discipline.
- Corporate Financial Management: provides an introduction to modern theories of financial management and shows how to apply the theory to realistic financial decision problems.
- Investments and Portfolio Management: provides comprehensive instruction on topics in investment finance, combining investment markets instruction with portfolio management.
Students choose two optional modules, taking one in each semester:
- Alternative Investments
- Creative Marketing Communications
- Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
- Entrepreneurship Creativity and Innovation
- Ethics, Organisations and Management
- Financial Systems
- International Financial Management
- International Marketing
- Leadership in Organisations
- Managerial Decision-making
- Managing Natural Resources
- Managing People in Global Markets
- Marketing and Society
- Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs): Critical Perspective
- Risk Management
- Scenario Thinking and Strategy
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students.
Students attend lectures throughout Semesters 1 and 2 to prepare them for conducting the research portion of the dissertation. The dissertation is normally on a specific area of Finance and Marketing, however, at the School of Management, you will have the freedom to develop a topic of your own, which is of interest to you and will contribute towards career development or further study goals.
Students are assigned a supervisor based on a research proposal submitted in the second semester. They will then research and write a 15,000-word dissertation over the summer to be submitted on a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for their Master's degree (MSc), there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
Alumni from the Finance and Marketing programme and more generally from other Masters programmes in the School of Management have secured employment in the fields of general management, marketing and brand management, accountancy, investment analysis, fund administration and other aspects of the financial services industry.
Graduates from the Masters in Finance and Management have taken up roles in a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sector including:
- Bain and Company
- Barclay's Capital
- Nomura Bank
- Blackrock Global Investment Management
- Procter and Gamble
- Credit Suisse Group
- English language proficiency.
- A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in business, marketing or a related subject from the UK or the equivalent international qualification. The University also considers applicants who have majored in another subject but have a business or marketing minor. Applicants with business experience are welcome, and we will take work experience into account in the evaluation of applications.
- If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
- personal statement explaining why you have chosen the programme, why this subject is important to you and why you have applied to study at the University of St Andrews in particular (500 words).
- two original signed academic references.
- academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
International Scholarships Scheme
Scholarships for international students studying selected Masters courses in the School of Management.
Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
For women pursuing a business or business-related degree.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.
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