This course is for

Graduates who have little or no business experience and want a career in finance or risk management.


Receive a solid theoretical foundation in finance and risk management. Use your quantitative skills and enhance your employability. You’ll graduate prepared for a finance-related career.

Develop an in-depth knowledge of the financial system. You’ll learn to analyze financial decisions and the motivations of people making them. You’ll apply this knowledge in a range of real-world scenarios.

Our course brings in expertise from the University’s departments of Mathematical Sciences and Economics. This ensures you’ll have access to a wide range of teaching and research experience.

Tier 4 visa scheme

Benefit from a streamlined visa application process and get six months leave after your course.

We’re one of a small group of UK universities selected to take part.

Key Benefits

  • The Financial Times has ranked this MSc 4th in the world for Risk Management
  • You'll leave prepared for a finance career with our emphasis on technical and practical skills
  • Share your knowledge and experiences with students from all four of our finance courses. You'll also gain global insight working with students from all over the world
  • Learn from three of the University’s leading teaching and research departments. We bring in expertise from Management, Mathematical Sciences, and Economics
  • Focus on your areas of interest with our flexible course structure
  • Choose between managerial projects and a dissertation during the summer term. You'll get valuable experience working with a partner organization on a real problem

Content and structure

Semester one: taught units

Compulsory units

You will take these units:

  • Econometrics for finance
  • Theory of financial decision making
  • Introduction to quantitative finance

Optional units

You will select two of these units:

  • Financial derivatives
  • Investment management
  • Banking
  • Corporate governance

Semester two: taught units

Compulsory units

You will take these units:

  • Financial Econometrics
  • Corporate finance
  • Risk management

Optional units

You will select two of these units:

  • Financial engineering
  • International finance
  • Financial statement analysis and company valuation
  • Contemporary finance issues
  • New venture financing
  • Behavioural finance


The course will finish with a dissertation. You will produce a unique piece of research using techniques learned throughout the year.

The Practice Track

You will work with one of our partner organizations to solve a real business challenge. In teams, you will apply what you have learned and present your work to the company.

Teaching and learning

You’ll learn from academics who are experts in the field of finance and risk management. Your learning experience will be enriched by the research activities and collaborations of academic staff.

We will also offer a wide range of opportunities for personal development. These will be delivered by specialists in our Careers Service, Academic Skills Centre, and Library, or in partnership with the Students’ Union.

All units are taught on campus.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • project work
  • presentations

Methods of assessment

Units are assessed by a combination of formal examinations and coursework.

Additional costs

As well as the cost of books, you will also need to cover the cost of photocopying, printing, and binding. You should budget at least £100 for this.

Some courses involve visits away from the University campus, and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation, and subsistence for such trips.

This course is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Achieve your career goals

Study with us to help achieve your career goals. You will develop the right skills and work with employers from week one of the course.

Our graduates have a great employment record. Most go on to careers in a range of areas, start their own business or begin a Ph.D.

100% of 2016 Finance with Risk Management students employed six months after graduation*

*Employment data based on those looking for work and for whom data is held (66% of 2016 class).

Destinations of 2016 graduates (MSc Finance, MSc Finance with Banking and MSc Finance with Risk Management combined)

  • 43% Finance
  • 36% Banking
  • 11% Audit
  • 5% Insurance
  • 5% Consulting

Recruiters include

  • Africa Merchant Capital
  • Asset Pro Management
  • BDO
  • BNP Paribas
  • Dingyi Investment Group Hong Kong
  • EY
  • Hiscox
  • Huatai Futures InveSummit
  • Invest Banca
  • KPMG

Entry requirements

UK students

2:1 or above (or international equivalent) in a subject with high mathematical/quantitative content.

Type of degree

You should have at least a 2:1 in a subject with high mathematical or quantitative content. Such subjects include engineering, mathematics, economics, and physics. We may consider other subjects if they have enough quantitative content.

If you are a UK student and completed your undergraduate degree abroad, your qualification must be equivalent to a 2:1 or above.

European and international students

Contact us for more information about our entry requirements for your country, application help and funding details.

English language

If English is not your first language, you will need to pass an English language test.

You will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 6.5 overall. Your scores for reading, writing, listening, and speaking must be at least 6.0.

These results must be no more than two years old from the start date of your MSc course.

IELTS alternatives

We also accept other language tests, including PTE Academic, TOEFL. iBT, CPE, and CAE.

If you have already taken a test but have not met the required standard, you can apply to take a pre-sessional course at the University.

If you are already studying in the UK

If you completed all of your undergraduate studies in:

  • the UK
  • a country where English is the official first language

You may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Combined offer

If you have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 or 5.5 you may qualify for a combined offer.

  • Five-week course: An overall IELTS score of 6.0 may allow you to take a five-week English course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.
  • Ten-week course: An overall IELTS score of 5.5 may allow you to take a ten-week course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.
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