MSc in Finance

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc in Finance

SOAS University of London

MSc in Finance

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two or Three calendar years (part-time)

Minimum Entry Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Economics or another appropriate discipline, from a UK university or other institution acceptable to the University, or an equivalent international qualification (qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits). Candidates who do not have an undergraduate degree in Finance, Economics or a related discipline may take the GMAT or GRE test.

GMAT code: CS-291217-F5P8-0000

Start of programme: September (a three-week preliminary course is September is a requirement)

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Students who take the MSc in Finance will develop a sound understanding of theories of finance and of the workings of financial markets, and will acquire the main analytical tools for a career in finance or further research at PhD level. They will become acquainted with the main issues and methods in Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Banking, and Financial Econometrics and will be able to employ them in a professional capacity. The programme will present Finance as a scientific discipline with a rigorous methodology, but at the same time will describe the way financial markets and institutions actually work in a variety of contexts. The comparative approach of the courses will prove attractive to students from both emerging and advanced economies.


Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

The MSc in Finance has three components, each composed of 60 credits:

  1. Four core modules
  2. Four option modules
  3. Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic

The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 33% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and be allocated an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.

Not all option modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note that where 15 credit modules are selected, these should be balanced between term 1 and term 2.

Part-time Study

Students can take this programme part-time over 2 or 3 years.

Part-time students over two years usually complete their core modules in the 1st year and their options in the 2nd year with their dissertation. Those studying over 3 years will usually complete their core modules in year 1, option modules in year 2 and their dissertation in year 3.

In addition to the Core and Option modules, you will also study the following Preparatory module in September.

Core Modules

  • Corporate finance 15PFMC070 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Econometric Principles and Data Analysis 15PFMC096 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Finance in the global market 15PFMC057 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Risk management 15PFMC071 (15 credits) Term 1

Elective Modules

  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 15PFMC083 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises 15PFMC097 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Corporate governance 15PFMC069 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Islamic banking and finance 15PFMC074 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Japanese financial system 15PFMC073 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Marketing 15PFMC080 (15 credits) Term 1
  • International human resource management 15PFMC078 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Topics in the Chinese economy 15PFMC075 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Regulation of international capital markets 15PFMC061 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Cross-cultural management 15PFMC076 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Business Strategy 15PFMC082 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Banking and capital markets 15PFMC056 (15 credits) Term 2
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
11,855 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £11,855; Full-time Overseas Fees: £19,840 per academic year
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019