Master in Finance


Program Description


In the era of new business, the formula for success demands more than clicking through spreadsheets or grabbing headlines from stock-market tickers. Here at the East London University, our greatest insights are born from a hands-on understanding of how finance can improve people's lives. We invite you to roll up your sleeves — and get down to business.

This Postgraduate Master program will prepare you for a position in the Finance field (Analyst, Quant, Risk Management, etc.). The Master in Finance affords up-to-the-minute knowledge in the most innovative areas of finance, including geopolitics, behavioral finance, risk governance, and Islamic finance. The master will also equip you with a practical and applied knowledge, as well as the additional values you will need to succeed as a financier. The master combines the academic rigor of the analysis tools with the experience of seasoned professionals.

Our immersive, MS in Finance program will equip you with the foundational skills to:

  • Identify, evaluate, and implement capital budgeting processes to maximize shareholder value
  • Assess financial risk and proficiency, especially when future payoffs are uncertain
  • Understand and implement asset allocation strategies and risk management procedures
  • Leverage cutting-edge finance techniques and the resources that support them

Program objectives

This full-time program will put you to work with real-world group projects and hands-on assignments revolving around the following 3 areas of expertise:

  • Financial modeling (including capital budgeting, basic statistics, and forecasting)
  • Financial accounting and the principles underlying financial accounting and use of accounting information for decision-making
  • Financial Markets: financial derivative securities covering options, forwards, futures, and OTC derivatives


This 2-year Postgraduate Master’s Degree grants 120 ECTS credits distributed in 4 semesters of 15 weeks each: 96 mandatory ECTS credits (including 18 ECTS credits granted upon completion of a mandatory professional internship and 12 ECTS credits for the Master’s Thesis at the end of the program) and 24 elective ECTS credits chosen a catalog of 48 elective ECTS total. Students will have to decide between 2 minors:

  • Financial Accounting: provides students with a thorough understanding of corporate financial accounting and reporting. This information is widely used in making investment decisions, corporate and managerial performance assessment, and valuation of firms. Students perform economics-based analysis of accounting information from the viewpoint of the users of accounting information (senior managers) rather than the preparer (the accountant).
  • Financial Markets: gives students ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise. Introduction to risk management and behavioral finance principles to understand the functioning of securities, options, forwards, futures, OTC derivatives as well as insurance, and banking industries.

In addition to finance courses, students have the option to prepare for CFA Charter Level I, a highly respected international qualification within the finance industry.


Semesters 1 & 2

  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Macroeconomy
  • Financial markets
  • Mandatory internship

Semester 3

  • Fixed income
  • Investment Theory
  • Microeconomics

Financial Accounting Minor

  • Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Statement of Cash Flow and Principles of Accrual Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis

Financial Markets Minor

  • Stock Market, Portfolio Diversification and Supporting Financial Institutions
  • Insurance and banking industries - Risk and Financial Crises

Semester 4

  • Financial statistics
  • Quantitative financial economics
  • International finance

Financial Accounting Minor

  • Time Value of Money, Long-Term Debt, and Deferred Taxes
  • Investments, Business Combinations, and Financial Decision-Making

Financial Markets Minor

  • Options Markets
  • Exchanges, Brokers, Dealers, Clearinghouses

Master thesis

  • Thesis

Our world-class faculty members don't just teach traditional finance. They challenge you to use creativity, critical thinking, and ethical leadership to make organizations better. Understand the macro challenges that impact our world at the micro level. We invite you to join us.

Technological advances and economic and political events have greatly influenced the financial industry in recent years. As the marketplace becomes increasingly complex, financial managers and analysts need an in-depth understanding of how to maximize global diversification of financial portfolios, shareholder value, and return on financial assets while managing the risk exposure to interest rate, exchange rate, and commodity fluctuation. A master’s degree in finance can help equip you with the skills you need to meet the demands of today’s marketplace.

Last updated Oct 2017

About the School

Founded in 1998, East London University is one of the country’s premier private universities. The University's S1-hectare campus, a few kilometers south of downtown East London, is home to more than 2 ... Read More

Founded in 1998, East London University is one of the country’s premier private universities. The University's S1-hectare campus, a few kilometers south of downtown East London, is home to more than 2,300 students hailing from all regions of the South Africa and 27 other countries. Read less