MSc in Finance
Heriot-Watt University Dubai
Academic City, United Arab Emirates
1 - 2 year
Full time, Part time
AED 78,750 / per year **
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* rolling admission
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The MSc in Finance is designed for students looking for a mainstream taught MSc in the subject, with a view to either pursuing a career in the financial sector or progressing to doctoral research in finance. The aim of the programme is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of academic finance and the financial sector, including theory, empirical research and practical issues.
The programme will enable students to understand core theories and concepts in finance; understand and use a range of analytical techniques, for example, the analysis of a company’s financial statements or the application of models to value financial assets; evaluate methods of empirical research and empirical findings; develop practical knowledge of financial markets and institutions and financial decisions within companies; carry out original research via a dissertation; and develop transferable skills, particularly in analytical techniques, communication and teamwork, relevant to employment in the financial sector or in academic research.
Students take seven mandatory courses and one optional course from a list of options, as shown below. Satisfactory completion of these courses leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.
Students will study themes such as:
- Corporate Finance
- Capital Markets
- Corporate Governance
- Financial Analysis
- Research in Finance
- Research Methods
- Islamic Accounting and Reporting
- International Managerial Accounting
- Emerging Financial Markets
In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the Master’s qualification undertake a research project and dissertation.
English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one-year full-time study in English will be required.
Our Dubai Campus operates a rolling year-round admissions process: as soon as one intake has closed we begin accepting applications for the next one. It is also possible for you to defer your start date for up to a year.
Most students apply 6–10 months in advance of their chosen intake. We can accept applications up until 3 weeks before the start of each intake but you should note that a late application will almost certainly mean a delay in the provision of essential administrative services, such as your student matriculation card (without which you won't be able to access the library or online services).