MSc Finance / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Investing in an MSc Finance adds up to a great career and you gain valuable quantitative skills that are in high demand by employers. A dissertation, focusing on empirical research, allows you to explore your chosen area of interest in detail, and you are supported throughout by our high-calibre staff.
Recent graduates have accepted positions in the City, with the `Big 4' global financial services firms, major world banks and financial institutions.
Trading BootCamp Week
Together with Amplify Trading , a global financial trading and training firm, we offer a week long Trading BootCamp for MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance course students.
- experience a live trading floor provided by two experienced traders with specialist software
- engage with contemporary financial markets and apply your classroom theory in practice
- watch live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, and use your knowledge and skills in trading different asset classes
- a fantastic opportunity to prepare you for successful careers after graduation.
The Finance Zone
- gain access to one of the UK's most comprehensive collections of specialist financial and business databases that are used by top researchers around the world.
- Databases include Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson ONE, Compustat, WRDS, Capital IQ and many more. Read more about the specialist financial and business databases >>
We have teamed up with Kaplan Schweser to facilitate student preparation for the CFA exams. A small number of the best performing students (according to semester 1 exam results) on the MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance courses will get free access to Kaplan's online training materials for CFA Part One. In previous years we have been able to offer this opportunity to up to 20 students.
- Gain student support from Kaplan with access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, and mock exam runs. Plus tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions.
- The CFA Program builds a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.
- Take the first step to earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential to prepare for the Level I exam
- The CFA is the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.
Worshipful Company of International Bankers Affiliation
Our accounting and finance division courses are now affiliated with the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB). Every year the best dissertation out of the following four courses will receive the WCIB Prize worth £300.
- MSc Accounting
- MSc Accounting and Finance
- MSc Finance
- MSc Quantitative Finance
The winner will also enter the competition for the prestigious WCIB Lombard Prize .
Coursework and assessment
Course unit details
During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught units during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.
Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent Finance dissertation project topics include:
- Financial reporting regulation
- The role of institutional investors in corporate governance
- Managerial compensation and corporate governance
- Momentum investing
- Capital structure and cash holding decisions
- Dual-class firms and corporate takeover
- Debt IPOs, adviser switching, contracting, governance, performance and venture capital backing
- Can exchange rates forecast macroeconomic fundamentals?
- Over-allocation and stabilisation of initial public offerings (IPOs)
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Cross Sectional Econometrics||BMAN70211B||15||Mandatory|
|Time Series Econometrics||BMAN71122||15||Mandatory|
|Current Issues in Empirical Finance||BMAN70162||15||Optional|
|Mergers & Acquisitions: Economic & Financial||BMAN70432||15||Optional|
|Financial Statement Analysis||BMAN71132||15||Optional|
|Qualitative Research Methods||BMAN71282||15||Optional|
Scholarships and bursaries
Read about available scholarships and funding .