The Masters in Finance is an ideal preparation for careers in finance, financial management or higher education. The programme provides specialist study in financial markets, investments, financial instruments and risk management.
As there is no generally recognised professional qualification in finance, it is particularly suitable for graduates in quantitative subjects who wish to prepare for careers in the financial services sector, and it provides a suitable advanced education in finance for good graduates from a wide range of disciplines.
Many holders of the MSc are now employed in senior positions in banks and financial institutions in the UK and world-wide. Several others have entered careers in higher education and research.
The MSc Finance and the MSc Accounting and Financial Management are supremely flexible: you can switch between them at an early stage if you find your interests changing.
Michaelmas Term (October to December)
In this term you take four introductory modules:
Plus four further assessed modules:
You also complete a non-assessed two-week module on Financial Databases.
Lent Term (January to March)
You take at least two of the following modules:
Plus up to two chosen from:
Summer Term (May to September)
From May to July you work solely on your Masters dissertation and progress report, with guidance from your academic supervisor.
You continue this work throughout the remainder of the summer, submitting your dissertation in September, at the end of the Masters programme.
There is a wide choice of dissertation topics, and some recent examples include:
Option bounds and option pricing with limited information
Structural models of credit risk
Corporate payout policy: theory and evidence
Graduation takes place in December at Lancaster.
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at least 2:1 honours degree or equivalent; IELTS 7.0 if first language is not English.
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