Finance, M.Sc.

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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.
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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.

Programme Structure

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:

  • Introduction to Financial Markets
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Plus four further assessed modules:

  • Financial Markets
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Principles of Financial Reporting
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance

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:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Investment Management
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Fixed Income Markets

Plus up to two chosen from:

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Derivatives Pricing
  • Financial Reporting for Complex Entities
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Professional Ethics: Standards in Accounting and Finance Practice
  • Risk Management in Commercial Banking

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

at least 2:1 honours degree or equivalent; IELTS 7.0 if first language is not English.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 20000 International
  • GBP 15500 EU/EEA


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