Masters in finance and banking
Enhance your career
We equip you with skills for the modern workplace. Whether you’re seeking graduate employment or starting your own business, we offer
bespoke careers advice and a range of employability options to enhance your CV.
The finance sector faces rapid regulatory and technological change. Our
global economy is under pressure and banks need informed, responsible,
finance professionals to take action.
At Essex Business School, we develop your analytical and critical thinking
skills so you can thrive in the demanding fields of finance and banking. You
obtain advanced knowledge and understand the changing role of modern financial
institutions, operating in increasingly market-orientated, fast-moving and risk
operating environments. Most importantly, we teach you to act
You join one of the largest, most respected, finance groups in the UK.
Our academics and
practitioners are thought-leaders in their fields and regularly
present at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the
Our postgraduate finance and banking courses
All of our finance and banking Masters are based at our Colchester
Campus in our new building. Our courses have a flexible, modular
structure, with most available to study on either a one-year full-time
or two-year part-time basis.
Who choose us?
Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
Our virtual trading floor uses industry-leading Bloomberg data and software.
You can practise trading stocks and securities using the same software used
by financial analysts and traders across the globe. Industry-leading software
X_TRADER enables you to trade multiple markets from a single screen. This
state-of-the-art facility gives your career a head-start by providing
real-world, practical experience in advance of graduation.
We offer free Bloomberg training to all students so you can access financial
and business data to use throughout your studies.
We’re home to world-class academics, working with organisations such as
Invesco Perpetual, HSBC and the Bank of England. You’re taught by lecturers from
academia and industry.
Our academics also take active roles in three financial research centres:
If your goal is to work in investment management, you may want to consider
qualifying as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
We may be able to support you
financially to sit the CFA Level One exam by offering a limited number of
You can read more about the scheme on our
fees and scholarships page.
What our students and staff say
Hear what it’s like to study a Masters in finance at Essex Business School,
as well as some of our latest research in finance and banking.
Phebe Jaiyeola - MSc Finance and Management
Phebe is from Nigeria and is studying
MSc Finance and Management at our Colchester Campus.
“Essex Business School is a really welcoming place and that’s important to me
as an international student. I’m part of a community at Essex and can be myself.
“International Week in February was amazing. I heard songs from home and felt
comfortable and confident in my Nigerian clothes. Everyone loved my outfit! I
never feel threatened here.”
Professor Neil Kellard - My Finance Research in One Minute
Professor in Finance, Neil Kellard, talks about using statistical modelling
data in our trading floor to forecast financial assets, such as shares, foreign
exchanges and commodities.
Take a look at our Masters brochure
Find out more about our range of Masters courses and studying at Essex
Business School in our latest brochure.