Postgraduate Course

MSc Finance

MSc Finance

Overview

The details
Finance
October 2022
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

Now more than ever, the finance sector requires multi-disciplined practitioners who can navigate financial markets, make informed investment decisions and act rationally and ethically under pressure.

Our MSc Finance is the flagship Masters degree of our finance disciplines at Essex Business School. It delivers a solid base in finance for those with a strong quantitative and financial background who wish to move into a career in the finance sector.

This Masters in finance has been developed to meet the needs of a global finance sector that is still partially in recovery and in need of decisive leadership and new thinking. You will learn using case studies, real-life data from our Bloomberg data feed and established financial models. You will learn when and what to question and how you and your unique skillset can make an impact. You will master core areas of finance, such as:

  • asset pricing
  • portfolio analysis
  • derivative securities
  • advanced mathematics
  • banking operations
  • hedging financial risk
  • econometric tools

MSc Finance is taught at Essex Business School. Our students and staff join us from all over the world and our teaching is grounded in contemporary issues and professional practice, supported by industry-standard facilities, such as our Bloomberg virtual trading floor.

Essex Business School offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam to exceptional Masters students.

Why we're great.
  • Our teaching combines academic and industry expertise with lectures from City experts
  • We are home to one of the biggest and most diverse Finance groups in the UK and you will benefit from exposure to this wealth of experience
  • Our Financial Market Labs give you access to market-leading Bloomberg business data where you will be able to test your financial models against real-time business data
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

By joining MSc Finance you join one of the UK’s largest Finance Group, with a team of experts in an enormous range of specialisms. You will be exposed to disciplines including: data analytics, global trading, risk management, investment banking, financial management, and more. Even if these are not part of your core programme, you will benefit from the breadth of interests that reflect contemporary banking and finance issues facing organisations today.

Our lecturers have presented their work at the likes of the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve and are recognised for being at the forefront of research in:

  • financial data analytics
  • leadership and strategy
  • finance and banking
  • risk management
  • international management
  • corporate social responsibility

You’ll be taught by our team of experts with both academic and industry experience, including Dr Thanos Verousis, Reader in Finance. Thanos works in a field of finance called financial market microstructure, investigating the financial markets in the finest detail and combining this with an exploration of investor behaviour. He has received funding from a large UK bank and the ESRC and has acted as an expert witness in a legal case on financial regulation.

Not only are you taught by experts with both academic and industry experience, input from City-based industry leaders gives this course a thorough grounding in contemporary financial practice. Our school is also home to Essex Finance Centre. and Essex Centre for Macro and Financial Econometrics.

Specialist facilities

Our commitment to excellence in teaching extends to our working environment, with our landmark Colchester building providing excellent facilities to learn and socialise, including:

  • an Eden-style dome and winter garden, which give the building its own micro-climate
  • a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs for analysing financial data
  • study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • networking opportunities with visiting businesses
  • being in close proximity to the Parkside Office Village, offering potential networking opportunities with innovative Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Bonds café for meetings and socialising

You benefit from a truly international experience and learn in the company of academics and students from across the globe; our current Masters students join us from more than 40 countries.

Your future

93% of our Essex Business School students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020).

Our graduates enjoy careers in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy at some of the world’s most well-known organisations and exciting SMEs, including:

  • KPMG
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • European Central Bank
  • HP, hardware company
  • Groupon, a global e-commerce marketplace
  • Capital Markets Intelligence, a financial publisher
  • Credit Data Research, a business funder

Many now also run their own growing businesses, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.

MSc Finance students can also take advantage of the services offered by the Student Development Team, including: careers advice; work experience; internships; placements; and voluntary opportunities.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2 degree, or international equivalent, in a numerate discipline such as: Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics, Science or Engineering.

Your degree should contain at least one module relating to: Economics, Finance(not Financial Reporting), Mathematics (calculus), Quantitative Finance/Methods or Econometrics (probability, statistics).

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Course structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: CORE

MSc/MA Dissertation
(60 CREDITS)

Your dissertation is the culmination of your Masters programme, where you apply the knowledge gained on your course to produce an extended independent piece of work. You generate an original idea, analyse literature and current knowledge and produce a coherent argument that shows your ability to relate theory to practice. Your dissertation will help you develop vital skills for the workplace, as well as the ability to analyse real problems through an academic lens. You are assigned a supervisor for the duration of your project.

View MSc/MA Dissertation on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Derivative Securities
(20 CREDITS)

Master the pricing of financial derivatives and their use for hedging financial risks. You study the basics of futures and options, analyse the Black-Scholes and binomial option pricing models, and consider various numerical techniques for pricing financial derivatives. Futures and options are then utilised in the context of hedging financial risks, and you are introduced to the concept of volatility trading and the treatment of volatility as an asset class.

View Derivative Securities on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

Asset Pricing
(20 CREDITS)

Gain a formal introduction to asset pricing theories and empirical findings. You review the fundamental theories of the expected utility, asset pricing kernels, and risk-neutral valuation, covering the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), and linear factor models arising from the Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT). You also discuss empirical asset pricing studies.

View Asset Pricing on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Portfolio Management
(20 CREDITS)

Understand the process of portfolio management. You cover the main concepts such as efficient diversification, managing risk exposures, and the valuation of financial assets that are at the core of managing investment portfolios, and pay special attention to the practicalities of the implementation of these concepts.

View Portfolio Management on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: CORE

Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance
(20 CREDITS)

This module equips you with the econometric tools and necessary experience to conduct empirical research in finance. You review statistical and basic econometric models and learn to apply econometric techniques in finance by considering topics such as (G)ARCH models, unit roots and cointegration.

View Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: OPTIONAL

EBS (Colchester Campus) option from list
(20 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 07: OPTIONAL

EBS (Colchester Campus) option from list
(20 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 08: COMPULSORY

Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation
(0 CREDITS)

This module covers topics in mathematics that are required in Masters-level finance courses at the University of Essex. You focus on the basics of linear algebra, differential calculus including optimisation and dynamics.

View Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Tailor the content of your course to more closely fit your interests and aspirations
  • Courses focus on practical applications and links with industry
  • We run an open seminar series

Assessment

  • Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations

Dissertation

  • You submit a 15,000 word dissertation

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£13,030

International fee

£20,350

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2021 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, November 13, 2021

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

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At Essex we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community. We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities.


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