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 or as a route towards academia.
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:
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.
By joining MSc Finance you join one of the UK’s largest finance groups, 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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
“I’m Head of Planning at Groupon Malaysia. I decide on the products we sell, how long we sell them for and for what price point. My Masters taught me the importance of research. Throughout my dissertation, I developed skills in planning, time management and evaluating evidence to build a business case. I use these skills on a daily basis at work.”
Nikhil Khandelwal, MSc Finance
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).
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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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.
Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.
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 planned for 2021 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.
£19,380EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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:
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
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.
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.
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