How do you make optimal investment decisions? How are stocks priced? Why do markets crash?
In rapidly changing and often unstable money markets, the global economy demands financial professionals who can act rationally and ethically when under pressure. This course further develops your analytical and critical thinking skills so you can evaluate risk and make sound financial decisions in complex environments.
You gain a detailed understanding of the key financial drivers in an increasingly complex business world. We equip you with advanced knowledge of the latest theoretical and empirical developments in the industry, using case studies to apply theory to practice, so you can excel in a career in any aspect of finance.
Our MSc Finance is taught at Essex Business School, ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2019). Our students and staff join us from all over the world and we embed the latest academic thinking in our teaching to ensure you experience the cutting-edge of your discipline.
MSc Finance can also be studied part time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts provided by the University of Essex. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA® level one exam to exceptional Masters students. The University of Essex is a member of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. CFA is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute.
Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,609, for students from the UK and EU.
You join one of the UK’s largest finance groups, with a team of experts in wide ranging specialisms. This diversity ensures our course reflects the breadth of 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, but 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.
Essex Business School is helping to create the business leaders of the future; those who are creative, innovative and ethically aware. In 2016, 87% of our postgraduate taught students were in professional employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016).
Many of 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.
During your time at Essex Business School, we provide plenty of help with finding and applying for work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities from our dedicated employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre. There is also access to employer talks on campus.
“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 containing core modules relating to Economics or Finance (see also key modules) and (ideally) in the final two years of study. 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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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.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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