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Finance, MSc

Lancaster University
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
Lancaster
English
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Program description

Finance, MSc

Organisations in the financial management sector require industry professionals with specialist knowledge of financial markets and expertise in investments, financial instruments and risk management. This one-year MSc is tailored to these industry requirements, and is designed to give you the crucial skills you will need to launch a successful career in finance.

Graduates come from a wide range of disciplines, including quantitative subjects. If you meet minimum performance criteria during your first term, you will have the chance to sit the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Level 1 professional exam during this course. On successful completion of your course, you will also automatically secure Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exemptions from most of the Fundamental level papers depending on your module choices during the second term. Once you have passed all Fundamental level papers, you could then progress on the ACCA pathway which provide a recognised level of tuition for ACCA’s Professional-level papers: P2 (Strategic Business Reporting) and P4 (Advanced Financial Management).

We will teach you about the principles of financial markets and foundation finance, using real-world data and examples. You will have the chance to explore the fascinating areas of corporate finance, advanced investment management and financial econometrics. Some modules also provide training in Python programming to help address the industry’s skills gap and give you a competitive edge in the jobs market

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Finance, Accounting, Economics or other business-related subject. Graduates in non-business areas with strong quantitative elements may also be considered.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Core

  • Financial Markets
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Financial Markets
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Principles of Financial Reporting
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance

Optional

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Investment Management
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Derivatives Pricing
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation: Accounting OR Finance (with CFA Level 1 Training)
  • Dissertation: Advanced Topics in Accounting
  • Dissertation: Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance
  • Dissertation:Advanced Topics in Investment Strategies, Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Reporting for Complex Entities
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fixed Income Markets

Tuition fees

  • For UK students: £16,500 per year
  • For International students: £24,150 per year

Career opportunities

Throughout your course you will have access to the Management School’s dedicated career support. Advisers will help shape a one-to-one plan to play to your strengths and help your advancement. Many of our graduates have moved on to work in international accountancy firms such EY, KPMG, Bloomberg and city firms in London and beyond.

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Lancaster University is located in the northwest of England near the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. It was established in 1964 as a collegiate university with a reputation for innovation. Lancaster is one of the few UK universities to...


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Lancaster University, Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
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