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Finance (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Given the increasing integration of national capital markets, it is becoming more and more important to possess a high-quality postgraduate qualification in finance for those wishing to work for corporations and government bodies involved with stock markets, project investment and the finance industry.

Special Features

Course Description

The MSc in Finance is a one-year, full-time programme. It is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in finance.

Course Structure

This 12-month programme consists of a taught course, running from September to June, and a dissertation which is completed between June and September.

The aim of the first stage is to provide you with a sound theoretical foundation in finance as well as the quantitative and research skills required for a successful career in finance.

The second semester builds heavily on the knowledge and skills acquired during the first semester. In particular, the second semester enables you to either acquire advanced knowledge of both the areas of corporate finance and financial derivatives or to specialise in another area of finance. The second semester is organised in such a way to combine flexibility (via the optional modules) with rigour (via the core modules).

Programme of Study

Autumn Semester

  • Research Methods in Finance
  • Principles of Finance
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Market Structure and Trading Systems

Spring Semester

  • Research Topics in Finance
  • Empirical Finance
At least one of the following two modules:
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Derivatives

And at most one other module from the following list:

  • International Banking
  • International Finance
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Marketing of Financial Services
  • Investment and Electronic Trading
  • Issues in Islamic Banking and Finance

Dissertation

From June to September you will work on an individual, research-based dissertation under the individual supervision of a faculty member. Support is given from the outset in preparing for the dissertation via a range of first and second-semester modules, including Research Methods in Finance and Research Topics in Finance.

Assessment

From June to September you will work on an individual, research-based dissertation under the individual supervision of a faculty member. Support is given from the outset in preparing for the dissertation via a range of first and second-semester modules, including Research Methods in Finance and Research Topics in Finance.

Career Prospects

Graduates from the MSc in Finance will attract job offers from a range of financial institutions including investment banks, hedge funds and stock exchanges. Some of our graduates will also find roles within organisations and corporations with a strong interest in finance. These include consultancies, national and international regulators, and the finance divisions of multinational companies.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have an upper second class honours degree (2:1, GPA 3.0/4.0) from a leading university, in finance or a related degree which includes the following modules: one quantitative module with 60% pass rate and three analytical finance modules, all with 60% pass overall.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS exam, obtaining a minimum score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £10,750 £18,500
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, Cardiff Business School  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6953 

Fax:  

Email: carbs-pg-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://business.cardiff.ac.uk/courses

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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

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