MSc Finance (Major: Financial Sector Management)
Duration: 2–5 years
Minimum Entry Requirements: You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in finance, economics, or another appropriate discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.
Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
Designed to advance a career in management within banks and other financial firms, this programme enables you to deepen your understanding of the principles, applications, and context underlying decision making in financial sector management.
Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4098
English language requirements: If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the IELTS test, or 7.0 in both reading and writing.
You will study five core modules:
- Bank Financial Management
- Banking & Capital Markets
- Banking Strategy
- Corporate Finance
- Finance in the Global Market
You will also choose three modules from the list of elective modules:
- Advanced Topics in Valuation
- Bank Regulation & Resolution of Banking Crises
- Corporate Governance
- Econometric Analysis & Applications
- Econometric Principles & Data Analysis
- Financial Econometrics
- International Finance
- The International Monetary Fund & Economic Policy
- Introduction to Valuation
- Macroeconomic Policy & Financial Markets
- Microeconomic Principles & Policy
- Modelling Firms & Markets
- Risk Management: Principles & Applications
- Research Methods
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning
The MSc is made up of eight modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for senior management positions in deposit banks, investment banks, fund management, consultancy, central banks and international bodies.
How to Apply
To make an application, please complete our online application form. For more information about the application procedure and deadlines, and the supporting documentation required, please visit the admissions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
A Student's Perspective
Thinavhuyo Patrick Khethani
… it was one of the best decisions that I ever took to supplement my engineering background by studying and completing the MSc Finance…