Overview and entry requirements
Our MSc in Finance and Financial Law programme takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law, including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond issues, and loans.
In these fast changing subjects, the MSc Finance and Financial Law provides the specialist knowledge required in international banks and investment firms, legal practice, regulatory institutions and the academic world.
The programme relates to both national and international finance, and considers how financial and legal principles are applied in the context of actual case studies.
Students also have the option to follow one of two specific pathways within the programme - MSc Finance and Financial Law (Major: Law) or MSc Finance and Financial Law (Major: Finance). The differences between the two pathways are detailed within the programme 'structure' tab.
See School of Finance and Management
Why study MSc Finance and Financial Law at SOAS
- we are 5th in UK for graduate employability (Guardian League Tables 2021)
- programmes are delivered by a multicultural and international teaching body, who regularly publish in top international journals
- you will develop an excellent understanding of key issues shaping international business strategy
- we are specialists in the delivery of more that forty African and Asian languages. As the economies of the Global South continue to expand, knowledge of another language and other cultures will be a big asset in the world of commerce and international trade
- you will be joining our community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the outside world of academia
Graduates from the MSc Finance and Financial Law will be well equipped for a career with a financial institution, a commercial law firm, regulator, government department or indeed in general business.
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Find out more
To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc Finance and Financial Law section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
Start of programme: October / January / April / June
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
- You should have an upper second class UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in any discipline. Relevant professional experience will be taken into account, but is not a requirement. Your application may also be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.
- 2–5 years
You will study six modules: three core modules and three elective modules selected from the list below.
If you wish to complete the Dissertation you must study Research Methods.
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Law
- Introduction to Law and to Finance
- Bank Financial Management
- Banking and Capital Markets
- Corporate Governance
- Finance in the Global market
- Law and Regulation of Electronic Finance and Internet Banking
- Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance
- Legal Aspects of International Finance
- Regulation of International Capital Markets
- Research Methods
- Risk Management: Principles and Applications
Find out more
To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Finance and Financial Law section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching & Learning
The MSc is made up of six modules. Each module is studied in one for four 10-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.
Online academic tutor
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.
For each module, students will be provided with access to all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources.
Virtual Learning Environment
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 September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
Fees and funding
Pay as you learn
Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.
If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. Learn more
See our list of postgraduate scholarships
Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.
Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:
- United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
- Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
- European Union
- British Council
- UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Educational and other charitable trusts
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
Graduates from the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS) will leave SOAS with advanced skills in communication, analysis, problem solving, and technical proficiencies required in the finance sector.
Our programmes are respected by employers all over the world, who value graduates’ knowledge and understanding of how the finance sector is tackling the major challenges facing global business.
Recent CeFiMS graduates have been hired by:
- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
- Ernst & Young
- Euro Monitor International
- Financial Times
- HM Treasury
- Huaxia Bank, China
- International Rescue Committee
- JP Morgan, Chase & Co
- Publicis Media
- University of Oxford
- Western Securities Co. Ltd
- White & Case LLP
- World Food Programme
A Student's Perspective
Doing the MSc was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can already see the benefits on a daily basis at work.
How to Apply
Apply now using 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.