- 2–5 years
Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)
MSc Finance and Financial Law
2018 Entry requirements
- 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.
- Teaching and Learning
- Fees and funding
Start of programme: November / January / March / May / July
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
The rapid and wide-ranging changes occurring in financial markets around the world and in the legal and regulatory environment in which they operate has created a demand for people with expertise in both finance and financial law. This MSc takes an integrated approach to these two aspects by including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, formation of companies and the bank-client relation, bond issues, and loans. It relates to both national and international finance and will introduce you to how financial and legal principles are applied in practice as well as in theory.
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.
You will study five core modules.
- Introduction to Law and to Finance
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Law
- Legal Aspects of International Finance
- Risk Management: Principles and Applications
You will also choose three elective modules.
- 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
- Regulation of International Capital Markets
- Research Methods
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.
Teaching and 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 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.
For more information about studying with us, please visit the Frequently asked questions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
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. Click here to learn more.
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
Too often expertise in financial services is polarised. Professionals either have knowledge of the practicalities of how financial services businesses operate or of the law relating to them. This programme creates a new kind of financial services professional: graduates who are trained in both finance and law. Graduates of the MSc FFL find that their specialist knowledge is in demand by international banks and investment firms, legal practices, regulatory institutions and the academic world.
Find out more by visiting the Careers section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
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
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.
Find out more
- By phone:
- +44 (0)20 7898 4098
- By email:
Got a question?
If you still have questions about this programme or studying at SOAS get in touch.
CeFiMS distance learning applications should be made through our online application form.