Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time
The MRes in Finance and Management degree at SOAS is unique in two respects. First, it combines a broad based training in quantitative and qualitative research methods used in financial and management studies. Secondly, due to the research background of academics at SOAS and their regional expertise, the qualitative and quantitative research methods introduced can be applied in the context of developing and emerging economies.
The programme is suitable for students with a background of BA or BSc level who wish to progress to undertake a PhD, but who do not already hold a Masters level qualification. It is also suitable for students who want to improve their qualitative and quantitative research methods skills, and for those whose Masters level degree did not contain significant research methods components.
In many cases, students will wish to join a PhD programme after successfully completing the MRes in Finance and Management.
Introducing Finance and Management
Gerhard Kling, Professor of International Business and Management, provides an outline of the MRes in Finance and Management programme at SOAS University of London.
What does the programme involve?
The MRes in Finance and Management focuses on research methods used to analyse qualitative and quantitative data.
Students can take two optional modules in their area of interest including Corporate Finance or Risk Management.
What kind of students will the programme appeal to?
Most students want to acquire an understanding of advanced research methods before starting a PhD project.
What facilities are available?
Access to datasets through the SOAS library and additional resources from the AXA Global Finance Centre as well as ongoing research projects.
Can you recommend a good book to read on postgraduate Finance and Management?
Peter Kennedy's A Guide to Econometrics (Wiley-Blackwell, 6th edition, 2008) is a gentle read and a good start.
What do students do after graduating?
Most continue with a PhD project or work in research related areas, whilst some become part of consulting projects.
Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 90 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 90 credit dissertation.
The MRes in Finance and Management has three components:
1. Four core modules
2. Two option modules
3. Dissertation of 20,000 words on an approved topic
The 20,000-word dissertation is worth 50% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and be allocated an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.
Not all option modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note that where 15 credit modules are selected, these should be balanced between term 1 and term 2.
Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the list below.
This is the structure for applicants for the year shown above
If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page, on Moodle or through your Department.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching & Learning
All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.
As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.
More information is on the page for each module.
Fees and funding
Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.
This is a Band 4 tuition fee.
Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
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For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
The School of Finance and Management (SFM) maintains close links with employers in the United Kingdom, and its focus regions. We expect that many of our graduates will move into higher education, research and development, manufacturing, banking, consulting, media, and other industries.
A Student's Perspective
Maimoona Cheema, Pakistan
I have found the MSc Finance and Financial Law degree particularly useful since it has added essentials of finance including but not limited to concepts of risk management, financial markets, banking and investment to my skill-set of legal expertise thereby giving me an edge and bringing me at par with seniors in the legal field