SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

MSc in Finance (2018 entry)

On-Campus Programme

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Overview

Students who take the MSc in Finance will develop a sound understanding of theories of finance and of the workings of financial markets, and will acquire the main analytical tools for a career in finance or further research at PhD level. They will become acquainted with the main issues and methods in Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Banking, and Financial Econometrics and will be able to employ them in a professional capacity. The programme will present Finance as a scientific discipline with a rigorous methodology, but at the same time will describe the way financial markets and institutions actually work in a variety of contexts. The comparative approach of the courses will prove attractive to students from both emerging and advanced economies.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Economics or other appropriate discipline, from a UK university or other institution acceptable to the University, or an equivalent international qualification (qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits). Candidates who do not have an undergraduate degree in Finance, Economics or a related discipline may take the GMAT or GRE test.
    GMAT code: CS-291217-F5P8-0000

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time) Two or Three calendar years (part-time)

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£12,445
Overseas fees:
£20,835

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. This is a Band 4 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

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Structure

Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

The MSc in Finance has three components, each composed of 60 credits:

  1. Four core modules
  2. Four option modules
  3. Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic

The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 33% 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.


Part-time Study

Students can take this programme part-time over 2 or 3 years.
Part-time students over two years usually complete their core modules in the 1st year and their options in the 2nd year with their dissertation. Those studying over 3 years will usually complete their core modules in year 1, option modules in year 2 and their dissertation in year 3.

In addition to the Core and Option modules, you will also study the following Preparatory module in September.

Mathematics and Statistics for Finance

Dissertation

Dissertation in Finance: 60 credits

Taught Component
Pre-sessional
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Mathematics and Statistics for Finance Pre-sessional Course 15PFMC098 0 Term 1
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Finance in the global market 15PFMC057 15 Term 2
Corporate finance 15PFMC070 15 Term 2
Risk management 15PFMC071 15 Term 1
Econometric Principles and Data Analysis 15PFMC096 15 Term 1
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Guided Options

Choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the list below:

List of modules (subject to availability)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods- not running 2019/20 15PFMC083 15 - Not Running 2019/20
Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises 15PFMC097 15 Term 1
Corporate governance 15PFMC069 15 Term 2
Islamic Banking And Finance- not running 2019/20 15PFMC074 0.5
Japanese Financial System 15PFMC073 15 - Not Running 2019/20
IM Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cross-cultural management 15PFMC076 15 Term 2
Corporate finance 15PFMC070 15 Term 2
Corporate governance 15PFMC069 15 Term 2
International Business Strategy 15PFMC082 15 Term 2
International human resource management 15PFMC078 15 Term 1
International Marketing 15PFMC080 15 Term 1
Risk management 15PFMC071 15 Term 1
Topics in the Chinese economy 15PFMC075 15 Term 1
FFL Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International Securities Regulation 15PFMC061 15 Term 1
Banking and capital markets 15PFMC056 15 Term 2

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

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 and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

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

Tuition Fees

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. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

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12,445 20,835 £6,223 £10,418 £4,148 £6,945

Scholarships

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Graduates from the MSc in Finance will be well equipped for a career in finance, banking, consultancy or business.

A Student's Perspective

Part of the reason I chose SOAS over others is because it offered the Islamic Banking and Finance elective module. This is a one-of-a-kind class and an interesting subject that only SOAS offers. My hope is that the knowledge attained in this class will make me more suited for international corporate jobs that deal with the states that are a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Tariq Islam

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