MSc Finance and Financial Law
- Two to five years
- Start of programme
- October / January / April / June
- Attendance mode
- Distance learning
Single module: £1,820
- 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.
Our MSc Finance and Financial Law programme gives you the expertise to conquer the fast-changing world of finance and financial law. The programme takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law by looking at risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond issues and loans. The programme covers both national and international finance, and looks at how financial and principles are applied in practice, as well as in theory.
Why study MSc Finance and Financial Law at SOAS
- ranked 5th in the 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 the rapid and wide-ranging changes occurring in financial markets worldwide
- we are specialists in the delivery of more than 40 African and Asian languages. As the economies of the Global South continue to expand, knowledge of other languages other cultures will be a big asset in the world of commerce and international trade
- you will be joining our community of alumni working in 160 countries in sectors including finance, government, industry and international organisations.
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
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
The MSc is made up of six modules. Each module lasts for 10 weeks. 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 your studies throughout the year, allowing you to fit your course around 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 each study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
For each module, you 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, you will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is a web-based 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 gives you access to the each module's 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.
You can view the current MSc Finance and Financial Law study calendar on CeFiMS website.
Fees and funding
See online and distance learning fees for further information.
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. This 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. See postgraduate funding and finance for more information.
Look through the postgraduate scholarships available.
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
As a graduate of MSc Finance and Financial Law you will be well prepared to work in:
- international banks
- investment banks
- legal practices
- regulatory institutions
- academic world
Recent 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
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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.