The MSc in Finance is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in finance.
Given the increasing integration of national capital markets, it is becoming more and more important to possess a high-quality postgraduate qualification in finance for those wishing to work for corporations and government bodies involved with stock markets, project investment and the finance industry.
The MSc in Finance is a one-year, full-time programme. It is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in finance.
This programme provides excellent training for those who wish to pursue doctoral level research with a view to an academic or research-orientated career.
- You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
- You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
- You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).
- Our facilities include a fully functioning trading room giving you access to the latest market data.
|Next intake||September 2017|
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Applicants are expected to have a minimum of a 2:1 (GPA 3.0/4.0) Honours degree from a leading university, in finance or a related degree which includes the following modules: one quantitative module with 60% pass rate and three analytical finance modules, all with 60% pass overall.
If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an IELTS exam, obtaining a minimum score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.
The first semester provides you with a sound theoretical foundation in finance as well as the quantitative and research skills required for a successful career in finance.
The second semester builds heavily on the knowledge and skills acquired during the first semester. In particular, the second semester enables you to either acquire advanced knowledge of both corporate finance and financial derivatives or to specialise in another area of finance. The second semester is organised in such a way to combine flexibility (via the optional modules) with rigour (via the core modules).
In the first semester you will take four core modules.
In semester two, you will take two further core modules along with two optional modules. The optional modules provide progression from those delivered in the first semester and demonstrate the increasing demands placed on you.
Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the dissertation.
The dissertation is designed to enable you to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in the taught modules to individual independent research under academic supervision.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Finance and Investment||BST156||15 credits|
|Quantitative Methods||BST164||15 credits|
|Research Topics in Finance||BST252||15 credits|
|Empirical Finance||BST264||15 credits|
|Market Structure and Trading Systems||BST998||15 credits|
|Research Methods in Finance||BST999||15 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Financial Derivatives||BST254||15 credits|
|Asset Pricing||BST260||15 credits|
|International Banking||BST263||15 credits|
|International Finance||BST273||15 credits|
|Mathematical Finance||BST275||15 credits|
|Marketing of Financial Services||BST276||15 credits|
|Investment and Electronic Trading||BST277||15 credits|
|Corporate Finance||BST997||15 credits|
How will I be taught?
Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.
Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.
Methods of teaching
Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).
In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic
How will I be supported?
You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.
Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.
For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.
We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.
You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.
When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.
What skills will I practise and develop?
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:
- Grasp complex issues with confidence
- Ask the right questions of complex texts
- Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
- Identify and apply relevant data
- Develop practical research skills
- Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
- Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
- Sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases.
- Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
- Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
- Use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate
- Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
Graduates from the MSc in Finance attract job offers from a range of financial institutions including investment banks, hedge funds and stock exchanges. Some of our graduates will also find roles within organisations and corporations with a strong interest in finance. These include consultancies, national and international regulators, and the finance divisions of multinational companies.