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MSc ( 1 year Full-time )

Overview

The MSc in Finance is a specialist degree focusing on financial issues in all industry sectors. This degree provides a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of finance, a broad experience of quantitative techniques and technical and conceptual skills, coupled with a strongly vocational approach. It is designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers in multinational financial organisations.

Unique features of the MSc in Finance are:

  • This degree provides the opportunity to follow the CFA specialist pathway alongside the MSc and acquire the skills to complete the CFA Level 1 examination. The CFA professional qualification has a strong foundation of real world investment analysis and portfolio management skills along with practical knowledge of the investment industry.  Is it required by major employers in the financial sector.
  • General training in all the key aspects of finance ranging from financial statements to derivatives pricing.
  • A rigorous analytical approach which makes the programme the most highly regarded of our finance programmes amongst prospective employers.
  • Part of the CFA university recognition programme and has a limited number of CFA scholarships available. These scholarships are allocated amongst students already on the programme and fund them through CFA exams.

Facilities

The School of Economics and Finance is offers excellent facilities and resources to its masters students including:

  • Real Time Data/Trading Software: Queen Mary is one of the few UK universities offering training and access to both Reuters and Bloomberg trading terminals (in our designated trading room) as well as Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation (TWS) and FXCM FX Trading Station.
  • Time Series Data Software: A full range of economic and financial data is available through DataStream, Macrobond and the WRDS platform (including Bankscope and CRSP).
  • Statistical Analysis Software: A wide range of Econometric software including Eviews, Stata, Matlab, Gauss etc.
  • Designated Trading Room offering training and access to Reuters, Bloomberg, Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation (TWS) and FXCM FX Trading Station.
  • Free online subscription to The Economist and The Financial Times.

Contact

If you are a prospective student or a current applicant and your query is related to admission, then please email sef-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk

If you are a current student or your query is non-admissions related, then please email Sarah Riley (s.riley@qmul.ac.uk). Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8848

Structure

The MSc in Finance is currently available for one year full-time study.

You will take five compulsory modules in the first semester and two compulsory modules, plus three electives in the second semester.

The pre-semester modules in maths and statistics take place in September. They are especially designed for students who want to review concepts such as statistical distributions and matrix algebra.

Pre-sessional modules

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
Semester ASemester BPost-Semester B
InvestmentsAdvanced Asset Pricing and Modelling7,000 word dissertation
Corporate FinanceElective 
Valuation Elective 
Econometrics for FinanceElective 
EviewsData Analysis for Dissertation 

 

Elective modules

Students will also have the option to take the CFA pathway. The CFA pathway has the exact same structure except that students will complete the CFA Training post-semester B module and complete a 5,000 word dissertation. In order to reflect the practical and applied side of this programme the School organises a number of extra optional modules that aim to provide further practical training to students, whose subject matter changes from year to year. These modules are taught by City practitioners, who provide an insider’s view on topics of interest to the financial community.

Contact

Sarah Riley
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8848
Email: econ-postgrad@qmul.ac.uk

For informal academic enquiries, please contact:

Francis Breedon
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8845
Email: f.breedon@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

At least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) or overseas equivalent in a subject with significant quantitative elements.

Subjects likely to contain sufficient quantitative elements (i.e. which have at least three quantitative module) including Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Statistics, Economics and Finance.

Weight will be given to prior relevant work experience.

For our English Language requirements please click here http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/international-students/englishlanguagerequirements/guidelines/index.html

Note that all aspects of your application will be taken into consideration and so attaining the criteria above does not guarantee admission.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

There is also a lively range of reading groups and seminars arranged by Queen Mary and the School of Economics and Finance that you can attend to complement your studies.

Independent Study:

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment:

The grade for each module is assessed through coursework, along with a written exam in May for each course unit.
 
The 7,000 word dissertation written over the summer counts for two modules.

Those students who opt for CFA level 1 training:
The third semester will be organised in a brief dissertation worth two modules, for which you will receive three meetings with your academic supervisor.  You will  have one week of intensive lectures of CFA accredited training followed by access to an online portal for further study.  

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2016 entry
Full time £16,500

Tuition fees for International students

2016 entry
Full time £19,950

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate Employment

Careers and employability

Our masters programmes aim to produce fully trained, professional economists and finance experts who are ready to join a dynamic international community.

Our programmes lead to excellent career prospects and our graduates work in a variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly in international finance, economist or research roles. The transferable skills gained through the programmes, such as analysis, business awareness and data-handling, enable our graduates to work in sectors beyond those directly related to their degree. These include government roles and consultancy.

The skills gained through our programmes – coupled with opportunities for extra-curricular activities – have enabled our students to move into careers at home and around the world, such as:

  • Analyst, Citigroup
  • Data Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Analyst, Morgan Stanley
  • Case Officer, Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Economic Analyst, Central Bank of Chile
  • Investment Associate, Standard Chartered, China
  • Management Consultant, PwC, Malaysia
  • Trainee Accountant, KPMG

Careers team

Our Careers and Enterprise Centre is run by professional careers staff and is there to help you prepare for life after university. We can help you to hunt for the perfect job with weekly workshops in job recruitment and selection methods – especially tailored to economics and finance students. You will also have access to mock assessment centres, practise psychometric tests and job interview/ application workshops. In many of these workshops you will receive the guidance of experienced finance industry recruiters.

Dedicated School Careers Consultant and Internships Co-ordinator

The Careers Programme for the School is managed by a dedicated Careers Consultant with a background in the banking industry. You can meet, email or Skype the Careers Consultant and benefit from individual support on any career topic both in term-time and in vacations.

The dedicated Internships Co-ordinator for the School actively engages with employers to increase the number and range of opportunities for which you can apply.

Careers Events

We have a year-round range of postgraduate careers activities. The Focus on Finance month – four weeks of employer-led events, business games and workshops – is designed to equip you with a knowledge of possible job options and how best to apply. It also offers networking opportunities with representatives (including alumni) from recruiters and provides you with the chance to meet many banking and finance organisations on campus.

Examples include:

  • Bank of England
  • Bloomberg
  • Chartered Institute of Insurance
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • RBS.

Links to industry

Our academics and City practitioners also work in well-recognised financial institutions. This gives you opportunities to network and gain vital knowledge of how your masters study relates to commercial practice.

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