School of Economics and Finance

Finance FGV/QMUL (MSc Finance FGV and MSc Finance QMUL)

MSc ( 2 years Full-time )


The double MSc  Finance (Sao Paulo and London) will provide you with a unique opportunity to study Economics and Finance in two major financial centers, Sao Paulo and London. The School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University and the School of Economics at the Fundação Getulio Vargas have both a very long tradition (50 and 70 years, respectively) of contributing to academic knowledge, theoretical discussions and providing strong vocational programmes. Both schools have adapted to respond to the evolving challenges of the global financial sector and increased their prestige nationally and internationally.

A distinctive feature of this programme is that the first part (from January until December of the first year), the programme will be taught in Sao Paulo at FGV with a key focus on a sturdy foundation in Economics, Mathematics, Statistics and International Finance. During the last part of this first period in Sao Paulo, students will gradually concentrate more on Finance and will attend two modules taught by QMUL in distance learning (Applied Finance and Econometrics) and two further modules jointly developed by both FGV and QMUL especially for this double degree (Corporate Finance and Investments). In January of the second year, you will move to London  where you will study two core modules, Valuation and Asset Pricing, and will have the opportunity to select a number of vocational electives taught by finance practitioners, and a wide range of non-graded module to foster your skill and your employability.

The programme offers two pathways, a standard one and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) pathway.

• Provides students with an expert and in-depth understanding of the workings of financial sector and the economic theory underpinning it.
• Is a fully integrated programme where you will stay connected to both universities throughout the whole 20 month period. You will be given thorough inductions at each of the two stages of the programme in both universities. Lecturers from both universities will be available to you, whether you are in Sao Paulo or in London.
• The programme features extracurricular activities including, careers, the involvement in the QMUL Investment Fund (, access to a number of optional ( modules to boost your skills and social events.


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.


If you are a prospective student or a current applicant and your query is related to admission, then please email

If you are a current student or your query is non-admissions related, then please email James Kilvington (

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8848.


The programme offers
A. six 15 credit modules and a 60 credit research method module at FGV
- during the period January-March of this first year, students attend Mathematics and Macroeconomics;
- during the period March-June of the first year students attend Statistics and Microeconomics;
- during the period August-October of the first year, students attend International Finance and Econometrics (including EViews);
- during the first year students also have a 60 credit module on research methods.

B. two jointly (FGV-QMUL) developed modules for a total of 30 credits
- during the period September-December of the first year, students attend the two jointly developed modules (partially distance learning partially on FGV campus), these are Corporate Finance jointly developed FGV-QMUL and Investments jointly developed FGV-QMUL.

Standard pathway
seven 15 credit modules and a 45 credit dissertation  exclusively at QMUL
- during the period September-December of the first year students will attend two 15 credit module by distance learning, Eviews for Finance in distance learning and Econometrics for Finance in distance learning.
-in January of the second year, students will move to the UK and will attend the remaining of the programme on QMUL campuses.
-during the period January-March, students will attend two 15 credit compulsory module,  Advanced Asset Pricing, Valuations and Private Equity and will choose three electives from the list below
-during the period March-August students will prepare the 45 credit dissertation.

CFA pathway
As above but
-during the period March-August students will prepare the 30 credit dissertation.
-during the period of June onwards students will attend a 15 credit module in preparation for the CFA (Level 1)


Elective modules

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree - At the minimum a 2:1 or overseas equivalent is required. A very good performance in a higher degree such as a Masters will also be considered.

Degree Discipline - Any degree discipline is acceptable, but students must have a good existing level of mathematics and statistics. We welcome students from a variety of disciplines, including Mathematics, Sciences, Engineering, Economics and Finance. Students from less quantitatively oriented degrees, such as Accounting, Management and Politics, are also welcome if they have focused on the more quantitative elements of those degrees.

Work experience and professional qualifications - Weight will be given to relevant work experience and professional qualifications, particularly CFA,  but neither is necessary to be accepted onto this course.

Language requirement- Students whose first degree is not taught in an English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language proficiency. 6.5 IELTS overall and 6.0 in Writing or equivalent is the minimum required. Click here for further information. Applicants who have not studied their first degree in Portuguese language will be invited for an interview with FGV.

Deadlines - In order  for your application to be considered for this double degree before the start date of the FGV programme in January, applications should be submitted by the 20th of November. After the 20th of November deadline, this programme will be open exclusively for students who will be currently enrolled in the FGV MSc Finance. For those applying whilst enrolled on the FGV MSc Finance programme the deadline is the 15th of July. If applying as an enrolled student of FGV, please upload confirmation of your registration on the FGV MSc Finance.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary and FGV, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and open discussions. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students.

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.


The grade for each module is assessed through coursework, along with a written exam in May for each course unit.

The dissertation written over the summer counts for two or three modules (depending on the programme) and will include both theoretical content and applied results.

Non-Assessed Optional Courses:

We offer a wide range of optional courses that do not contribute to your overall MSc grade but are designed to broaden your skills and enhance your CV. These range from programming skills courses (e.g. C++, VBA) to trading techniques courses (e.g. the financial trading programme, Bloomberg, technical analysis). For further information click here.


Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.


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 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

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.