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.
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.
Finance and Investment
Research Topics in Finance
Market Structure and Trading Systems
Research Methods in Finance
Marketing of Financial Services
Investment and Electronic Trading
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
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.
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.
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.