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Finance and Investment MSc

Course Description

The programme is suited for individuals with good undergraduate degrees in economics or accounting and finance, but a pathway through the programme also exists for those with more scientific backgrounds (eg an undergraduate education in mathematics, engineering or natural sciences). The programme structure is also flexible enough for you to specialise in the area of finance that suits you best.

This programme is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical sides of finance. It contains compulsory elements in asset pricing, corporate finance and quantitative methods and offers optional units in areas including derivatives, investment management and international finance.

Programme structure

Core units
-Asset Pricing
-Financial Reporting and Analysis
-Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
-Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment

Optional units - You will choose four units from a list of options. The units available can vary from year to year but may include:
-Advanced Corporate Finance
-Behavioural Finance
-Cases in Financial Management
-Investment Management
-Quantitative Finance

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation. This involves identifying and analysing a research question in finance under the guidance of a member of staff. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to explore an original problem, source and process the relevant financial data, analyse that data and learn to draw appropriate conclusions. The results are presented in a final report of up to 15,000 words.


The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in investment management, financial research, trading, consulting and corporate finance, and for further academic study in finance.

Visit the Finance and Investment MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Hartanto Ng

5270.jpg As a person who was hungry for knowledge, especially in finance, I decided to pursue a master degree. Having studied in Indonesia, Canada, China and the USA before, I am open to international exposures. I chose Europe as my next destination for education because it was different from what I had been exposed to and would provide me with new points of view. The UK became one of my top choices to study because of its developed financial market.
Bristol straight away became one of my favourite universities because of its high ranking, rigorous curriculum and prestige. Unlike finance programs in other universities, the program at Bristol does not require previous finance background, which was an advantage to me.

I was excited for my first day at Bristol. The first time I arrived at the university, I was surprised at the hilly roads that led to the campus. I found it quite tiring at the beginning to climb everyday just to get to my classes, especially that I am not very fond of physical exercises. Nonetheless, walking has helped me shape a healthier lifestyle. I usually go around the city walking, thanks to the close proximity between places.

One of the things I like most about the university is its small-sized classes. Interactions are more “customized”. Professors know students’ name and try to help wherever they can. For example, when I fell sick, one of my professors emailed me asking whether I was feeling alright. Thanks to the small sized classes too that it was faster for me to meet new people. With the diverse population at the university, I am able to practice my Mandarin with my Chinese friends, exchange customs and traditions and hang out with people from different countries, such as Vietnam and Pakistan.

Last but not least, what I like most about Bristol is the university’s belief that it is important to hear students’ voices. The university tries its best to hear feedback from the students to improve itself. As a course representative, I collect student’s feedback and voice them to the department. This is a new experience, which teaches me to actively express opinions to others to give constructive feedback to the greater community.

I am glad that I have come to Bristol and I recommend anyone who wants to get the best out of their university life to come here too.


Entry Requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree in finance, accounting, economics, business, mathematics or another quantitative subject, such as engineering, physics or computing (or equivalent).

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