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Course content

Why choose this course?

  • Employability: This course helps you develop both academically and professionally providing you with a strong foundation for a career in finance. It ensures that your skills such as digital literacy, communication, presentation and team working are developed. We emphasise developing your CV and interview skills through the support of our Careers Centre. We help you to compete for challenging and interesting roles in finance or general business. Our students are attractive to employers both in the UK and internationally and have gone to work in prestigious corporations such as BNP Paribas, Accenture and IBM. The roles they have taken up are varied and include investment banker and financial analyst.
  • Teaching and Learning:  Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Finance with much of the teaching in small interactive workshops. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. Oxford Brookes University Business School received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Student support: You will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.
  • Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling city. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.

Course content

On the MSc Finance course you will study the compulsory modules listed below and then choose from a range of elective modules. You then complete a research project. View the course structure here:

Course Structure Chart: MSc Finance - September entry

Course Structure Chart: MSc Finance - January entry

Core modules

  • Analytical Techniques for Finance
  • Finance in Context
  • Corporate Finance Concepts
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Finance
  • Finance and Accounting Research Project

Elective modules

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Developing Economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • Financial Modelling
  • Project and Contract Management
  • Strategic Business Simulation
  • International Business In Practice: Study Trip (non-credit).

Teaching and learning

On this course you will benefit from active learning approaches. These include small interactive seminars, workshop activities, discussions and problem-solving activities, rather than an approach focused solely on lectures and note-taking.

Our innovative approach to teaching will help your learning experience to be vibrant and engaging. You will develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in practice, which will enable you to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading organisations. Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, oral exams (viva) and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. . Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We have invested over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and created a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Completed in 2017 it contains:

  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre.
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations.
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe.
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Teaching Location

If you are starting your course in September 2017 you are likely to experience all your teaching at the Headington Campus.

Field trips

An elective, non-credit module - International Business In Practice: Study Trip gives you hands-on experience of the ideas and practices of global business.

You will meet with leaders of global firms, receive presentations from global academic experts and tour company facilities. There is a particular focus on the economic system of the country being visited

You will develop a practical knowledge of the state and development of the economy; leading companies and industries; global participation; and social, cultural, and historical influences.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Attendance pattern

A timetable for classes will be set at the start of the programme.

Visit the Finance MSc page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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