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Combining up-to-the-minute theory with practical application, our MSc in Finance will prepare you for a great number of career options. This masters programme has been devised in order to give you the opportunity to tailor your learnings to your career aspirations. The second Semester of our masters programme is flexible allowing you to select courses which either combine different areas of finance or which allow you to specialise in one of the three following areas:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Energy Finance and Markets
  • Finance & Investment

This MSc will be the one that is put forward for the FT MSc in Finance rankings in the future replacing our previously ranked Finance and Investment MSc (ranked 38th by the Financial Times in 2016).

The School's location in the UK's second largest financial centre allows us to attract visiting speakers including a range of analysts from the key financial institutions and fund management houses. Students are able to interact with leading figures from many major companies; this is particularly evident in the dissertation, which offers an invaluable opportunity to collaborate on a topic that has real, of-the-minute industry relevance.

The practical, theoretical and numerical skills learnt through the programme, as well as the global perspective that will be gained through classroom learning and discussions, will leave you well qualified for a range of finance related professions. We expect graduates to take up positions with companies like the Big 4, with investment and commercial banks; market and consumer research centres; fund management firms; energy utilities and consultancies, as well as with public sector departments responsible for the finance sector, energy and climate-change policy. Potential roles are varied and include for example: equity analyst, portfolio manager, financial statement analyst, product manager, commodity/specialist fund manager, business analyst, strategy consultant.

The School is a recognised partner institution by the Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) Institute. Equally the School is recognised as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of postgraduate education in finance and investment by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

  • Apply and critically evaluate finance and investment theory with particular reference to the operation of global financial markets.
  • Apply and critically evaluate corporate finance techniques.
  • Apply and critically evaluate theories of financial statements and related analysis.
  • Identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create process to solve them.
  • Exercise critical judgement in creating new understanding.
  • Demonstrate advanced numeracy and quantitative skills.
  • Identify and evaluate social, cultural, global, ethical and environmental responsibilities and issues.
  • Engage and work effectively within diverse groups. 

Visit the Finance (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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