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Course content

Sharpen your analytical and critical reasoning skills, and hone your financial knowledge and technical proficiency with the MSc in Finance. This course will help to broaden your knowledge of financial strategies, econometrics, financial management and more, all with a global perspective of this complex industry. As a graduate, you’ll also be able to meet the needs of commerce and industry, having developed a critical appreciation of financial issues and their implications.

Key features

  • Learn how to apply modern financial techniques and models to real-world problems in the context of both national and international environments
  • Gain more control over your time with three flexible study options - study part time (choose 1 or 2 modules per term) or full time
  • Enhance your career prospects and current vocational skills to a higher level
  • Benefit from Plymouth Business School’s social space that helps create a vibrant and inclusive postgraduate community.

Course details

Programme overview

Gain a thorough understanding of finance including investment, financing, capital investments, capital structure and market efficiency, risk management and mergers. Specialist study is made of investments, focusing on equity derivatives, shares and bonds and on portfolio analysis. Econometrics is taught alongside, introducing you to a range of statistical techniques and their applications in economic analysis. You’ll then study international issues, cross-border obstacles and trading blocs that can hinder global business transactions. You will also study exchange rate movements, inflation and how this affects interest rates, currency options, financial futures and swaps. In addition, you have a choice of further study options to enable you to widen your knowledge in particular areas of finance. You will need to write a final dissertation.

Core modules

  • ACF701A Investments
  • ACF702 Econometrics
  • ACF703 International Finance
  • ACF718 Corporate Finance
  • ACF719 Financial Management
  • ACF720 Dissertation in Finance

Optional modules

  • ACF705 Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACF721 Real Estate Investments

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Finance 17 18 3071

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Finance - MSc page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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