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MSc Finance and Financial Law

Course Description

This programme takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law, including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond issues, and loans. In these fast changing subjects, the MSc Finance and Financial Law provides the specialist knowledge required in international banks and investment firms, legal practice, regulatory institutions and the academic world. The programme relates to both national and international finance, and considers how financial and legal principles are applied in the context of actual case studies.

Graduates from the MSc Finance and Financial Law will be well equipped for a career with a financial institution, a commercial law firm, regulator, government department or indeed in general business.

Among the institutions with which our graduates are currently working are: Baronsmead Partners LLP; China Banking Regulatory Commission; Deloitte; JP Morgan Chase; Kleinwort Benson; KPMG; Merrill Lynch; Mograbi Real Estate, Israel; Rivers State Ministry of Finance, Nigeria; Telenor, Pakistan.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/mscfinfinlaw/


You will study two pre-sessional introductory modules (Introduction to Financial Analysis and Introduction to Law & Legal Method) followed by six modules, five of which are compulsory and one is elective, and you will also write a dissertation on finance and financial law.

Programme Specification

Programme Specification (pdf; 61kb) - http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/mscfinfinlaw/file39837.pdf

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. The faculty is the largest in the School in terms of student and staff numbers and consists of the departments of Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, as well as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, the Centre of Taiwan Studies and a number of department-specific centres. All five departments offer undergraduate programmes, and all but Finance and International Management offer joint undergraduate degrees which can be combined with other disciplines from across the School. Each department also offers a range of masters-level programmes with a regional or disciplinary specialism, as well as a postgraduate research programme. The range of course options and combinations is one of the most distinctive characteristics of studying at SOAS and all students are given the option of studying an Asian or African language, either as part of or on top of their degree.

Staff in the faculty come from all over the world and combine regional knowledge with disciplinary specialisms. Teaching draws heavily on academic staff’s individual research which allows the faculty to maintain a large portfolio of courses, often exploring cutting-edge issues. Many faculty members have played a significant part in public debates and policy-making in relation to Asia and Africa. Academics in the faculty are regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, DFID and other country-specific organisations and NGOs.

-Excellent student satisfaction for Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at SOAS, University of London has performed extremely well according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

Visit the MSc Finance and Financial Law page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Andre Keuck

Coming to SOAS from an American university environment was a major change, but certainly a positive one. The thing that immediately struck me was the diversity (intellectual or otherwise) of the SOAS community, and the general openness with which everyone is met. Being somewhat of an outlier from the "normal" SOAS student, I was often asked about my positions, but never chastised. People go to SOAS to see things they wouldn't see anywhere else, and that is a promise I'm confident SOAS will always deliver on.

The Finance & Financial Law program was fantastic in its ability to blend the relevance of legal constructs with the more technical elements of finance, without sacrificing depth for breadth. This approach was especially useful for those of us who had had exposure to finance and law, but not both at the same time, or in such an integrated manner. The electives in the program give students an opportunity to focus on more specific types of finance or management issues, whether they're regional, cultural, or functional. I chose to take Corporate Governance, and was pleasantly surprised by how an otherwise seemingly dry course could become interesting with the right professor.

The dissertation may have been my all-around favorite part of the course, because my advisor worked with me to pursue the relevant topics that interested me. It was a chance to combine earlier experiences with the new material I'd learned to produce something substantial in a way that hadn't been done before, and that experience is still paying off today.

There is absolutely no question that I would recommend SOAS to anyone interested in a hybrid finance and law master's program. It's a place like no other, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't considered going back for another course. Hopefully one day…

(Student Profile)

Tariq Islam

I was surrounded by those who had real intellectual curiosity about the way the world works. I loved it so much that I ended up applying for the MSc Finance and Financial Law program. Although I’m an outlier from a ‘typical’ SOAS student in that my interests are related to infrastructure business, banking, and global financial regulation, I find there are like-minded people within the Department of Financial and Management Studies who, too, are fascinated with countries within the emerging market.

That was part of the reason I picked SOAS for my postgraduate degree. The finance and financial law programme highlighted both the mechanics of finance in conjunction with the relevance of the corporate law and their pivotal relationship to each other. Our program consisted of a mix of lawyers, financiers, and economists both older and younger. We have people that have worked for major financial institutions such as KPMG and we have others who have their eyes set on working for international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund or World Bank. This diversity has added to stimulating discussions in tutorials. Additionally, it has built life-long networks and friendships.

Part of the reason I chose SOAS over others is because it offered the Islamic Banking and Finance elective module. This is a one-of-a-kind class and an interesting subject that only SOAS offers. My hope is that the knowledge attained in this class will make me more suited for international corporate jobs that deal with the states that are a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

My dissertation will be on Islamic finance and its relation to infrastructure projects. My hope is that this piece of work will allow me to showcase this to prospective employers in order to demonstrate my knowledge of such subject material. It is a way to combine my academic knowledge with practical knowledge skills needed for the workplace.

I would recommend SOAS for those who are interested in a mixed finance and law program which can dispense global knowledge about the differences of finance within different world jurisdictions. It is especially relevant to those who seek to work or do some kind of business within the emerging market.

(Student Profile)

Douglas Mundopa

I chose the MSc Finance & Financial Law because I wanted to gain an in-depth technical view of how corporate finance and project finance transactions work from both a financial and legal point of view. The programme far exceeded my expectations and went into great detail around the legal aspects around the different banking transactions.

I found the programme flexible, which was a very important aspect for me when choosing what programme to do because I travel often. I felt I had control over my studies and could study on my own timetable. The programme allowed me to keep a good work-life balance and make time for family while gaining a world class qualification.

Although I have spent the past 10 years working in investment banking and development finance, I had never really studied finance. This qualification gave me the academic background that I needed to perform well in my current position and in future roles to come. Doing the MSc was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can already see the benefits on a daily basis at work.

Douglas Mundopa, Senior Account Manager
Industrial Development Corporation South Africa Ltd

(Student Profile)

Maimoona Cheema

I am a legal counsel based in Pakistan and I undertook the MSc Finance and Financial Law program at SOAS in 2005-06.

After graduating I joined the Lahore Stock Exchange as a Legal Officer and went on to work on the demutualization of the local stock exchanges and contributed to the drafting of the demutualization scheme as well as the Stock Exchanges (Corporatization, Demutualization and Integration) Act 2012.

In 2009, I moved on to Telenor Pakistan, the second largest mobile telecommunications service provider in the newly emerging mobile telecommunications market of Pakistan where I was responsible for authoring, negotiation and finalizing contracts and later looked after the company’s litigation portfolio.

Currently I am working as Unit Head Corporate Advisory, Legal Affairs at MCB Bank Ltd. the largest bank by market capitalization in Pakistan.

I have found the MSc Finance and Financial Law degree particularly useful since it has added essentials of finance including but not limited to concepts of risk management, financial markets, banking and investment to my skill-set of legal expertise thereby giving me an edge and bringing me at par with seniors in the legal field

(Student Profile)

Yiyi Li, China

Originally from China, I completed the MSc Finance and Financial Law programme in 2013, and am currently working in China Taiping Insurance’s London subsidiary. As one of the worlds leading institutions in languages and cultures, SOAS offers you the opportunity to meet individuals with backgrounds from all over the world and use this to leverage your concept and understanding of a truly global world.

The MSc Finance and Financial Law programme at SOAS has key distinctive features compared to other finance programmes at universities in the UK. Apart from the core financial and legal concepts, you are given the opportunity to study courses with particular cultural focus such as the Finance in China module or Islamic Banking and Finance.

I believe that having a thorough understanding of financial concepts combined with specialist knowledge of a particular economy will make you more competitive and more employable than others to employers.

I would recommend the MSc Finance and Financial Law programme at SOAS for those who are interested in both finance and financial law while also wish to compare the differences between jurisdictions. The programme is perfect for those who would like to pursue a career in relation to the emerging economies in the future.


Canon Collins Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field.
The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

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SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Law and Social Sciences - 16 Awards

There are six SOAS Master's scholarships available in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. Each is valued at £16,765 each in total. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance. In addition to these six SOAS Master's scholarship, the Faculty will offer an extra 10 scholarships, each valued at approximately £1,500.Candidate Assessment:
- Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel consisting of at least three academic members of the Faculty. - The assessment of your application will be based on the information provided in your scholarship application and in your on-line admission application for admission. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.Scholarship Application Deadline
- Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 24 February 2016. - In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must ALSO submit a complete online application to the degree programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. - You should prepare to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

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- Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent. Students with a non-UK degree to be adjudged in the top rank by their referees and transcript.
- This scholarship is open to UK/EU applicants only.
- Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible full-time masters programmes at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline.
- The scholarship cannot be held along with any other major scholarship or studentship.

Application Procedure

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form

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Entry Requirements

Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours. Relevant professional qualifications or experience wll be considered.

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