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This programme is ideal if you are looking to pursue a career in investment analysis or portfolio management. Established in 1973, this was the very first Masters degree in finance in the UK and over the past 40 years has gained an international reputation for providing excellent training and academic knowledge.

The programme has been accredited by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) since 2008 and we are proud to also be a CISI Centre of Excellence. This means you have the opportunity to work towards a qualification from the CISI in addition to your MSc. 

Your employability is a main focus for us so we include a range of additional activities to help to develop your transferable skills including:

  • A non-assessed intensive financial database training course delivered by the data specialists from well-known financial data providers such as Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Bureau Van Dijk, the Standard, and Poor’s Global Market Intelligence
  • Intensive company analysis workshop run by a practitioner to help develop practical investment understanding, augment presentation skills and provide an insight into current real world information sources and techniques

This programme is designed to be flexible and is offered in either a nine or 12-month format:

QTEM Programme

After your first year of studies at Exeter, eligible students can progress onto the QTEM Programme. QTEM aims to prepare students with excellent quantitative and analytical skills to support their future careers as decision makers leading the global business environment. Students spend an additional semester studying at one of the prestigious academic partners in the QTEM Network, combined with a two month internship.

Students will be selected and nominated to QTEM by the University of Exeter Business School following a competitive internal application process. Places are limited so we recommend you register your interest before applying for your Masters.

For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/study/pgstudyabroad/

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

Spend your first year at Exeter and a second year at another world class international institution, resulting in two Masters degrees and the opportunity to expand your knowledge even further. We offer three fantastic Double Degree options with:

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
  • EBS University of Business and Law in Germany
  • Fudan University School of Economics in China

The opportunity to study with Fudan is specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & Econometrics and MSc Financial Economics programmes. For more information on QTEM and Double Degrees and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.

Programme structure

The 9 month variant of this programme is available for full-time study over three terms from September to June. The 12 month variant of this programme is available for full-time study from September to September. Both are University-based throughout this time.

During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits.

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows:

  • Financial instruments
  • Financial modelling
  • Principles of finance
  • Investment analysis 1
  • Investment research methods 1
  • Dissertation (12-month programme only)

Optional modules

Some recent examples are as follows:

  • Advanced corporate finance
  • Banking and financial services
  • Derivatives pricing
  • Domestic and international portfolio management
  • International financial management
  • Economics of banking
  • Corporate governance and finance
  • Mergers, management buyouts and other corporate reorganisations
  • Alternative investments

For more info see the programme pages of our website.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


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

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