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Course content

Our MSc Finance programme is designed for students looking for a mainstream taught MSc in the subject, with a view either to pursuing a career in the financial sector or to continuing on to doctoral research in finance. The aim of the degree is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of academic finance and of the financial sector, including theory, empirical research and practical issues.


The programme looks at theory and practice across the spectrum of finance including Financial Markets, Corporate Finance and also Research in Finance. Students can also take optional courses in other key finance subjects such as portfolio theory and financial reporting.

Semester 1

Corporate Finance

Corporate Governance

Financial Analysis

Capital Markets

Semester 2


Research in Finance

Research Methods

PLUS one other optional Finance course

Students who successfully complete these taught courses go on over the summer months to undertake their disseration.

Visit the MSc Finance page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!





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