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On the MSc Finance course you will obtain a thorough grounding in the key areas of finance. You will identify, analyse and critically evaluate a range of finance related issues, including the relationship between finance and corporate strategy and also international finance. This course will deepen your understanding of financial issues and is ideal if you would like a career in the financial sector or a general business career. Our students have gone to work for prestigious international organisations including KPMG, EDF Energy and Deutsche bank.

Why choose this course?

  • Employability: This course helps you develop both academically and professionally providing you with a strong foundation for a career in finance. It ensures that your skills such as digital literacy, communication, presentation and team working are developed. We emphasise developing your CV and interview skills through the support of our Careers Centre. We help you to compete for challenging and interesting roles in finance or general business. Our students are attractive to employers both in the UK and internationally and have gone to work in prestigious organisations such at Deloitte, PwC and the UK Civil Service.
  • Teaching and Learning:  Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Finance with much of the teaching in small interactive workshops. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. 
  • Student support: You will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.
  • Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling city. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.

Course content

On the MSc Finance course you will study the compulsory modules listed below and then choose from a range of elective modules. You then complete a research project.

Core modules

  • Analytical Techniques for Finance
  • Finance in Context
  • Corporate Finance Concepts
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Finance
  • Research Project

Elective modules

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Developing Economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • Financial Modelling
  • Project and Contract Management
  • Strategic Business Simulation
  • International Business In Practice: Study Trip (non-credit).

Teaching and learning

On this course you will benefit from active learning approaches. These include small interactive seminars, workshop activities, discussions and problem-solving activities, rather than an approach focused solely on lectures and note-taking.

Our innovative approach to teaching will help your learning experience to be vibrant and engaging. You will develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in practice, which will enable you to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading organisations. Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, oral exams (viva) and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.

Specialist facilities

xford Brookes Business School has now moved to its new home at our Headington Campus. The university’s Headington Campus have undergone a £30m refurbishment to provide a new home for the Business School, which consists of a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. There is a new modern hall for teaching and special events like graduation.

This new home will help us to collaborate even more closely with university colleagues in other departments. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.

The Headington Campus is also home to the new John Henry Brookes Building, being the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. The John Henry Brookes Building brings together the library and essential support services that offer academic, careers and international student advice. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

The majority of our student halls are close to the Headington Campus.

Field trips

An elective, non-credit module - International Business In Practice: Study Trip gives you hands-on experience of the ideas and practices of global business.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.


Visit the MSc Finance page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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