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The MSc Finance programme is research-oriented, with emphasis on providing you with the tools to solve the practical financial problems that will create value for companies and enable societies to evolve.

You will gain wide theoretical knowledge in both corporate finance and asset pricing as well as the quantitative skills that will allow you to conduct research and analyse real-world problems. The study of financial economics and banking will allow you to excel in both the finance and economics fields. Contemporary topics are integrated throughout the programme in order to better understand human behaviour in financial markets.

Throughout the programme, traditional academic modules alternate with research seminars, discussions with academic staff and visiting researchers, and meetings with representatives from the financial markets. This ensures an integrated and concrete learning environment with strong connections to the real world.

The programme is a perfect fit for individuals looking to enhance theoretical knowledge, quantitative and analytical skills and improve career opportunities in finance. It makes use of cutting-edge textbooks and the latest research and materials published in the field.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)in 2016 and 2018 respectively. AACSB accreditation is a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation. The EQUIS accreditation is a quality certification system for business schools set up by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). It has become the most global authoritative and select business school certification body in the world with its comprehensive and rigorous review process. IBSS becomes the youngest business school in the world to have received both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. There are only less than 100 business schools that have received both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. This is an important milestone in becoming a world class business school and highlights the strength and significant influence of IBSS at the international level.

Why should I study Finance at XJTLU?

  • You will have the opportunity to apply for teaching and research assistantships within International Business School Suzhou and across the University during your studies.
  • You will listen to and meet high-profile people from the management world as well as attend networking events with local employers and events organised by recruiting organisations on campus.
  • Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Knowledge and skills

The MSc Finance programme will equip you with:

  • comprehensive knowledge of contemporary financial and economic theories and their application to the challenges that organisations face today
  • the research skills and quantitative analysis techniques required to evaluate and interpret complex data and research literature in the fields of finance and financial management
  • academic knowledge and skills, as well as ‘softer’ business skills that employers value, such as emotional intelligence, creative thinking and high-impact communication


Core modules

  • Advanced corporate finance
  • Advanced investments
  • Advanced derivatives
  • Financial economics (optional)
  • Accouting and Financial Management (optional)
  • Money and banking
  • Econometrics
  • Time series analysis
  • Alternative investments and strategies (optional)
  • Macroeconomic theory (optional)
  • Finance dissertation

Additional learning activities

The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.

The additional learning activities on MSc Finance include:

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Personal and Employability Skills
  • Postgraduate English
  • Chinese Language
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship
  • Graduate Research Assistantship
  • Independent Study with an IBSS Tutor
  • Participation in IBSS research seminar series
  • Writing of Scholarly Research Paper
  • Presentation of Scholarly Research Paper
  • Thomson One Certificate Achievement
  • EIKON Certificate Achievement
  • Datastream Certificate Achievement
  • Professional Software Skills
  • Volunteer Work for University and School Projects and Events
  • Field Trip/Company visit
  • Career Development Activities
  • Graduate Work Placement
  • PhD course 1: Time Series Analytics
  • PhD course 2: Asset Pricing Analytics
  • PhD course 3: Empirical Data Analytics


The MSc Finance programme is designed to support career entry and development in finance-related roles within world financial markets, multinational corporations, investment banks, asset management companies, banks, non-financial companies, government agencies and consultancies, as well as in other financial institutions. It also prepares students for doctoral studies and an academic career.

Visit the MSc Finance page on the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University website for more details!





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