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Finance MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Finance MSc

If you want to pursue a rewarding, exciting and challenging career in the financial sector, this course provides the knowledge and skills you need, even if you do not already have experience in finance. It will give you a well-integrated knowledge of financial accounting, finance and investment, and management accounting, together with the ability to relate this to the wider issues of management and corporate strategy. It produces graduates who are prepared for high-level jobs in the financial industries.

You will study a highly employment focused and practical curriculum that has been developed in consultation with advice from managers at a number of corporations and banks, including RBS Capital Markets, Commerzbank AG, Standard Chartered Bank and NatWest Bank.

Kingston Business School is one of only a handful of UK universities that offer a Bloomberg trading room, giving you the opportunity to develop the hands-on skills employers want.

Kingston students can apply for Bloomberg certification and exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations. These industry-standard qualifications give graduates a huge additional advantage in the jobs market – and save time and money on extra studies.

All our staff are highly accredited and experienced, and many have worked at high levels within business: in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, two-thirds of our research activity was classified as internationally excellent or world-leading.

Guest speakers, such as the former head of Financial Services Authority.

Enjoy studying in the peaceful and leafy suburb on Kingston, which is within easy reach of central London. It has the lowest crime rate in London and has been rated London's happiest borough.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

In this research-led masters, you will learn from recent journal articles and research papers, live data and up-to-the-minute theories and models. You will learn from real-life examples and case studies during the taught sessions. The programme has a balanced approach between quantitative and qualitative methods, and it provides candidates with the computer and research skills required by employers in this highly competitive sector.

You will develop your understanding of the purpose and nature of financial accounting and reporting, and look at how theoretical and conceptual issues integrate with operational and practical activities.

You will also look at the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors that influence an organisation's social responsibilities, and how these integrate with a company's strategic decision-making processes. You will examine the core theories of finance and investment, and how they can be used in practical decision-making contexts.


You will be assessed using assignments, case studies, formal examinations and a dissertation, and your assessments will also involve real life problems and solutions.

Course structure

The course is divided into two parts, with Part 1 made up of core and option module, and Part 2 made up of research and a dissertation.

Stage one

September to December
You will begin with an induction and personal development programme, then move on to study core modules.

January to May
You will continue to study the four 30-credit pathway modules and add one option choice.

Stage two

June to September
You will undertake a research project (30 credits). This will allow you to focus in depth on a specific area of the business finance function, increasing your career choices.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Financial Modelling and Research Methods
Corporate Finance and Financial Statement Analysis
Portfolio Theory and Investment Banking
Financial Accounting and Financial Management
Market-based Accounting
Research Project

Option modules (choose one)

International Money and Finance
Fixed Income Analysis

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from those who possess a good honours degree (or equivalent) in any relevant discipline. If you do not have an honours degree you will need to show us evidence that you know enough about the relevant subjects to understand the course materials – for example, a professional qualification, training, or work experience in a relevant field. Please contact the postgraduate admissions team to find out more. If you do not meet these entry requirements, our pre-masters programme can prepare you for the course.

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