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MSc Law and Finance

Course Description


You can learn from and interact with some of the best academics and industry experts in their fields, many of whom advise and work with numerous leading institutions including the World Bank, and leading International law and accountancy firms.

This programme will:

◦Enhance your career options by allowing you to specialise in the highly sought after interdisciplinary areas of law, economics and finance.
◦Allow you to tailor the programme to suit your interests by choosing one of four pathways: General; Banking and financial services; Law and financial regulation; or, Law and corporate finance.
◦Provide you with the theory, knowledge, practical skills and latest developments required to work in both emerging and established economies in legal, banking, financial, governmental or research institutions.
◦Provide professional module exemptions for the CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment) Masters in Wealth Management and the CBI Chartered Banker Diploma.


MSc Law and Finance is available for one year full-time study or two years part-time study. If you are considering part-time study you should be aware that lectures are held both during the day and in the evening.

You can choose one of six paths:
◦General pathway
◦Specialist pathway A – Banking and financial services
◦Specialist pathway B – Law and financial regulation
◦Specialist pathway C – Law and corporate finance
◦Specialist pathway D - Islamic finance
◦Specialist pathway E – Compliance in the global markets.

Each taught finance module is worth 15 credits; each taught legal module is worth either 22.5 or 45 credits. The taught component of the programme is followed by examinations and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Professional module exemptions
◦If you intend to apply for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) Masters in Wealth Management programme you can apply for an exemption from the first module, Financial Markets. For this you will need to:
◦Join CISI as a student member and complete modules: Principles of accounting, Financial Derivatives and Investment Management.
◦After graduating from the MSc Law and Finance, you will need to complete an exemption form, submit your module results and pay an exemption fee of £75. Once you have applied for an exemption from Financial Markets, you will need to pass an exam in two further modules to gain the overall CISI Masters in Wealth Management.

◦If you intend to apply for the Chartered Banker Diploma from the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) you will be eligible for exemptions from the following Chartered Banker Diploma modules.
◦If you take QMUL modules: Ethics in Business and Finance (option) and Banking Law (compulsory) you will be eligible for exemption from CBI module: Risk Management for Banking (option).
◦If you take QMUL module: Professionalism Regulation and Ethics (Compulsory) you will be eligible for exemption from CBI module: Risk Management in Banking (Core).
◦In addition to the subject specific credits, the CBI offers one further Notional credit for a core unit, for example if you study any combination of three of the following modules: Regulation of Financial Markets, Business Finance, Principles of Accounting, Financial Markets, Financial Economics, Commercial and Investment Banking, Secured Finance in Commercial Transactions. If you gain three credits, two subject specific credits and one notional, you will be eligible to apply for CBI Associate status.

General programme

You must take a total of 180 credits to include the Law and Finance Dissertation (45 credits), at least one Law module (45 credits) or two Law modules (22.5 credits) and three Finance modules (15 credits each, a total of 45 credits) to be selected from the list of options below.

Visit the MSc Law and Finance page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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MSc in Law and Finance Partial Scholarships 2015-16 - 4 Awards

These partial scholarships will be deducted from tuition fees payable to the college. Successful candidates for the MSc Law and Finance partial scholarships may be asked to assist with marketing events such as the postgraduate open evenings, market research and / or web / video student profiles.

Value of Scholarship(s)

1/3 of the tuition fee


The School of Economics and Finance and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) are offering four partial scholarships worth one third of the tuition fee each to outstanding Home / EU and overseas full time candidates.
The successful candidates will be selected based on academic merit and / or relevant work experience only.

Application Procedure

Complete the MSc Law and Finance partial scholarship application form (download from our website) to apply for one of the partial scholarships and return it by 24 April 2015. You must hold an offer to study on the programme before we can consider you for a partial scholarship. We therefore recommend that you apply for admission to the MSc Law and Finance programme by 10 April 2015.Late or incomplete partial scholarship applications will not be considered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have a good second class honours degree, or equivalent, in Law or Economics. Relevant professional experience and/or other experience may also be considered. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements.If you do not meet our language requirements it might be possible for you to undertake our pre-sessional English language programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.

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