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MSc Finance (Financial Sector Management)

Course Description

Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Designed to advance a career in management within banks and other financial firms, this programme enables you to deepen your understanding of the principles, applications, and context underlying decision making in financial sector management.

Find out more:
To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Finance (Financial Sector Management) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/cgi-bin/programmes.cgi?func=programme&id=53).

Visit the website https://www.soas.ac.uk/cefims/programmes/mscfinancefsm/


You will study five core modules:

Bank Financial Management
Banking & Capital Markets
Banking Strategy
Corporate Finance
Finance in the Global Market

You will also choose three modules from the list of elective modules:

Advanced Topics in Valuation
Bank Regulation & Resolution of Banking Crises
Corporate Governance
Econometric Analysis & Applications
Econometric Principles & Data Analysis
Financial Econometrics
International Finance
The International Monetary Fund & Economic Policy
Introduction to Valuation
Macroeconomic Policy & Financial Markets
Microeconomic Principles & Policy
Modelling Firms & Markets
Risk Management: Principles & Applications
Research Methods

To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Finance (Financial Sector Management) section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/cgi-bin/programmes.cgi?func=programme&id=53).

Teaching & Learning

The MSc is made up of eight modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

For more information about studying with us, please visit the Frequently asked questions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/apply/faqs.shtml).


For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section (http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/)


As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for senior management positions in deposit banks, investment banks, fund management, consultancy, central banks and international bodies.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.cefims.ac.uk/apply/

Visit the MSc Finance (Financial Sector Management) page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Esha Mendiratta

I joined CeFiMS two years after I started working for Towers Watson as an undergraduate with a degree in economics. The curriculum provided me with a strong base in economics and finance, which helped me advance in my professional career.

The courses have solid theoretical content covering a variety of subjects like econometrics, bank financial management, corporate governance and quantitative methods. It also draws on current practices and developments to give students a holistic view of the subjects. The programme encourages interaction between students; the tutors are very helpful and quick to provide guidance.

I believe this programme is designed perfectly for people already working in the financial industry, who either want to develop skills to progress in their careers or update their knowledge in the field. Overall, the experience of studying at CeFiMS was academically challenging and very rewarding.


Canon Collins Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field.
The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See website


Country/Nationality: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

For the MSc and Diploma programmes, you should have an internationally recognised Bachelor’s degree in economics, business or other appropriate discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may also be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.

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