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Finance and Investment MSc

Course Description

The programme is suited for individuals with good undergraduate degrees in economics or accounting and finance, but a pathway through the programme also exists for those with more scientific backgrounds (eg an undergraduate education in mathematics, engineering or natural sciences). The programme structure is also flexible enough for you to specialise in the area of finance that suits you best.

This programme is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical sides of finance. It contains compulsory elements in asset pricing, corporate finance and quantitative methods and offers optional units in areas including derivatives, investment management and international finance.

Programme structure

Core units
-Asset Pricing
-Financial Reporting and Analysis
-Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
-Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment

Optional units - You will choose four units from a list of options. The units available can vary from year to year but may include:
-Advanced Corporate Finance
-Behavioural Finance
-Cases in Financial Management
-Investment Management
-Quantitative Finance

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation. This involves identifying and analysing a research question in finance under the guidance of a member of staff. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to explore an original problem, source and process the relevant financial data, analyse that data and learn to draw appropriate conclusions. The results are presented in a final report of up to 15,000 words.


The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in investment management, financial research, trading, consulting and corporate finance, and for further academic study in finance.

Visit the Finance and Investment MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree in finance, accounting, economics, business, mathematics or another quantitative subject, such as engineering, physics or computing (or equivalent).

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