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MSc Finance

Course Description

From derivatives and investments to mergers and acquisitions and global markets, this course covers the essential information you need to pursue a range of exciting finance careers at an international level. Investing in our MSc Finance can be the start of a great career and you gain valuable quantitative skills that are in high demand by employers.

Investing in our MSc Finance can be the start of a great career and you gain valuable quantitative skills that are in high demand by employers. A dissertation, focusing on empirical research, allows you to explore a research area of interest in detail, supported throughout by our high-calibre staff.

Recent graduates have accepted positions in the City, with the ‘Big 4’ global financial services firms, major world banks and financial institutions.

Course recognition
The course meets ESRC guidelines for Masters degrees and has ESRC recognition as a postgraduate training year in preparation for a PhD. It also holds the award of partnership status from the CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals.

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Apple Inc, Bangkok Bank plc, Bloomberg, Central Bank of Chile, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Statoil ASA

Course structure
(All taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
• Derivative Securities
• Essentials of Finance
• Introduction to Quantitative Methods

One elective unit from:
• Foundations of Finance Theory
• International Macroeconomics and Global Capital Markets
• Portfolio Investment

Semester 2
• Advanced Empirical Finance
• Corporate Finance
• Financial Econometrics

One elective unit from:
• Financial Statement Analysis
• International Finance
• Mergers and Acquisitions: Economic and Financial Aspects
• Real Options in Corporate Finance
• The Analysis of Business Structures

Summer research period
Research dissertation [60 credits]

The dissertation is an integral part of the course. It gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course. It normally consists of a piece of empirical work, involving qualitative research methods or traditional statistical methods.

Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:
• The investment value of analyst forecasts
• Stabilisation of initial public offerings (IPOs)
• Forecasting international real estate returns: portfolio choice applications
• An empirical analysis of corporate financing policies and corporate governance
• Managerial compensation and corporate governance
• Initial public offerings: debt IPOs, adviser switching, contracting, governance, performance and venture capital backing
• Sovereign wealth funds and global financial stability
• Stock markets and the macroeconomy

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

Entry Requirements

2:1, with excellent results in finance subjects. TOEFL/IELTS may be required for non-UK students. There is a non-refundable application fee of £60. Apply now! You can submit your application before you graduate.

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