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Finance (MSc)

Course Description

Given the increasing integration of national capital markets, it is becoming more and more important to possess a high-quality postgraduate qualification in finance for those wishing to work for corporations and government bodies involved with stock markets, project investment and the finance industry.

The MSc in Finance is a one-year, full-time programme. It is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in finance.

This 12-month programme consists of a taught course, running from September to June, and a dissertation which is completed between June and September.

The aim of the first stage is to provide you with a sound theoretical foundation in finance as well as the quantitative and research skills required for a successful career in finance.

The second semester builds heavily on the knowledge and skills acquired during the first semester. In particular, the second semester enables you to either acquire advanced knowledge of both the areas of corporate finance and financial derivatives or to specialise in another area of finance. The second semester is organised in such a way to combine flexibility (via the optional modules) with rigour (via the core modules).

Visit the Finance (MSc) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

May Zhang (MA International Public Relations)

I chose Cardiff University because it is one of the leading schools in the United Kingdom and it has a high ranking and good reputation in China. Longer term, I want to become a marketing or branding manager in the fashion industry. For this reason I took two postgraduate programmes at Cardiff and I firmly believe they will help me to fulfil my career ambitions.

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Sharifah Adlina Syed Abdullah (MSc International Economics, Banking and Finance)

"I have very much enjoyed my course and the facilities (computers, libraries and lecture theatres) in Cardiff Business School are excellent. I have also found the city of Cardiff to be very friendly. The university and the city centre are very close to each other and, to help you feel at home, there is also a range of different foods available, including Asian, Continental, Caribbean and Western. During my time here, I have found a good balance between studying and doing social activities with my two children, husband and friends."

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Geraint Harvey (Human Resource Management)

“I initially decided to pursue a taught postgraduate course to enhance my employment potential, but decided to stay on and read for my doctorate because of the encouragement and enthusiasm offered by members of staff at all levels within the School. Cardiff Business School has an enviable reputation, both in the UK and abroad, and the support offered to postgraduate students in the School is exceptional.”


Master's Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

from £3,000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.
See our website for full details of how to apply for this scholarship: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/masters-excellence-scholarships

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have an excellent first degree from a leading university in a highly analytical discipline such as finance, finance with economics, engineering, or physics and mathematics.

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