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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Finance

Course Description

If you are seeking to move into a career in finance, our MSc in Finance will give you the practical and academically-rigorous grounding you need. Covering everything from financial market frameworks and concepts, through to strategic decision making and risk management, you will gain a realistic insight into current practice in the finance and investment world, and be expertly equipped with a toolbox of financial techniques you can apply in your work from day one.

Course detail

The course is open to anyone with an interest in finance, but doesn't require you to have studied the subject at undergraduate level.


• Fundamentals of Financial Management
• Financial Instruments
• Financial Statement Analysis
• Fund Management
• Risk Management
• Corporate Financial Strategy
• Quantitative Research Methods
• Corporate Financial Reporting
• Financial Engineering
• Principles of Financial Intermediation
• Financial Investments in Practice
• Dissertation


The course is taught through formal classes and seminar sessions, as well as through group work and independent study. The work will include assignments, exercises, case studies and presentations, with an emphasis on independent learning to develop your problem solving skills.

Our fully established trading room, with access to the Bloomberg Professional trading room, will enhance your understanding of the operations of financial markets by providing real-time data used for pricing purposes. It is also used in a number of modules to develop your analytical and decision-making skills.


Assessments will be a mix of assignments, supervised mini-projects, role playing exercises, group work, simulations, presentations and examinations.

Careers / Further study

When you understand corporate finance and the world's financial markets, you are on the road to a successful, challenging and high-flying career.

This course will equip you, not only with a sound knowledge of financial theories and methods, but with a detailed understanding of the latest financial issues and developments and how these affect the financial world today. You will gain the technical, communication, compliance and client-facing skills you need to get started in the industry, in whichever area of finance you decide to move into.

Those with qualifications in finance are in demand for positions in areas such as investment banking, corporate banking, fund management, corporate finance, risk management, consultancy, and as independent financial assistants or analysts.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Finance page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will need either:• You'll need an honours degree (minimum 2:2) in a business, business-related or quantitative discipline from a recognised Higher Education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution.Or if do not hold a first degree:• To have completed parts 1 and 2 of the ACCA syllabus, or the SII diploma, plus two years relevant work experience, or• A minimum of two years relevant work experience and to take a written test before being accepted.

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