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Who is it for?

The MSc degree in Corporate Finance is designed for ambitious students with interest in the area of corporate finance and strong quantitative background.

You aim to work as a finance professional for an investment bank, a consulting firm, or an international firm. You are interested in questions such as:

  • How do hedge funds and investment banks compete in the market?
  • How do fintech companies challenge the traditional banking system?
  • How to value a company for a private equity buyout, an acquisition or an IPO?
  • How do managers choose which new projects to launch and which to abandon?
  • What is the optimal amount of loans a company should take?

The master's degree will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly changing global landscape of corporate finance and financial markets.


The Corporate Finance master’s is designed to satisfy your drive to understand how companies manage their investment and financing decisions.

In your studies, you will examine questions such as: how financial markets work and how companies access them to finance their operations, what IPOs and mergers and acquisitions are and how they help increase firm value, how to value financial products, such as stocks and derivatives.

Your studies will encompass practical and up-to-date teaching on how the modern corporate finance world works from top academics and practitioners from the City of London.

You will graduate fully equipped for a successful career within financial management and corporate finance departments of leading global and international corporations, top investment and commercial banks, and family firms.

Unique features of this degree are:

  • core modules in  Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity and Risk Management
  • tuition from 'practitioner' professors who discuss how theory works in the real world
  • a choice from over twelve finance related electives including international electives in New York, Madrid and Dublin
  • opportunities to meet and interact with top finance and business leaders during guest lectures and seminars
  • support from one of London’s best Careers’ Office to help secure future employment
  • the opportunity to apply for an additional year's study at LUISS or Bocconi business schools in Italy.
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What will you learn

On the Corporate Finance MSc, you will learn to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of corporate finance issues, such as project valuation, optimal firm financing and evaluating firm performance, as well as of financial markets, institutions and instruments
  • Understand and evaluate current issues in corporate finance, including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and events in debt markets
  • Formulate finance decisions aimed at delivering returns to shareholders and superior Return on Investment
  • Analyse factors affecting the global flows of finance, e.g. in and out of Asian markets
  • Learn how to network with peers and senior finance professionals in the City of London

Induction weeks

All of our MSc courses start with two compulsory induction weeks which include relevant refresher courses, an introduction to the careers services and the annual careers fair.

Assessment methods


We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • nine core courses (15 credits each)

and either

  • five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Corporate Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Term dates

Term dates 2020/21

In-Person ID Checks (all students must attend): Commences 14 September 2020

Compulsory Induction: 14 - 25 September 2020

Term I
28 September 2020 - 11 December 2020
Term I exams
04 January 2021 - 15 January 2021

Term II
18 January 2021 - 02 April 2021
Term II exams
19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021

Term III
03 May 2021 - 02 July 2021
Term III exams
05 July 2021 - 16 July 2021

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
09 - 27 August 2021

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2021

Official Course End Date
30 September 2021


Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Teaching staff

Course Director

Pawel Bilinski

Dr Pawel Bilinski

Director of the Centre for Financial Analysis and Reporting Research

The teaching staff on the MSc in Corporate Finance have many years of practical experience working in industry and are also active researchers in their fields

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the master's degree.

Other module leaders include:

Dr Sonia Falconieri

Dr Ivana Raonic
Dr Ivana Raonic on Financial Reporting: “The aim of this course is to equip students with critical understanding of the principles and practices of accounting, characteristics and limitations of accounting data. Students will learn how to prepare and interpret financial statements, to apply and comment on accounting policies and to use accounting information to assess financial performance of the business.”

Professor Ana Maria Fuertes
Professor Ana Maria Fuertes on Statistics in Finance: “This module is designed to give you knowledge of quantitative methods that can be effectively used to analyse financial data. Although some theory is needed to understand the methods, the emphasis is on a hands-on approach to provide you/students with practical skills.

Dr Dirk Nitzsche
Dr Dirk Nitzsche on Theory of Finance: “The module Theory of Finance provides you with an introduction to different financial instrument as well as the they theoretical concepts used in finance.  The emphasis in the module is very much on the practical applications of those theoretical concepts and issues such as should we really invest in the optimum weights or what can we expect from the stock market in the long term are being discussed.

Stefano De Cesaris
Stefano De Cesaris on Topics in Mergers and Acquisitions: “Students will learn how companies use M&A transactions to implement their strategic plans and how such transactions are structured and analysed. Emphasis is given to applied financial analysis, case studies are used throughout the module and lectures are complemented by guest presentations given by M&A practitioners.

Professor Paolo Volpin

Dr Zhongwei Huang
Dr Zhongwei Huang on Financial Statement Analysis: “This module leverages many materials from bulge bracket and boutique investment banks to showcase how various techniques covered in the module are used by professionals from the Wall Street, providing students with hands-on experience in analysing and interpreting financial information disclosed by firms listed on major stock exchanges."

Dr Francisco Urzua
Dr Francisco Urzua on Advanced Corporate Finance: “This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of corporate finance, complemented with cases and discussions of real life examples.


How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)

Documents which may follow at later date

  • IELTS/GMAT result
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to the Master's Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.

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Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.

Some level of previous study or evidence of skills in finance or quantitative methods is essential.


Highly recommended.

A well-balanced score in the range of 600-800 will significantly strengthen your application

English language requirements

The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.


UK/EU/International £29,500 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study for continuing students (where applicable).

Deposit: £2,000 (usually paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

Career destinations for MSc Corporate Finance

Graduates from the MSc in Corporate Finance move into a diverse range of financial careers including:

  • Corporate finance departments at global, international and family firms (e.g. Coca Cola, Unilever, Sinopec, Tata Motors, China Mobile, Ford, SAIC Motor, Marks and Spencer, BP)
  • Investment banking and commercial banking (e.g. JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, RBS, China Construction Bank, China Development Bank)
  • Management consultancy (e.g. Accenture, IBM, McKinsey)
  • Securities sales and trading desks at major finance firms, foreign exchange desks, hedge funds, private banking, asset management, credit products, financial and credit risk management consultancy.

Typical jobs for our graduates include; Finance Executive, Analyst, Banking Associate, Consultant, Corporate Banking Analyst, Fund manager, Fund Accountant, Investment Banking Analyst, Investment Manager, M&A Associate, Management Consultant, Operations Specialist, Project Assistant, Project Coordinator, Project Manager.

Class of 2018 profile

Recent graduates have secured positions such as

  • Analyst – Financial Advisory – Lazard
  • Business Analyst – Consulting – McKinsey
  • Personal Manager – Private Banking – VTB Group
  • Off Cycle Intern – Investment Banking – Royal Bank of Canada
  • Senior Analyst – Corporate & Investment Banking – Citibank
  • Analyst – Analytics – Bloomberg
  • Associate – Project & Infrastructure Finance – Moody’s Investor Service
  • Analyst – Investment Banking – Robert W, Baird
  • Auditor – Assurance – PwC

Where they are working now

  • UK: 39%
  • EU/EEA: 31%
  • Asia: 30%

Industry post-master's

9% Financial Services - Consulting
24% Investment Banking/ M&A/ECM/DCM
6% Commercial/Corporate Banking
21% Accounting/Auditing Services

The remaining industries are made up of Business Services (3%), Construction (3%), FMGC (3%), Financial Services - Private Banking (6%), Financial Services - Investment Bank - Other 9%, IT/Data/News provider (6%), Insurance (3%), Other (4%), Rating Agency (3%).

Data provided from alumni who completed the annual destination data survey 2017/18

Course information and statistics

Diploma/ certificate
in the UK (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2018)
average age of student body
nationalities in 19/20 cohort
Diploma/ certificate
globally (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2018)


Successfully obtaining the MSc allows exemption from the exams of CIMA and ACCA. MSc in Corporate Finance also has the CFA Programme Partner status

*Please note that all accreditations and exemptions are subject to change. Please check if you have specific requirements

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CIMA is the world’s leading, and largest, professional body of management accountants.

Students successfully completing the MSc in Corporate Finance will be awarded exemptions from the following modules:

  • BA3: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • F2: Advanced Financial Reporting
  • F3: Financial Strategy


ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants.

Students successfully completing the MSc in Corporate Finance will be awarded exemptions from the following modules:

  • F1: Accountant in Business
  • F2: Management Accounting
  • F3: Financial Accounting

CFA programme partner

The CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, recognises the rigour and the relevance of the MSc in Corporate Finance and has awarded this course partner status. CFA Programme Partner status is awarded to a select number of universities around the world whose degree courses incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge. The CFA Programme is the essential qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in the finance sector and the CFA Institute recognises the MSc in Corporate Finance as strong preparation for their professional exams.

Cass students on CFA partner courses have the option of taking some additional preparatory classes for the CFA exams. They also have access to CFA study materials (including an online Level 1 sample exam) and complimentary access to Financial Newsbrief, a daily investment brief by the CFA. In addition, there is the opportunity to take part in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge.

Each year a number of CFA scholarships are available to Cass students, offering financial assistance with the CFA exam registration fees.