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Overview

Who is it for?

You are ambitious to succeed in the finance field, in a career that might encompass anything from hedge funds to investment banking. Your strong quantitative skills give you an ideal starting point as you begin to investigate the mechanisms that drive finance across different industries.

Your interest in finance is matched by your desire to establish yourself in this highly competitive marketplace where pressure and risk accompany job satisfaction and financial rewards.

Objectives

The master's in finance programme is your opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the area. You kick off with a term of foundation modules that cement your understanding of finance, corporate finance, accounting and econometrics.

You build on that core knowledge with a term where you tailor the course to your own subject preferences.

You can choose to specialise in either finance or corporate finance, or to remain broad to acquire an all-round, post-graduate qualification in finance.

Flexibility is built into the MSc Finance programme through a comprehensive choice of electives including a number of optional overseas electives in locations such as New York, Singapore & Dubai.

You’ll be based within a stone’s throw of the City of London, giving your studies a uniquely practical orientation with regular teaching from senior bankers and finance professionals and unparalleled opportunities for networking

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Structure

What will you learn

On the master's in Finance postgraduate degree you will:

  • Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of finance
  • Develop your range of technical and conceptual skills
  • Gain broad experience of quantitative techniques
  • Develop your understanding of a wide range of financial issues across all industry sectors
  • Network with your peers and senior finance industry professionals in the City of London
  • Gain a highly valuable international, multicultural perspective
  • Acquire a flexible qualification suitable for a wide range of roles in global finance.

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

Assessment

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:

  • eight core courses (15 credits each) and two additional core modules plus three electives (10 credits each)

or

  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)

or

  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination.

Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Term dates

Term dates 2021/22

To be confirmed

Timetables

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.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Teaching staff

Course Director

Course director profile

Dr Sonia Falconieri

Reader in Finance

Together our MSc Finance teaching staff have a variety of practical experience in the financial services sector and many are active researchers in their field.

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Finance.

Module Leaders include:

Application

How to apply

We only accept online applications.

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Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement - this should be around 500 words in length and answer the following:
    • Why have you selected this course? What are your motivating factors?
    • What are your areas of interest within the course?
    • What contributions do you feel you can make to the course?
    • How do you see the course affecting your career plans?

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • Engish language test result if applicable
  • GMAT result if applicable
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • 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 uploaded to the application form or e-mailed to the relevant Admissions Officer upon request

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

Unfortunately, as a result of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we can only offer online appointments to discuss your application.  To book one, please get in touch with the relevant Admission Officer

Please note these are subject to availability.

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.
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course

GMAT

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

English language requirements

If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test.

If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.

IELTS

  • 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.

Some other English Language tests might be accepted

Fees

UK/EU/International £30,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

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

Deposit: £2,000 (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 start of the induction period)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

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Career pathways

Career destinations for MSc Finance

Our MSc Finance provides you with the quantitative skills and tools for a successful and rewarding career in the competitive finance industry. You will build a knowledge of everything from investment management to hedge funds and corporate finance and our graduates move into careers in a variety of areas across the industry.

Our unique location a stone’s throw from the City of London offers unrivalled access to global investment banks, asset management organisations and financial services, with plenty of opportunities for networking.

Our dedicated Careers Team will help you identify your ideal career path and work with you to maximise the potential of accomplishing your professional goals.

Class of 2019 profile

Graduates from the MSc in Finance programme secure positions in companies including:

  • Consultant, Oliver Wyman
  • Investment Profesional, J.P. Morgan
  • Analyst, Unicredit
  • Investment Management Graduate, Allianz Global Investors
  • Equity Fundamentals Analyst, Bloomberg
  • ABS Trader, Morgan Stanley

Where they are working now

  • UK: 67%
  • Europe other: 8%
  • Asia: 17%

Industry post-master's

13% Investment Banking
12% Accounting / Auditing Services
9% Asset Management / Investment Management
9% Financial services - other
7% Property - Real Esate

Data provided from alumni who completed the 2020 graduate outcomes survey.

Alumni stories

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Course information and statistics

Diploma/ certificate
4th
in the UK (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2018)
Man
23
average age of student body (20/21 cohort)
Globe
22
nationalities in 20/21 cohort
Diploma/ certificate
20th
globally (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2018)

Accreditation

Successfully obtaining the MSc allows exemption from the exams of CIMA and ACCA.

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CIMA

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

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

  • BA3: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • F3: Financial Strategy

ACCA

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

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

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

CFA Programme Partner

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.