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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

This is your opportunity to deepen your knowledge of finance. 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 programme through a comprehensive elective offering 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

Structure

What will you learn

  • 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.

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.

Induction Weeks

The MSc in Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, including:

  • An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for.  The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Term dates

Term dates 2018/19

In-Person ID-Checks (all students must attend): Commences 17 September 2018

Compulsory Induction: 18 - 29 September 2018

Term I
1 October 2018 - 7 December 2018
Term I exams
7 January 2019 - 18 January 2019

Term II
21 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
Term II exams
22 April 2019 - 3 May 2019

Term III
6 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Term III exams
1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test  will do so in the period:
12 - 30 August 2019

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2019

Official Course End Date
30 September 2019

Teaching staff

Course Director

Course director profile

Dr Sonia Falconieri

Reader in Finance

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

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

Module Leaders include:

Application

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 a 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 Specialist Masters 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.

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.

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.

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Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Fees

UK/EU/International £28,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you 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 in-person ID–checks.)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

Graduates from the MSc in Finance move into a diverse range of financial sector careers: investment banking, securities sales and trading, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private banking, credit products, financial and credit risk management and consultancy.

Course information and statistics

Diploma/ certificate
4th
in the UK (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2017)
Man
23
average age of student body
Globe
34
nationalities in 17/18 cohort
Diploma/ certificate
20th
globally (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2017)

Accreditation

Successfully obtaining the MSc Finance allows exemption from the exams of several following professional bodies.

See accreditation details

CIMA

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

  • C2: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • C3: Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
  • F3: Financial Strategy

ACCA

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 5 CFA scholarships are available to Cass students, offering financial assistance with the CFA exam registration fees.