- Start date:
- September 2016
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements:
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as accounting, finance, economics or mathematics Full entry requirements.
- Language requirements:
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
- UK/EU fees:
- International fees:
Global capital and money markets are rapidly evolving in the wake of the financial crisis and critical expertise is highly sought after. If you’re interested in a professional career in finance and investment, this Masters will equip you to apply your problem-solving skills to the financial markets.
You’ll be introduced to advanced concepts and practices in essential topics including international investment, financial modelling, corporate finance and security investment analysis.
Thanks to our excellent links with industry, commerce and professional bodies, you’ll gain a practical understanding of how essential financial theory is applied in practice. Case study exercises and simulations test your knowledge in real business scenarios, connecting you with the latest challenges and issues in the financial markets.
You’ll learn from world-leading academics with research and consultancy expertise to gain a qualification valued worldwide in the finance and investment industry.
Leeds University Business School is internationally recognised and ranked in the world's top 50 for Masters in Finance (Financial Times 2015). We have strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions, giving our students a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments. This means you will benefit from a Masters course that is highly relevant to the current business environment.
As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC).
- Course content
Throughout the programme we support you to develop the professional skills that will be critical for a successful career in the financial services.
You’ll build knowledge of key topics in finance and investment such as financial modelling, corporate finance, security investment analysis and international business finance. You’ll apply this knowledge of financial theory to solve real problems and explore international investment in depth.
Your choice of optional modules will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in areas that suit your career plans. You’ll be expected to take at least one of Corporate Governance or Behavioural Finance, but you could also study accounting, financial derivatives, forensic finance and more.
The programme will improve your understanding of research methods in finance, during a dedicated module led by experts currently involved in cutting-edge research. You’ll apply this knowledge during your dissertation, an independent research project on a topic of your choice, which you’ll submit by the end of the programme.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You’ll take nine compulsory modules including your dissertation, and you must choose one or both of Corporate Governance or Behavioural Finance. If you only study one of these, you’ll choose another optional module from the list below.Compulsory modulesOptional modules- Security Investment Analysis
- Corporate Finance
- Applied Finance
- Research Methods in Finance
- Financial Modelling and Analysis
- International Investment
- Critical Skills for the Finance Professional
- Dissertation- Behavioural Finance AND/OR International Business Finance
- Corporate Governance
- Portfolio Risk Management
- Forensic Accounting and Finance
- Financial Derivatives
- Discrete Time Finance
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops. Thanks to our links with major companies across the business world, you can also gain a practical understanding of key issues.Recent activities have included field trips to various corporate headquarters, CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness events. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation. Read more about professional skills activities.
You’ll be assessed using methods such as exams, project work, presentations, reports and essays. This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.
- Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as accounting, finance, economics or mathematics.
You should have a strong grounding in quantitative subjects with high scores in these subjects.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Economics and Finance (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Economics and Finance (10 weeks).
How to apply
UK/EU/International: Closed for 2016 entry
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you’ll need
- A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
- Two academic references
- A personal statement
- An up-to-date CV
- Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
- A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Scholarships and financial support
We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills. Find out more about scholarships.
- Career opportunities
Graduates have a broad appeal to employers in the worldwide finance sector going on to careers such as traders, risk managers, portfolio managers and security analysts.Our unique combination of business and mathematics modules enables you to perform successfully in a business environment by making the best use of your analytical and programming skills.
We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from our dedicated Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.
Read more about our careers and professional development support.
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