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Cardiff University Finance

The MSc in Finance is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in finance.

Given the increasing integration of national capital markets, it is becoming more and more important to possess a high-quality postgraduate qualification in finance for those wishing to work for corporations and government bodies involved with stock markets, project investment and the finance industry.

The MSc in Finance is a one-year, full-time programme. It is both academically challenging, with input from world-leading academics, and practically focused, giving you the opportunity to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in finance.

This programme provides excellent training for those who wish to pursue doctoral level research with a view to an academic or research-orientated career.

Distinctive features

  • You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
  • You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).
  • Our facilities include a fully functioning trading room giving you access to the latest market data.

Key facts

Next intake September 2017
Duration 1 year
Qualification MSc
Mode Full-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

Applicants are expected to have a minimum of a 2:1 (GPA 3.0/4.0) Honours degree from a leading university, in finance or a related degree which includes the following modules: one quantitative module with 60% pass rate and three analytical finance modules, all with 60% pass overall.

If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an IELTS exam, obtaining a minimum score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.

The first semester provides you with a sound theoretical foundation in finance as well as the quantitative and research skills required for a successful career in finance.

The second semester builds heavily on the knowledge and skills acquired during the first semester. In particular, the second semester enables you to either acquire advanced knowledge of both corporate finance and financial derivatives or to specialise in another area of finance. The second semester is organised in such a way to combine flexibility (via the optional modules) with rigour (via the core modules).

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

In the first semester you will take four core modules.

In semester two, you will take two further core modules along with two optional modules. The optional modules provide progression from those delivered in the first semester and demonstrate the increasing demands placed on you.

Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the dissertation.

The dissertation is designed to enable you to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in the taught modules to individual independent research under academic supervision.

Finance and Investment BST156 15 credits
Quantitative Methods BST164 15 credits
Research Topics in Finance BST252 15 credits
Empirical Finance BST264 15 credits
Market Structure and Trading Systems BST998 15 credits
Research Methods in Finance BST999 15 credits
Dissertation BST259 60 credits
Optional modules
Financial Derivatives BST254 15 credits
Asset Pricing BST260 15 credits
International Banking BST263 15 credits
International Finance BST273 15 credits
Mathematical Finance BST275 15 credits
Marketing of Financial Services BST276 15 credits
Investment and Electronic Trading BST277 15 credits
Corporate Finance BST997 15 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.