Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Finance

Specialist knowledge of finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms and government. Students on the Birkbeck MSc Finance obtain excellent specialist training in financial economics, including basic portfolio theory, corporate finance, and pricing theory applied to derivatives and government bond markets. You will also learn the latest econometrics and numerical analysis skills, which are important in the marketplace. The programme is demanding and challenging; applicants should have strong intellectual ability and be willing to work hard.

The MSc Finance programmes at Birkbeck is built around our long-running experience in cutting-edge, research-led, evening teaching.

If you have any prior knowledge in finance, economics or a related field then this programme is also available with advanced pathways in accounting, banking and commodities.

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MSc Finance, the entry criteria are usually a second-class honours degree or above, or equivalent qualifications. Students with a third-class degree may sometimes be admitted if there is clear evidence of under-performance, relative to potential, in the first degree. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You take 8 compulsory modules, including a dissertation.

The compulsory modules cover essential topics to help you pursue a successful career in any area of finance, while the dissertation allows you to pursue an empirical or theoretical study on a topic of your choice under the supervision of an academic within the department.
Full-time compulsory modules:

Asset Management;
Corporate Finance;
Econometrics of Financial Markets;
Economics of Financial Markets;
Financial Markets;
Mathematics for Finance;
Principles of Financial Reporting .

Part-time compulsory modules Year 1:

Econometrics of Financial Markets;
Financial Markets;
Mathematics for Finance .

Part-time compulsory modules Year 2:

Asset Management;
Corporate Finance;
Economics of Financial Markets;
Principles of Financial Reporting .

Dissertation .

Assessment methods

Usually around 80% of the assessment is unseen examinations, typically held in June. The other 20% of your assessment is via coursework to ensure that, throughout the year, you get practice, and are given feedback, in tackling and solving problems independently, without the time pressure of examinations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6429