Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


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

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2nd-Class degree, or its equivalent in either a directly relevant or a quantitative subject, or the Birkbeck Graduate Diploma in Finance. Students are expected to pass the pre-sessional modules on quantitative techniques and introductory finance in September. We would recommend our Graduate Diplomas for students without the prerequisites in economics, finance, mathematics or statistics. 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

Compulsory modules: Dissertation; financial econometrics 1; financial econometrics II; quantitative techniques; theory of finance. MSc finance and commodities modules: Commodities and commodities derivatives, computational methods for commodities. MSc finance and banking modules: Banking and regulation; financial markets and crises. MSc finance with accounting modules: Contemporary issues in financial reporting for complex entities; principles of financial reporting. Additional option modules: Advanced topics in finance 1 and 2; corporate finance; forecasting economic and financial time series; market risk management; monetary economics.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on examinations in January and June, coursework assignments, and submission of a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,075 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 9,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time evening £ 4,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening £ 7,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening £ 4,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

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