Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England


This course is suitable for graduates looking to move into a career in finance. It develops knowledge and understanding of: financial markets, corporate finance, financial intermediation, strategic decision-making, mathematical and statistical methods, financial accounting and other financial information, risk management, macroeconomics of finance. The course is designed to be a practical, comprehensive and academically rigorous grounding in finance. As well as learning about current practice in the fields of financial markets and corporate finance the students are soon equipped with specialist skills, knowledge and a toolbox of finance techniques which they are able to apply in their work from day 1. Students also develop problem-solving and decision-making skills and judgement in the context of key investment decisions in financial markets and key strategic decisions in corporate finance.

Entry requirements

Applicants need an Honours degree (minimum 2.2) in a business, business-related or quantitative discipline from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution. Or if do not hold a 1st degree, to have completed parts 1 and 2 of the ACCA syllabus, or the SII diploma, plus 2 years relevant work experience, or a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience and to take a written test before being accepted. If English is not your 1st language, you are required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components.

Course modules

Postgraduate Certificate core modules: Fundamentals of financial management; financial instruments; financial statement analysis; fund management; risk management; corporate financial strategy; quantitative research methods. Postgraduate Diploma is made up of the remaining core modules and 1 additional optional module allowing the students to specialise in areas relevant to their chosen career path. Master's: Dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessments is a mix of assignments, supervised mini-projects, role playing, presentations and examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

Key information

Admissions and International Development
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0117 32 83333