Keele University

Keele University


This course enables students to systematically develop their understanding of the key principles in finance alongside practical skills in financial management. The programme is designed for students interested in a wide-range of future careers in finance, including analytical and financial management roles in financial institutions, firms and public organisations, and also lays the foundations for an academic career in finance when followed by a PhD.

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold at least a good 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 or 2.2) or overseas equivalent in in finance, economics or other business-related subject area demonstrating quantitative content, or in an alternative quantitative subject. Students who have appropriate professional qualifications or relevant work experience may also be considered. Outstanding students (2.1 and above or overseas equivalent) with backgrounds outside of these areas may also be considered and are encouraged to contact the course director. The University uses a range of relevant selection criteria including academic qualifications, professional experience, evidence of likely commitment to academic study, and an estimate of a candidate�s future potential. Students applying with a 2.1 and higher degree or overseas equivalent will be automatically considered for a scholarship of �1,500, subject to continual good performance throughout the year. Anyone applying from a country where English is not the first language is required to take one of the internationally recognised English language tests such as Academic IELTS or equivalent English language qualification. The minimum entry level is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest or equivalent English language test scores. For overseas students who do not meet all direct entry requirements, the opportunity to take an intensive pre-MSc programme leading to MSc entry may be offered.

Course modules

Semester 1: financial markets; quantitative methods in finance; financial derivatives; accounting principles. Semester 2: corporate finance; applied finance. Option modules: international money and finance; international financial reporting; behavioural finance; economics of financial decisions under risk; financial modelling; portfolio risk management; risk and insurance.

Assessment methods

Taught modules are usually assessed by a combination of unseen examination and coursework which may include essays, mini projects and tests. Guidance is provided on the choice of dissertation topics and each student will be assigned a supervisor who will guide the student through to completion.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,000 per Credit (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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