London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London


This programme has been designed to meet the needs of high-level graduates from fields not specifically related to finance, whose career objectives lie broadly within the financial services sector. Students study 2 courses: asset markets and corporate finance. Asset markets takes the student from fundamental concepts to up to date applications in fixed-income, equity, and derivatives markets. Corporate finance begins with the firm's investment decision and the cost of capital. This in turn is linked to the firm's financial structure and market environment where the firm operates. It studies in detail major financial decisions including dividend choice, going public, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring in financial distress. In the 2nd term, students deepen their knowledge by taking four optional half unit courses, on topics such as financial systems, risk management, portfolio management methods, advanced derivatives and structured financial products, fixed income, advanced corporate finance, and applied financial valuation. Students will also be required to write an extended essay in the place of an exam in 1 of the 4 optional courses.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, and good quantitative skills, at least to A-level mathematics standard. GMAT or GRE is required for all students without a UK undergraduate degree (GMAT is strongly preferred). The GMAT is recommended for all students with UK undergraduate degrees, especially those whose quantitative skills are not demonstrated by their undergraduate studies, or are not expected to achieve a 1st Class degree. English language requirement for non-native speakers (TOEFL/IELTS).

Sponsorship information

LSE graduate support scheme; Lord Dahrendorf Scholarships; other scholarships and awards are available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 27,552 per Academic year (home fees) 10 months
MSc Full-time £ 27,552 per Academic year (overseas fees) 10 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
London School of Economics and Political Science Islington WC2A 2AE South East

Key information

Student Recruitment Office
Telephone number: 
020 7955 6613