London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

Finance and Private Equity

The foundation of the programme is built in the 1st term with the study of 2 core 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 specific knowledge of private equity by taking a dedicated course in finance and private equity. This will explore the structure of private equity (PE) funds and how PE can be used in start-ups, in scaling-up cash flow businesses, and in restructuring firms facing financial distress. It explores the link between PE and venture capital on the one hand and public securities markets on the other. This course involves case study and is taught in conjunction with a range of practitioners in the field. Students write a 6,000 word extended essay on a topic related to PE as part of the course's assessment. During the 2nd term students will take three 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.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in any discipline 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) and for all students with UK undergraduate degrees who do not have, or are not expected to achieve, a 1st Class degree. 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; other scholarships and awards are available such as Lord Dahrendorf Scholarships.


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