University of Essex

University of Essex


This course provides opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of finance beyond their 1st degree level and to develop their abilities to read and understand the journals and current literature. This course seeks to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills, and provide research training. Each student designs and carries out independent studies and, as a graduate, are well prepared for employment as a finance specialist in industry, government, universities or research institutions.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in finance, economics or business. We also welcome applications from candidates with any science or engineering degrees. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Dissertation; research methods in finance (empirical methods in finance); asset pricing; derivative securities; portfolio management; postgraduate mathematics preparation. Optional modules include: Asset pricing; bank strategy and risk; behavioural finance; corporate finance; derivative securities; exchange rates and international finance; financial modelling; fixed income securities; industry expert lectures in finance; modern banking; portfolio management; postgraduate mathematics preparation; risk management; trading global financial markets.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, students work on a dissertation or individual project included in their final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,785 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 4,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 7,475 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Essex Business School
Telephone number: 
01206 872719