University of Essex

University of Essex

Finance and Investment

This course equips students with the theoretical knowledge, quantitative tools and analytical skills that allows them to thrive in the worlds of practical and academic finance; they embark on a educational programme that prepares them to face the challenges of managing and working in organisations within a wide array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions; as a graduate, they are ideally positioned to take up employment in investment management, corporate finance, trading or consulting.

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: Behavioural finance; corporate finance; fixed income securities; postgraduate mathematics preparation; research methods in finance (empirical methods in finance); portfolio management; dissertation. Optional modules include: Asset pricing; bank strategy and risk; behavioural finance; corporate finance; corporate reporting and analysis; derivative securities; exchange rates and international finance; financial decision making; financial modelling; fixed income securities; industry expert lectures in finance; issues in financial reporting; 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 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