University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool


This programme provides a firm foundation in Finance, Financial Economics and Empirical Finance. The MSc is specifically designed to support career entry and development in the financial sectors, government agencies and to higher education. The programme will provide to students a solid grounding in modern finance and economics with a particular emphasis on techniques and models and their application to real world problems.

The MSc Finance has received recognition by the CFA Institute for its Affiliation Program, which is a global association of investment professionals that offers the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation. Affiliated status is granted to institutions whose degree programmes incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). This provides a solid grounding in the CBOK, which positions students well should they plan to sit the CFA exams.

The CFA qualification is a globally recognised industry designation and affiliated universities are seen as a desirable postgraduate destination, offering programmes that provide a strong foundation in all aspects of finance as well as a practical knowledge of the finance sector.

Recognition by the CFA Institute demonstrates the ability of the MSc Finance to align with professional practice, thereby enhancing the employability of its students.

As well as providing you with firm academic foundations, this course also aims to develop the individual. You will learn vital skills expected of graduates alongside ‘soft’ skills of team working, creative thinking and high impact communication.

You’ll also benefit from our exclusive calendar of guests and events. Recent speakers have included senior executives from Newsmith Capital, Burger King, UBS and Cable and Wireless.

Entry requirements

A first degree from an approved university or a UK 2:1 or international equivalent for students with Bachelor’s degrees in Finance, Accounting and Economics. Exceptional candidates with first class degrees in other subjects (with a significant component of finance) will be considered. Students who lack the usual academic qualifications but have appropriate professional qualifications (with good grades) will be considered individually on merit. Grades in modules relevant to Finance must average 2:1 (particular emphasis will be placed on final-year finance modules).

Course modules

This 12-month programme consists of six compulsory modules and two optional modules followed by a dissertation over the summer period on completion of Semester 2.

Students are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full MSc.

Compulsory modules

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance (ECON901)
  • Corporate Finance and Valuation (ECON906)
  • Portfolio Theory (ECON923)
  • Research Methods and Modelling (ECON815)
  • International Finance (ECON914)
  • Dissertation (ECON912)
  • Security Analysis and Valuation (ECON825)
  • Financial Markets, Financial Regulation and Ethics (ECON824)

Optional modules

  • Financial Risk Management (ECON809)
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (ECON810)
  • Advanced Corporate Finance (ECON811)
  • Financial Engineering (ECON918)


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 £ 10,500 per Academic year (Home) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 £ 19,000 per Academic year (International) 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 £ 5,250 per Year 1 (Home) 24 Months

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