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MSc Finance with advanced pathways

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Programme Director: Simon Hubbert

Specialist knowledge of Finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms, banks, government and academia. Students on the Birkbeck MSc Finance with advanced pathways obtain excellent specialist training in modern financial economics. Students completing the MSc are specialists well suited to work in specialized fields of quantitative finance in financial institutions, banks and insurance companies, or carry out academic research leading to a PhD.

The programme is open to both full-time (one year) and part-time students (two years) and offer a rigorous training in finance. The programme is demanding and challenging; applicants should have strong intellectual ability and be willing to work hard. The MSc Finance programmes at Birkbeck reflect the long-running experience in cutting-edge, research-led, evening teaching at Birkbeck.


  • Pre-sessional module: Quantitative Techniques (Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Compulsory modules: Theory of Finance and Derivatives,  Financial Econometrics I and Financial Econometrics II
  • Optional modules: Asset Management, Commodities and Commodities Derivatives,  Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting, Corporate Finance, Economics of Financial Markets, Financial Markets, Banking and Regulation, Forecasting Economic and Financial Time series, Market Risk Management, Monetary Economics and Principles of Financial Reporting
  • Dissertation


Depending on the options chosen, the MSc Finance with advanced pathways allows for the following awards:

  • MSc Finance with Banking: Students who choose the Financial Markets, Banking and Regulation option obtain an MSc Finance and/with Banking.
  • MSc Finance with Commodities: Students who choose the Commodities and Commodity Derivatives option obtain an MSc Finance and/with Commodities.
  • MSc Finance with Accounting: Students who choose two Accounting options obtain an MSc Finance and/with Accounting.
  • MSc Finance with Risk Management: Students who choose two Risk options obtain an MSc Finance and/with Risk Management.


  • Part-time study: 2-3 evenings a week
  • Full-time study: 4-5 evenings a week
  • September – June with a dissertation until September in the final year

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MSc Finance programme with advanced pathways, the entry criteria are usually a first- or second-class degree or its equivalent in either a directly relevant or a quantitative subject. In some circumstances students are admitted with a degree at less than second class honours level, provided that their subsequent work experience and/or education and training is deemed to have brought them to an equivalent standard. Students are expected to pass the pre-sessional modules on Quantitative Techniques in September.

Hear the Programme Director and also Professor Hélyette Geman talk about the MSc Finance, and listen to what past students feel they have got from the course.

General enquiries should be directed to the Programme Administrator:

Jo Kwok
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7631 6429