Finance (MSc)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

Four to five evenings a week full-time or two to three evenings a week part-time

Specialist knowledge of finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms and government. Students on the Birkbeck MSc Finance obtain excellent specialist training in financial economics, including basic portfolio theory, corporate finance, and pricing theory applied to derivatives and government bond markets. You will also learn the latest econometrics and numerical analysis skills, which are important in the marketplace.

The programme is demanding and challenging; applicants should have strong intellectual ability and be willing to work hard.

The MSc Finance programmes at Birkbeck is built around our long-running experience in cutting-edge, research-led, evening teaching.

If you have any prior knowledge in finance, economics or a related field then this programme is also available with advanced pathways in accounting, banking and commodities.

If you are unsure which finance programme is right for you, then read an overview of each programme.

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Highlights

  • This programme combines a high level of academic rigour with a solid grounding in practical problem-solving skills.
  • Many of our students work in the finance industry, which generates a lively atmosphere in class and ensures that you'll be studying alongside committed, enthusiastic students with a wealth of experience.
  • Our teaching is informed by the latest research and by the needs of employers, so you'll be taught by academics who are professional practitioners involved in the world of economics and international finance.
  • Our teaching is renowned for its high quality and we provide in-house training for government departments and City firms and banks, including the Treasury and the Bank of England.
  • The Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics brings together research and teaching across economics and finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant interdisciplinary synergies.
  • Part of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Watch our video of Professor Ron Smith talking about studying in the Department.
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Course structure

You take eight compulsory modules, including a dissertation.

The compulsory modules cover essential topics to help you pursue a successful career in any area of finance, while the dissertation allows you to pursue an empirical or theoretical study on a topic of your choice under the supervision of an academic within the Department.

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