Finance and Investment (MSc)

The programme is suited for individuals with good undergraduate degrees in economics or accounting and finance, but also for those with more scientific backgrounds (eg an undergraduate education in mathematics, engineering or natural sciences). The programme structure is also flexible enough for you to specialise in the area of finance that suits you best.

This programme is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical sides of finance. It contains compulsory elements in asset pricing, corporate finance, financial reporting and analysis, and quantitative methods and offers optional units in areas including derivatives, investment management and financial modelling.

Core units

  • Asset Pricing
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment

Optional units

You will choose four units from a list of options. The units available can vary from year to year but may include:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Banking
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Empirical Finance
  • Financial Modelling
  • Investment Management

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

Dissertation

The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation. This involves identifying and analysing a research question in finance under the guidance of a member of staff. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to explore an original problem, source and process the relevant financial data, analyse that data and learn to draw appropriate conclusions. The results are presented in a final report of up to 15,000 words.

A first or good upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) that demonstrates mathematical ability.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in investment management, financial research, trading, consulting and corporate finance, and for further academic study in finance.

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£14,000
Overseas
£24,300

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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