Plymouth Business School

MSc Finance

Sharpen your analytical and critical reasoning skills, and hone your financial knowledge and technical proficiency with the MSc in Finance. This course will help to broaden your knowledge of financial strategies, econometrics, financial management and more, all with a global perspective of this complex industry. As a graduate, you’ll also be able to meet the needs of commerce and industry, having developed a critical appreciation of financial issues and their implications.

Key features

  • Learn how to apply modern financial techniques and models to real-world problems in the context of both national and international environments
  • Gain more control over your time with three flexible study options - study part time (choose 1 or 2 modules per term) or  full time
  • Enhance your career prospects and current vocational skills to a higher level
  • Benefit from Plymouth Graduate School of Management’s social space that helps create a vibrant and inclusive postgraduate community.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Gain a thorough understanding of finance including investment, financing, capital investments, capital structure and market efficiency, risk management and mergers. Specialist study is made of investments, focusing on equity derivatives, shares and bonds and on portfolio analysis. Econometrics is taught alongside, introducing you to a range of statistical techniques and their applications in economic analysis. You’ll then study international issues, cross-border obstacles and trading blocs that can hinder global business transactions. You will also study exchange rate movements, inflation and how this affects interest rates, currency options, financial futures and swaps. In addition, you have a choice of further study options to enable you to widen your knowledge in particular areas of finance. You will need to write a final dissertation.

    Core modules
    • ACF701A Investments

      The module exposes students to the valuation models of stocks, bonds, asset pricing theories and derivatives securities. It is primarily concerned with equity portfolio and bond portfolio management strategies. Key aims are concerned with strategic asset allocation, diversification, synthetic positions, and using derivatives in a portfolio context.

    • ACF702 Econometrics

      This module considers modern econometric techniques for dealing with cross-section, time-series and panel-datasets within a practical context.

    • ACF703 International Finance

      This module provides a wide perspective on international finance and how this relates to foreign exchange markets, derivatives markets and international parity theories. It also offers a thorough treatment of managing currency risks with modern instruments of hedging.

    • ACF718 Corporate Finance

      This module covers topics related to corporate financial decision making regarding evaluating projects to make investments, maintaining optimal capital structure levels and how to distribute profits through the pay-out policy. It equips the postgraduate student to evaluate critically decisions in capital investment and financing that will have a long-run impact on firm valuation.

    • ACF719 Financial Management

      This module places financial theory into a usable context to develop students¿ understanding of the potential value added to a business by an appropriate financial management strategy. It includes an appraisal of models in financial management and issues arising in the area. The module includes investment appraisal and corporate restructuring decisions, financing and dividend policy and working capital management. Relevant aspects of the role of financial markets and asset pricing will also be considered.

    • ACF720 Dissertation in Finance

      This module requires the student to undertake supervised, research into a suitable finance related topic of their choice. A research proposal will be required to be presented for assessment by the module team before proceeding to undertake the research itself. The student is expected to prepare and submit a 12,000 - 15,000 word dissertation.

    Optional modules
    • ACF705 Financial Statement Analysis

      This module provides the student with a broad overview of the financial reporting environment in which companies operate. It introduces the analytical tools which can be used to assess and compare companies within specific sectors. It also introduces the concept of corporate governance and its impact on companies¿ results and reputation.

    • ACF707B Advanced Credit Management

      This module provides in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of global credit management within different organisations and sectors. The module provides an overview of the importance of the contribution that credit management makes to corporate performance. It also examines credit methods and techniques and investigates different types of credit risks and ways to mitigate them.

    • ACF708 Real Estate and Alternative Investments

      This module equips the students with knowledge in real estate and alternative investments. It develops the students¿ analytical skills for investment appraisals in real and alternative investment marketplaces. The module explores a range of issues under different economic environments and market conditions, which, in due course, provides the participants with broad knowledge, fundamental theories, and in depth analytical skills for real estate and alternative investments.

    • ACF709 Corporate Risk Management

      Organisations face a range of risks, many of which threaten not only the achievement of their strategic objectives, but also their future survival. The purpose of this module is to explore these risks and consider the theory and practice that underpins their management. A range of risk management techniques, strategies and theoretical approaches will be considered, as will the drivers for corporate risk management.

    • ACF710 Quantitative Finance and Methods

      The aim of this module to provide students with in-depth skills in the application of quantitative methods and models to financial problems, including those involving stochastic processes.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Finance 17 18 3071

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements


A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.


Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.


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Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £8,000 £9,500
International £13,250 £14,000
Part time (Home/EU) £450 £500
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.


Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

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MSc Finance graduates

Damon Lau

“The facilities at Plymouth University are incredible – such as the 24/7 library and computing facilities – and staff members’ ability to connect and communicate with students is also great.”
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Duc Tran

Since graduating in 2013, Duc Tran has gone on to work for Techcombank in Hanoi, Vietnam, as a business plan management officer.

“I would recommend people undertaking the MSc Finance course at Plymouth University. Professors and staff are very friendly and have very good pedagogic knowledge. The course delivers practical knowledge and equips you with good analytical skills.”

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Raunak Kulkarni

Having graduated with a Distinction in MSc Finance, Raunak Kulkarni tells us about his experience.

“Plymouth University fitted exactly into my set of ideas vis-à-vis the course content, assessment patterns, faculty, accreditations, promising vision and reputation. The location was a vital factor too.”

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Staff insight

We focus on ensuring that students are equipped with a very firm grasp of financial concepts which makes them ideal employees.

Salima Paul, Programme Manager

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The opportunity to apply for a professoriate scholarship is available to applicants currently in receipt of an offer for postgraduate study.

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Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

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