Plymouth Business School

MSc Finance

Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available
Location Plymouth

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.

This programme is available with a January or September start.

Finance
Careers with this subject

Develop your analytical and critical reasoning skills, broaden your knowledge of financial strategies, econometrics and financial management, and develop a global perspective on this complex industry. Your skills are in demand from both commercial and industrial businesses globally.

Careers service

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated careers service supporting you from the moment you start your degree, to three years after graduation.

Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.

We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

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Key features
  • Start your course in September or January.
  • 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 one or two modules per semester) or full-time.
  • Enhance your career prospects and current vocational skills to a higher level

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 focuses on investments, with an emphasis on shares, bonds and portfolio analysis. Along with exchange rate movements, inflation and how they affect interest rates, currency options, financial futures and swaps. You complete your studies by choosing an area that you want to study in more detail, either for personal interest or as a way of enhancing your employability. You are assigned a personal tutor who will give you one on one help and guidance to complete this project.

    The design of our postgraduate programmes focuses on four taught modules and a capstone project. We believe that simplicity in programme design provides you with a better learning experience. The dynamic and challenging nature of contemporary business does not isolate concepts into small packages – and neither do our programmes. This approach links concepts together as they are in the real world, and enables you to focus in on what really matters.

    Core modules

    • ACF7003: International Finance
    • ACF7001: Investments
    • ACF7004: Analysis of Financial Statements
    • ACF7002: Corporate Finance
    • ACF7000J: Advanced Business Research

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 programme specification Sep21 FINAL 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

UK/EU

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.

International

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, see our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. Tell me more about scholarships and bursaries.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021 2022
Home £9,950 To be confirmed
International £15,200 To be confirmed
Part time (Home) £550 To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is 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 would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

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"Studying at the University of Plymouth helped me enormously as it enabled me to build on subject areas in which I was pretty poor, as well as opening new opportunities. For example, when I did my first presentation I was so nervous and spoke so fast because I wanted it to be over. After being given feedback and working on certain areas, I was able to gain confidence and improve my skills. This can be said for a number of areas including working in groups and the quality of my assignments."

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Markets, Innovation and Competition research group (MIC)

Market economies are more dominant today than ever before where competition intensifies, calling for innovation. On the one hand markets have facilitated wealth creation and spurred innovation; on the other, they are often held responsible for causing financial instability and widening inequality and are vulnerable to asset tunnelling, to name but a few criticisms. This gives rise to a range of connected issues to be analysed by MIC.

Find out more about research opportunities

Meet our experts

  • Lecturer in Finance
    Programme Leader, research interests include corporate social responsibility
  • Lecturer in Finance
    Research interests include equity market anomalies and emerging markets
  • Professor of Finance
    Research interests include international finance and monetary macroeconomics
  • Associate Head of School (Undergraduate)
    Expert in regional economic development and entrepreneurship
  • Lecturer in Accounting and Finance
    Extensive experience in multi-disciplinary research
  • Professor of Credit Management
    Specialist in credit management, management accounting and corporate finance

Plymouth Business School

  • ? Committed to social, economic and environmental responsibility
  • ? Supporting the internationally recognised focus on sustainability and social purpose of the University
  • ? Leading business ready graduates onto a successful career and happy life
  • ? Supporting graduates to make informed choices based on current economic and market trends
  • ? Building students resilience and confidence
  • ? Promoting practical skills development