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Overview

Who is it for?

This programme is for you if you have a deep interest in finance, strong quant skills and the ambition to succeed in a high-pressure, high-reward industry. You’ll already hold the equivalent of a UK upper second degree, with skills in finance or quantitative methods.

You’re looking for a course that will prepare you for your career in global finance, in sectors such as hedge funds, financial services and investment banking. And you’re ready to make the most of the senior industry contacts and peer group networks you’ll make, while developing your business knowledge and learning advanced quantitative techniques.

I found that Bayes Business School had a lot to offer and was very welcoming to students with diverse backgrounds. A quick research of the Financial Times Masters in Finance ranking page finally convinced me to apply. I believe than on top of all the practical knowledge and understanding the global capital markets better, Bayes taught me how to position myself best in a workplace and how to go through interviews and build relationships with people from many different backgrounds.

Iryna Vushko

Objectives

On our post-graduate programme you’ll reinforce your existing knowledge of finance, corporate finance, accounting and econometrics before choosing electives that tailor your master’s in finance to your own skills, interests and ambitions.

You can specialise – in finance or corporate finance – or take the broader view. Develop new skills, from Python to data visualisation, or explore new areas such as behavioural finance and ethics. And expand your experience by choosing an international elective or study tour.

You'll learn from senior bankers and finance professionals as well as active researchers in finance, gaining a practical understanding of current issues alongside theories, tools and techniques that will equip you for your chosen career.

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Structure

What will you learn

On the Finance MSc postgraduate degree you will:

  • Learn with one of the largest and most-respected faculties in the world, from staff who advise leading policy-making institutions.
  • Gain exemptions from your CIMA and ACCA exams.
  • Benefit from our researchers’ and guest speakers’ expertise in corporate finance, investment management and hedge fund management.
  • Create a course to match your aims, choosing from an exceptionally rich offering of options in term 3, international electives in locations such as Madrid, Milan and New York and an optional study tour in term 2.
  • Exploit our links to financial institutions close by in the City of London to build your network of professional connections.

Induction weeks

All of our MSc courses start with two compulsory induction weeks which include relevant refresher courses, an introduction to the careers services and the annual careers fair.

Assessment methods

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eight core courses (15 credits each) and two additional core modules plus three electives (10 credits each)

or

  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)

or

  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination.

Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Term dates

Term dates 2023/24

  • Induction: 11th September 2023 - 22nd September 2023
  • Term one: 25th September 2023 - 8th December 2023
  • Term one exams: 8th January 2024 - 19th January 2024
  • Term two: 22nd January 2024 - 5th April 2024
  • Term two exams: 22nd April 2024 - 3rd May 2024
  • Term three - international electives: 6th May 2024 - 17th May 2024
  • Term three: 20th May 2024 - 5th July 2024
  • Term three exams: 8th July 2024 - 19th July 2024
  • Resits: 12th August 2024 - 23rd August 2024
  • Additional resit week - tests only: 26th August 2024 - 30th August 2024.

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables (add timetable and search for your programme)

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Teaching staff

Course Director

Sonia Falconieri

Dr Sonia Falconieri

Reader in Finance

Together our MSc Finance teaching staff have a variety of practical experience in the financial services sector and many are active researchers in their field.

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Finance.

Module Leaders include:

Application

How to apply

Apply for MSc Finance

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Grading system used by your university
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement - this should be around 500 words in length and answer the following:
    • Why have you selected this course? What are your motivating factors?
    • What are your areas of interest within the course?
    • What contributions do you feel you can make to the course?
    • How do you see the course affecting your career plans?

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • Engish language test result if applicable
  • GMAT result if applicable
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status, all award documents must be verified, and should be provided to the relevant Admissions Officer via one of the methods stated in your offer.

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to arrange an individual appointment to discuss the application process and be given a tour of the facilities, please complete this form.

Please note - these are subject to availability.

Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Bayes Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

  • A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
  • Some level of previous study or evidence of skills in finance or quantitative methods is essential.
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course

GMAT

  • GMAT is not required for application, but may be requested as a condition of offer at the discretion of the Admissions Panel.

English language requirements

If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take an English language test.

If you have studied in the UK at degree level for less than three years (e.g. 3+1, 2+1, 2+2, etc.) you will be required to provide the results of an approved English language test and possibly resit the test to meet our academic entry requirements.

Full list of approved English language tests/qualifications and minimum requirements.

Fees

UK/EU/International £31,700 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study for continuing students (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee for continuing students in writing prior to commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the start of the induction period)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

Career destinations for MSc Finance

The MSc in Finance prepares you for a wide range of careers in finance and related areas, in the UK and around the world. Recent graduates are now working as hedge fund managers, investment bankers, financial analysts and consultants for major financial services organisations. If you’re heading for accountancy, obtaining your MSc allows exemption from your CIMA and ACCA exams.

Our careers team will support you in your job search, and you’ll also benefit from our strong links to major players in the finance industry.

Class of 2021 profile

Graduates from the MSc in Finance programme secure positions in companies including:

  • Analyst, (Structured Credit) -Deutsche Bank
  • AssociateFixed Income and Currencies- Jefferies
  • Private Debt Intern,Equity Research - Ardian
  • M&A Off-Cycle Analyst - ING
  • Analyst  Mergers and Acquisitions - HSBC

Alumni stories

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Course information and statistics (2022/23 cohort)

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Man
23
average age of student body (20/21 cohort)
Globe
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nationalities in 21/22 cohort
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96% of our graduates were in full time employment within 3 months of graduating (FT Masters in Finance ranking 2021

Accreditation

Successfully obtaining the MSc allows exemption from the exams of CIMA and ACCA.

See accreditation details

CIMA

CIMA is the world’s leading, and largest, professional body of management accountants.

Students successfully completing the MSc Finance will be awarded exemptions from the following modules:

  • BA3: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • F3: Financial Strategy

ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants.

Students successfully completing the MSc in Finance will be awarded exemptions from the following modules:

  • F1: Accountant in Business
  • F2: Management Accounting
  • F3: Financial Accounting

CFA Programme Partner

Each year a number of CFA scholarships are available to Bayes students, offering financial assistance with the CFA exam registration fees.