Business Analysis and Finance

MSc, 1 year

This is for you if... you want to apply your understanding of economics and quantitative techniques to the analysis of problems in business regulation, organisation and finance.

Course Description

The MSc in Business Analysis and Finance provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge of economics to the analysis of business problems and finance. The course combines advanced academic learning with real-world practical insights and will open up a wide range of career opportunities.

By taking this MSc, you will gain advanced knowledge and expertise in quantitative techniques and have the opportunity to apply those skills to problem solving in the areas of business regulation, organisation and finance. The course will equip you with computer skills which can be applied to business data analysis and develop your confidence in the use and presentation of economic arguments in your professional role.

To help you develop the skills that leading employers ask for, and let you see how traders work, we have 12 Bloomberg terminals in the University Library. 

On completion of the MSc you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers in management, the civil service and international organisations.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
School of Business

MSc Admissions Advisor
School of Business
+44 (0)116 252 2157 or 5113

School of Business website

Why Leicester?

At Leicester you will be taught by leading experts, who have both an excellent academic reputation and real-world experience.

Academic staff at Leicester have produced research on economic growth and development, economic transition in Eastern Europe, the East-Asia crisis and UK monetary and fiscal policy.

Our staff are regularly consulted by government agencies around the world. We also provide expertise to international economic institutions such as the IMF, OECD and the World Bank.

Course Structure

Term 1

Term 1

During your first three weeks you will study the following modules:

  • Foundations of Mathematics for Finance
  • Professional Skills in Finance

Core modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Term 2

Term 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Term 3

Term 3

Core modules

Plus your Dissertation


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, classes and computer practicals. You will be supported throughout your studies by staff who are also available for private supervision. Each week on average you will receive six to eight hours of lectures and four hours of seminars.

Your course modules will generally be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework projects. Some modules are assessed by demonstrated skills in computing or by seminar presentation where this is appropriate.

Your dissertation, which should be no longer than 5,000 words, will give you experience of a typical task that you may have to undertake in a graduate role. It will demonstrate a great deal of independent research along with analysis, critical thinking and the application of techniques.

Entry Requirements

A good second class honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university with some mathematical or statistical content.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

Our finance and economics courses have been developed to match the needs of employers and are highly regarded within business and government, whether national or international.

This course begins with a 3-week zero credit module covering two professional certificates. Firstly you will cover the content for the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate. It is recognised by employers in the finance industry and can be completed optionally externally at a fee. You will also be introduced to the Bloomberg Terminals and given the opportunity to complete the free online exam 'Bloomberg Essentials'. Completing these professional certificates can help you stand out to employers. 

Many of our students have gone on to work in major banks, companies, and governments, or pursued careers in academia and education.

A postgraduate qualification from the University of Leicester is career changing. It can be the spring board to promotion with your current employer, the platform from which to launch a new career, or simply an aid to becoming more effective in your current role.

If you are already in employment, enhancing your career by studying at postgraduate level gives a clear signal to employers that you are committed to developing your skills and knowledge and have studied to a higher level.

Read about some of our recent graduates.


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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Business Analysis and Finance MSc 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Business Analysis and Finance
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year

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