MSc, 1 year

This is for you if... you want to learn the mechanics of financial markets, understand the financial decisions of corporations and the nature of financial risk.

Course Description

Our MSc in Finance is approved by the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute and provides you with a foundation for a career in the finance industry or a finance-related role more broadly such as in business, government or a major international organisation.

Once you are studying here in Leicester you can apply to complete a six-month MSc International Banking and Finance (MIBF) programme in the Department of Economics at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. After completing a 12-month course at Leicester and a six-month course at Lingnan you will receive two MSc degrees - one from each university. Eligibility criteria and assessment whilst studying your Masters degree with us apply.

During your MSc, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of finance, investment analysis along with the economic principles underlying them. You will gain an advanced understanding of the key theories and concepts of finance and investment through our core modules. You will gain a strong command of analytical techniques, computing and research methods for problem solving and develop your critical analysis of economic theories and debates. The degree will equip you with 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. 

The MSc in Finance opens up career options as an economic or financial analyst in business, government or a major international organisation.


Key Facts
Start date
September each year
School of Business

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)116 252 5382

School of Business website

Why Leicester?

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and hold a Small Chartered Business Award in recognition of our role in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

If you complete a full 12-month MSc degree at Leicester, you may then be eligible to complete a 6-month MSc with Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

The research talents at Leicester are far-reaching and this research feeds directly into our teaching, allowing you to learn from those currently involved in cutting-edge research in your area of interest.

Our wide range of option modules provide you with the flexibility to tailor your study around your interests.

Course Structure

Term 1

Term 1

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

    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:

    • International Money and Finance
    • Macroeconomic Environment
    • Fixed Income Securities
    • Market Microstructure and Trading
    • Financial Accounting and Audit
    • Public Finance
    • Empirical Finance
    • Accountability, Representation and Control
    • Finance, Markets and Organisations

    You can also take the following additional modules to complement your study for the CFA qualifications:

    • Ethics in Finance and Investment
    • Exams Preparation for CFA Level 1

    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


    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.

    Additional Information

    CFA Institute logo 

    The University is recognised as a CFA Programme Partner Institution of the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute and covers over 70% of the CFA® Candidate Body of Knowledge.

    You will also benefit from our professional development events held in conjunction with the UK Society of Investment Professionals, the local membership body for CFA Institute candidates, charter-holders and members.

    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 School of Business staff who are also available for private supervision.

    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.

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    Entry Requirements

    A good second class honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university

    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.

    International Qualifications

    Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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    Fees and Funding

    • This is the total course fee.

      Starting in September 2017

      • £9,155

      Starting in September 2018

      • £9,565

      Find out more about scholarships and funding

      The School of Business awards five scholarships each year to students on the MSc in Finance. These scholarships provide assistance with the fees for the CFA exam registration.

      Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?
    • This is the total course fee.

      Starting in September 2017

      • £18,250

      Starting in September 2018

      • £19,070

      Find out more about scholarships 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.

    MSc Finance begins with a 3 week introductory 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. This course allows you to take advantage of studying a six-month MSc in Hong Kong.

    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 springboard 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
    Finance MSc 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
    1 year full-time
    Start Dates
    September each year

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