Finance MSc, by distance learning

2-2½ years

Finance MSc, by distance learning, 2-2½ years

Course information

UK/EU fee £11,500

International fee £11,500

Taught by School of Business

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This is for you if... you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning whilst developing and enhancing your knowledge and skills in the areas of finance and financial management.

Course description

Course description

The MSc in Finance will develop your understanding of the concepts of finance and the role of financial management in a variety of organisations and sectors, and is approved by the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute. This 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 major international organisations.

You will gain a greater understanding of how finance is central to organisational decision-making by looking at key areas including financial analysis and investment, financial statements, strategic financial management, financial modelling and financial risk management and corporate finance. You will be able to pursue your own areas of interest when taking your option modules and dissertation.

As well as gaining a deeper theoretical and conceptual knowledge of finance, this degree will develop your ability to analyse and evaluate financial management problems and make sound strategic decisions in your professional role. The skills and knowledge gained during the course will enable you to enhance your career in finance or move into further study and academic work in the area.

Our accreditation with CFA means we can offer a limited number of scholarships for a reduction in fees associated with registering and enrolling for CFA examinations, giving you the opportunity to get ahead with further professional qualifications.

We have over 30 years experience of offering distance learning education that gives you the flexibility to fit your study around existing commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A good second class honours degree from a British University, or its equivalent
  • Or a postgraduate diploma from a recognised institution
  • Or a relevant graduate level professional qualification alongside substantial relevant work experience

If you do not hold a relevant qualification but have three or more years of substantial work experience in finance then you can be considered for the course based on providing a copy of your CV and a personal statement of 500-1,000 words detailing your suitability and relevant work experience.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for this degree, please complete our eligibility form for further guidance.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 (7.0 in writing preferred) or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

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

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

This is the total fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in November 2022 or May 2023

  • £11,500

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in November 2022 or May 2023

  • £11,500

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.



CFA Institute logo 

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

We are the proud owners of the first flexible/distance learning programme under the CFA Institute’s University Affiliation Programme’s 2020 flexible learning policy.

In addition the University has been granted the right to award a limited number of scholarships. The scholarships are in the form of a reduction of fees associated with registering and enrolling for CFA examinations.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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. Our courses are both intellectually stimulating and relevant to career needs, a fact endorsed by over 20,000 School of Business graduates from around 100 countries.

Studying for a distance learning qualification can help your career prospects - you will gain the deeper knowledge and high-end skills that will set you apart.  Studying with us gives a clear signal to employers.  It demonstrates that you have the spark, ambition and commitment to take your career to the next level.  Your employer will also benefit directly from your newly acquired understanding and capabilities.

By taking the MSc in Finance, you will acquire the latest academic and professional knowledge in the areas of corporate finance, financial modelling, accountability, representations and control, financial statements, financial analysis and investment, which will enhance your professional development and career prospects.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure

Core modules

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.

Option 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.

Why Leicester?

We are recognised as a CFA Programme Partner Institution of the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute and our MSc Finance is the first flexible distance learning programme affiliated by the CFA.

You'll have the opportunity to visit the School of Business to attend our week-long Leicester Masterclass held every August at Brookfield. The Leicester Masterclass is a great opportunity to meet your tutors and network with your distance learning students.

We have over 30 years’ experience of offering high quality flexible, distance learning courses. Our courses have been specifically designed to be studied at a distance, giving you the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework.

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

Teaching and learning


As a distance learning student you will receive support throughout the course from module tutors and personal tutors. 

You will use module study books - available in hard copy and electronically - and Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. This will give you online access to materials to support each module, discussion forums hosted by module tutors and chat rooms where you can network with fellow students.

You will be invited to attend our Leicester Masterclass held on campus at the University. This week-long programme of lectures, activities and workshops takes place every August/September and is open to students on any School of Business distance learning course at any point in their studies.


You will be assessed at the end of each module either by an exam or written assignment which is usually between 3,000 to 4,000 words. Your final piece of work, the dissertation, is 15,000 words.

Exams are held on a Saturday except in the Caribbean and Americas where they are held on a Friday. UK based students take their exams in Leicester and, elsewhere, we offer an exam venue free of charge within a few hours travel from your location. 

Distance Learning

Online learning is an important feature of this course, therefore it is essential that you have reliable, regular access to the internet (preferably with a broadband connection) in order to participate.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University Library's electronic service, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of e-journals and e-books.

If you live close to Leicester you can, of course, visit the Library and the School of Business facilities in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, we can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.

Key dates

Start date: 7 November 2022
Application deadline for November 2022 start: 24 October 2022


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I really enjoyed the variety of modules taught on my course and the statistical software packages – they complemented the theoretical learning and gave a practical perspective.

Mahmoud, MSc Financial Economics

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