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Finance with Advanced Pathways

Students on the programme obtain specialist training in financial economics, including basic portfolio theory, corporate finance, and pricing theory applied to derivatives and government bond markets. You will also learn the latest econometrics and numerical analysis skills, which are important in the marketplace.

The programme is demanding and challenging; applicants should have strong intellectual ability and be willing to work hard.

This programme lets you select a pathway in accounting, banking, commodities or risk management, which ensures that, when you graduate, you will be well-suited to work in specialised fields of quantitative finance in financial institutions, banks and insurance companies, or to undertake academic research leading to a PhD.

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MSc Finance with advanced pathways, the entry criteria are usually a first- or second-class degree, or its equivalent, in either a directly relevant or a quantitative subject, or the Birkbeck Graduate Diploma in Finance.

In some circumstances, students will be admitted with a degree at less than second-class honours level, provided that their subsequent work experience and/or education and training is deemed to have brought them to an equivalent standard.

Students are expected to pass the pre-sessional modules on quantitative techniques and introductory finance in September.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Financial econometrics 1; financial econometrics 2; quantitative techniques; theory of finance and derivatives; dissertation.

Finance with accounting modules: Contemporary issues in financial reporting for complex entities; principles of financial reporting.

Finance with banking modules: Financial markets, banking and regulation.

Finance with commodities modules: Commodities and commodities derivatives, computational methods for commodities.

Finance with risk management modules: Credit risk management; market risk management.

Option modules: Asset management; commodities and commodities derivatives, computational methods for commodities; contemporary issues in financial reporting for complex entities; corporate finance; economics of financial markets; financial markets, banking and regulation; forecasting economic and financial time series; market risk management; monetary economics; principles of financial reporting.

Assessment methods

Usually around 80 per cent of the assessment is unseen examinations, typically held in June. The other 20 per cent of your assessment is via coursework to ensure that, throughout the year, you get practice, and are given feedback, in tackling and solving problems independently, without the time pressure of examinations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 12,275 (Whole course) England 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 17,975 (Whole course) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 12,275 (Whole course) Northern Ireland 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 12,275 (Whole course) Scotland 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 12,275 (Whole course) Wales 1 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 9,000 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 6,150 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years

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