Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Specialist knowledge of finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms, government and academia. Students on the Birkbeck MSc Finance obtain excellent specialist training in financial economics, including basic portfolio theory, corporate finance and advanced pricing theory applied to derivatives and government bond markets. They also learn the latest econometrics and numerical analysis skills that are important in the marketplace. The course is demanding and challenging; applicants should have strong intellectual ability and should be willing to work hard.

Course Modules

Compulsory modules: Dissertation; financial econometrics 1; financial econometrics II; quantitative techniques; theory of finance. MSc finance and commodities modules: Commodities and commodities derivatives, computational methods for commodities. MSc finance and banking modules: Banking and regulation; financial markets and crises. MSc finance with accounting modules: Contemporary issues in financial reporting for complex entities; principles of financial reporting. Additional option modules: Advanced topics in finance 1 and 2; corporate finance; forecasting economic and financial time series; market risk management; monetary economics.

Course Additional Entry

A 1st or 2nd'Class degree, or its equivalent in either a directly relevant or a quantitative subject, or the Birkbeck Graduate Diploma in Finance. Students are expected to pass the pre'sessional modules on quantitative techniques and introductory finance in September. We would recommend our Graduate Diplomas for students without the prerequisites in economics, finance, mathematics or statistics. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £14,075  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £9,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,975  Academic year. First year home fees