City, University of London

Course Introduction

This MSc course has been designed following extensive consultation with alumni currently employed in a variety of finance sector occupations. It addresses both the theoretical knowledge and the analytical skills required for careers in a broad range of financial and finance'related institutions, not just in the private sector but also in central banks, financial regulatory authorities and finance ministries.

The MSc also provides a solid academic foundation if you wish to pursue doctoral research in financial economics, and guidance is readily available if you are considering further study.

Course Modules

Dissertation route modules '

Core modules:

Financial Markets (30 credits);

Econometrics (30 credits); and

Economics Research project (60 credits).

Literature survey route modules '

Core modules:

Financial Markets (30 credits);

Quantitative Methods (30 credits); and

Economics Literature Survey (30 credits).

Elective modules:

Economics of Regulation and Competition (15 credits);

The Economics of Micro'Finance (15 credits); and

Economics and Business Strategy (15 credits).

Electives '

Group one:

Financial Derivatives (15 credits);

Asset Pricing (15 credits); and

Corporate Finance (15 credits). Or

Group two:

Quantitative Finance with Matlab (15 credits);

International Macroeconomics (15 credits); and

Corporate |nvestment under Uncertainty (15 credits).

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £16,000 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £13,000 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £8,000 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £6,750 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • A UK 2.1 or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution, Some level of previous study in finance or quantitative methods is preferred.
  • References: Applicants will need to submit two professional references.
  • English Requirements: If you have been working in the UK for at least three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test,Please contact the Admissions Officer for details.
  • IELTS: The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing.
  • CFA Claritas Investment Certificate: Covers the essentials of finance, ethics, and investment roles, providing a clear understanding of the global investment industry., Highly recommended, particularly for students from a non finance background.
  • GMAT: Highly recommended, A well-balanced score in the range of 600-800 will significantly strengthen your application
  • Work Experience: The programme is designed for working professionals and students are expected to be in full time employment in the UK during the course of the programme. Most students on the course work in a financial role or for a financial services company. While this is not a requirement, a basic understanding of financial services is recommended. Candidates may be asked to attend an interview as part of the admissions process.
  • A good Bachelors degree is required to enter this course, usually a UK 2.1 or above or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Some level of previous study in finance or quantitative methods is preferred. Students should preferably have at least one year's work experience.