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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This challenging and rewarding course provides a unique blend of theory and practice, with the aim of you developing necessary skills to pursue a career in finance. The course is designed to be highly flexible, enabling you to tailor its content to suit your needs and career ambitions.

The course is designed for those who have a background in finance or a related discipline, such as economics and accounting, and are looking to further develop their skills and access a career in the areas of financial analysis, financial management, and investment. Core units are designed to develop your quantitative skills, ability to analyse financial data and understanding of financial instruments, as well as your theoretical understanding of financial economics. You'll then be provided with a range of optional units from which to choose.

We are a training provider for the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment’s (CISI) Chartered Wealth Management Qualification. This means that based upon the option units you take, you will have the opportunity to sit the CISI’s examinations (additional fees will apply) and if successful you’ll receive a wealth management professional qualification alongside your Master’s degree.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2016, January 2017

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

12 months for September start, or 16 months for January start including a summer vacation

Required subjects:

Finance, accounting or economics; or courses with elements of these subjects

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 in Accounting/Finance/Economics or equivalent. We may consider a degree with elements of finance, accounting or economics e.g. Business & Finance. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

Core units

  • Financial Markets: Gain an understanding of the types of financial markets, their links and roles in modern economies, and the quantitative and qualitative research techniques that apply to this field.
  • Money & Banking: The functions of money and banking and their importance in the economy. You'll learn about interest rates and yield curves, monetary policy issues and banking regulation at an international context, along with contemporary issues in money and banking.
  • September 2016 entry: International Accounting & Analysis: Explore the principles for producing financial statements, outline the theoretical and regulatory framework financial accounting operates in and offer techniques for analysing corporate financial reporting.
  • January 2017 entry onwards: Advanced Accounting and Financial Analysis: You'll learn about the principals involved in producing financial statements, outline the theoretical and regulatory framework financial accounting operates in and offer techniques for analysing corporate financial reporting.
  • Financial Econometrics: Mathematical, programming and statistical tools used in the real world for analysing and modelling financial data. You'll use these tools to model asset returns, the stock, bond and exchange rate, and measure risk using different software.
  • Research project: An opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in an area that interests you.You'll have the opportunity to undertake optional work experience as part of your Dissertation unit, subject to interview and availability. This experience can be used to inform your dissertation.

Option units (choose two)

  • International Direct Taxation: The globalisation of business means firms must not only understand the domestic tax systems where they operate, but the ways these systems interact. Direct taxes at federal level usually account for between 10 and 30 per cent of pre-tax profits. You'll learn to understand the international tax system and principal tax planning techniques open to multinational firms.
  • Public Finance & Tax Policy: Following the global financial crisis in the late 2000s, public finances have become central in academic, political and populist debate. This unit focuses on the revenue side of public finance to help you evaluate the quality of the decisions taken by governments on maintaining and reforming tax systems.
  • Global Economic Challenges: An introduction to economic theory as it applies to specific areas of applied economics. This will show how economic theories and techniques can be used to address many important issues facing humanity.
  • Emerging Market Economies: The issues involved in emerging market economies. There's a focus on economic issues and the economic consequences of political and social aspects of integration and development.
  • Corporate Governance & Ethics: You'll learn about the objectives, principles and methods of corporate governance practice in different economic environments, and understand how governance and ethics can aid managerial decision making in respect of risk management.
  • Enterprise Risk Management: Gain an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of risk.
  • Environmental Reporting: Account and report on environmental matters and evaluate the usefulness of this information.

We are a training provider for the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment’s (CISI) Chartered Wealth Management Qualification. This means that if you select the two option units below, you will have the opportunity to sit the CISI’s examinations (additional fees will apply) and if successful you’ll receive a wealth management professional qualification alongside your Master’s degree.

  • Applied wealth management: Identify appropriate investment strategies for a wealthy, private client.
  • Portfolio construction & theory: Gain knowledge of finance theory and how to structure portfolios of financial assets in this context.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MSc Finance:

September 2016 entry

January 2017 entry onwards

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Selection criteria

Background and experience

For Finance we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a good understanding of financial, legal and economic theories
  • Have excellent analytical and decision-making skills
  • Show an enthusiasm to the subject area
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.

Students will typically have an interest in international and multi-cultural world economy. We encourage applications from those who are committed to their studies and are capable of working well in teams.

Selection methods

This course selects candidates by looking at their applications. There are no interviews or additional selection activities and therefore we suggest that you make your application stand out from the crowd. For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon a this degree are:

  • A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 in Accounting, Finance or Economics disciplines, or equivalent. We may consider a degree with elements of finance, accounting or economics e.g. Business and Finance.
  • For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in other components, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

Careers

The course provides you with the ability to tailor its content to suit your needs and career ambitions.

Some of our Finance graduates are now undertaking roles such as:

  • Advisor
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Finance manager
  • Financial consultant.

Industries worked in

  • Finance
  • Management
  • Human resources.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

*The above are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

What our students say

Diana Giuliana

The course has taught me to be better in group work and communicate with other nationalities which is very important for companies which should enhance my employability.

Hear from our staff

Professor Steve Letza

The postgraduate framework consists of a number of elements at the heart of which are the Finance subjects themselves but around that sits a number of related topics.

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