- 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.
- Advanced Accounting & 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 with Optional Work Experience: The research project provides Master’s level students with an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in an area that interests you and is relevant to the course. You will have the option to undertake work experience as part of the research project unit, subject to you finding appropriate experience.
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.
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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.
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:
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, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team.
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 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading, 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.
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:
- Finance manager
- Financial consultant.
Industries worked in
- Human resources.
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.
Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the finance sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.
Dr Dermot McCarthy
Framework leader for Accounting, Finance and Economics
Dermot's research interests are cross-disciplinary, encapsulating areas of economics and employee relations. More specifically, his research focuses on public-sector economics, theory of the firm, public-sector industrial relations, employee share-ownership, and employee psychology. Dermot has published a number of papers relating to the impact of privatisation and employee share-ownership on employee attitudes and commitment in the workplace.
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2018 entry requirements have changed to: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject, or equivalent.
Key facts and 2018 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.