Corporate Finance MSc

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Mode of Study
1 year full-time
Start Date
September 2019


Interested in joining the high-flying world of corporate finance, or working in corporate financial services in the banking or investment banking sector? Then our MSc Corporate Finance degree course is for you.

This MSc Corporate Finance degree course focuses on the global aspects of corporate finance management. You'll cover the three key areas of finance: corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, and investments.

Once you graduate, you'll have all the necessary skills for a career in many professions, including accountancy, investment analysis, banking and investment banking.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from academic staff with research and consultancy experience
  • Benefit from our close links to industry
  • Access our extensive financial databases, which include Bloomberg, DataStream and Bank Scope
  • Make use of our library facilities and 24-hour internet access to leading databases

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you find a fulfilling and financially rewarding job once you graduate.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the finance industry.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

This course will give you the skills you need to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand, so you’ll be in a strong position to pursue a career in finance.

Career opportunities include:

  • Accountancy
  • General management
  • Investment analysis
  • Banking
  • Investment banking
  • Corporate financial management within non-financial companies
  • Commercial Finance Analyst
  • Bid Pricing Executive
  • Finance Internship
  • Graduate Econometrician
  • Hedge Fund Manager

Professional accreditations

The University of Portsmouth is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

On successful completion of your Bloomberg training you will be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject which includes some element of economics, mathematics or statistics, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

​Course costs

Tuition fees  (2019 start) 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full time - £10,200

International students:

  • Full time - £14,700

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Financial Econometrics
  • Multinational Corporate Financial Management
  • International money and Capital Markets
  • Derivatives: Options, Futures and Swaps Markets
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • computer-based workshops
  • invited speakers
  • live case studies

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • dissertation


Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 
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