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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Date
September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you're ready to climb the ladder in the competitive world of finance, this MSc Finance degree course is the perfect way to build on your previous studies and experience, and develop the skills you need to achieve your career ambitions.

On this course, you'll unpack the three major themes in finance: investments, corporate finance, and financial markets and institutions. You'll focus on financial investments, get your hands on our Bloomberg Suite and learn from experts in the industry.

When you graduate, you'll have the analytical tools you need to understand the complexities of modern financial markets – so you'll be ready to pursue a career as a city professional, or as a financial manager in a non-financial organisation.

Recognised by:

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 Market Concepts training, you'll be awarded the Bloomberg Certificate, an essential qualification for all city professionals.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Be supported by academically qualified staff with research and consultancy experience, as well as links to industry
  • Learn from guest speakers, including experts in the field of finance
  • Access our extensive financial databases including Bloomberg, DataStream and Bank Scope
  • Train on our Bloomberg terminals, making virtual trades and analysing market data
  • Have access to our library's electronic resources 24/7, including thousands of ejournals and newspapers
  • Carry out independent research in the form of a dissertation on your chosen speciality

In addition you will complete Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) training in our Bloomberg Lab. BMC certification is an essential qualification for City professionals and is central to our aim of making you employment ready.

What you'll study on this MSc Finance degree course

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

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 module worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Modules

Core modules include:

  • Financial Econometrics
  • Derivatives: Options, Futures and Swaps Markets
  • Corporate Finance and Business Valuation
  • Portfolio Theory and Behavioural Finance
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

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.

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

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • 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:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed in ways that reflect individual topics. We'll help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Entry requirements​

MSc Finance Master's degree entry requirements

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

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £10,500

International students  

  • Full time: £15,100

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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

Apply

Start your application by following the link below:

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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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