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  • Entry requirements
    The Masters degree in Finance is suitable for those intending to develop their careers in finance, broadly defined as corporate finance, security analysis, portfolio management, options and futures, treasury management, the functioning of financial institutions and markets, and financial decision-taking in the public sector. The course also allows for the possibility of specialisation in finance for developing countries.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Finance
  • Course description
    Over the last few decades, the finance function has changed more dramatically than any other area of business. Capital markets around the world have been liberalised, competition has increased, technology has evolved rapidly and national markets must be considered in an international context. These changes have led to an increased demand for well-educated finance specialists who are able to respond to the challenges and complexities of financial markets.

    The MSc Finance has an international flavour, both in the range of topics studied and also in the international spread of students which the course attracts. Providing a good balance between accounting and finance theory and practical skills and knowledge, this course provides an excellent foundation for basis a career in finance.

    Course Structure

    The taught component of the course will be covered in the first two semesters (October - May). Both of these semesters are sub-divided into two teaching blocks of six weeks duration.

    Each class consists of 18-24 hours of intensively taught lectures, plus typically 6-12 hours of tutorial time. Assessment varies from class to class, but typically consists of an assignment or class test during the semester and an examination at the end of that semester, i.e. in January and June respectively. The distribution of the classes across the four teaching blocks is given below. The research component of the course will take up the third (summer) semester.

    First Semester
    First Block

    Finance I:
    Introduction to Financial Decision Taking      

    Accounting for Finance
    Computing for Finance and Financial Analysis (Excel)
    Basic Statistics for Finance    
    Financial Markets, Financial Institutions and Banking

    Second Block
    Finance II:
    Risk and Uncertainty
    Financial Statement Analysis    
    Statistics for Finance
    Computing for Finance and Statistical Analysis (Minitab)     Core     24
    International Finance and Banking

    January - First Semester Examinations

    Second Semester
    Third Block

    Finance III:
    Financing Decisions    
    Case Studies in Corporate Finance    

    Fourth Block
    International Banking and Capital Markets

    Finance IV:
    Advanced Applications    

      ...plus four classes from the following Options:  (Optional classes are split between the two teaching blocks)
    Management Accounting    
    Security Analysis    
    Public Sector Financing in Developing Countries
    Options and Futures    
    Statistics and Econometr
    Treasury Management    
    Money and Capital in Developing Countries
    Project Management    

    January - First Semester Examinations

    Third Semester
    June-September: Research Projects in Finance

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