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Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Finance (1 year)

Develop the vital knowledge and skills you will need for a career in this fast-moving profession.

Introducing your degree

You will develop and enhance your knowledge about finance through a mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars, individual and group assignments or practical exercises, case studies and reading (textbooks or high quality academic journals). The MSc dissertation will also give you the opportunity to conduct independent research as well as to work closely with our academic members of staff. For this purpose, Southampton Business School has a full array of databases such as Bloomberg, Datastream, WRDS and Bankscope. We also offer access to statistical software such as E-views, STATA and Matlab.



The MSc Finance offers candidates the opportunity to acquire a solid background in finance and to develop a deep understanding of key theoretical concepts while also strengthening their analytic and quantitative skills. Various subject areas are available ranging from portfolio management, advanced corporate finance, international finance and stock market analysis, to behavioural finance, derivative securities and advanced time series modelling. The programme provides a balanced mixture of theory and real-world applications via a wide selection of textbooks, academic journals, databases, case studies and the analysis of financial data. It aims to give candidates a competitive edge and prepare them for their chosen career path either in industry, government or in universities and research related institutions.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Programme Structure

The programme may be completed on a full-time (12 months) basis. The first nine months of the programme involve taught study, divided into two semesters. In the following description, the term 'module' is taken to mean a discrete component of the programme with its own learning outcomes and assessment requirements. All modules are at masters level.

The taught component of the programme consists of modules worth 60 ECTS (120 CATS) in total. Of those, 37.5 ECTS (75 CATS) are compulsory modules and 22.5 ECTS (45 CATS) are chosen from a range of option modules to suit your individual needs and interests. The Business School provides all modules. All option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints. The final dissertation project completes the MSc requirement of 90 ECTS (180 CATS) overall.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent.

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Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study eg accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering. Other subjects considered if quantitative ability demonstrated at A levels.

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience in finance is not a requirement but can compensate for unrelated degree subject/grades.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

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Typical course content

Students must choose ONE Option module totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS in Semester 1.

Year 1

Semester Two

All Option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

MANG6095 Dissertation supervision starts in Semester 2 and should be submitted in September.


Advanced Corporate Finance
Advanced Time Series Modelling
Derivative Securities Analysis
Fixed Income Securities Analysis
Management of Financial Risk

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

The MSc Finance offers the opportunity to acquire a deep knowledge in finance and develop skills that are essential in today’s competitive environment and greatly appreciated by potential employers. Our graduates could pursue key jobs in the business sector, in banks and other financial institutions, in the public sector, or they can choose to follow a research-based path that can lead to roles in universities or research-related institutions.


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