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Finance (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
October 2021

About this course

Our MSc Finance has a unique emphasis on quantitative and analytical techniques. You’ll develop and use real industry skills and gain a competitive edge with employers. There’s a strong focus on the latest practices and research that you’ll learn with essential theory. Prepare to succeed in rapidly changing and complex financial environments. 

Through this course, you'll learn insights into the future of finance from our academics who have extensive professional experience. They are also leading and active researchers. This will help you develop skills that employers want, and will advance your career in industry, government, or research.  

You'll cover: 

  • complex financial products 
  • assessing and managing financial risk 
  • management decisions and value creation  
  • econometric modelling 
  • forecasting financial time series 
  • statistical software packages (E-views, STATA, Winbugs, Excel) 

On our master of finance UK we’ll teach you advanced stock market analysis, corporate finance, and portfolio management. You'll also have an unusual opportunity to study behavioural finance. This will allow you to explore how behavioural biases can affect financial decision making in uncertain environments.  

You’ll also use your skills and have real industry experience through:  

  • trade simulation workshops 
  • access to industry software  
  • using live company data  
  • weekly research update seminars

Course lead

The course leader, Dr Arben Kita, is an expert in fields including empirical asset pricing, behavioural asset pricing, and market microstructure. Find out more on Dr Kita’s staff profile.


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“The University of Southampton has allowed me to develop an in-depth knowledge on a topic I am passionate about. I've had the opportunity to engage in a wide range of extra curricular activities and make life time friends from all over the world.”
Marius Baltz, 2016 graduate

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.

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