Business School students

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateSeptember 2021
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
MSc Finance at Imperial College Business School
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Overview

Our MSc in Finance provides a unique combination of the latest research, practical application and a broad range of topics. The programme equips students with the knowledge and skills to meet modern financial challenges and prepares graduates for a career in finance.

On this Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) partner programme, you will learn from leading practitioners and world-class faculty how to put the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice.

Study programme

Before the course begins you are expected to complete pre-study and foundation modules online. These are designed to provide you with a basic knowledge of areas later covered throughout the academic year and introduce you to the modern tools of finance.

The taught element of the programme starts in September and you study the core modules throughout the autumn and spring terms. Each student also takes elective modules which are taught in the spring and summer terms. The elective modules allow you to tailor your learning to meet your career ambitions and match your interests. Your choice of electives includes two international options which allow you to experience finance in a different economy

In the spring and summer terms, you will choose between undertaking two types of projects and will work on the project in the summer term and summer vacation period. Students who choose the Applied Project submit 3,000 words and a short presentation. Students who choose the Research Project produce an original piece of work around 10,000 words. Students who complete a Research Project will be required to take one less elective. The Research Project is particularly suited to those students wanting to do a PhD after their MSc programme.

Careers

Our graduates are well prepared for jobs in the finance industry, such as investment banking, asset management and consultancy. Graduates have pursued careers in the UK, Europe and further afield, with employers including Deloitte, HSBC and J.P. Morgan.

Professional accreditation

We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation:

We have also been recognised for our work in tackling gender inequality in higher education with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

This course holds accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and the CFA Institute.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Accounting Primer
  • Applications of R for Finance
  • Business Valuation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Ethics and Professional Standards in Finance
  • Finance Careers Primer
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Modelling
  • International Experience Trip
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Macro Finance
  • Markets and Securities
  • Mathematics for Finance
  • The Finance Industry

Non-assessed modules

You complete the following modules, but will not be assessed.

  • Career and Professional Development
  • Induction
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Mathematics
  • International Experience Trip
  • Plagiarism Awareness Module
  • Study Skills

Optional modules

You can choose 3 or 4 optional modules depending on whether you choose a Research Project or Applied Project.

  • Advanced Company Valuation
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Financial Statistics
  • Advanced Options Theory
  • Applied Trading Strategies
  • Asset Allocation & Investment Strategies
  • Banks, Regulation & Monetary Policy
  • Behavioural Investment Management
  • Big Data in Finance
  • Corporate Strategy and Dynamic Competition
  • Credit Risk
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • International Finance
  • Introduction to Algorithmic Trading (International Elective)
  • Law and Capital Market Dealing
  • Macroeconomics and Finance for Practitioners (International Elective)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Structured Credit and Equity Products
  • Topics in Fintech Innovation
  • Wealth Management & Alternative Investments

Project

You chose from two types of research projects to complete.

  • Applied Project - if you choose this option, you will also complete an additional elective. The report is around 3,000 words. If you have secured a work placement, you will be able to link your project to the area of finance of the employer organisation.
  • Research Project - the Research Project is ideal if you wish to follow an academic career and apply to a PhD programme. The report should be around 10,000 words.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Case studies
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, Datastream)
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises
  • Interactive content including video and module quizzes
  • Lectures
  • On-line discussion forums
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Practical classes
  • Pre-programme on-line modules
  • Seminars
  • Work Placement Opportunity
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case Studies
  • Continuous assessments
  • Essays
  • Formal Presentations
  • Multiple Choice Tests
  • Participation
  • Reports
  • Written Examinations/Tests

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in a highly quantitative subject.

You are also required to have a well-researched career plan with clear short and long term goals.

Non-academic requirements

When selecting candidates, the Business School uses a range of non-academic criteria to assess students, including future potential and the commitment which students will bring to the programme.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the ICBS requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for Business School applicants.

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

You can submit one application form per year of entry. For Business School courses, your first and second choices must be the same type of qualification (i.e. both MSc, both MBA or both MRes).

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

The fee for 2021-22 is as follows. It applies per application and not per course:

  • £135 for MBA applications
  • £80 for all other Master's applications

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Read more about scholarships specific to this degree on the Business School website.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

£37,500 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

£37,500 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2020-21 entry, the maximum amount was of £11,222. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

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