How to apply

Applying for MSc Finance & Accounting

Applications for MSc Finance & Accounting starting in September 2019 have now closed.  To keep up to date with news and events about the programme, please register for email updates.

Application process

Submit your application

Applications are made through our online application system, which gives you the flexibility to complete your application in your own time and save your progress. The form includes questions about you and your educational history to date. You will also need to provide the following to submit your application:

In the career planning questions you will need to show you have thought about the type of employer you want to work for immediately after graduating and have researched your target organisation(s) and role. You will also need to demonstrate you have the necessary skills and experience to succeed in your chosen role. If planning to set up your own business, you will need to outline what expertise or product your business will deliver and that you have researched the market. Whilst we want our students to hit the ground running, we understand that you will also be looking to develop gaps in your skillset to prepare for your chosen career and you will need to address this in the career planning questions.

All of our programmes include some quantitative content and so it is useful for the selection committee to have an understanding of the level of your quantitative experience to date. For MSc Finance & Accounting, it is a key selection criterion.

You will be asked to list up to five of the most quantitative courses you have covered in your studies to date, list the main topics included and the level of study (e.g. undergraduate degree, secondary school, short course etc).

Failure to complete the quantitative experience statement will delay the processing of your application.

You will be asked whether you have experience of using computer software packages and/or programming languages. Please list up to five computer software packages or programming languages that you are familiar with, whether your skills are at beginner, intermediate or advanced level and say what you have used them for. Software and programming skills are not an entry requirement, but it is helpful for the selection committee to understand your previous experience, if any.

If you are unable to provide any topics or examples please enter “no experience of this topic” rather than leaving it blank.

  • Application processing fee of £50

Once you have submitted your application form, you will need to upload the following supporting information to complete your application in time for the application deadline you want to be considered by.

  • Contact details of two referees (one of which must be academic)
  • Full transcripts of your degree level studies to date
  • GMAT or GRE results (recommended but not compulsory)

Your personal statement provides an opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the programme. Typically your personal statement should be one side of A4 and include your motivations for applying to Imperial, and any other supporting information not included elsewhere on the form that you feel will enhance your application.

It’s essential that we receive your supporting documents and reference information before midnight (UK time) of the deadline for which you are applying. Until we have received all the necessary documents, your application will not be complete and will not be processed.

Application review

We will assess your application and will contact you if any additional documents are required. Complete applications will be considered by the Academic Selection Committee.

Application result: You will be notified informally via email and officially via your Imperial Gateway account with the result of your application. If you are successful you can then meet your conditions of offer, accept your place and pay your deposit.

Application deadlines

This programme is highly competitive, so early application is advised. By submitting your application into an admissions round, you will be able to plan the next steps in the process, and see the timeline for successful candidates to be notified. To be eligible for scholarships, you must submit your application in admissions round one or two. You are strongly recommended to submit your application prior to the final admissions round.

Admissions round Application deadline (midnight GMT) Successful candidates will be notified by 17.00 (GMT) on:
1 14 January 2019 22 February 2019
2 1 March 2019 10 April 2019
3 15 April 2019 30 May 2019

Applications for MSc Finance & Accounting starting in September 2019 have now closed

Benefits of early application

There are plenty of reasons to get your application in early, including:

  1. More time to get to know your classmates before you start the programme
  2. More time to complete any visa processes
  3. Receiving an offer as a result of your application gives you access to exclusive events for admitted students, guest lectures and networking opportunities; and
  4. If you accept an offer, you will have access to the Business School’s online learning platform from Spring, which enables you to start working on a suite of career modules to ensure that you are well placed to start working with the Careers team from the day you join the programme.