msc finance

Programme content

MSc Finance & Accounting ensures students benefit from a unique blend of rigour and relevance, providing an understanding of the financial basics, more specialist knowledge in a chosen area and a practical experience through electives and project work.

Students who complete the MSc Finance & Accounting programme successfully will be able to:

  • Understand how financial accounts are prepared and used in decision making, particularly capital budgeting and valuation.

  • Have a strong grasp of the legal and regulatory environment in which both non-financial and financial corporates operate.

  • Formulate a corporate strategy and where necessary support these ideas with a detailed priced proposal.

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of fundamental finance theories and models and their use and context in real financial markets.

  • Use the above models to look at funding solutions and managing corporate risk.

  • Apply mathematical tools to financial problems including the pricing of financial instruments and products.

  • Analyse economic and financial data and evaluate investment decisions: students should be able to apply econometric theory and software to draw valid conclusions.

Programme structure

Pre-study modules

These online modules will give you basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.

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Foundation module

This foundation module will introduce you to the modern tools of finance.

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Core modules

Develop your financial base with core modules covering topics such as Financial Accounting, Corporate Strategy and Management Accounting.

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Electives

Customise your degree to meet your personal career ambitions through your electives.

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Project

In the spring and summer terms, you will choose between two types of research projects, in order to develop specialist skills and subject knowledge to benefit your future career.

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Timetable

The MSc Finance & Accounting is a one year, full-time intensive programme. The normal working week is Monday to Friday. Classes will be scheduled between 08.30 and 21.00 and students should expect to attend one evening class per week, and other optional activities such as guest lectures or alumni and careers events may be scheduled in the evening.

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Software facilities

MSc Finance & Accounting students have access to the following software facilities:

  • Bloomberg: 12 Bloomberg terminals are provided across two computer rooms. Bloomberg is the main source of real-time data for traders and asset managers in the world’s leading financial organisations. Bloomberg provides very detailed information on a range of cash equities and bonds as well as derivatives.  The historical range of data is limited but data services such as Datastream are a good complement for this purpose.

  • Reuters Eikon: Reuters Eikon is similar to Bloomberg in that it provides real-time data for a very large number of cash securities and derivatives. Imperial College Business School provides a small number of licenses for students that require this service. Reuters Eikon is particularly comprehensive in the area of foreign exchange data but contains very useful information on all other asset classes as well as inclined bonds, equities and commodities

  • Datastream: Datastream is one of the best sources for long-term historical data for cash securities and derivatives as well as detailed company information. It contains longer time-series than many of the real-time data services.

 

Candidates that fail to successfully complete this degree are not entitled to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

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