MSc finance - programme

Programme content

A combination of the latest research, practical application and a broad range of topics, makes the MSc Finance a unique and challenging experience. This programme is highly relevant, reflecting the strong corporate connections we have established with leading companies in the city of London and beyond, providing practical opportunities to build your skills and confidence.

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental finance theories and models and their use and context in real financial markets

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

  • Use a range of programming tools to develop live implementations of financial models and use these implementations in practical simulations.

  • Apply econometric theory and software to analyse and evaluate investment decisions and data, and draw valid conclusions.

Programme structure

Online 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

You will study one foundation module in September that introduces the tools of modern finance and enhances your career development skills.

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Core modules

Develop your financial base with core modules covering topics such as Empirical Finance: Methods and Applications, Financial Econometrics and Investment and Portfolio Management. You will also take part in a two day European trip in the Spring term.

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Electives

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

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Project

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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International experience

MSc Finance gives you the opportunity to gain international experience as part of the programme, by taking part in the European Finance Trip which is a core module and the chance to join the optional international electives: Macroeconomics and Finance for Practitioners and Introduction to Quantitative Investing.

Timetable

The MSc Finance 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 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 organizations. 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.

  • Computer labs: Two school computer labs with designated printers

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

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CTA MSc Finance