University of St Andrews

Finance MSc

University of St Andrews
In St Andrews

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Typology Master
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration 1 Year
  • Master
  • St andrews (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    1 Year

The MSc in Finance trains students with advanced analytical abilities and technical skills in empirical finance and modelling. Students acquire an in-depth understanding of the financial markets and institutions both in the UK and abroad, preparing them for a professional career in the financial industry.

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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· What are the objectives of this course?

You will learn the research methods used in modern corporate finance in order to understand the relevance of corporate finance theory in an applied work setting. The case study approach in core modules helps develop analytical skills that can be used in everyday financial measurement applications. Small group teaching allows a high level of student-teacher interaction, encouraging a warm and friendly learning environment. You will become knowledgeable about the functioning and rationale of leading financial institutions both in the UK and abroad. You will pursue advanced studies in finance and cognate areas, allied to a strong tradition of graduates from the School working in the financial community.

· Who is it intended for?

There is a long-standing tradition of Finance graduates working in a wide variety of challenging and rewarding posts including: academia banking commerce diplomatic service economics finance government industry insurance. They work in the UK, Europe, and North America, and more frequently in locations such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand.

· Requirements

A strong 2.1 Honours degree from a recognised UK university in disciplines that include intermediate or advanced knowledge of economics, finance and statistics.

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What you'll learn on the course

IT risk
Financial Training
Behavioural finance
Economics and Finance
Financial Intermediation
Theory and Management
Risk Management

Course programme


Each compulsory module typically comprises:

  • 20 lecture contact hours
  • 5 or 10 contact hours for seminars, workshops and tutorials
  • intensive independent study
  • 50% continuous assessment
  • 50% assessment by written end-of-semester examination.

You must take four compulsory modules for the MSc.

  • Corporate Finance: investigates the problem of how a collection of corporate liabilities are affected in value by corporate actions
  • Financial Econometrics: the theory and practice of financial econometrics
  • International Finance: key issues in international finance including analysing models of exchange rate determination
  • Investment Analysis: basic concepts of investment value analysis.

In your second semester, you will have the opportunity to choose two modules from a selection of topics. The assessment patterns for individual optional modules may vary from the details given above.

Examples currently include:

  • Behavioural Finance: examines the effects of behavioural biases in financial markets
  • Corporate Governance and Risk: covers three key components: corporate governance, risk management, and financial management
  • Experimental Economics and Finance: exposes students to the methodology of experimental economics.
  • Financial Intermediation: theoretical issues involved in financial intermediation with a focus on analytical models
  • Portfolio Theory and Management: key issues in asset allocation and portfolio composition and management at an advanced level
  • Risk Management: standard techniques in risk and insurance.

The final element of the MSc is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should be on a topic relevant and appropriate to the MSc that you are interested in, chosen in discussion with your supervisor who will support you through the process.

You will receive training in Semester 1 in framing a hypothesis, conducting bibliographic research, writing a literature survey, and structuring a dissertation.

Additional information

Overseas Fee : £21,990

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