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Finance (MSc) (2023 Entry)

Finance students at the University of Warwick

Explore our Finance taught Master's degree.

The Financial Times ranks Finance MSc 3rd in the UK and 12th in the world (Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience ranking 2022). Gain a deep theoretical and conceptual understanding of finance and quantitative skills, as Warwick Business School prepares you for a range of careers in the financial sector.


Course overview

The MSc Finance will help you to develop a deep theoretical and conceptual knowledge of finance and quantitative skills, preparing you for a range of careers in the financial industry.

Go beyond the application of skills and develop your ability to challenge, evaluate, and rethink established paradigms. As the anticipation of jobs being challenged by Artificial Intelligence becomes a reality, we aim to share the skills and depth of understanding needed to design, develop, and supervise these new forms of financial intelligence.

Study overseas at one of our key European business school partners as part of our Ethics, Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance module. This immersive learning experience will enable you to participate in your study of ethics and financial market regulation, with teaching in a different cultural setting.

WBS benefits from excellent links to key financial institutions and employers, and this course has benefited from industry recommendations.

Following this course, you can apply to the QTEM Masters Network Program and spend up to an additional 12 months studying at one or two International Academic Partners, completing an internship, and taking part in a global Data Challenge.

Skills from this degree

  • Gain hands-on experience of using lab software to perform calculations and conduct simulations
  • Develop your industry acumen by accessing our CareersPlus service with specialist careers coaches
  • Become a specialist via your elective modules
Important information

We are planning to make some changes to our Finance MSc for 2023 entry. Core modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. As any changes are confirmed, they will be included in the module list on this webpage. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.


General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

First Class Honours degree or a high 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject, and the study of relevant modules in key areas. To succeed on this course, you will need strong finance, mathematics and statistics or econometrics ability.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

We accept a range of language tests. Please refer to our website for more details.


International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Core modules

Important information

We are planning to make some changes to our Finance MSc for 2023 entry. Core modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. As any changes are confirmed, they will be included in the module list on this webpage. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Asset Pricing
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Management
  • Empirical Finance
  • Ethics, Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance
  • Research Methodology
  • Dissertation

You will be required to undertake an introductory course in a foreign language as part of your degree.


Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

  • Behavioural Finance
  • Derivative Securities
  • Financial Reporting and Statement Analysis
  • Judgement and Decision-making
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Fixed Income and Credit Risk
  • International Financial Management
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Alternative Investments
  • Practice of Investment Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Control

Read the module descriptions for this course on the Warwick Business School website.Link opens in a new window

Teaching

Compulsory modules cover key areas in modern finance while optional modules allow you to focus on your preferences. Please note that availability and delivery modes of modules may vary. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, classes, and computer lab sessions.


Class sizes

The typical class size for this course is around 100 students.


Typical contact hours

Students on this MSc will typically receive between 26 and 30 contact hours per module.

Your dissertation

A 6,000 word dissertation gives you the opportunity to test and apply techniques and theories you have been learning and to complete an original piece of research. You will be supervised and supported by one of our academic staff or Teaching Associates and will usually submit your dissertation in early September.


Assessment

Assessment is a mix of exams and coursework with your dissertation bringing all of your learning together at the end.


Reading lists

Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.


Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.

There may be events taking place in the evenings. Classes may run up to 7pm and other events, such as careers presentations may take place later or on Saturdays. Occasionally, classes and exams may be held on Saturdays. We will notify you in advance if this is the case.

This is a full-time course, so there are no holidays as such. However, the two weeks covering Christmas and New Year are guaranteed to be free from lectures. There may also be weeks free over the Easter period (check with your programme team). Resit exams may take place outside of standard teaching periods.

Your career

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Arup
  • BAE Systems
  • BNP Paribas
  • CitiBank
  • Deloitte
  • Delphi
  • European Central Bank
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • IBM
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nielsen
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Shell
  • UBS
  • Unilever

They have pursued roles such as:

  • Management Consultants
  • Actuaries
  • Business and financial project management professionals
  • Chief executives and senior officials
  • Economists, estimators, valuers and assessors
  • Finance and investment analysts and advisers
  • Investment/merchant bankers
  • Taxation experts

Helping you find the right career

We have our own dedicated careers team at Warwick Business School called WBS CareersPlus. You will have access to one-to-one career guidance appointments, CV checks and tailored mock interviews.

Personalised support

The WBS CareersPlus team will support you and help you to understand yourself and your strengths. They can help you to identify possible career paths, and to set and achieve your career ambitions. This helps to boost your employability and helps you prepare for your career.

You can take advantage of personalised careers coaching and advice. Our one to one careers appointments can help you if you have a question about writing applications, wish to explore your career options, or need to prepare for interviews and assessment centres.

Warwick Business School

If you’re interested in the bigger picture, comfortable challenging assumptions and want a degree that will open doors, then WBS is the place for you. We will give you the foundation for change and prepare you for your future career. Are you ready to make your mark in the world of business?

Find out more about us on our website.Link opens in a new window

The vision of WBS is to be Europe’s leading University-based Business School, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. We recognise that rankings are one way to profile our progress towards fulfilling this vision, and are proud to participate in the major global business education rankings.

QS Business Master's Rankings 2022

  • Master's in Business Analytics – 12th in the world, 3rd in the UK
  • Master's in Marketing – 7th in the world, 2nd in the UK
  • Master's in Management – 19th in the world, 4th in the UK
  • Master's in Finance – 20th in the world, 6th in the UK

Financial Times Master's in Management Ranking 2021

  • 15th in the world, 3rd in the UK

Financial Times Master's in Finance Ranking 2022

  • 12th in the world, 3rd in the UK

Financial Times’ Online MBA ranking 2022

  • 1st in the world for our Distance Learning MBA

Economist/Which? MBA 2022

  • 1st in the UK for our Full-time MBA

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Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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