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Finance - MSc *

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: City Centre

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

With an array of contradictory information, the financial world and the capital markets specialists provide critical and innovative analysis of business and financial data to make short and long-term financial decisions.

Thus at postgraduate level the study must be integrative, blending economic, mathematical and financial theory with analytical approaches to solve complex problems and implement solutions. Finance must also be treated as international in context to ensure its relevance in the global economy. Our MSc Finance will provide you a career in the finance industry or a finance- related role more broadly such as business, major international organisation or government.

The MSc Finance degree at Birmingham City University represents an ideal choice if you wish to pursue a career in financial institutions, private equity or corporate financial management. The course is designed to ensure you gain a well-balanced understanding of modern finance theories and apply your knowledge to practical case studies throughout your learning journey.  You will gain a strong command of analytical techniques, computing and research methods for problem solving and develop confidence in the use and presentation of finance arguments in your professional role.The course will give you the core knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to sift through diverse and often complex information, derived nationally and internationally, to make key decisions.

Professional Placement option

For our MSc Finance degree, you will have the opportunity to take the Professional Placement version of the course, which is offered as an alternative to the standard version of the course.

This will allow you to complete a credit bearing, 20 week Professional Placement as an integral part of your Master’s Degree. The purpose of the Professional Placement is to improve your employability and transferable skills. The placement experience will allow you to evidence your professional skills, attitudes and behaviours at the point of entry to the postgraduate job market.

You will be responsible for finding and securing your own placement. The University, however, will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study, with support from our Careers+ team as well as advice and guidance from your School.

Please note that placements will only be confirmed following a competitive, employer-led selection process, therefore the University will not be able to guarantee placements for students who have registered for the ‘with Professional Placement’ course.

For full details, please click here.

What's covered in the course?

In the first stage, you will focus on examining the role of risk management in investment decisions and the need for ethical and regulatory frameworks governing finance. You will also focus on developing a deeper and systematic understanding on how corporate and financial markets work around the world.

During the second stage, you will acquire the quantitative skills to analyse and interpret data. You will have a solid understanding on advanced financial strategy and the applications. The necessary analytical, quantitative, communication, and information technology skills will be developed in a process that is expected to enable you to apply those skills in real-life situations by modelling economic relations, and by interpreting finance theories, decisions and business behaviour.

The final core Research Skills and Dissertation module will strengthen your research skills and apply your developed analytical and numeracy skills, and contribute to providing efficient and effective solutions to business problems.

To help you develop the skills that leading employers ask for, and let you see how traders work, we can access Thomson Reuters Eikon in our iCITY Trading room. Moreover, the course also enables you to be confident in the application of industry-specific skills, for example, with the use of platforms such as DataStream with problem-solving approaches having been exposed to real-life scenarios through industry guest-speaker workshops. These skills enrich your experience and provide an added advantage in your endeavours to pursue their future professional careers in a highly competitive industry.

Based at the University’s new campus in the UK’s second city, you will live and study in a vibrant environment and engage with local, national and international businesses. You will be taught by highly-qualified, research-active academics with industrial and professional experience.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our MSc finance suite will prepare you to deal with tomorrow's financial, banking and investment challenges and enable you to get cutting-edge knowledge of contemporary global finance
  • You will gain contemporary knowledge regarding global financial issues, ethical and sustainable financing, and financial innovative products
  • You will learn to design strategies to deal with the various financial risks faced by businesses, multinational companies or global investors
  • You will get access to the same investment analysis software that traders, financial analysts and decision makers use in the investment industry in our University’s ‘CITY Trading Room’
  • You can gain experience of working in the industry through our Professional Placement route
  • We will equip you for a variety of career paths, including fund manager, financial analyst, investment banker or financial manager, treasurer, and retail banking
  • You will have the opportunity to network with key industry operators, finance houses and banks through our Business Advice Centre
  • We will prepare you for professional bodies' exams and certification for Eikon, Excel, and Python.

Students outside Millennium Point

Open Days

Our Open Day for this course will take place in Spring 2021. Register now and we will contact you when the booking form goes live.

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This course is not open to International students

New £11,222 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £11,222 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Entry Requirements

You are required to meet one of the following options:

Essential Requirements
Typical Offers (UK Students)

An honours degree from a UK University (minimum 2:2) in a Finance related discipline.

An equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2) in a finance related discipline.

Successful passing a Pre-Master's course approved by Birmingham City University

Successful passing a Pre-Master's course at another UK university/institution with a minimum of 55 per cent average

Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

Please note that even if your application fully meets the entry criteria, you may be required to further demonstrate your suitability via an interview or submission of a course proposal before being offered a place.

Interviews may be conducted in your country of residence, over the telephone or by Skype.

Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
  • No English certificate is required for applicants from countries that appear on our English exemption list. Please contact the International Office for this list.
  • UK students
  • International students

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £11,000 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £12,100 per year

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £13,200 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £14,600 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £1,222 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Modules

Please note that the following modules are indicative, and may change before the course is finalised.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following core modules (totalling 160 credits):

Advanced Corporate Finance
20 credits
Strategic Risk Management
20 credits
Financial Institutions and Regulation
20 credits
Advanced Financial Theories
20 credits
Applied Financial Econometrics
20 credits
Research Skills and Dissertation/Project
60 credits

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

Behavioural Finance
20 credits
Investigating Finance Practice
20 credits
Entrepreneurial Finance
20 credits

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Dr Navjot Sandhu

Associate Professor in Finance

Dr Navjot Sandhu is Finance subject group lead, managing undergraduate and postgraduate Finance programmes in the department. She has a wide range of experience of developing, delivering higher education courses programmes, modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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