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Finance - MSc

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This course has recently been updated. Please download the course specification for the up to date information. With an array of contradictory information, the financial world and capital market specialists provide critical and innovative analysis of business and financial data to make short and long-term financial decisions....

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City Centre
  • School Birmingham City Business School
  • Faculty Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Overview

This course has recently been updated. Please download the course specification for the up to date information.

With an array of contradictory information, the financial world and capital market 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. 

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 financial theories, with opportunities to 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.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this 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
  • Following graduation, you will have the opportunity to apply for STEAMhouse Business Incubator membership.
  • We will prepare you for professional bodies' exams and certification for Eikon, Excel, and Python.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Open Days

Join us for an on-campus Open Day where you'll be able to explore our campus and facilities in person. You'll be able to hear more about your chosen subject area from our academics.

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Entry Requirements

For September 2022 entry we will be operating a ‘gathered field’ approach to applications. This is often used to ensure that the limited number of places available are offered to applicants on merit.

As a result we will be unable to make a decision on your application until 26 January 2022.

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.

Fees & How to Apply

Please select your student status to view fees and apply
  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £11,300 in 2022/23
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £12,430 in 2022/23

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £16,300 in 2022/23
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £17,930 in 2022/23

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.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites and available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Materials (optional)

This course includes project work that requires you to develop and produce a portfolio. This could be digital, but if you choose to create a physical portfolio you will be expected to provide the materials; costs will vary depending on the materials selected.

Books (optional)

Some modules may suggest that you purchase a key textbook. All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. Many students choose to purchase a copy.

Placement expenses (optional)

If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Optional field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience.

Optional subscriptions (optional)

Subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

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.

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.

Course in Depth

Modules

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

Business and Management Research 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

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

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Employability

International

Welcome to the Birmingham City Business School, home to students from over 70 countries all around the world!

Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s largest, most established and most respected business schools. Our programmes are practice based and many have an international focus, which means your course will be entirely relevant to today’s business world. Almost all of our courses, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, are open to international students.

We also have links with universities across the world, including Europe, the USA, China, India and Malaysia.

International Services

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Facilities & Staff

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 and Business 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

Our staff

Dr Kuda Bondamakara

Senior Lecturer in Finance

Kuda joined the Birmingham City Business School in 2010 after having completed a PhD in Accountancy and Business Finance with the University of Dundee. His research interests are in the areas of corporate governance in financial institutions. Full Profile

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