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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Finance / Accounting (General)

Course type


Course Summary

As well as covering key financial concepts, MSc Finance will develop your quantitative and analytical skills. The degree provides a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical techniques that will make you highly employable in the finance and banking sectors.

Introducing your degree

If your career ambitions are in the finance or banking sector, MSc Finance will equip you for success. This popular masters degree provides a comprehensive grounding in key areas of finance, such as stock market analysis, corporate finance and portfolio management.

MSc Finance also places a stronger emphasis on quantitative and analytical techniques than you’ll find on many other similar UK masters courses, enabling you to gain critical insights into the financial markets. You’ll be able to practise your skills using industry-standard software and live company data from our extensive range of databases.

In addition, you’ll be taught by academics with extensive professional and research experience, who will enable you to put your finance studies into a real-world context.

MSc Finance will be of interest whether you are looking to specialise following your undergraduate studies or progress in your current career. We welcome applicants who have undertaken some quantitative study or who have relevant professional experience.


The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

This degree will prepare you for a career in the banking, financial and insurance sectors. You could become a financial analyst, hedge fund manager, credit analyst, stockbroker or risk analyst in a major bank or financial institution. Or you could choose to work in financial market regulation, financial journalism, or academic or commercial research.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

• PwC

• J.P. Morgan

• Barclays.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Dissertation - Core
Introduction to Portfolio Management and Exchange Traded Derivatives - Core
Introduction to Finance - Core
Quantitative Finance - Core
Advanced Time Series Modelling - Core
Advanced Corporate Finance - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Bachelors degree 2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent. Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT and Management Required module areas: Evidence of quantitative study eg accounting, economics, finance, maths, management sciences or engineering. Other subjects considered if quantitative ability demonstrated at A levels. Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies Work experience in finance is not a requirement but can compensate for unrelated degree subject/grades.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more