MSc Finance

Programme structure

The MSc Finance course combines core and optional modules across the three terms of your one-year course.

Our modules

Seven core 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. 


How you'll be assessed

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

Quantitative Methods for Finance

Gain an in-depth understanding of basic probability and distribution theory, statistical estimation and inference, and econometric models with applications to finance. 

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Asset Pricing

Explore the fundamental relationships between investors’ decision-making in the presence of uncertainty (“risk”) and the cross-sectional and inter-temporal properties of prices and returns of financial assets

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Corporate Finance

The goal of this module is to equip you with the skills to apply state of the art ideas of modern Corporate Finance theory as well as the quantitative tools to solving the types of problems faced by CFOs and other business executives.

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Investment Management

This module is closely linked with the parallel core module “Asset Pricing”. While the latter develops the theoretical framework to understand and analyse the trade-off between risk and return, this module focuses on the operationalization of this framework.

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Empirical Finance

Gain an understanding of the theory and practice of financial econometrics and the tools for the empirical analysis of financial time series and their application.

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Ethics, Financial Regulation & Corporate Governance

This module has been designed to give you a deep and comprehensive understanding of ethics in everyday life, in business life, and in the working life of a financial professional.  

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Research Methodology

The module aims to equip you with cutting-edge research methods alongside other programming skills and access to relevant data sources. You will be provided with training in programming and data handling from the very beginning of the course, to ensure that you have the required skills when needed for workshops and assignments in the core modules.

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A 6,000 word dissertation gives you the opportunity to develop, test, practise, and apply the techniques and theories you have gained through your studies

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These are indicative optional modules which may vary year-on-year.
Behavioural Finance

Study financial markets using models that are less narrow than those based on von Neumann-Morgenstern expected utility theory and arbitrage assumptions.

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Derivative Securities

Develop an in-depth understanding of the characteristics of different classes of derivative securities.

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Financial Reporting & Financial Statement Analysis

Learn to interpret financial statements in context and apply appropriate models and techniques for company valuation and related business issues.

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Judgement & Decision Making

Explore the psychology of human judgement and decision making and gain the foundation for understanding the decision-making processes involved in financial markets.

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Financial Risk Management

Gain an understanding of the need for financial risk management, the techniques to measure financial risks according to the regulatory framework, and the tools for the management of risk exposure.

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Fixed Income & Credit Risk

Get to grips with the tools for the assessment and management of fixed income and credit risk.

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International Financial Management

Extend your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of international finance, with emphasis on the operation of the spot and forward foreign exchange markets.

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Alternative Investments

Explore today’s complex investment management environment and gain the insights needed to make well-informed decisions.

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Big Data Analytics

This module will cover a wide range of cutting edge research in Big Data Analytics, with a particular focus on the extensive value of data from the Internet, much of which is freely available if you have the skills to mine it.

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Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Control

Explore the basic issues in mergers and acquisitions from a corporate finance point of view.

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Practice of Investment Management

Gain realistic experience of the responsibilities involved in managing money for clients and an introduction to practical investment management techniques.

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Banks and Financial Institutions

Explore the theory and practice of banking in the 21st Century, specifically the facilitation role of banks as intermediaries between borrowers and lenders, and as providers of liquidity.

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Our online platform

Our unique online learning platform my.wbs will act as the hub for your learning experience, hosting all of your teaching materials, key information from your CareersPlus and Programme Teams, and our online classroom: wbsLive.

Your learning experience

Teaching and assessment will vary to fit the subject being studied. Our faculty have designed your learning experience to fit the subject being studied, with a variety of teaching and assessment styles. 

Your teaching will take the form of lectures,webinars, and lab work, supported, where relevant, by guest speakers from industry to balance theory and practice. Lectures introduce key theories, concepts, and economic models. In classes you will solve financial problems and numerical exercises, analyse case studies, and make presentations of research published in academic journals.

Your learning will be assessed by a mix of exams, group work, project work, and tests. Group and project work will enable you to collaborate and gain new perspectives from your international cohort, preparing you for working in teams within a global work environment. 

Lab work will give you hands-on experience of using software to perform finance-related calculations and conduct realistic simulations. Econometric methods are also taught in the lab, so you will learn to apply econometric software to empirical research and financial market estimations. 


Global experience

As part of a review of the MSc Finance, WBS has launched an exciting core module on Ethics, Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance. This module will be run in conjunction with at least one of WBS’ key European business school partners, and as such will offer the opportunity to study overseas, providing you with access to contextualised content and a global voice on the concepts of ethics and financial market regulation.

Learning facilities

You will have access to our outstanding learning facilities, including a Postgraduate-only Learning Space and IT suite, as well as all other University facilities. Studying on a Finance-based MSc also means that you gain access to our Bloomberg terminals, Eikon terminals, and financial data via the Wharton Research Data Services.  

CFA Affiliated University

We have been awarded CFA Affiliated University status by CFA Institute, certifying that we have embedded a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge® (CBOK®) into our course content.

An Affiliated University signals to their students and to employers that their curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA® Program exams. Study with us and you will explore the concepts and principles that practitioners around the world have deemed integral to global practice. You will leave us with the knowledge, skills and abilities that practitioners indicate are needed to do their jobs well.

CFA Institute provides five scholarships per year for graduates from our MSc Finance & Economics and our MSc Finance who wish to become accredited after finishing their studies at WBS.

Foreign Language Study

One of the great benefits of this course is that it offers optional free foreign language study in the evenings across all three terms. This is an opportunity to develop the basics of a new language. There is a choice of six different languages, all at beginner-level (please note we are not able to offer classes at intermediate/advanced level).