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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 20100 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 26400 per year

All study options

About Finance at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Combining up-to-the-minute theory with practical application, our Masters in Finance will prepare you for a great number of career options. This Masters programme has been devised for 2017 by combining key elements from our current Finance programmes (running in 2016), including our Finance and Investment MSc that was ranked 35th by the Financial Times.

Programme overview

Programme structure

The practical, theoretical and numerical skills learnt through the programme, as well as the global perspective that will be gained through classroom learning and discussion, will leave you well qualified for a range of finance related professions. The course will provide you with the ability to apply and critically evaluate a range of financial techniques. We expect graduates to take up positions with companies like the Big 4, with investment and commercial banks; market and consumer research centres; fund management firms; energy utilities and consultancies; as well as with public sector departments responsible for finance sector, energy and climate-change policy.

Knowledge exchange

The School's location in the UK's second largest financial centre allows students on the Masters to learn from visiting speakers with extensive experience in a variety of areas from Corporate Finance to Investment, such as the CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise and the Managing Director of the Securities and Investment Institute. Students may also enrol in a student consultancy project, a competitive process where the selected candidates will work closely with companies or businesses to further extend their knowledge of a specific area of expertise. Often, clients may ask you to write a report that may feed in to your final dissertation.

industry links

Our MSc benefits from its close partnership with the internationally leading Credit Research Centre, which conducts applied research relevant to all industry stakeholders and the School is also a recognised partner institute by the Chartered Financial Analysis Institute (CFA). This combined with industry engagement through student projects, organised corporate visits among other things allows our graduates to develop skills that can be applied to practical challenges faced by organisations and thus allow them to go on to have careers in globally recognised firms such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), EY, Standard Life Investments.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 20100 per yearInternational course feesGBP 26400 per year

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Academic requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Academic background

  • An undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, business or economics is normally required.
  • Applicants with an Honours degree in a non-related subject will also be considered, but will need to demonstrate a high standard of ability and motivation for the programme.

Supporting your application

  • Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.
  • Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme.

Applications from current undergraduates

Final year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.

International qualifications

The minimum academic requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree in a related subject or an equivalent international qualification.

Some examples of equivalent qualifications:

  • Canada: mid B+; 3.3+ (4 point scale); 7.3/8+ (9 point scale)
  • China: 80-85%+; B+
  • Germany: 2.5+ (reverse 5 point scale); Sehr Gut/Gut
  • India: 1st Class degree (60%+)
  • Nigeria: 2:1
  • South Africa: 2:1/1st
  • USA: GPA 3.25+ (4 point scale)

If your home country is not listed above, consult the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by following the link below.

Country-specific advice for international students

Important points

  • The ranking of the university at which you studied is considered when we determine whether or not your degree is equivalent to a first or upper second-class honours degree in the UK.
  • If your degree is not of the required standard and you do not have highly relevant work or other experience, we will normally reject your application.
  • Meeting the degree requirement doesn

What students think about The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

    Erin Bembe, full time MBA

    After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).

    The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.

    The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.

    Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.

    Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management

    Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.

    I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.

    The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.

    Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.

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