A masters in finance is a postgraduate degree aimed at students who wish to further their education within finance, and develop a comprehensive understanding of the topic and its surrounding subjects. A masters in finance usually takes twelve months of full time study to complete, however it can also be taken as a part-time course which takes up to two years to complete.
Types of Finance Degrees
A finance degree studied at postgraduate level is awarded as an MSc (Master of Science) and is most commonly studied full time over twelve months with courses starting in September.
Topics Covered Throughout a Finance Degree
Depending on the university that you attend, you will be required to undertake a specific number of modules alongside the production of your dissertation. You will normally undertake several compulsory modules and also be presented with a list of optional modules. Optional modules give you a chance to specialise in your preferred area of finance or the surrounding topics.
Some examples of modules on offer include:
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Analysis
- Organisational Performance
- Financial Risk Management
- International Strategy
- Business Economics
- Management Accounting
- Industrial Economics
- Venture Capital and Private Equity
Finance graduates have a wide range of career opportunities as they can demonstrate skills that are useful in a rapidly changing environment. Some of the top finance employers include HSBC, Morgan Stanley, DHL, and Virgin with an average starting salary of £29k.
Some popular graduate roles include:
- management accountant
- finance manager
- finance analyst
- management trainee
- investment analyst
- university researcher