On the MSc
Finance course you will study the compulsory modules listed below and then
choose from a range of elective modules. You then complete a research project. You
can view the course structure here.
Techniques for Finance: This will help you acquire the essential skills to study finance in
depth. You will study areas of mathematics, statistics and the interpretation
of accounting statements.
in Context: You will investigate the
relationship between finance and corporate strategy. It will help you
understand how financial decisions are affected by strategic issues and how
corporate strategies need to take into account financial considerations.
Finance Concepts: You will acquire theoretical knowledge on the
elements of company value. Studies will focus on how financial decisions
contribute to meeting the aims of a corporation. The module has a practical
focus and contributes to your understanding of how financial decisions are
taken by companies.
Markets and Institutions: This focuses on an international and comparative dimension of
markets and institutions. You will examine the way markets and institutions
link the users and providers of funds within financial systems. There is a
focus on issues of asset pricing and market efficiency, and the effects of
globalisation on organisations, technical innovation and regulatory change.
Finance: Focusing on the operation of foreign
exchange and derivative markets, you will examine the main theories of exchange
rate determination and consider the issues with currency risk management and
and Accounting Research Project: This module incorporates research methods and a research
project. This is a key component of the master's degree. The project provides
you with an opportunity to explore a specialist area in depth. You have a
choice to undertake a traditional dissertation or follow a structured research
project which incorporates both theoretical and applied research. You will be
provided with guidance and advice throughout the process.
offered a choice of elective module. These include management and leadership
modules alongside finance modules. The elective modules on offer may change but
will come from the following list:
As our courses are reviewed
regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, course content and module choices may vary from those listed.
Governance and Social Responsibility
Economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America
- Project and
Business In Practice: Study Trip (non-credit)
Teaching and learning
course you will benefit from active learning approaches. These include small
interactive seminars, workshop activities, discussions and problem-solving
activities, rather than an approach focused solely on lectures and note-taking.
innovative approach to teaching will help your learning experience to be
vibrant and engaging. You will develop skills in critical enquiry along with a
firm grounding in practice, which will enable you to confidently take on the
demands of graduate jobs in leading organisations. Teaching staff at the
Business School are researchers and/or from an industry background with an
in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting
speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide
Approach to assessment
is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual
presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment
methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations,
in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops,
simulations, oral exams (viva) and practical exercises. The majority of
assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed
At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.
A new fresh space on the Headington Campus is being created specifically for the Business School and our business students.The Clerici building is being refurbished to accommodate new teaching rooms, a lecture theatre, new social learning spaces, offices and a clear glazed new entrance.
At the current Wheatley campus our Business School Postgraduate Centre offers a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.
The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in marketing and marketing examination papers.
If you are starting the course in January 2017 most the taught element of the course is likely to be based at the Wheatley Campus. If you are starting your course in September 2017 you are likely to experience all your teaching at the Headington Campus.
non-credit module - International Business In Practice: Study Trip gives you
hands-on experience of the ideas and practices of global business.
meet with leaders of global firms, receive presentations from global academic
experts and tour company facilities. There is a particular focus on the
economic system of the country being visited
develop a practical knowledge of the state and development of the economy;
leading companies and industries; global participation; and social, cultural,
and historical influences.
In the past
students travelled to Boston, USA. This self-funded trip included visits to
Harvard University, MIT, Reebok, Ocean Spray, Federal Reserve Bank, and State
trip is optional and is paid for by the student.
for classes will be set at the start of the programme.